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Paul Mitchell Pulls Out of Chinese Market

Written by Michelle Kretzer | July 26, 2012

John Paul Mitchell Systems is showing consumers once again why it’s a leader in cruelty-free compassion. The hair-care and salon giant has decided to pull entirely out of the Chinese market rather than having its products tested on animals. Paul Mitchell, whose products have never been tested on animals anywhere in the world and who had not yet been required to do so in China, is the first cruelty-free company to stop selling in that country in order to prevent cruel animal tests For this bold move, PETA, which has been in communication with the company for months, is presenting Paul Mitchell with its Courage in Commerce Award.


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Mary Kay, Avon, and Estée Lauder recently sold out animals when they began paying for animal testing in order to market their products in China and were thus promptly removed from PETA’s cruelty-free list. But compassionate companies such as Paul Mitchell and Urban Decay are proving that they’d rather have clear consciences than a few extra yuan in their wallets.

After PETA funded a group of scientists to travel to China and offer their advice on replacing animal experiments with superior non-animal methods, the country is poised to approve its first non-animal cosmetics test

In the meantime, please use PETA’s Caring Consumer database and support only companies that refuse to pay for any animal tests—no matter where in the world they are conducted.

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  • Vicki Brown says:

    This is really great news and very encouraging that compassion and empathy rises above the pocketbook. This is a great stride, but I encourage Paul Mitchell and others who refuse animal-testing their products to consider ELIMINATING PALM OIL FROM THEIR PRODUCTS AS WELL. Using palm oil is a form of animal cruelty since habitats for Indonesian flora and fauna are being eliminated for palm oil plantaitons. The Black Rhino is almost extinct and the orangutan, among many other species, are on the brink. Please, let’s broaden the definition of cruelty to include indirect actions!!

  • Jennifer says:

    Thank you Paul Mitchell for doing what is right. I wish more companies were like yours. Thanks for setting such a great example!

  • Polyschore says:

    Thank you, PETA, for all you do.  I only wish I could give more.  Thank you, too, to the Paul Mitchell company for being a leader, acting on compassion and the ethical treatment of animals.

  • Roxanne Jenkins says:

    After hearing you on t.v. (the Crystal Cathedral), I am especially proud of my son’s affiliation with Paul Mitchell School. Your prevention of animal cruelty comes in second to the true acknowledgment of your success. My son sold personal items making a street sign, “Help get me through Paul Mitchell school!”, in order to graduate, along with loans and scholarships. Our family is very proud of his success and association with the Paul Mitchell values.

  • Sheryl R says:

    Thank you Paul Mitchell!! I just had a whole conversation yesterday with my hairdresser while getting a hair cut, about why we ONLY purchase Paul Mitchell brand products because they are 100% cruelty free! Such an inspiring company! Loyal customer for life!

  • Lucy says:

    I’m always impressed when I read about Paul Mitchell products. I remember reading about the founder putting shampoo into his own eye to signify he wouldn’t have them test on innocent animals.

  • chander kumar soni says:

    thanks paul.

  • Liz says:

    JPM products are the best and the company is fab. Well done JPM for being industry leaders.

  • lisa says:

    Have been using Paul Mitchell products for 4 years when i became a vegetarian i also have my hair coloured using their products not many hairdressers have Paul Mitchells colourants and they say are expensive to buy luckly my hairdresser do, lovely products and great for your hair.

  • Linda says:

    I love Paul Mitchell products, and I am so happy that I can continue to use them. Thank you for myself the the animals you saved.

  • Shari says:

    Thank you Paul Mitchell for keeping your products cruelty-free and out of China. After seeing the story about you on 20/20 last week, I am even more so impressed now by your commitment to not allow testing to be done on animals for your products. Keep up the great work and thank you for having a conscience!!

  • Lisa Anderson says:

    Thank you Paul Mitchell for being a friend to animals. I am a dedicated user of your products. Not only do they make my hair look wonderful, I know there is no cruelty involved and that is my priority.

  • Susan Buch says:

    It’s been so stressful trying to find and switch to animal cruelty free products. Thank you and God bless you Paul Mitchell Products. I’m heading to the store now to purchase some of your products. Do you make haircolor? I sure hope so.

  • KITITA says:

    WE ARE SO PROUD OF YOU PAUL MITCHELL KEEP UP THE PERFECT WORK FOR A FUTURE WITHOUT CRUELTY AND REMEMBER WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND THIS MEANS YOUR KIND ACTIONS WILL BRING YOU AND YOUR COMPANY LOST OF SUCCESS AND THE MONEY WILL MULTIPLY

  • Susan Rubin says:

    I will start buyin Paul Mitchell products.I purchase my hair care products at Super Cuts where I get my hair done. I’ll let the hair dresser at Super Cuts know so that they can tell other clients.

  • theres olsson says:

    If I dind´t know why I loved your products before I DO now.

  • theres olsson says:

    If I dind´t know why I loved your products before I DO now.

