Is Glossier Cruelty-Free?

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Is Glossier Cruelty-Free?

Yes, Glossier is cruelty-free. They don't test their finished products or ingredients on animals, and neither do their suppliers or any third-parties. It's also verified that their products are not tested on animals anywhere in the world, including mainland China.

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  • Finished products tested on animals


  • Ingredients tested on animals


  • Suppliers test on animals


  • Third party animal testing


  • Sold where animal testing is required by law


About Glossier

“When I started Into The Gloss, I wanted to make beauty as much of an element of personal style as fashion. As I interviewed hundreds of women, I became more and more aware of how flawed the traditional beauty paradigm is. It has historically been an industry based on experts telling you, the customer, what you should or shouldn’t be using on your face.”

—Emily Weiss, CEO

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Is Glossier owned by a parent company that tests on animals?

Glossier operates independently and is not owned by a parent company that partakes in animal testing. Therefore, Glossier’s commitment to being cruelty-free is upheld throughout its entire operation.

In the beauty industry, it’s common for brands to be owned by a larger company. These are called parent companies, and they’re often global corporations such as L’Oreal, Estee Lauder, or Procter & Gamble.

Most of these parent companies are not cruelty-free, since they test on animals to some degree. They might also own several brands that are not cruelty-free.

However, some of the brands owned by these parent companies are cruelty-free and have strict policies against animal testing.

There are pros and cons to supporting cruelty-free brands owned by parent companies that aren’t.

You can either:

  • Choose to boycott them since they’re a part of a larger conglomerate that engages in animal testing.
  • Choose to support some of them based on the individual ethics of each parent company, or only purchase from them if there are no independent alternatives.
  • Choose to support them since they are 100% cruelty-free even though their parent company is not, therefore showing their parent company that consumers are favoring their cruelty-free brands.

In the cruelty-free community, the majority of conscious consumers purchase from cruelty-free brands even if they’re owned by a parent company that tests on animals. This is our stance at Cruelty-Free Kitty as well. We believe that supporting all cruelty-free brands is the only path towards a cruelty-free and more ethical beauty industry.

It’s also worth noting that subsidiary brands of parent companies are unique corporations by themselves. They act as independent branches and operate independently from the parent company, and can also be sold to other companies including cruelty-free ones.

Another aspect to consider is that many parts of the world only have access to limited brands, so their only cruelty-free options are owned by large corporations. This is a concern we hear about constantly from our international readers. Given this complex landscape, we believe that supporting all cruelty-free brands is ethical as well as practical.

A minority of shoppers choose to boycott brands owned by a parent company that tests on animals.

At Cruelty-Free Kitty, we make it easy for all of our readers to know which brands are owned by a parent company that tests on animals. At the top of each brand page, you’ll see a “parent company” note if that’s the case.

You can also filter our list of cruelty-free brands to only show brands that are not owned by any company that tests on animals.

Finally, for a list of brands owned by a parent company that tests on animals, click here.

Is Glossier sold where animal testing is required by law?

Glossier has a strong stance against animal testing and does not permit the sale of their products in places where animal testing is legally required. Therefore, they do not sell their products in retail stores in mainland China or in any other territories that would demand animal testing.

Is Glossier certified cruelty-free by any organizations?

Yes, Glossier is certified as cruelty-free by Leaping Bunny. This highly-regarded organization has stringent requirements for cruelty-free certification, all of which Glossier has successfully fulfilled.

While companies can be fully cruelty-free without being certified, it’s still a good indicator of their ethical practices. Leaping Bunny and PETA are the two organizations giving out cruelty-free certification.

Is Glossier vegan?

Glossier is a brand that prides itself on being cruelty-free, however, it is not completely vegan. This means that some of their products do contain ingredients derived from animals. However, Glossier clearly labels vegan products on their website for easy identification.

Brands can be cruelty-free without being vegan, and claim to be vegan without being cruelty-free. This is because “cruelty-free” refers to the animal testing aspect, while “vegan” refers to the ingredients.

A “vegan” product contains no animal-derived ingredients, such as Beeswax (made by bees), Carmine (a red pigment made from crushed beetles), or Collagen (from mammal or fish skin).

A company is “cruelty-free” at company level, meaning they can’t have cruelty-free products unless the whole company is cruelty-free. However, a company can offer vegan products even if not all of their products are vegan. If all of their products are vegan, then we refer to the brand as “100% vegan”.

