Joico has confirmed that it is truly cruelty-free. They don't test finished products or ingredients on animals, and neither do their suppliers or any third-parties. They also don't sell their products where animal testing is required by law.
As of 2021, Joico has confirmed that their products are no longer sold in markets which require animal testing. They do not test on animals at any point during product, and they do not test on animals where required by law. They also confirm the following: “Safety of JOICO products is assured by using safe raw materials and where applicable, confirming safety by testing via patch tests with human volunteers under a physician’s supervision and using non-animal alternative tests.”
Although Joico as a company do not test their finished products or ingredients on animals, they nevertheless pay others to test their products on animals “where required by law”. This means that Joico is not cruelty-free.
When companies claim that they test on animals “where required by law”, it typically means that they sell their products in mainland China, where cosmetics are legally required to be tested on animals.
To learn more about animal testing laws in China, click here.
Watch out for the “safety as a priority” trick. When a brand emphasizes “product safety”, like Joico does above, this generally means that they prioritize safety at any cost — even if this means testing on animals to prove safety.
Joico also doesn’t mention whether or not their suppliers test on animals or if their ingredients are tested on animals, which is a red flag.
Joico is not owned by any parent company that tests on animals.
No, Joico is not sold where animal testing is required by law.
Yes, Joico is certified by Peta.
Joico is cruelty-free but not 100% vegan, meaning that some of their products contain animal-derived ingredients.
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.
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