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Hawaiian Tropic is Now Officially Cruelty-Free

by Suzana Rose

Jun 17, 2021

The popular and affordable sunscreen brand has gone cruelty-free! Hawaiian Tropic received their PETA certification recently, and we reached out to the brand with the Cruelty-Free 5. They were able to confirm that no animal testing is going on at any point, and they're not sold in markets which require animal testing.

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Good news! We reached out to Hawaiian Tropic in order to find out their animal testing policy. While some brands that are PETA-approved are not transparent or sell in markets which require animal testing, Hawaiian Tropic fully cooperated with Cruelty-Free Kitty and answered our questions.

On their website, the brand claims:

"Part of our commitment to you is our commitment to the world around us and all its inhabitants, which is why we never test on animals, and refuse to sell our products in countries where animal testing is required. Hawaiian Tropic is a proud recipient of the PETA Cruelty-Free certification, which means we do not conduct or commission any animal tests on ingredients, formulations, or finished products."

Hawaiian Tropic

The brand also confirmed that they do not sell in markets which require animal testing:

"Hawaiian Tropic does not test any of its ingredients, formulas, or finished products on animals and the brand will not sell its products in markets that require animal testing."

Hawaiian Tropic

Is Hawaiian Tropic vegan?

The brand is cruelty-free, however they're not 100% vegan. This means that some of their products contain animal-derived ingredients.

Is Hawaiian Tropic really sustainable? Is their sunscreen reed-safe?

In short, no. We don't consider Hawaiian Tropic to be a sustainable brand. Some of their packaging is made from 25% recycled plastic, however this means that 75% of the plastic used is virgin plastic which is created specifically for the brand. Virgin plastic is a big problem, and although we love that Hawaiian Tropic is partly addressing the issue, we hope that they will transition to a more sustainable option.

Hawaiian Tropic claims that all of their products are "reef-safe", as they contain no oxybenzone and no octinoxate. However, they contain other chemical sunscreens. If you wish to avoid chemical sunscreen, they have mineral sunscreen options. Note that their mineral sunscreen does not list ingredients on their website, and does not claim to be "non-nano" which is important in a reef-safe sunscreen.

What about their parent company?

Edgewell, Hawaiian Tropic's parent company, is not cruelty-free as they do test on animals in markets which require animal testing. Some of their brands are in fact sold in those markets. These brands include Schick, Skintimate, and Jack Black.

“As a company, we’ve publicly committed to avoid animal testing unless it is required by law or by a local health authority,” said Barbara Ciaramella, Edgewell’s VP of Quality, Regulatory, Safety, and Surveillance. “Aligned with PETA’s mission, and our commitment to operating with integrity, we also participate in industry efforts to improve the awareness among regulators about non-animal alternatives.”  


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