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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.

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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. :-/

Kiss & Make-up

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 ?

Bengali Girl

This is terrible 🙁

Kitty Blackadder

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.


You might wanna check out VMV Hypoallergenics? Incredible for sensitive skin, but they only sell in certain countries (US does I believe). Also, I found it similar in price range and feel, though I prefer the VMV one more because of the smell and feel after. 🙂


Try the skinfix facial cleanser – similar to the first aid beauty, but more moisturising. They are cruelty free and have many fab products for sensitive skin. I have eczema and have no issues with them.

Melodie | Seven Lives & More

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 🙂


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 🙂


Thank you for the update. I’m so disappointed that I’ll have to stop purchasing my favorite cleanser as it does such a good job removing makeup and oil without drying my face. 🙁 It’s inexcusable to not guarantee cruelty-free suppliers when they so recently required it!


It looks like they changed it again. The policy is as follows : “First Aid Beauty does not conduct any testing of ingredients or products on animals or advocate animal testing on ingredients and/or finished products and endeavors to work with partners who share our same values.” I have emailed them on this change and am currently awaiting a response.


I have been such a fan of FAB and use probably 10-15 of their products frequently, so this was devastating news. I emailed them and their representative said that they are looking to confirm their status in a couple weeks. I checked today and this is what their claim currently states :

“First Aid Beauty does not conduct any testing of ingredients or products on animals or advocate animal testing on ingredients and/or finished products and endeavors to work with partners who share our same values.”

Is this different or new? What are the thoughts on this current statement.

Erin Ahern

Thank you very much for your updates. I seriously appreciate you for the time you take to fact check and update us on the changing statuses.


So disappointed I bought my first FAB product today only to find out this news 🙁 Thanks for keeping us updated.