This post is going to be lengthy due to the included e-mail responses from companies, so let’s dive right into it! I’ve been checking in with many of the brands sold at Sephora for the past 2 months, and I also e-mailed some new ones. Below are the new additions to my cruelty-free list, as well as to my cruelty-free Sephora list. Follow the links to learn more about the brands and look at the products they’re offering at Sephora!
- First Aid Beauty
- Sunday Riley
- NUDE Skincare
OmoroviczaNovember 2015 Update: Opened stores in China
- Kate Somerville*
In related news, we learned yesterday that REN will soon be acquired by Unilever. This is what Anthony Buck, REN CEO, had to say: “It’s been an amazing experience creating and building REN over the last 15 years but it’s time for the brand to go to the next level. Unilever is a great company with great principles; it has a profound understanding of brands and global reach; it makes the perfect partner to help REN fulfil its future potential worldwide. We can’t wait to get started!”
Unilever has great principles?! I hope REN is at least going to remain REN as we know it: a non-toxic, high-quality, and cruelty-free company. I’ll be sure to follow up with REN after their acquisition, which is scheduled for May 2015.
In more positive news, I also added two drugstore brands to my list! Essence is available in so many drugstores all over the world and is an accessible and inexpensive brand, so I’m very happy to be able to add it. Catrice is owned by the same company as Essence, and I’ve heard great things about their makeup. Double stoked!
Thanks to everyone who supports my efforts to make this blog a reliable resource! I really appreciate it and I’m happy to maintain it.
Below are all the e-mail replies from the companies I’ve mentioned above.
We do not test on animals, not even our raw ingredients. Nor do we support any companies who test on animals. They are also vegan friendly. We do not sell in China and our suppliers do not test. I hope this helps!
First Aid Beauty’s statement:
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.
If you have any further questions, please let me know.
Sunday Riley’s statement:
Please find the answers to your questions below:
1) Does your company test their finished products or ingredients on animals at any point during the production? No
2) Are your ingredients tested on animals, either by your suppliers or third parties? No
3) Does your company test on animals when required by law? Are your products sold in mainland China? No
We love our furry friends! I hope I’ve answered your inquiry sufficiently. Please let me know if you have any additional questions. I’m happy to help
Sunday Riley Makeup + Skincare
Perfekt Beauty’s statement:
Richard Anderson : President – Founder : Per-fékt Beauty Inc.
1) Does your company test their finished products or ingredients on animals at any point during the production? NO
2) Are your ingredients tested on animals, either by your suppliers or third parties? NO
3) Does your company test on animals when required by law? Are your products sold in mainland China? NO
NUDE Skincare’s statement:
Thank you for your message and interest in NUDE Skincare. We do not conduct or commission animal testing on raw materials or finished products in any phase of product development, by our laboratories or our suppliers. We do not test any of our products on animals nor does any third party test them on our behalf. We are deeply committed to respecting animal life. NUDE requires raw material suppliers to provide safety information based on scientifically accepted alternative testing methods that meet international safety standards and regulations. Our products are not sold in China.
Please let me know if I can answer any other questions for you.
AMOREPACIFIC has voluntarily discontinued animal testing on cosmetic ingredients and finished goods since 2008. And as of May 1, 2013, we expanded the non-animal testing policy to our suppliers. AMOREPACIFIC brand is sold in Hong Kong, not in mainland China.
Thank you for your email and interest in Omorovicza products!
I can confirm that the Omorovicza products are free from parabens, PEGs and any synthetic colours and fragrances, 99% natural and also we do not use animal testing at any stage of the manufacturing process.
Following your question about China, I would like to confirm you that due to the delays and problems we recently experienced with delivery / customs procedures in China we are at the moment not shipping online orders to China and working on some suitable solution for the future.
As an alternative solution what other Chinese customers actually suggested is that they place an order on our website, but have a delivery address to Hong Kong (friend or family member maybe?) where everything works smoothly and there are no extra charges as we understand.
