does bare escentuals test on animals

Bare Escentuals does not test on animals and their products aren’t sold in China. They’re therefore cruelty-free. This also includes Bare Minerals, Buxom, and MD Formulations. Reminder: They’re owned by Shiseido, so their parent-company does test on animals.

Here’s the official claim on their website:

Does your company test on animals or contain animal ingredients?

Please feel at ease when using Bare Escentuals and mdformulations products as we do not test any products on animals. We also do not work with any manufacturers that do animal testing.
Bare Escentuals natural haired brushes are made of Goat and Pony. Please note that no animals are harmed in the process of making our brushes. For our customers who chose not to use animal haired brushes we do offer a variety of high end synthetic brushes.

Here’s their reply to my e-mail:

Hello Kitty,

Thank you for contacting Bare Escentuals. I can certainly assist you with your animal testing inquiry.
Please feel at ease with using Bare Escentuals products. We have never tested our products on animals and we will continue to not conduct animal testing. We also do not work with any manufacturers that do animal testing.
Our products are not sold in China.

Warmest Regards,
Bare Escentuals Beauty Associate

  • Tammy Boch Chabria

    Shisheido is on PETA’s list of companies that don’t test. Is that list incorrect?

  • Tammy Boch Chabria

    Never mind, looked at it wrong. Shiseido does test.

  • Eleonora Legittimo

    Thank you for sharing with us this information, but I’ll have to admit: I’m a little bit confused right now…I read what you wrote about animal testing and it was illuminating to me, but now I don’t understand your criteria: if Bare Escentuals has no leaping bunny but it is just on PETA’s list (which isn’t reliable) why you assume it’s cruelty free anyway? We know that isn’t enough to not sell in China (what about not exclusively cosmetics ingredients?)
    I don’t want to seem rude and those questions aren’t provocatives, I just want to really understand! Could you please help me to clarify? Thank you for all your work anyway!

    • Eleonora, thanks for your kind words! Your question isn’t rude at all and I understand where you’re coming from.

      For PETA-approved brands, I tend to verify the company’s animal policy by contacting them directly and doing some research. I post that correspondence so that you (and every other reader) can decide whether or not to support the brand in question.

      I hope this clarifies it! Let me know if you have more questions.