OPI is not cruelty-free. They may test on animals, either themselves, through their suppliers, or through a third party. Brands who fall under this category could also be funding animal testing by selling products in mainland China, where it's required by law.
“At Coty, we do not test our products on animals and are committed to ending animal testing across our industry.
All our products are safe and have been developed, manufactured and packaged in compliance with the laws, regulations and guidelines that are applicable in each country in which they are sold.
Coty’s human safety experts review our ingredients, as well as the finished products, by applying the best science, based on the use of recognized alternatives to animal testing, existing safety data and, increasingly, the sharing of such data with other parties and industries.
Some governments or agencies stipulate the testing of finished products on animals in accordance with local legal and regulatory requirements. An example is China, where we continue to be involved in the dialogue with the Chinese authorities, including through our active membership of industry groups, to find alternatives to their use of animal testing.”
OPI is owned by Coty and inherits their animal testing policy.
Although OPI 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 OPI 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 OPI and Coty does above, this generally means that they prioritize safety at any cost — even if this means testing on animals to prove safety.
OPI’s animal testing policy is shared in their FAQ, under “Animal Testing”. They only provide a vague answer with a link to Coty’s FAQ. This means that they inherit the animal testing policy of their parent company, Coty.
When we visit the link to Coty’s FAQ, we immediately see several questions regarding Coty’s animal testing policy. To find their full animal testing policy, you have to select “Coty Inc. statement on animal testing”.
This is where we found their official animal testing policy which is listed above:
OPI is owned by Coty, a company that tests on animals. Not only is OPI not cruelty-free but neither is their parent company.
Yes, OPI is available for sale in stores in mainland China. This means that their products were likely tested on animals in mainland China.
No, OPI is not certified by any organizations.
OPI might offer some vegan products, however because this company is not cruelty-free, we recommend avoiding any products they offer even if they are vegan.
Most brands don't publicly display their full animal testing policies. We contact brands directly with our questions in order to get their complete policy. If any brand states that they, their suppliers, or any third party test on animals, the brand is listed as "not cruelty-free."
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