Since we've already established that MAC tests on animals, would Inglot be a better alternative?
Unfortunately, it doesn't look like it.
1. PETA Approval and Certifications
Inglot can be found on PETA's Caring Consumer list, under the cruelty-free brands. This means that Inglot signed an agreement of no animal testing with PETA.
However, Inglot can't be found on Leaping Bunny's list. For more information about the difference between Leaping Bunny and PETA certification, click here (opens in a new tab).
2. Official Policy
My questions are in bold, followed by responses from Inglot. The following is their official animal testing policy.
CFK: Does Inglot test finished products or ingredients on animals at any point during the production?
INGLOT: As required by the Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 30 November 2009 on cosmetic products, we do not test on animals - nor ingredients, neither finished products - at any point during the production.
CFK: Do your ingredient suppliers test on animals?
INGLOT: Ingredients intended to be used in our cosmetic products are not tested on animals by our suppliers.
CFK: Does any third party test on animals on your behalf?
INGLOT: There are no third parties testing on animals on our behalf.
CFK: Does Inglot test on animals when required by law? Are your products sold in mainland China?
INGLOT: INGLOT does not test on animals when required by law. Our cosmetics are not sold in mainland China.
3. My Commentary
Based on the above responses, we can trust that Inglot themselves don't test on animals. They also don't test on animals where required by law, which is fantastic.
However, a red flag was raised when Inglot mentioned their suppliers.
I asked for more clarification and got the following response:
INGLOT: "Please be advised that our policy is to check every single cosmetic ingredient whether it is tested on animals, before we introduce it into our formulations. In case we came to know that such tests are being conducted, or if the supplier refuses to confirm that he would not test his substances on animals, we would not purchase such ingredients."
INGLOT: "Please note also that we do not buy and process any ingredients that are of non-cosmetic use."
What this means is that Inglot cannot guarantee that their suppliers don't test on animals, because it's highly possible that their suppliers test non-cosmetic ingredients on animals.
It's not uncommon for suppliers of raw materials to provide a wide variety of ingredients, ranging from cosmetic to skincare to medical. For a makeup company to be cruelty-free, they must choose a supplier that doesn't perform any animal testing on any ingredients.
Although Inglot themselves don't purchase any non-cosmetic ingredients, it's sound to say that the ingredients found in their products aren't tested on animals. However, because they might support suppliers that test on animals, this doesn't make Inglot a cruelty-free company.
2. Bottom Line: Not Cruelty-Free
Because Inglot couldn't guarantee that their suppliers don't test on animals, I won't be adding them to my list of cruelty-free brands.
It's really unfortunate that yet another PETA-approved brand is revealed not to be cruelty-free.