Ask Osmosis :: Are the brushes in your Colour collection sustainable and are any animals harmed?
We use the same manufacturer that makes top quality brushes for Laura Mercier, Trish McEvoy, Nars and many of the larger retail cosmetic companies. They are hand sewn and crimped. The handle is made out of wood and the brush ferrel is nickel. They use suppliers whose handles come from managed wood reforestation programs.
Our brush manufacturer is a big supporter of the Free Arts NYC which provides under-served children and families with a unique combination of educational arts and mentoring programs. Our brush manufacturer is also environmentally sensitive and supports the fight against animal testing by supporting organizations such as Friends of the Asian Elephant who are dedicated to promoting the conservation, providing treatments, rehabilitation, and rescue for sick, injured and maltreated elephants. They are also working with Glenice Moore, an internationally known artist and author. Her instructional painting books are helping to raise money for the Dian Fossey Mountain Gorilla Fund.
Most of our brushes use goat or pony hair or a combination of both. Usually the mane or tail is shaved from the animals to acquire the hair quality. The animals are maintained with good nutritional diets to get better hair quality from them and no animal is ever killed for it. It would be an expensive process to acquire new animals all the time interfering with the sustainability of our brushes.
We also use some squirrel hair with the same integrity for the squirrels. The only synthetic brush in our line is the Eyeliner/Brow brush.