Vanicream is in the grey area

Vanicream is in the grey area

It's currently unclear whether or not Vanicream is cruelty-free, since they haven't provided enough information. Some brands that fall under this category refuse to share their complete animal testing policy or answer questions about their cruelty-free status.

Parent company:

Pharmaceutical Companies Inc.

  • Finished products tested on animals

    Uncertain

  • Ingredients tested on animals

    No

  • Suppliers test on animals

    No

  • Third party animal testing

    Uncertain

  • Sold where animal testing is required by law

    Uncertain

“Thank you for taking the time to reach out to us with your questions. We have not, nor will we ever, test on animals or use animal-derived ingredients. All our products go through extensive testing as well as we collect all documentation to ensure this to be true. The founders of this company have felt very strongly about this since day one, and that will never change—we take great pride in being cruelty free.

All of our sourced ingredients are selected based upon the ingredient manufacturers answering questions for us in regards to whether or not that specific ingredient has been tested on animals or is sourced from animals. We do not sell in China, and any countries outside the U.S that want to sell our products do sign a contract from us in which we state that we strongly discourage any 3rd party animal testing on our finished products.”

The Truth About Vanicream's Animal Testing Policy

Although Vanicream and Pharmaceutical Specialties Inc. do not test on animals themselves, they nonetheless delegate this task to others, in this case to an “outside laboratory”. This means that they allow their finished products or ingredients to be tested on animals by suppliers, third parties, or both. Vanicream is not cruelty-free.

Vanicream’s previous animal testing policy states the following:

“Pharmaceutical Specialties Inc. [parent company of Vanicream] does not test our products on animals nor do any of our products contain any animal ingredients. The ingredients used in our products are either produced synthetically or derived from vegetable sources. That’s not to say some manufacturer won’t use animal source in times of shortage, although most of these ingredients can’t be extracted from animal sources. It is our policy to avoid animal testing of our products unless there is no satisfactory alternative method to assure product safety, or if it is required by a government agency such as the Food and Drug Administration or Consumer Product Safety Commission. When such tests are required, they are conducted by an outside laboratory that has appropriate credentials and is licensed and regulated by governmental agencies.”

 

It’s important to note that the animal testing policy above applies to their parent company, Pharmaceutical Companies Inc. It’s equally important to note that Pharmaceutical Specialties Inc. is not a cruelty-free brand based on the above policy, as they do test on animals if no other alternative is available.

As of 2021, Vanicream has updated their policy. When we contacted them, we received the following statement:

“Thank you for taking the time to reach out to us with your questions. We have not, nor will we ever, test on animals or use animal-derived ingredients. All our products go through extensive testing as well as we collect all documentation to ensure this to be true. The founders of this company have felt very strongly about this since day one, and that will never change—we take great pride in being cruelty free.

All of our sourced ingredients are selected based upon the ingredient manufacturers answering questions for us in regards to whether or not that specific ingredient has been tested on animals or is sourced from animals. We do not sell in China, and any countries outside the U.S that want to sell our products do sign a contract from us in which we state that we strongly discourage any 3rd party animal testing on our finished products.”

Based on their new animal testing policy, we can’t be 100% certain that Vanicream is cruelty-free. Specifically, if you look at their closing statement, they claim that they “strongly discourage any 3rd party animal testing” on their finished products. This part is relevant to animal testing in China. It means that although Vanicream as a company doesn’t test on animals, they do not monitor whether or not their distributors sell their products in the Chinese market.

When we followed up with in-depth questions, the brand claimed that they are only available in stores in the following markets: Oman, Canada, UK, Guam, Malaysia, Philippines, Argentina, Chile, South Korea, Taiwan, and South Arabia.

Because we can’t be certain of Vanicream’s claims, we have moved this brand to the grey area. Vanicream is owned by a company that does test on animals (provided there are no other alternatives).

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

Vanicream is owned by Pharmaceutical Companies Inc., a company that tests on animals. Not only is Vanicream not cruelty-free but neither is their parent company.

Is Vanicream sold where animal testing is required by law?

It's unclear if Vanicream is available for sale countries with mandatory animal testing.

Is Vanicream certified cruelty-free by any organizations?

No, Vanicream is not certified by any organizations.

Is Vanicream vegan?

Vanicream 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.

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