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The first news of 2017 is a sad one.

A change in First Aid Beauty’s animal testing policy was brought to my attention by a reader last month. Since then, I’ve contacted the brand myself several times and came to the same conclusion.

First Aid Beauty can no longer guarantee that their ingredients aren’t tested on animals. This of course means that they can’t be considered to be a cruelty-free brand, and I’ve taken them off of my cruelty-free list.

Please note that this doesn’t mean that First Aid Beauty tests on animals! It only means that some of their suppliers might test on animals. Since the brands on my cruelty-free list can guarantee that no ingredients were tested on animals and no suppliers test on animals, I’ve had to take First Aid Beauty off my list.

The brand will however NOT be moved to the list of brands that test on animals.

At A Glance

  • Finished products tested on animals: No
  • Ingredients tested on animals: Possibly (cannot guarantee that suppliers don’t test on animals)
  • Third party animal testing: No
  • Tested on animals where required by law: No
  • Sold in mainland China: No
  • Certifications: None (claims to be unable to get certified)
  • Parent company: None

Is First Aid Beauty Cruelty-Free?

First Aid Beauty can no longer be considered cruelty-free, since they can’t guarantee that their ingredients aren’t tested on animals by some of their suppliers. The company itself doesn’t test on animals and doesn’t sell to mainland China.

Here’s their latest policy, followed by their older policy. I’ve bolded the main change.

December 2016:

First Aid Beauty does not test our finished products on animals nor do we require our manufacturers to do any product/ingredient animal testing. To produce our products, our manufacturers purchase ingredients from hundreds if not thousands of vendors. These vendors cannot with 100% certainty guarantee that an ingredient is not tested on animals.

March 2015:

First Aid Beauty does not test our ingredients or finished products on animals. We do not test our ingredients or products through a 3rd party. We know this because we pay for the testing and they do everything we ask them to do and don’t do. Our manufacturers/suppliers do not test their ingredients or products on animals. We are not owned or affiliated with any other company. We do not have a parent company and as of today, no one has told me that we are or will be selling in the Chinese market.

Keep in mind that besides the bolded parts, nothing else changed. The brand also assured us that it’s not selling any products in mainland China (where animal testing is required by law).

They also told me that they’re not looking into getting cruelty-free certification since they can’t guarantee that none of their suppliers don’t test on animals.

  • They’re a bit out of my price range in the first place, but I guess I won’t be buying from them in the future. :-/

  • Aw, bummer.

  • Nicollette S

    Wow just when I thought I found a new cruelty free moisturizer this happens ughh!!!
    Does anyone have any recommendations for cruelty free moisturizers for oily combo skin?

    • I use the Anti-Wrinkle Renewal Cream [previously called Anti-Wrinkle Vitamin A Retinyl Palmitate Crème] from Derma E. I haven’t really noticed any anti-aging results to speak of, but I love it just as a moisturiser, especially when I use facial sprays before I put it on. It doesn’t make me break out, or make me any oilier than I would be normally.

      • Nicollette S

        Thanks for the recommendation I will definitely check this out.

    • Sarah Ingerson

      I really like the Youth to the People moisturizer. I got it in my Sephora Play Box, and according to Logical Harmony, it’s Cruelty Free. I have combo skin and it’s moisturizing enough on my dry bits but not too moisturizing on my oily bits.

      • Nicollette S

        Thanks a lot I will check this one out!

      • Nicollette S

        I just checked this out, but it seems to be way out of my price range for such a small amount of product (college student on a budget lol), but thanks for the recommendation!

        • Sarah Ingerson

          It is 🙁 But unfortunately, it’s the only one I’ve found so far. Maybe you could check it out during their spring sale. If you find a cheaper one let me know! Haha

  • Tegan Parish

    This sucks, and research has uncovered more rubbishiness- it appears that TPG growth have a majority stake in elf, and I don’t know their animal testing status. Plus Kat Von D is owned by kendo which is fine, but kendo is owned by LMVH which own a multitude of testing brands so now I’m worried. Was hoping you could look into it 😥

  • This is terrible 🙁

  • Very, very sad news.
    I have very sensitive and dry skin and their facial cleanser is the only reasonably priced one I’ve ever come across that doesn’t cause me an allergic reaction or unbearably stripped skin. Anyone recommend any CF cleansers for my skin type?

    • pinkphoenix1111 .

      I have the same skin type. I’ve been using Tarte’s Rainforest of the Sea Deep Dive Cleansing Gel. A 1.7 oz. size was $12 at Sephora ( they have larger sizes as well). It lasts me a good month or so.

  • I just feel like it’s so freaking unprofessionnal of them not to be able to guarantee the quality of their products. If you can’t guarantee something like that, how can you be sure of how your products are made?! Thats just outrageous to me.
    Thank you so much for the update, I was about to purchase their products for the first time and now i’m definitely backing off! Thank you! xo 🙂

  • Cosmetic_Confections

    First of all I’d like to say how much I love your site!
    It is getting more difficult to find cruelty free brands that bought out. I just recently tried this company and now I’m sad that they have changed their policy.
    As a side note, the Ulta cruelty free list should remove First Aid Beauty 🙂