I am never a person who forces my family or friends to embrace the products that I do, although I might still talk about the goodness of it a whole lot. 😉 I personally think that we should support any brand that is organic, natural and against animal testing. Everyone is in this Eco-conscious effort together and that is why I decided that I would put together a basket of organic products of different brands for my pregnant sister as a baby shower gift so that she can decide for herself what she likes best.
So, there I was in a crowded shopping mall and I saw the sign. The sign that gave me the impression that if I walked into that shop and purchased any product from that store, I would be providing “food” for my “skin”. This is also a brand had been quick to gain popularity amongst the teenagers for its fruity packaging and affordable prices and unlike most other Korean brands, this shop didn’t seem like a shop to be just selling chemicals in tiny decieving bottles. It also had very cute little “tinkle bell” looking stamps on all their products! The “tinker bells” symbolized their care and acted as a fairy god mother! How very cute!
I took a quick walk around the store, they boast a fantastic array of potato face masks, mushroom creams, sugar make up and even baby products!? This would be perfect gift for my pregnant sister! Wait wait! Let me tell you about the complete salad range they had.. The products looked so raw and fresh, I felt hungry already.
I took a cucumber moisturizer off a shelf to read but 80% of the label was in some language I could not make out. Right. Korean. Just as I wanted to put the product back, a bouncy sales girl popped out of no where, with her big dolly eyes, enhanced with very obvious eye lash extension which she keep fluttering, she then asked me “How may I help you?” topping it up with a full on cutesy smile which by then I was too distracted to even realize she was actually talking.
Before I could answer, she proceeded to tell me the benefits of the product I was holding on to. They were all organic, all natural and I quote “really really damn good for the skin.” She smeared some on the back of my hand and I liked the texture, and it really smelled like cucumber. I was so close to purchasing it but then I looked at the back of the product and although it had that cute little “tinker bell” there, the rabbit was no where in sight! ( If you need help on certification labels, scroll down and you will find an entire post dedicated to it.)
I asked the sweet doll, “Are the products tested on animals?”
Flabbergasted, I responded with a tone that might have seemed too accusing, “You JUST said they were organic and all natural. Why is it tested on animals anyway?”
“Miss, what I meant was these products are 70% organic and natural.”
I was too stunned to respond so I made a humming sound.
“Furthermore miss, all products MUST be tested on animals, this is part of QUALITY CONTROL.”
More humming sound.
She is not going to question my ability of hearing. I knew what she said. “ALL” natural not “ALL 70%” natural. She is a liar working for a dishonest brand. She is not so sweet anymore and I decided that I will not like her.
She continued to look and blink her fake eye lashes at me.
“Your labels are clearly misleading. You should state somewhere that it is 70% natural and if there is an indication, point it out. As I was saying…” I was about to continue when she cut me off to “assist” some other customer whom I didn’t even see/hear asking for assistance! She was doubting my ability to hear. Again.
I put the evil cucumber moisturizer back on the shelf and left the store.
This serves as a reminder to all. Brands like this make a mockery of the word “organic”. Why in the world must all products be tested on animals?! Which era is this brand from?! To think that she spoke of quality control with such passion?! I’ll see how she likes it if I grabbed her dog and placed it in an animal testing center.
Always do the “once over” and never be cheated into believing a particular brand is “all natural” or “organic” until it proves itself to be!
Photo credited to Catsper.