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  • I just came across two products that are not listed on your awesome list- Cake beauty and Hikari. Could you please let me know if they are cruelty free?

  • So Eco make cruelty-free, environmentally sustainable makeup brushes, but I haven’t been able to find any information on what the bristles are made from. I have emailed and am awaiting a response so that you might list them as CF and vegan.

  • Dear Brooklyn,

    Thank you for your mail. All our products are cruelty free and we do not test on animals. We are a 100% Natural, Plant based and Vegan company. We do not currently sell in China.

    Feel free to write back if you have questions.

    Best regards,

    Natasha

    SKINYOGA
    http://www.skinyoga.in
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    Just thought this would help (it’s sold at ulta).

  • Hi Suzi! I recently came across a brand called Sleek Makeup. Their Parent company is the Walgreens Boots Alliance, and I was wondering if you knew if Sleek was cruelty free? I’ve seen several posts stating that they are,however it’s hard to find on their website and the blog posts are from early 2016. Thanks for everything and your hard work on this wonderful blog!

  • Re: Perricone. Perricone is NOT cruelty free. They sell in China where animal testing is conducted. Therefore, Perricone is NOT a cruelty free company. Just because a company claims to be cruelty free in the US does not mean that they are a cruelty free company 🙁

  • Colorescience. A friend of mine recommended them and say they are cruelty free, but I can’t find evidence either way (there is a small statement in their FAQs that says no animal testing, but I find many companies have this and aren’t telling the truth). Do you know anything about this company?

  • Hello!
    Is there a way to print the MANY resources Suzi provides on Cruelty Free Kitty using as little paper as possible? For example, I tried highlighting the 2017 Cruelty Free list & printing that selection; it prints the words in a large font & using many pages.
    Any suggestions are appreciated. Thank you!

    • Hi Donna! Have you tried signing up for the mailing list? As soon as you sign up, you receive a printer-friendly version of the list (it only takes 2-3 pages).

  • Does anyone knows if w7 is a cruelty free brand? If the back of the products they say “Not tested on animals”, but this brand isn’t in any list of cruelty free brands that I’ve read

    • I found them on one of the “cruelty free” lists. Can’t tell you which one but I put them on mine “safe to buy” list 🙂

  • I received this email from MAKE UP FOREVER:

    “Hi Erica,

    “We do not test our products on animals. Since 1989 we have been deeply committed to the elimination of animal testing, long before the 2013 European Union ban.

    “We are actively working to promote the development, validation, and recognition of alternative methods, notably through the European trade association for the cosmetics industry (Cosmetics Europe) and our support for the “European Partnership for Alternative Approaches to Animal Testing”.

  • Hello, as someone who wears vegan makeup and shops cruelty free I recently realized one of the LARGEST cruelty free brands is not actually cruelty free and I had to bring this to your attention. Tarte is owned by KOSÉ which is not a cruelty free company and also sells products in Japan. I dont’t know how a company can claim to be cruelty free when it is owned by a company who is not. I am also confused about how this was missed? If you buy a Tarte product although they might not test on animals the money goes to support a larger company that has many brands that do. Please remove them from your list of provide further explanation. Thank you.

  • Hello! I just wanted to ask if you, Suzi, or anyone else knows if Juvia’s Place is truly cruelty free? Their website says they are. For further evidence, I’ve tried emailing them the questions recommended in one of your articles, but they just gave me the “blanket statement” that they were cruelty free and didn’t answer any specific questions. I would very much appreciate any info anyone might have!

  • Makeup Mekka is a Norwegian cruelty free brand ;D It wasn’t on the list of cruelty-free brands. But don’t know if it ships internationaly.

  • Are OGX® products tested on animals?
    OGX® does not initiate animal tests on either finished products or ingredients whether directly or indirectly. All ingredients used are carefully monitored. All suppliers are requested to confirm that their materials have not been tested on animals. Ingredients which do not have this data supplied for them are not used in any products. OGX® is against the suffering endured by animals when ingredients and products are tested. We support suppliers and organizations that are developing alternative methods of testing without using animals.

    ^^ this is what OGx promotes on their website, and on their bottles it says “not tested on animals”
    I see that they are on the list of companies that test on animals, so 2 questions: 1. what am i missing here? Is it that they sell to mainland china? and 2. How am i supposed to dig further? What is it that I need to be looking for or asking for .. because from the naked eye, this company looks to be cruelty-free.
    PLEASE HELP!! I just want to do my part and learn 🙂

  • Hi Suzi could you possibly look into Highborn London and Huda Beauty? The latter is a right muddle of information to say the least. Highborn are all over Facebook and I have messages from the owner confirming Cruelty Free but I’m nowhere near as good as you at teasing the truth out 🙂 thank you x

  • Hi, Suzi! Thank you for the excellent, transparent resource. I’m wondering if you’ve looked into CYO cosmetics. It’s new to Walgreens as of fall 2017 and their website says they don’t use animal testing on their products or ingredients and that they aren’t selling anywhere but the US, but they’re working on getting their product elsewhere. Have you looked into them or contacted them at all? (https://www.cyocosmetics.com/us/)

  • Hi Suzi, just wondering if you can let me know if the brand Essano is cruelty free? They claim to be cruelty free but are not certified and their website is confusing as to whether or not they truly are cruelty free. Thanks!

  • Rodan + Fields is known to be cruelty free but they aren’t mentioned anywhere on the site. Can they be added or checked?

  • Hi Suzi,
    I was excited to try Tarte cosmetics. I bought some concealer from Ulta but noticed that it was made in China. I e-mailed the company and was told that they only use the best factories in China. So they can’t be cruelty free, right?

