The Feminist Beauty Project

YOUR FEMINIST GUIDE TO LOVING AND CRITIQUING ALL THINGS BEAUTY SINCE 2015

MAKEUP MAIL: YES TO

BEAUTY, MAKEUP MAILElizabeth NichinComment

HAPPY MONDAY!

Welcome back to The Feminist Beauty Project's makeup mail series, where I share information from cosmetic and beauty companies about their sourcing, production and labor practices. I've been emailing and reaching out to companies to open up dialogue about where our beauty products are made, how they are made, who is making them, and where companies get their raw materials from.

I believe that as consumers, we have the right to this information. Sending these emails is an important part of creating accountability for beauty companies; as a consumer, I am holding companies accountable to their practices. As consumers, reading the responses to this template is not only a way to build critical consciousness about the beauty industry's practices, but also a way for us to be equally accountable. Will you still purchase from a company that hides information from you?

makeup mail logo.png

YES TO

Yes To carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, blueberries, grapefruit and coconuts. Image from the Yes To website.

Yes To carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, blueberries, grapefruit and coconuts.

Image from the Yes To website.

According to their mission, Yes To says "YES TO super-natural beauty products that work, spread smiles, and give back."

Yes To is a US-based company that is cruelty-free and certified through the Leaping Bunny Program. They have an extremely extensive and helpful FAQ page on their website, and their customer service was extremely helpful and detailed as well (as you will see below).

In the US, you can find Yes To products here (also available at many US retailers, including Walgreens, Target, CVS, Ulta, Kroger, Rite Aid, Walmart & many others).

If you live outside of the US, the Yes To website has a very helpful "Where to Buy" page that includes information on where to purchase their products in Australia, Canada, Ireland, Netherlands/Belgium, New Zealand, Russia, and the UK.

Take a look below to see Yes To's full response and let me know your thoughts in the comments!

QUESTIONS

For reference, here are the questions I sent (which you can also find here):

SOURCING
1. From where (what countries) does your company source its raw ingredients? Are your sources organic and sustainable?
2. Do your products contain any ingredients derived from animals? Is any of your products vegan friendly?

PRODUCTION
1. In what country or countries are your products manufactured? Where are your company’s labs, manufacturing locations, factories, and/or assembly plants located (city and country)?
2. Are your products manufactured and assembled in different places?
3. Does your company test ingredients or finished products on animals? Does your company use a third party to conduct animal testing?
4. Is your company owned by or affiliated with any companies that test products or ingredients on animals?

LABOR
1. What efforts does your company take to ensure that fair labor practices are secured for your employees?
2. Are you able to provide a demographic breakdown of your company’s employees (gender, age, race, ethnicity)?

RESPONSE

makeup mail yes to 1.png
makeup mail yes to 2.png

SUMMARY

Yes To's response is easily one of the most helpful, detailed, comprehensive and straightforward responses I have received thus far. I would say it's among the best (along with responses from melt, Tarte and LUSH). If you have been following my makeup mail posts since the beginning, you probably noticed how detailed and helpful this response was compared to most of the others (just look at how much text there is!).

I value their transparency and care in answering each question. Thank you, Yes To!

thumbs up.png

Feminist Beauty Project says:


Have a company you think I should contact next? Send me an email at feministbeautyproject@gmail.com

And don't forget to join me here every Monday for more makeup mail!

Check out all of my makeup mail here!

in lipstick & solidarity,

e

p.s. makeup as self-care + my top 5 tips to reading ingredient labels

Follow

MAKEUP MAIL: Jordana Cosmetics

BEAUTY, MAKEUP MAILElizabeth NichinComment

HAPPY MONDAY!

This week's makeup mail is from Jordana Cosmetics.

Jordana's tag line is "Made in USA" although as you will see, the representative said nothing about manufacturing in USA even though I have a question specifically asking about their manufacturing practices. Their response is shockingly short, and overall suggests that I read Jordana's FAQ page, which can be found here. The representative did confirm that Jordana is a cruelty free brand, certified through both PETA and the Leaping Bunny Program. Their comment about China distributors is strange to me, but does make sense since Chinese law requires companies to test on animals in order to sell within China. I think it's strange because I didn't ask anything about Chinese sales, but I understand that companies have a heightened sense in regards to questions about animal testing.

Take a look below to see Jordana's full response and let me know your thoughts in the comments!

QUESTIONS

For reference, here are the questions I sent (which you can also find here):

SOURCING
1. From where (what countries) does your company source its raw ingredients? Are your sources organic and sustainable?
2. Do your products contain any ingredients derived from animals? Is any of your products vegan friendly?

PRODUCTION
1. In what country or countries are your products manufactured? Where are your company’s labs, manufacturing locations, factories, and/or assembly plants located (city and country)?
2. Are your products manufactured and assembled in different places?
3. Does your company test ingredients or finished products on animals? Does your company use a third party to conduct animal testing?
4. Is your company owned by or affiliated with any companies that test products or ingredients on animals?

LABOR
1. What efforts does your company take to ensure that fair labor practices are secured for your employees?
2. Are you able to provide a demographic breakdown of your company’s employees (gender, age, race, ethnicity)?

RESPONSE

You can find Jordana products here (also available at Walgreens stores in the US).

