Although they’re not certified by PETA or the Leaping Bunny, TheBalm does not test on animals and they’re a cruelty-free company. Here’s their animal testing policy at a glance.

At A Glance

  • Finished products tested on animals: NO
  • Ingredients tested on animals: NO
  • Third party animal testing: NO
  • Tested on animals where required by law: NO
  • Sold in mainland China: NO
  • Certifications: None
  • Parent company: None
  • Parent company status: N/A

Website Claims

All that can be found on their website is a small “cruelty-free” claim (see screenshot) at the bottom of the page, but my exchange with them indicates that they really are cruelty-free.

does thebalm test on animals


Hi Kitty,

Thank you for your email! We do not test our products on animals, suppliers of raw materials used in our products certified that they have not been tested on animals since December 31, 1990 and our products have not been tested on animals. Our line of cosmetics is not considered a vegan line as some of our ingredients may have animal byproducts (such as bees wax or carmine) but do not contain any ruminant extracts or derivatives.

Distributors of theBalm Cosmetics from all over the world do not test our products on animals. Let me know if you have any further questions!

From: theBalm Cosmetics []
Sent: Saturday, July 05, 2014 2:28 PM
Subject: Contact Form

2016 Status

In 2016, The Balm is still cruelty-free and they haven’t started selling their products in mainland China.

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Hi Kitty, I have some big doubts with this company as they are NOT certified as a CF company, gow do we know they are really Cruelty Free?

Suzi Scheler

Their official statement is the best thing to look for. You can either e-mail or call the company. And then research. 🙂

Lucie Sládková

But why do you choose to trust them? Getting a certification is neither expensive nor complicated. The company itself might not test on animals but what about their suppliers, where is their statements?

Hey Lucie, I get where your coming from but they have stated they are ‘cruelty free’ on their website which means if they weren’t they could be sued (for false advertising)… I don’t think any company is that stupid and would want to pay thousands of $$ in legal fees + Kitty has it in writing from one of their employees as well (evidence that could be used against them)… They just wouldn’t go that far if they were lying, it would cost too much. On another note, thanks Kitty for ALL your efforts, I appreciate your posts as I… Read more »

Haha, companies lie about their products all the time. The money they make vs the probability of being sued keeps them going.


Cruelty-Free cannot include animals killed (even insects). Not cruelty-free.