Who loves a good rant? Not me, but I had to vent here, and I am sure many of you will agree with me on this.
There are different custom tax levels, depending on what you buy, but beauty products are taxed at 35%, which is so much higher than state tax, and I am taxed for the products and the shipping too. And then there's an additional "handling fee", which I used to moan all about, until I was told that in Germany you have to go collect your order in person and pay customs there and then, as well as filling countless documents and waiting for hours at the end. So that makes you change your mind about handling fee pretty quickly, I would rather have it delivered to me, it turns out those 10€ are rather well spent, who knew? As I mentioned, custom taxes vary up to 50% depending on the thing and there's always the small print, but let's leave it it at that, it is too complicated subject to get into, and I am not an expert, I am just a consumer.
Remember, when Mahalo released their limited edition box a couple of months earlier? It cost 250 dollars or euros (not sure, I didn't buy it) and I winced when a couple of Instagram buddies from EU mentioned that they were taxed at around 87€ on top of that! Umm, why are be being punished for spending our hard earned money? And since when buying perfume or nail polish online is hazardous and I am apparently breaking postal laws?
I nearly forgot to include a piece on where I am on the green beauty spectrum, aka how much of a purist I am. As you can see, the struggle is real here, so I am doing the best I can with what I have, but as the time goes by, I am definitely more of a purist to when I was starting, and I am very pleased I don't have to compromise with ingredients anymore. Times and products change, and I am changing with them, I mean there were times when I used PurMinerals when I was featured on No More Dirty Looks a year or two ago (see the post here) and sadly said brand (and a couple of others I had my eye on) reformulated their products to include more chemicals than minerals. I hate when companies do that! Andalou Naturals did that too, and now they include silicones in the BB creams, serums and so on. Why? And I mean WHY do that? It was one of the brands I wanted to try so badly and did a happy dance when I found them in one of the health shops here, and guess what? A week later they sneakily reformulated without letting their customers know about it. I was alerted about this by someone on Instagram, who compared the ingredients list of old and new formulas. Guess what? I've been wanting to try Turmeric line, sensitive skin line and one of their BB creams for summer, because they have SPF30, but now they lost me as a customer. Not only we have to sift through a huge amounts of greenwashing, but cases like this sadly happens.
That's it, rant over. Mic drop! 🎤🎤🎤
So there's that, my blog post for today. I hope this answers the questions you had for me, and if I not, you can always reach out to me via social media. What are your thoughts on these? Have you had to pay those pesky custom charges too?
*Update: I seemed to touch a raw nerve with this post, be sure to check out an interesting discussion that developed on my IG page here.
Lots of Love,
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