Animal Testing, Gluten & Vegan Info

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LIST UPDATED 6/21/14 - Sephora also suggests contacting brands directly for more information and details than we have provided here if needed :smileyhappy:


Hello lovely BTers!! We hear you and we've been working to update the previous post Tiffany did in 2011 regarding Animal Testing. Since we carry over 200 other brands, the ones we've listed below have confirmed that they do not test on animals and/or we’ve confirmed the following brands on the PETA or Leaping Bunny list.  Please keep in mind that the sites may update their information more frequently than we do, but we will try our best to keep it up to date!

(yes, I posted an outside link, but its for your use & was approved :smileywink: )


Our private label Sephora Collection and Sephora Originals (Hello Kitty, Kat Von D, Formula X, and Pantone) are cruelty free (meaning that the products have never been tested on animals).


Any info we could confirm (vegan/gluten free) are listed below the links.  We hope this helps!!


Amika - (PETA)


Anastasia - (PETA)


Bare Escentuals - (PETA)


Becca -

(we reached out to them directly & they confirmed no testing, but they are not listed on either site)


Betsy Johnson –

(we reached out to them directly & they confirmed no testing, but they are not listed on either site)


Bite Beauty - (Leaping Bunny)


Blinc - (PETA)


Bond No 9 –

Vegan/Cruelty/Gluten Free


Butter London –

(we reached out to them directly & they confirmed no testing, but they are not listed on either site)


Carol's Daughter - (PETA)


Caudalie -

(we reached out to them directly & they confirmed no testing, but they are not listed on either site)


Clarins -

(we reached out to them directly & they confirmed no testing, but they are not listed on either site)


Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare - (PETA)


DuWop -


Hello Kitty -


Hourglass - (PETA)


Illume –

Cruelty/Gluten Free


Jack Black - (PETA)


JINsoon –

Cruelty/Gluten Free


Josie Maran - (PETA)


Juicy Couture –

Vegan/Cruelty/Gluten Free


Julep –

Cruelty/Gluten Free


Jurlique –

(we reached out to them directly & they confirmed no testing, but they are not listed on either site)


Justin Bieber –

Vegan/Cruelty/Gluten Free


Kate Somerville –

Cruelty/Gluten Free


Kat Von D -


KenzoUSA –

Vegan/Cruelty/Gluten Free


Keratinperfect –

Cruelty/Gluten Free


Korres Natural Products -


L’Occitane –

(we reached out to them directly & they confirmed Vegan/Cruelty/Gluten Free, but they are not listed on either site) 


L’artisan parfumeur –

Vegan/Cruelty/Gluten Free


LivingProof –

Cruelty Free/Gluten Free Stylers


Make Up For Ever –

Cruelty Free


ME Smooth –

Vegan/Cruelty/Gluten Free


Murad - (PETA)


Nails Inc –

Cruelty Free



Cruelty Free



Cruelty/Gluten Free


Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics – (PETA)


Ole Henriksen –

Vegan/Cruelty/Gluten Free


Omorovicza –

Cruelty Free Perfect


Formula X –

Cruelty/Gluten Free


Pantone -


Ren – (PETA)

“We do not test any of our products on animals. Our products are not tested on our behalf by any third party. The only animal products we use are honey and beeswax in the Lip Honey.”


Rosebud –

“There are no animal by-products in any of the salves or lip balms. Beeswax is contained in Brambleberry Rose Lip Balm, Strawberry Lip Balm, and Mocha Rose Lip Balm, however, NO beeswax is contained in Rosebud Salve, Minted Rose Lip Balm, or Menthol and Eucalyptus Balm”


Smashbox - (PETA)


Tarte - (PETA)


Tata Harper – (LB, PETA)


TanTowel - (PETA)


The New Black –

Vegan/Cruelty/Gluten Free


Too Faced Cosmetics - (PETA)


Urban Decay -  (PETA, LB)


Wen - - (LB)


We will be updating this list as necessary, since we are constantly adding and removing products on our site. If you have any questions regarding brands listed above, please contact them directly as they may reformulate products and change manufacturers :smileyhappy:


xo, Mia & the rest of the Mods

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While I understand you are trying to make a point, these 2 situations are apples and oranges. Eye liner isn't going to save lives, and the ingredients in makeup and fragrances have already been tested.  There is no reason whatsoever to test the ingredients of fragrances, makeup, and household cleaning products on animals, whose bodies are killed, mutilated, and abused. 