We have a list of 100% vegan brands, and you can also filter our official list of cruelty-free brands and choose to show vegan brands only.

Looking for vegan products from cruelty-free brands? Visit our Product Database and make sure you use the vegan filter.

Does Glossier test on animals?

No, Glossier does not test on animals. They do not conduct or fund animal testing at any level from their ingredients to their finished products. They don't engage in animal testing as a brand, and neither do their suppliers or any third parties, anywhere in the world.

How do you determine that brands like Glossier are cruelty-free?

We contact brands directly with our questions in order to get their full animal testing policy. If brands answer all our questions and confirm that no animal testing is happening at any point during production and beyond, they're added to our cruelty-free list. All brands we add have confirmed the information above.

We ask all conscious consumers to be mindful of misleading statements from brands. Companies that test on animals try to minimize their involvement in animal testing, and understandably so—if a brand were to proudly claim to perform cruel tests on animals, their customers would surely reconsider being a loyal fan.

What they do instead is use clever language that shifts the blame away from themselves and makes the public believe that they’re not responsible for the animal testing, or that the animal testing performed on their products is “an exception”.

If a brand is listed as “not cruelty-free” in our database, you can rest assured that their products were tested on animals in recent years.

We monitor every change and constantly post updates. The changes in our database, list of cruelty-free, and brand pages are reflected in real time as soon as we become aware of new information.

Is Cruelty-Free Kitty reliable?

Founded in 2014 by Suzana Rose, Cruelty-Free Kitty is the largest and most trusted cruelty-free shopping platform.

We vet every single brand added to our database by contacting them directly and ensuring they adhere to our strict criteria we call "The Cruelty-Free 5".

For a brand to be listed as cruelty-free, it must satisfy the following:

  1. The brand itself does not test on animals, for either finished products or ingredients.
  2. Suppliers do not test on animals for products, raw materials, or ingredients.
  3. No third parties test on animals on the brand's behalf.
  4. The brand does not test on animals when required by law.
  5. The brand does not sell cosmetics in physical stores in mainland China.

At Cruelty-Free Kitty, we have an unwavering commitment to accuracy. The landscape of cosmetics animal testing is constantly evolving globally. Our team is diligent about staying current on changing laws, brand acquisitions, and policy updates that impact cruelty-free status.

To date, we’ve vetted over 1200+ brands and helped millions of conscious shoppers choose products that aren’t tested on animals. Please feel free to contact us with any questions by using our contact form.

Is Glossier sustainable?

Glossier is actively making strides towards sustainability. They offer a Limited Packaging option, allowing customers to opt-out of unnecessary packaging and therefore limit waste. Additionally, Glossier has discontinued a product that contained non-biodegradable glitter, signifying their commitment to the environment.

Is Glossier mica ethically sourced?

The issue of ethically sourced mica is not explicitly addressed by Glossier. They state that they carefully select their partners based on ethical considerations, but they do not provide specific details about the sourcing and mining of their mica.

Is Glossier plastic-free or low/zero-waste?

While Glossier’s products do come in plastic packaging, the brand offers a Limited Packaging option, letting customers avoid the pink pouch and any extra packaging. Their shipping boxes are made from 100% recycled content, and they have removed unnecessary items such as sticker sheets and liners from their packaging.

Glossier Vegan Product List

Glossier offers a handful of vegan-friendly products which are listed below. Some products from their Glossier Play makeup line are also vegan and listed below.

Glossier marks all vegan products on their website. To find out if products are vegan, look for the vegan symbol in the product description (as pictured below).

  • Body Hero Daily Oil Wash
  • Brow Flick
  • Bubblewrap Lip + Eye Cream
  • Colorside (Cash Salad, Sparkle Shark, Pretty Penny — all other shades are not vegan and contain carmine)
  • Futuredew
  • Generation G
  • Glitter Gelée
  • Invisible Shield SPF 35
  • Lidstars (Moon, Fawn)
  • Lip Gloss
  • Mega Greens Galaxy Pack
  • Milky Jelly Cleanser
  • Milky Oil Cleanser
  • Niteshine
  • Perfecting Skin Tint
  • Pro Tip Liquid Eyeliner
  • Skywash (all shades)
  • Solution
  • Soothing Face Mist
  • Super Pure
  • The Detailer
  • Wowder
  • Wowder Brush
  • Zit Stick
  • Vinylic Lip

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