Inglot Animal Testing

If you’re a makeup addict, you’ve probably encountered Inglot. Similarly to MAC, they have stand-alone stores all over the world and offer a huge selection of products.

Since we’ve already established that MAC tests on animals, would Inglot be a better alternative?

Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like it.

1. PETA Approval and Certifications


Inglot can be found on PETA’s Caring Consumer list, under the cruelty-free brands. This means that Inglot signed an agreement of no animal testing with PETA.

However, Inglot can’t be found on Leaping Bunny’s list. For more information about the difference between Leaping Bunny and PETA certification, click here (opens in a new tab).

2. Official Policy

My questions are in bold, followed by responses from Inglot. The following is their official animal testing policy.

CFK: Does Inglot test finished products or ingredients on animals at any point during the production?

INGLOT: As required by the Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 30 November 2009 on cosmetic products, we do not test on animals – nor ingredients, neither finished products – at any point during the production.

CFK: Do your ingredient suppliers test on animals?

INGLOT: Ingredients intended to be used in our cosmetic products are not tested on animals by our suppliers.

CFK: Does any third party test on animals on your behalf?

INGLOT: There are no third parties testing on animals on our behalf.

CFK: Does Inglot test on animals when required by law? Are your products sold in mainland China?

INGLOT: INGLOT does not test on animals when required by law. Our cosmetics are not sold in mainland China.


3. My Commentary

Based on the above responses, we can trust that Inglot themselves don’t test on animals. They also don’t test on animals where required by law, which is fantastic.

However, a red flag was raised when Inglot mentioned their suppliers.

I asked for more clarification and got the following response:

INGLOT: “Please be advised that our policy is to check every single cosmetic ingredient whether it is tested on animals, before we introduce it into our formulations. In case we came to know that such tests are being conducted, or if the supplier refuses to confirm that he would not test his substances on animals, we would not purchase such ingredients.”

INGLOT: “Please note also that we do not buy and process any ingredients that are of non-cosmetic use.”

What this means is that Inglot cannot guarantee that their suppliers don’t test on animals, because it’s highly possible that their suppliers test non-cosmetic ingredients on animals.

It’s not uncommon for suppliers of raw materials to provide a wide variety of ingredients, ranging from cosmetic to skincare to medical. For a makeup company to be cruelty-free, they must choose a supplier that doesn’t perform any animal testing on any ingredients.

Although Inglot themselves don’t purchase any non-cosmetic ingredients, it’s sound to say that the ingredients found in their products aren’t tested on animals. However, because they might support suppliers that test on animals, this doesn’t make Inglot a cruelty-free company.

2. Bottom Line: Not Cruelty-Free

Because Inglot couldn’t guarantee that their suppliers don’t test on animals, I won’t be adding them to my list of cruelty-free brands.

It’s really unfortunate that yet another PETA-approved brand is revealed not to be cruelty-free.

  • Aw, what a pity.

    • On the positive side, it’s still a PETA-approved company and they don’t sell in China, which is better than many other brands!

      • Joanne

        I would have to say that any company who A) Does not conduct animal testing B) Uses only ingredients that are not tested on animals C) Does not sell in countries that require animal testing … Is cruelty free. The bottom line is a manufacturer can only be responsible for the products they produce and raw materials they purchase.. They cannot be held responsible for another companies policy. By only purchasing raw materials that are not tested on animals, they are sending a message to their suppliers. I applaud INGLOT for their commitment in being cruelty free. The Chinese market is worth millions of dollars, INGLOT’s refusal to sell in main land China is a clear indication of the companies integrity and commitment to remain cruelty free.

  • They might support suppliers who test on animals. For this reason, I for one wouldn’t claim that they’re cruelty-free. I wouldn’t claim that they support animal testing either, but there’s just not enough proof supporting that they’re cruelty-free. Let me know if you want more clarification!

  • Roxanne Royal

    They are literally saying that if they are doubtful of their suppliers they “would not purchase such ingredients.” Please add it to Cruelty Free, because it is & all of their statements are solid proof. The line between cruel and cruelty free isn’t thin……..

    • The ingredients used in their products are not tested on animals, but their suppliers might test on animals. I don’t consider this to be 100% cruelty-free, but you’re absolutely free to do so!

      • K. M. C.

        Hi Suzi, I don’t know if you saw my message above… I usually find you have pretty good instincts but in this case you keep repeating the word “Might” a lot. Since they replied back before, maybe you could give them the benefit of the doubt long enough to write back and ask for confirmation on this?
        Perhaps they simply did not think to specify that their suppliers are cruelty free, not realizing this was what was being asked. I personally did not even see it as a specification to even consider until you brought it up later, and if I (fingers crossed!) ever have the chance to have my own beauty line that was cruelty free, and was asked the same questions you asked, I would have likely answered in a similar manner, even if I had looked into it and confirmed for myself that the suppliers are cruelty free.
        It would be great to know for sure, I think everyone would like to see more names added to the cruelty free list, and who knows? Maybe it was simple miscommunication and Inglot could be next? They certainly seem transparent about there stance on animal testing.

        • Hi! I appreciate the input and understand where you’re coming from. They’re on PETA’s cruelty-free list, and they’re a Euro company, so all signs point to a cruelty-free status.

