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THE SAD REALISATION OF AN OPIUM USER

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Emy Will

Emy Will

Greetings from Johannesburg, South Africa. Although I have a doctorate in psychotherapy, my main passion is advocating for nonhuman animal rights. I condemn all cruelty to nonhuman animals and therefore follow a vegan lifestyle. I would like to connect with other animal activists from all over the world. The fur trade is one of the most abhorrent practices on this planet. Innocent animals are subjected to prolonged suffering for a trivial fashion item. As the chairperson of Fur Free SA. we campaign towards ending the global fur industry. This might not happen in my lifetime, but even if I leave one footprint behind, that is one step closer to the goal. This blog is a forum to discuss all aspects of the fur industry. It also raises issues around animal activism in general. Johannesburg is a crazy city and I need to escape from time to time. This photo was taken next to the magnificent Zambezi river.

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Opium, with its heady scent, is a perfume created for fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent (YSL).  It was a perfume that I enjoyed wearing as it reminded me of the Zanzibar spice fields, which I have visited. Then, when I started investigating more deeply into the fur industry I learn that Yves Saint Laurent has a huge real fur collection. I was mortified!

opiumFUR In Yves Saint Laurent’s fashion collection

Saint Laurent fur collection

So why am I sharing this experience?
Well, I have learnt how important it is to check out products if one wants to live ethically. Not only might ingredients be tested on animals but there might also be fur in the closet.  

Please don’t support the despicable fur industry – even indirectly.

 

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10 Comments

  1. Danusia Bourdon says:

    OMG there’s no getting away from it is there? I use YSL perfume, won’t buy anymore!!

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    • Emy Will says:

      I know exactly how you feel Danusia. It is a pity really, as there is something quite special about YSL perfume.
      I read that musk is also an ingredient in Opium. Hopefully it is synthetic and not from some harmless civet.
      Fortunately there are ethical alternatives.

      Thanks for the visit:)

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  2. I also thought musk was used, Emy. I didn’t know they used civets, but a lot of musk deer are certainly being killed for it. In fact, they have almost been wiped out because of it. 😦

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    • Emy Will says:

      You are absolutely right, Amelia. Musk deer are sadly killed for this ingredient 😥 Humans who do this are totally immoral!
      I just cut and pasted the following about civets.
      “The civet is a small, carnivorous wildcat native to Africa and India. The musk produced by a gland at the base of the civet’s tail – also called civet oil – is widely used as a perfume ingredient in North America and Europe. Frequently, civet oil is reproduced synthetically for use in perfume compositions”.
      As far as I know sometimes musk is also extracted from male minks for cosmetic purposes.
      Why these people did not start manufacturing a synthetic fragrance from the outset is beyond me.
      Thanks for the comment.

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  3. Jackie says:

    How horrible! I’m so glad I gave up using Opium perfume years ago!

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    • Emy Will says:

      You are so right, Jackie – It is horrible. Because of excellent marketing Opium became THE perfume of the 70s.
      Thank goodness there are now perfumes that don’t use animal products. To be ethical one has to do “homework”, as I have discovered along the way.

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