Have a company you think I should contact next? Send me an email at feministbeautyproject@gmail.com

And don't forget to join me here every Monday for more makeup mail!

in lipstick & solidarity,

e

MAKEUP MAIL: melt cosmetics

BEAUTY, MAKEUP MAILElizabeth NichinComment
image.jpg

Happy Monday! 

I am so glad to be back with another piece of makeup mail. I haven't posted in a few weeks, but here is some mail for you all and don't worry, I have more things coming for you all!

Today's mail is from melt cosmetics, who describe their makeup as "ultra-matte. bold. radioactive."

What I love about their response is something that I have mentioned before, and it's something that only a few companies have taken the time to do in their responses: melt copied my questions into their response, and answered each one in order, without skipping any questions. Some of you may remember that only Tarte and LUSH have also responded in this way. If you're wondering what I mean when I say they copied my questions, check out the screen shots of their reply below. I also appreciated that they took their time to respond to me in order to make sure that they were giving me the correct answers. Thank you so much for your transparency, melt! 

Take a look below to see melt's response, and let me know your thoughts in the comments!

QUESTIONS

For reference, here are my questions:

SOURCING
1. From where (what countries) does your company source its raw ingredients? Are your sources organic and sustainable?
2. Do your products contain any ingredients derived from animals? Is any of your products vegan friendly?

PRODUCTION

1. In what country or countries are your products manufactured? Where are your company’s labs, manufacturing locations, factories, and/or assembly plants located (city and country)?
2. Are your products manufactured and assembled in different places?
3. Does your company test ingredients or finished products on animals? Does your company use a third party to conduct animal testing?
4. Is your company owned by or affiliated with any companies that test products or ingredients on animals?

LABOR

1. What efforts does your company take to ensure that fair labor practices are secured for your employees?
2. Are you able to provide a demographic breakdown of your company’s employees (gender, age, race, ethnicity)?


RESPONSE

Here is melt's response:

SOURCING

1. From where (what countries) does your company source its raw ingredients? Are your sources organic and sustainable?
The raw materials are sourced from different parts of the world. The ingredients used in the lipsticks are not organic.

2. Do your products contain any ingredients derived from animals? Is any of your products vegan friendly?
All of our raw materials are NOT tested on animals.

All products are VEGAN with the exception of 6six6, and the following shades from our eye shadow stacks: Blurr, Unseen, Enigma (from the Dark Matter Stack), Love Sick (From the Love Sick Stack) due to the colorant Carmine.

PRODUCTION

1. In what country or countries are your products manufactured? Where are your company's labs, manufacturing locations, factories, and/or assembly plants located (city and country)? 
Our labs are located in the United States.

2. Are your products manufactured and assembled in different places?
We are currently working with multiple labs.

3. Does your company test ingredients or finished products on animals? Does your company use a third party to conduct animal testing?
We are 100% cruelty free. Absolutely NO testing on animals!

4. Is your company owned by or affiliated with any companies that test products or ingredients on animals?
The labs we work with do NOT test on animals. 100% Cruelty FREE!

LABOR

1. What efforts does your company take to ensure that fair labor practices are secured for your employees?
Melt follows and complies with all California Labor Laws. We are frequently updated with employee laws and abide by them at all times. 

2. Are you able to provide a demographic breakdown of your company's employees (gender, age, race, ethnicity, etc)?
Not at this time.


You can find melt products here.

Have a company you think I should contact next? Send me an email at feministbeautyproject@gmail.com

And don't forget to join me here every Monday for more makeup mail! 

in lipstick & solidarity, 

e

MAKEUP MAIL: Clinique

MAKEUP MAIL, BEAUTYElizabeth NichinComment

Happy Monday!

This week's makeup mail comes from Clinique. Just like last week's makeup mail, Clinique is also owned by Estee Lauder. To learn more about other brands owned by Estee Lauder, check out this page.

I was fascinated to see how lengthy this response was, especially because the representative took so much time to say very little. If you aren't interested in ready their lengthy response, here is my summary:

"We can't tell you what products are vegan, but if you email us a specific product name we will get back to you; we produce all over the world but can't tell you where; we test on animals where required by law; you should check out the Estee Lauder website."

Take a look below to see Clinique's response, and let me know your thoughts in the comments!

For reference, here are my questions:

SOURCING
1. From where (what countries) does your company source its raw ingredients? Are your sources organic and sustainable?
2. Do your products contain any ingredients derived from animals? Is any of your products vegan friendly?

PRODUCTION

1. In what country or countries are your products manufactured? Where are your company’s labs, manufacturing locations, factories, and/or assembly plants located (city and country)?
2. Are your products manufactured and assembled in different places?
3. Does your company test ingredients or finished products on animals? Does your company use a third party to conduct animal testing?
4. Is your company owned by or affiliated with any companies that test products or ingredients on animals?

LABOR
1. What efforts does your company take to ensure that fair labor practices are secured for your employees?
2. Are you able to provide a demographic breakdown of your company’s employees (gender, age, race, ethnicity)?

Here is Clinique's response:

image.jpg
image.jpg

Find Clinique products here (also available via Sephora, Ulta and department store counters). 

Have a company you think I should contact next? Send me an email at feministbeautyproject@gmail.com

And don't forget to join me here every Monday for more makeup mail! 

in lipstick & solidarity, 

e