          The thing is this. I did go back and forth with several people in different positions, and no one could confirm that none of their suppliers test on animals. I also know that PETA’s requirements aren’t as strict as Leaping Bunny’s.

          I’m definitely not saying that Inglot isn’t cruelty-free, which is why I’m using the word “might” a lot. Inglot might be cruelty-free, but they’re definitely not making me feel confident about it, which is why I’m not going to purchase from them or promote them.

          I know they’re an independent brand and I’m not trying to throw any shade. I’m just trying to be fair.

          • K. M. C.

            Thanks for getting back to me Suzi! I really appreciate it! ^_^ Love your site. It’s my go-to! Thank you so much for all the hard work you do to help make shopping cruelty-free easy for people like me. You truly are amazing, thank you so so much!

  • Maggie

    I don’t think your conclusion makes sense here. They’re saying that if their supplier refuses to confirm whether they test or not, they would NOT purchase those ingredients from them. Or if they find out that the supplier does test (let’s say the supplier told them one thing and they found out otherwise), they would NOT purchase from them. I think that’s being pretty transparent that they refuse to purchase ingredients that are tested.

    • My definition of a cruelty-free company is one that does not purchase from suppliers that test on animals. Even if Inglot only purchases ingredients that aren’t tested on animals, they’re still collaborating with a supplier that might test on animals.

      • I see your point of view, but maybe it’s worth to specify this with the company? If they say, that we don’t buy THIS ingredient (which happened to be tested on animals) but still we buy from this supplier then you are right. But If they say, that we stop buying from them period, then you are not right.
        It’s just need one extra clarification for me.

        • K. M. C.

          Yes please! i really would like to get some clarification as well! Personally if I had received those letters I would not have drawn the same conclusion. Perhaps going a step further to ask, if like you mentioned above, their suppliers do or do not test on animals. You yourself said it was a ‘might’- maybe inglot can answer that too? I’d like to have hope that the glass is half full in this case, and if they can confirm that their suppliers are cruelty free, we will have another ‘win’ to add to the list~! ^_^

  • This makes sense to me, but cruelty-free organizations like the Leaping Bunny, PETA, or Choose Cruelty-Free stipulate that suppliers must not test on animals for a brand to be certified. It’s usually a requirement for suppliers to be fully cruelty-free, so I’m not sure why so many suddenly disagree with this.

  • Jessica

    Are you vegan?

  • annie loi

    I just wanted to thank you for all the information you provide. It’s also nice that Leaping Bunny has different requirements/perspective from PETA because PETA is just too extreme.. and crazy. Considering Inglot’s efforts, it seems like they’d be the type of brand that would look into buying from suppliers that don’t test on animals at all. Fingers crossed, (^-^/)

  • Alexa Bishop

    How can you put brands like Urban Decay and NYX on your cruelty free list but not Inglot? By buying from UD and NYX you are supporting animal testing because your money indirectly goes to the parent company that tests on animals, similar to how if you buy from Inglot your money indirectly goes to suppliers that test in animals. It’s the same right? So wouldn’t it make more sense to remove them from your list or add Inglot with a note about their potential suppliers?

    • Gabrielle Langlois LongprĂ©

      I SO agree with you !

    • Agreed!

    • Kayla Luo

      Strongly agree with you!! I think those owned by non-cf parent companies ones are even worse than the case of inglot. I think what matters to us who truly want to go cf is that we read through such things and make our own opinions.

  • Thanks M! This is actually my goal for this blog. I’m aware that everyone draws the line slightly differently, and I’d rather be transparent and give you as many facts as I can find in order for YOU to make your own decision. Of course I have my own opinion, but I understand and respect others’ point of view as well. 🙂

  • I’m sorry but your list is a total joke.
    You include brands owned by L’Oreal, but you won’t include Inglot.
    Care to explain the reasoning behind it?

    • It’s fine if you don’t agree! That’s why I’m putting this information out there and being transparent. You can find out the reasoning behind my list at the top of that page, with the cruelty-free criteria.

  • Gabrielle Langlois LongprĂ©

    I find your conclusion pushed a little bit too far. For me it is clear that Inlgot makes a big effort to be transparent AND cruelty-free. They’re also an independant companie. I understand your point of view but for me as long as no products or ingredients are tested on animals, it’s considered as cruelty-free.
    I will NEVER support ANY companie owned by L’Oreal or EstĂ©e Lauder but you still put some of them in your cruelty-free list.

  • Cristina

    I’d like to point out that you can’t categorize suppliers in cruelty-free & non-cruelty free because they both sell & buy ingredients to both drug and cosmetic manufacturers. In case of drug companies/manufacturers there’s no way of knowing whenever they did or did not test on animals because they are allowed by law to hide their methods of testing as it is ‘proprietary information’.

  • Cath

    Well, I don’t see how you can call a product/brand cruelty free if it still uses animal derived ingredients (not talking about Inglot, in general). Animals are killed for these ingredients. I think it’s cruelty free only if it is vegan. What is your take on it? 🙂

    • K. M. C.

      Well for example wool can be considered cruelty free if the sheep are well taken care of. It grows back and does not really affect them, and if anything in summer months it is a relief to have heave and warm fleece removed. Same thing for natural ‘fertilizers’. Now, these examples of course don’t have much to do with makeup, but I suppose it’s possible that the same thing can apply in certain instances?