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You know, my boyfriend feels the same way that Daeidre feels. And honestly, after listening to rational arguments, while I still support cruelty-free, vegan brands, I have to say there are some things that should be listened to about animal testing. Say there's a new perfume on the market with new ingredients. The company talks about how they don't test, and they've got a new ingredient in their perfume. What if the human testing at the end of the product run was only tested on a small group of people, and it turns out that certain people react to it by developing flesh-eating rashes? Or that they try a new eyeliner formulation, and they don't test on animals, but when someone of a certain ethnicity uses it, that wasn't in their trials, goes blind from the ingredients? While I wholeheartedly agree that there should be other tissue testing, I can see why people are alright with there still being animal testing. I don't support it, but I'm not going to bash people who do, because I understand the ideals that human lives are valued more than a fish or a rabbit. It's sad, but really, if you had a rabbit and your mother hanging off the side of a cliff, who would you save? I think if a company is going to go without testing their products on animals, they need to use ingredients and formulations that have already been designated as safe for human use. Makeup does not save lives, that's true, but it can harm them, so we need to be cautious. I'm not as well-educated on the subject as I'd like to be, but I'm learning more and more in my endeavors to be conscious of what's going on in the world.

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You know so little about animal testing.  Harvard,for instance, as of year end, will end all primate testing.

I've done my homework, you do yours.  

You can start with this article.     And moving forward, I will no longer respond to your post or messages.  I believe you are being purposefully antagonist.

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Interesting... so by trying to engage with your point of view and have a reasonable discussion I am being purposefully antagonistic. And just to clarify, the research I was discussing was research into the nature of tissues and development, not drug testing.

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That is a terribly written article that makes some pretty wild assumptions using cherry picked facts culled from a combination of other badly written articles and a few actual good sources.  It's also an OPINION piece and not news.  It's a blog, click bait for the writer's website.

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That article was written by Aysha Akhtar, MD, MPH, who is a double Board-certified neurologist and public health specialist. She works for the Office of Counterterrorism and Emerging Threats of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), serves as LCDR in the US Public Health Service and is a Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics. She specializes in medical ethics, drug safety and effectiveness and biosurveillance.


So, you probably couldn't understand the big words.  


And these are the sources she sited in her article: 

(obviously, you are not versed enough to know JAMA & NEJM)


Akhtar (2012) Animals and public health. Why treating animals better is critical to human welfare. Hampshire, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 147-148.

Allen. Of mice and men. The problems with animal testing. Slate. June 1, 2006.

Mckenzie, et al. Hepatic Failure and Lactic Acidosis Due to Fialuridine (FIAU), an Investigational Nucleoside Analogue for Chronic Hepatitis B. N Engl J Med 1995; 333:1099-1105.

Pippin. South Texas Law Review 2013; 54: 469-511.

Greek, Greek. Animal research and human disease. JAMA 2000; 283: 743-744.

Ostrovsky, et al. Vision following extended congenital blindness.Psychological Science 2006; 17: 1009-1014

Dhir et al. A predictive biomimetic model of cytokine release induced by TGN1412 and other therapeutic monoclonal antibodies. J. Immunotoxicol. 2012;9:34-42.


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It's still a blog, not a peer reviewed publication in a journal and she has a particular belief she's pushing.  It's her opinion, not facts.  Not everything a doctor says is medical or scientific fact, sometimes they even lie and falsify data to push an agenda.  Ever hear of Andrew Wakefield?

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Why are you so hard up on this?  

Those are the facts she is stating as found in JAMA & NEJM.

What don't you get?   And why are you insisting on an argument about this?  


These facts are the reason institutes such as Harvard and other well known and respected medical universities are ending animal testing. 

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Bear shaped rocks may protect people from bear attacks. (1)  We should all support bear shaped rocks.  If you don't own a bear shaped rock you may be risking a bear attack.


1 - I have a bear shaped rock and have never been attacked by a bear.


See I sourced hard facts to make an argument there, I made it silly but it's the same method she and others use to make arguments all the time.  I'm making an issue of it because people throwing out opinion and argument as facts drives me a little bonkers. 

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Ohmygosh! I need a bear shaped rock! How do I find one!? Quick! Before a bear attacks!!!!

