Peter Thomas Roth 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.
“Peter Thomas Roth does not test any of our formulas or raw materials on animals but we believe in total transparency and will not claim that for the following reasons.
We cannot be certain that a raw material supplier has not now or at some time in the past tested an ingredient on animals. We do not knowingly purchase ingredients that have been tested on animals and inquire before purchasing ingredients, but some staple ingredients that have been used in products for years may have been tested on animals in the past.
We do sell our products in China and some other countries that still do test on animals; though it is our understanding that China is moving towards stopping this practice. We are not alone in selling to China; nearly every major cosmetic company sells there. Also to be noted, many major beauty retailers conduct business there including QVC and Sephora. Again, you must feel comfortable in your choices but we hope you will consider all information in doing so.”
Although Peter Thomas Roth 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 Peter Thomas Roth 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.
Although they claim to try not to purchase ingredients that were tested on animals, they don’t enforce this as a rule. Cruelty-free companies make sure not to purchase ingredients that were tested on animals after a cut-off date. Many cosmetics ingredients were tested on animals at some point. Cruelty-free brands are able to use ingredients that were tested on animals before their cut-off date, but they need to ensure that no new animal testing has been performed. Unfortunately, since Peter Thomas Roth doesn’t have this rule as part of their process, it means they’re not making the effort to move towards cruelty-free ingredients.
Peter Thomas Roth is not owned by a parent company that tests on animals.
Yes, Peter Thomas Roth is available for sale in stores in mainland China. This means that their products were likely tested on animals in mainland China.
No, Peter Thomas Roth is not certified by any organizations.
Peter Thomas Roth 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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