Pin 0. View Comment 1 This article makes zero sense. View this post on Instagram. Many NARS fans simply refused to accept the apology. Many swore off the brand. Wet N Wild fans seem to be sharing similar sentiments. Aina provided a disclaimer in her video description to address the controversy. Combs broke it down very simply. BeautyNews Beauty Makeup. Please take the time to read through her very detailed post proving Wet N Wild products are indeed sold in mainland China.
Wet N Wild does offer products that do not contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products but since Wet N Wild is no longer considered cruelty-free, by default, we would also no longer consider their products to be vegan. This is a big deal because it is currently very difficult for cosmetics to be sold in Mainland China without animal testing.
I often get sent photos of product displays in mainland China that end up either not being real products, not being there through legal means, or end up actually being in Hong Kong where animal testing is not required. Because Wet n Wild has been so vocal about being cruelty-free, and even their desire to become a fully vegan brand, I wanted to give them the benefit of a doubt.
They were one of the first brands to be a part of the cruelty-free brand list. I have a lot of history as a customer of this brand and was using them before I was even focused on the cruelty-free niche. Having grown with this brand over the years, I have always had a personal soft spot for them. Many people were reaching out to the brand after the photos and rumors surfaced. In the comments section of the brands IG, people were saying that they had also just been told the brand was not sold in China.
After staying relatively silent about the concerns, Wet n Wild finally released a statement via Instagram Stories on the evening of May 21, Wet n Wild is a global brand for beauty lovers, inclusive of all ages, ethnicities, skin colors, ideologies and economic statuses. Cruelty-free has and will remain a key pillar of our brand. Wet n Wild products sold in China are domestically manufactured in China, and as such do not require animal testing.
Since , China no longer requires animal testing for domestic non-special use cosmetics. Wet n Wild products were able to enter the Chinese market maintaining our commitment to providing customers cruelty-free, high-quality, on-trend products they can feel good about buying and wearing. As a trusted leader in cruelty-free beauty, we will continue to work closely with the Chinese government, and all governments, to adhere to our strict guidelines for cruelty-free beauty globally.
Post-market testing isn't common but is still a consideration to take into account. Because of the post-market testing risk, the standard is that beauty products cannot be sold in China and maintain cruelty-free status. To be sold in China and be cruelty-free, the only options are to be sold online or to be a part of the pilot program through Cruelty Free International. The Leaping Bunny Pilot Project avoids post-market testing by requiring all participating companies to perform an immediate product recall in the event of a safety hazard, to avoid triggering post-market animal testing.
Wet n Wild is not Leaping Bunny certified, which makes it ineligible for this program. Till some hours after the exposure, Wet n Wild kept on denying that they sell in China.