  • Hi Suzi, if a brand is crulty-free, but the brand is owned by a company who test on animal, (like Baremineral is owned by Shiseido), can we by their products?

  • Hi! I am so happy I found your website/blog because I can always trust to find an extensive list of cruelty free and vegan brands of make-up and skincare even stating if they have a parent company that does still test on animals! Just wanted to commend you on that! Also just to add to your list maybe you can look in to the beauty bakery. It looks like a very nice beauty brand which are PETA approved and not owned by any parent animal testing company. Keep up your blog!

    Kind regards,

    Rowan

  • If testing on animals is banned in new zealand does that mean brands like mac and benefit that are sold here are cruelty free or can they still be tested somewhere else then imported here??

  • I recently found out on your website that Moroccanoil was no longer cruelty free. I loved their curl cream. Do you know of any alternatives?

  • Hi, I just bought an organic schampoo that’s supposed to be really good, but uncleverly never thought of checking if it’s animal cruelty free! Do you know anything about Dr. Organic products?

  • I was wondering if you have heard any updates with the brand Biore Beauty? Recently, Madelaine Petsch, a famously known vegan, has partnered with the brand and she has stated that they are a cruelty-free brand. Just wondering if aside from that statement there has been any further proof cause they are still selling their products in China.

  • Is Elizabeth Arden cruelty free? I didn’t see Smashox on the list but I thought they were cruelty free. Thank you.

  • Hello, you say L’occitane test their products on animals but in their website they say that they dont, just some chinese laboratories test their products on animals. So pratically it’s the Chinese goverment that does the testing, not the company itself. But what’s really happening? All this time I thought they were cruelty free..

  • I am a salon professional and I am moving to Boquete Panama in June. I was wondering if you have a list of both professional and non professional products that are available internationally? Thank you.

    • Unfortunately not. They may test some products on “Episkin” but not everything can bypass animal testing. There’s also the post-market testing, meaning that products can be pulled off the shelves and tested on animals. Brands that sell in mainland China today still agree to animal testing and there’s no way around it.

  • I saw your shoppers guide which I somehow did not get when I signed up, or i lost it. However, I am wondering if you have a list that is a phone app I could use? Thanks 🙂

  • I am under the impression that BATH AND BODY WORKS does test! I do not see them listed on this site. I was hoping you could add this company to the Non-test or Does Test list once you get definitive info on where they stand. I think they sell overseas and that means China could be a customer 🙁 I look forward to hearing your thoughts. Thx for the great job of creating a valuable resource for people to come to and get educated. Btw- For reasons you stated and then some, I no longer follow Peta’s Shopping Guide.

  • Hi Suzi! Our haircare brand, Kavella, would love to be added to your cruelty-free list as a 100% Vegan brand! We are certified Vegan and Cruelty-Free by PETA and are Leaping Bunny Approved.

  • Hi, Suzi. I have relied on your list for a long time, but I find it disappointing that you have evidently decided to stop monitoring/answering questions. We depend on you for expert clarification!

  • I was wondering if Huda Beauty is cruelty-free? I’m pretty sure it isn’t considering it uses real mink to make fake lashes but I want to be sure.

  • I heard that’s l’oreal No longer own the body shop and instead a company called natura own them? Do you know How to do fare in terms of animal testing please? Also anyone heard of the spa find brand in the Uk who are owned by finders international? They state they do not test on animals but not sure if they are owned by anyone else who might sell in China?

  • Good evening! I was just wondering if anyone knew of any brands that have cruelty-free products available for men? (Hair care, body care, etc) that sort of thing. My boyfriend has recently agreed to start going cruelty-free along with me.

  • I posted earlier about Too Faced and now I am looking into the other products that I thought were cruelty-free that have parent companies that are not. How do you feel about that? I love Bare Minerals and Aveda but they both have parent companies. I am trying to figure out what is right and wrong in this situation. Any advice?

  • Good day to you!

    I had a concern about a product I came across at the drugstore and purchased since they have been labeled eco-friendly and cruelty-free. It’s called Love Beauty & Planet. I was wanting to know your opinion on this new brand as I haven’t seen you post anything about it. I’m trying to be more environmentally conscious and I find this venture to be much, much harder to do than I expected. Your opinion would be much appreciated. Thanks!

  • Hi Suzi!
    I wondered why Monat haircare isn’t on your list? It is Leaping Bunny Certified, cruelty free, vegan, gluten free and naturally based.

    Thanks!
    Shannon

  • I just came across a brand that says they never test on animals – Kari Gran. Would you be able to confirm that they are cruelty free?

  • I want to know if Huda Beauty is cruelty-free. They say that they are certified as cruelty free, but where are those certifications from? Or are they in the process of becoming certified?

  • Hi Suzi,

    I have really interested in Sugarpill Cosmetics, Lime Crime, and Black Moon Cosmetics and they are all cruelty-free. I didn’t see them on your lists, but I know that they are because they list it on the FAQs on their websites. You should add them to your lists. 🙂

  • Hi!

    I love,love, love your site! I just wanted to message to let you know you that The Body Shop is no longer owned by L’oreal – it’s owned by Natura.

    Many thanks,
    Mali

  • Hi Suzi,

    I was wondering if you knew if TLM color changing foundation is cruelty free.I’m really interested in buying it because I have yet to find a foundation that actually matches my skin tone but I don’t want to buy it if its not cruelty free.Please contact me at your earliest convenience.

    Thanks,
    Mallory

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