**ATTENTION READERS: THIS IS MOSTLY SATIRE (minus the part where I actually sent them an email, and my opinions of their products overall). If you cannot take a joke, and are just going to get all huffy and red-faced angry and protective (Yves Rocher is doing just fine – RELAX), please skip these Yves Rocher entries**
I’ve only got a conclusion to write for this ridiculous research paper that has been stealing my precious time, so I figured I’d take a much needed break while I let my face mask do its work!
I went into Yves Rocher this past Sunday with my mother, who has always been drawn in to their stores by the cute displays, their spa they have in the deep-dark-depths of the back of their store, and of course the ridiculous display of deceptive “50% off all makeup!” signs. I have never been very impressed with their product quality, but there is something that disturbs me even more about Yves Rocher.
Can they be any more ambiguous as to whether they conduct animal testing on any level? You question the sales associate, who’s makeup is just horribly done (she forgot to put on blush — HELLO, CONTOURING; her mascara barely shows — it must be one she bought with her staff discount), and she smiles at you with this look of robotic cheerfulness, saying, “animal testing? Oh, no. Never.” (hey, Stepford wife, get back in that movie!) Am I a bitch for feeling this way? Nuh uh, that crazy sales bitch is lying!
Okay, so maybe she isn’t a crazy bitch. But a company like Yves Rocher, that prides itself on being a bountiful haven of botanical beauty, one that is eco-friendly, and oh-so good for you (so you should buy this, and this, and this..), does not make it obviously certain that animal testing is not conducted in any shape, form, manner, or tweezer. Customers who are already concerned about the quality of such products would certainly find this information valuable. Of course, there are those people who don’t care, but that’s what a good selection of products at the drugstore are for.
Here is the one place, on their website, where they indicate that animal testing is not part of their policy. Reason number four, to shop with Yves Rocher, states that “[o]ur natural plant formulas are all clinically tested, but never on animals”. Well that may be enough reassurance for some, but why is it that they fail to appear on PETA’s List of Companies That Do Not Test on Animals, a major source for people who want to shop ethically? There is also major debate on the internet about the truths to what they claim. Why do none of their products reaffirm this statement against animal testing? It only makes sense that they would use that to promote their enviro-loving image even further.
If Yves Rocher truly doesn’t test on animals, then great. I decided to send them an email asking some questions (I was polite) about their policy. Here is a copy of what I sent them:
I was recently in one of your stores, and I could not help but be curious and question your animal testing policy. It seems to be extremely ambiguous; while the sales representative denied claims of the use of animal testing, and your products seem to promote this natural, environmental-friendly, and botanical image, I have yet to see an explicit statement denying or ensuring the customer that your products are free of animal testing. Your company is also not on PETA’s list of approved companies that do not test, and I would really like to know what the policy on animal testing really is, and if you do not test, why is this not indicated on your products? People who purchase cruelty-free products(myself included), feel this is very important in choosing what we purchase. If a product does not indicate they are not using animal testing, it is best assumed that they do conduct such a practice.
Thank you for reading,
I sent this on Sunday, so let’s hope I get a response by the end of the week. I will post it here if I do.
Oh, and what did my mother buy? Well, in between me swatching different colours of eyeshadow and looking horribly disappointed, she had decided (or rather, was convinced by that space-case sales associate) to purchase a retractable kabuki brush. The casing looked very cute. As for the brush, when she got it home and we were comparing it to my E.L.F. studio brushes (which were approx. $1.35 a piece — 55% off sale, baby!), there was simply no comparison. I told her I would pick her up a few E.L.F. brushes for the price of that one, and she agreed to return this Cousin-It of a makeup brush.
See, the problem with Yves Rocher, is that even if they don’t test on animals, I have never been satisfied with their product quality, and I have given many of their products a try. Don’t waste your time, go to the health food store, or the organic section at the drugstore. If any of you lovely readers have found an Yves Rocher product you enjoyed, please inform me!
Until then, Yves Rocher, you are dead to me.