  • lynda says:

    thank u soooooooooo much paul mitchel. i love ur stuff and only will buy products that dont animal test xxxxxxxxxooooooooooo

  • ober0n says:

    I was looking for replacements for my hair products since Estee Lauder sold out. Paul’s decision has made my choice easy. I vote with my money and my votes will be for Paul Mitchell products.

  • ober0n says:

    I was looking for replacements for my hair products since Estee Lauder sold out. Paul’s decision has made my choice easy. I vote with my money and my votes will be for Paul Mitchell products.

  • Sarah says:

    I use Paul Mitchell color. It is the best. Thank you for caring about your customers who are concerned about animal rights.

  • Vikas Jain says:

    Save animals, save humanity, save earth, save creature of god. Only one way to make a batter world is Save animal save humanity. We feel pain, these animals also feels the same. We human love our children,these animals also do the same. The difference is we human are selfish, money minded, cheap, but these animals do not have these qualities.

  • helen buchanan says:

    I love him. I have his “doggie” products that say tested on humans-love that!! I was an Avon rep for 6 years-proudly and then I quit when then sold out to China. no amount of money is worth what they do.

  • Rose Marie Zahr says:

    Congratulations to John Paul Mitchell Systems! We need more leaders as you! Thank you for your compassion and for the example to the leaders os the industries. Hip, hip, urr@@@@@@@@@@!

  • Elsje Massyn says:

    Paul Mitchell – you are a GIANT hero in my heart. If your products are sold in South Africa, you have found another fan in me and I will support you and spread the word.

  • Lene says:

    Thank You so much!! ;)

  • terri says:

    OMG….wtf???? Absoultely NOOOOOO animal testing!

  • P says:

    VERY NOBEL OF PAUL MITCHELL. BRAVO! I WILL BUY YOUR PRODUCTS. THANK YOU!

  • MARTHA LIBIA PEÑA HERRERA says:

    ¡EXCELNTE! FELICITO A PAUL MITCHEL, POR SER UN BUEN SER HUMANO Y NO QUERER SER UN VILLANO MAS DE LA CRUELDAD ANIMAL PROBANDO LOS PRODUCTOS EN ANIMALES.

  • Monica says:

    @Bethany…this is the quote from that link you posted: “Mary Kay does not conduct animal testing on its products or ingredients, nor ask others to do so on its behalf, except when absolutely required by law. There is only one country where the company operates – among more than 35 around the world – where that is the case and where the company is required by law to submit products for testing – China.” Yet….Mary Kay continues selling it’s products in China. It’s all about the money. Thank you Paul Mitchell for continuing your advocacy of animal free cosmetic products!

  • Jennifer says:

    From now on I am ONLY buying Paul Mitchell and I am passing the word on!!!!!!

  • Neusa says:

    Boicote empresas cruéis! Stop!

  • jenbag0999 says:

    Sooooo happy!!!! Paul Mitchell is awesome!!!!!! Finally a company does the right thing regarding business in China!!! I am forwarding this to all my friends!!!! Way to go Paul Mitchell!!!! You have me as a customer for LIFE!!!!! Love you and PETA!!!!

  • nicola thomson says:

    dont think i can say anything more than what haz alreadi been sed!! thank u mr mitchell think yer brill!!xx

  • Natasha says:

    Thank you Paul Mitchell for having the balls to do what is right!! Will support your company 100% and will suggest your products to everyone I know!

  • Ruth says:

    Good for you Paul Mitchell! I have used your products for years and love them. Now that I am vegan (since January), I look closely at every product I buy and do research on products I have used to see if they are cruelty free.

  • Pamela says:

    Thank you for doing the right thing and not allowing innocent animals to suffer!!

  • mark says:

    You are the best! consideration of LIFE over money; It does my heart good, to see a non-greedy company, so hard to find this now a days. Thank You very much…. Anytime that I buy products that you sell, compared to your competitor, YOU will get the sale, every time….you are a caring person, hard to find;;;

  • nik says:

    Bravo Paul Mitchell! Your Awapuhi Wild Ginger Shampoo and Lemon Sage Energizing Body Lotion are going on my shopping list right now. Cheers!

  • Cheryl says:

    A million thank yous for caring. Will definitely start checking out your products. I agree with others – you have done the right thing. China will hopefully learn through your honestly and compassion.

  • ANGELA CALAIS says:

    THANK YOU PAUL MITCHELL! I will immediately begin to make it my business to purchase my hair products from my salon…and if they do not carry Paul Mitchell products I will STRONGLY suggest that they start. I have used Estee Lauder and Avon products for years. I will no longer being using ANY of their products…and I will RETURN TO THE STORE any products I receive as gifts.

  • Sarah V says:

    Luv you Luv your hairspray !!!!!

  • Kate Nealon-Sands says:

    HOORAY for Paul Mitchell!!!! It takes a hair product giant to start a movement and I think you have, Mr. Mitchell. Thanks for your kindness toward animals in this world.

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