Last month, I talked about how governments have the most impact when it comes to animal testing, since they have the power to enforce a ban on this practice. Although that’s true, I still believe that each and every one of us holds a ton of power simply in our actions, and many of you expressed that you feel the same in the comments.

For one, purchasing cruelty-free products and boycotting brands who test on animals is a no-brainer if you want change, but there’s something else you can do that can have a huge impact.

I’m talking about reaching out to brands who test on animals to voice your opposition. Let them know how you truly feel about animal testing, and most importantly, tell them that you won’t be purchasing their products as long as they still test on animals anywhere in the world.

Companies are driven by profit, and the more consumers clearly state that they won’t be purchasing from them as long as they don’t go cruelty-free, the more chances we have for them to listen.

As an example, at the end of 2015, the luxury skincare brand Omorovicza opened stores in mainland China (where, as you know, animal testing is mandatory by law). A year later, the brand pulled out of China issuing a statement that they chose to return to their cruelty-free policy after hearing from their disappointed customers.

This shows us how powerful our actions can be when we each do our little part. To make this easier, I’ve created a template you can use. You’re encouraged to modify this template and add your own voice, but you’re also welcome to use it as it is.

Template For Brands

Subject: Stop funding animal testing!

As a loyal customer for years, I was shocked to learn that your brand tests on animals. I believe that animal testing is cruel and unnecessary, and that your brand should no longer rely on this outdated practice when there are better and more accurate alternatives to test cosmetics for safety.

I’m aware that governments such as China require animal testing. As long as you will be funding animal testing in China, or anywhere in the world, I will no longer purchase your products.

I urge you to take the necessary steps to regain your cruelty-free status, either by pulling out of China or by ceasing any animal testing.

Until then, I will no longer be purchasing your products, and I will share this disturbing information with everyone I know.

Who to contact and how?

Since you don’t want your email to be ignored, make sure you contact someone who’s higher up. One way of reaching out is through email, but you might need to find the contact information for the brand’s CEO. Another way is to send a real letter to the company’s headquarters (this might be more time-consuming but it’s effective).

Once again, in the hopes of making this process as easy as possible for you, I’ve scoured the internet to find this information for the most popular brands out there.

Estée Lauder Brands (MAC, Clinique, and more)

If you want to contact all (or one) of the following brands, which are owned by Estée Lauder:

  • Estée Lauder
  • MAC
  • Bobbi Brown
  • Clinique
  • Glamglow
  • Origins
  • Tom Ford
  • Bumble and Bumble

The CEO is Fabrizio Freda, and the email I could find is ffreda@estee.com.

To send a letter, Estée Lauder’s headquarters are located at:

The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.
767 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10153
Tel: 212-572-4200

L’Oréal Brands (MAC, Clinique, and more)

If you want to contact one of the following brands (also keep in mind that L’Oréal owns over 40 beauty brands):

  • L’Oréal
  • Lancome
  • Maybelline
  • Garnier
  • Khiel’s
  • YSL
  • Essie
  • Shu Uemura
  • Vichy

The CEO is Jean-Paul Agon, and the email I found is jeanpaul.agon@loreal.com.

To send a letter, their headquarters are located at:

L’Oréal
10 Hudson Yards
New York, NY 10001
Phone: (212) 818-1500

What about other brands?

I suggest your perform a Google search to find the headquarters of your brand or the email of a person in charge. Whatever you do, I don’t suggest you use the customer service contact email they usually publish on their contact page. You can however use that email to ask them for the address of their headquarters.

If you have trouble finding an email or address, leave me a comment and tell me which brand you’d like to contact. I’ll do my best to help!

I hope this post will encourage as many of you as possible to contact your favorite brands, and hopefully we can make a difference together! Remember that every action counts, no matter how small.

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Melodie
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That is such an amazing post Suzi thank you! I’m definitely going to shoot an email or two! Wonderful idea and great way tot motivate people to take actions, you’re awesome! xo
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milena
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I agree with Melodie, this is such a great post. I have messaged companies previously to ask about their animal testing policy but never to purely express my opinion. The only time I did that was when I found out about disgraceful treatment of pigs and cows in a certain slaughter company in the U.S.
Maybe I should do the same with beauty companies!

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Laura
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This is such a great way to help make a positive impact. All of my favorite brands that i use are already cruelty free 🙂

Lorelei Marie
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This is a great post! There are a few brands that it KILLS me that they test on animals. The one that gets me the most is MUFE. As a working artist and one that admires quality, innovation, and inclusiveness, it drives me absolutely crazy that this brand that is so wonderful in other ways, tests on animals. It would be nice if MAC didn’t as well, but maybe I’ve just been cruelty free for so long that I have just written off the other companies…HOLD UP, untrue. There needs to be more hair care and skin care that leave… Read more »
Bengali Girl
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Thank you Suzi!

Lisa
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I am going to do this as soon as I get home from work today. Thank you!

Jennifer K del Castillo
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Jennifer K del Castillo
I did this many times in the mid-00s when a lot of clothing companies began using fur, and I got many replies that were tailored to the issue — saying things like “we realize fur is an important issue for many consumers and we are tracking responses from our customers.” Some stopped using fur soon thereafter. It really can make a difference. Plus, it only takes a few minutes to send an email. Most companies have “contact us” forms on their websites. Even if it doesn’t change anything, at least you tried. You can do something or do nothing… you… Read more »
Laura Jurado
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This is a great idea, thank you so much! I used most of your template, but since I wanted them to know that I’ve been avoiding their products for years, I edited it a little. Here’s my letter: I was a loyal customer for years, but I stopped buying your products when I discovered that your brand tests on animals. I believe that animal testing is cruel and unnecessary, and that your brand should no longer reply on this outdated practice when there are better and more accurate alternatives to test cosmetics for safety. I’m aware that governments such as… Read more »
Beverly
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I agree this is a wonderful idea, but I’m not really convinced it will have much of an impact. I’m sure the person that manages the emails for these CEO’s are most likely told to delete any and all emails pertaining to the CF issue. The giants like estee lauder and loreal still make big bucks because millions of people that aren’t concerned with how those poor creatures are tortured, still buy their products. So they really aren’t concerned with those of us that do care. We are definitely the minority in this. Doing this makes us feel that we… Read more »
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