There are a few places in Hong Kong where the Omorovicza products are available – please follow the below link for more details:
Thank you for your understanding and please do let me know if you need any further assistance, I would be happy to help!
Have a great day and kind regards,
Omorovicza Customer Services Team
Thank you so much for loving Nudestix. Please see our answers below.
1) Does your company test their finished products or ingredients on animals at any point during the production? No we do not test on animals 😉
2) Are your ingredients tested on animals, either by your suppliers or third parties? No they are not.
3) Does your company test on animals when required by law? Are your products sold in mainland China? No they are not.
4) Are you an independent company? If not, what’s your parent company? We are an independent company.
Kate Somerville’s statement:
Thank you for contacting us.
None of our products are tested on animals, however, it is an industry standard to conduct safety testing (HRIPT) on humans.
There are strict Clinical Testing guidelines on conducting tests on humans (under close supervision of a certified Medical Professional), so we use certified clinical labs for HRIPT (human repeat insult patch test) and Ophthalmology test (on human subjects).
Being that our company philosophy is not to test on animals, we require all of our partners to follow this as well. We check our supply chain and documentation trails to verify.
We also state in the “Quality Policy” section of our website that we do not test on animals.
Our products are sold in the US, Canada, Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia.
The only country in Asia that requires animal testing is China. Kate Somerville does not have a licensed distributor in China.
There are no animal derived ingredients in any of our products except for Goat Milk Cream.
Thank you for contacting us with your questions regarding animal testing. I am glad you enjoy our products. Please know that DERMAdoctor products and ingredients are not tested on animals. To answer your questions:
1) Does your company test their finished products or ingredients on animals at any point during the production? No.
2) Are your ingredients tested on animals, either by your suppliers or third parties? No.
3) Does your company test on animals when required by law? No. We don’t sell DERMAdoctor in countries that require animal testing. Are your products sold in mainland China? No.
I hope this answers your questions. Have a very good day.
DERMAdoctor Customer Service
Statement from Essence and Catrice:
We can assure you that Cosnova is strictly against testing on animals. Our company neither conducts tests on animals, nor commissions it to any third parties and never will. Our suppliers are also selected based on this criterion and we make sure that they never test their products on animals.
In accordance with the new EU Cosmetics Directive, it is generally forbidden to test cosmetics products on animals in Europe. Testing the ingredients for cosmetics on animals is also forbidden in the EU (since 2009).
All cosmetics ingredients are subject to this European legislation and are continuously assessed by independent, scientific advisory boards to ensure the highest level of health protection for the consumer.
Alternatives to animal testing are constantly increasing around the world. For example, tests can be conducted on artificial tissue, skin models or the cultivation of cells in petri dishes.
You will find further answers to questions regarding comsetics and animal testing on the IKW website under the following link: http://www.ikw.org/schoenheitspflege/themen/fragen-antworten/tierversuche-und-alternativmethoden/
Once again, we would like to stress that our cosmetics products are never tested on animals and that we have always been strictly opposed to animal testing. We hope that we were able to answer your question.
Should you have any further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us again.
your essence team
thank you for your reply. We are aware of the fact that in China testing ingredients on animal is required by law. Even though a small amount of our products is produced in Asia we do not sell our products in China so testing ingredients on animals is not required by law in this case.
95% of our essence and Catrice products are produced in Europe so the products produced in Asia are outnumbered and only a small number in our assortment. Our few Asian suppliers have to accomplish severe restrictions and are audited before they are permitted to manufacture products for essence and Catrice. Therefore cruelty-free is one of the main aspects that we require for any cooperation. To assure Asian raw materials are conform with the European quality-standards and are of no risk for the consumer we perform quality checks and chemical analysis on a regular basis.
We can assure you that cosnova neither conducts tests on animals, nor commissions it to any third parties and never will.
If you have further questions do not hesitate to contact us again.
Kind regards from Germany,
Customer Care Support Manager