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I'm not stating my opinion on animal testing one way or another but more so on the argument going on.

bratknits isn't being rude or doing anything to suggest that she doesn't understand the basic idea of critical analyse of an article or basic English, which means that its uncalled for to tell her that she "probably couldn't understand the big words"

She is just stating her opinion without putting anyone down, she is just trying to point out an opinion that is different than yours. Which is okay and perfectly acceptable.


And now let the Sh!t storm rain down on me

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I completely agree with you, GGrace. There was absolutely no reason to be rude and condescending. Geez. 

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This totally reminded me of that commercial where the little blonde lady is going out on a date and she tells her friend that he's a french model and she knows this because 'they can't put anything on the internet that isn't true.'.


The internet never lies! haha

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but I found 2 conflicting ideas on the internet and now I'm not sure what to do about it because the internet never lies but it says that santa clause is both real and fake, help me

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There is a very simple explanation:

Behold, Chuck Norris. 


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and we are officially so beyond off topic.

On the bright side no one is being super rude at the moment

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Kenzo tests!  They're owned by LVMH, one of the biggest world-wide conglomerates of beauty and accessories!  They own fragrances by Fendi, Giuvenchy, Christian Dior, all of whom test on animals!


If a company anywhere in their animal testing policy that they "only test when required to do so by law", that means they test!

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LVMH also owns sephora

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I have a question concerning China and animal testing.  If a company states that they do not do animal testing but do sell to China, does the company do the testing for the Chinese market or do the Chinese test the products on animals before the products  can come into the country?  This is a question, not a political statement or one that concerns the ethics behind this.  I just want to know what actually goes on.  Thanks!

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It is my understanding China tests the cosmetics, not the company. I could be wrong. Wait for plantgarden, she is the foremost expert on here as far as testing, so she should know. 

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Jojobe, you are correct.  The companies must submit samples to China for local testing.  The company pays for this testing, but the profits reap from the Chinese market far out weigh any price of the testing.   What follows below is an article from Business Weekly from last September.  What I find interesting is L’Oréal's statement about less than 1% of their products ingredients are animal tested.

L’Oréal's (The world's largest company of beauty brands) owns more than 500 brands and thousands of products under those brands.  So 1% is still a heck of a lot of animal testing.

Additionally, this year they will introduce new products for the Chinese market, which all will require animal testing.



An Ugly Dilemma for Beauty Companies
By Liza Lin September 26, 2013
Executives of Western cosmetics makers are ecstatic about the prospect of continued growth in China’s $32 billion beauty market. Animal rights activists, not so much. That’s because hundreds of thousands of animals are believed killed each year in tests mandated for all new cosmetics and personal-care products to win approval on the mainland.


China is the only major market where companies must test their mascaras and lotions on animals. Rabbits, for instance, have ingredients dripped into their eyes or are killed after skin irritation tests, according to animal-rights group Cruelty Free International. That’s created a dilemma for companies like L’Oréal (OR:FP) and Procter & Gamble (PG) that want to sell in the giant market without alienating consumers in countries where public sentiment frowns on such animal treatment. U.S. regulators discourage, but don’t bar, animal tests. India in June banned animal testing for beauty products. And the European Union, which has long barred such trials within its borders, in March tightened regulations to also prohibit the sale of newly developed products tested on animals elsewhere. (Existing products that previously underwent testing in China are exempt.) Unless companies can get Chinese regulators to ease their mandate, they may need to devise separate formulations for China and Europe or produce China-only items.


Beauty makers aren’t about to turn away from China. L’Oréal, the world’s biggest cosmetics maker, sells its namesake beauty goods in the country, while P&G sells products such as Olay and Head & Shoulders. P&G gets about 18 percent of its annual sales from Asia; L’Oréal, about 19 percent. Both companies’ shares have been rising.


Meanwhile, niche brands such as L’Oréal’s Body Shop and Boulder (Colo.)-based skin-care maker Pangea Organics, which refuse to do animal tests, are blocked from the Chinese market entirely. Being “Against Animal Testing” was one of Body Shop’s founding principles, the brand said in a statement. “We would love to open stores in China,” Body Shop spokeswoman Louise Terry said via e-mail. “We watch closely any developments in the legislation which would enable us to do that without compromising our core beliefs.”

In China, companies must give government agencies product samples for testing at local laboratories. Advocacy group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals says at least 72 animals are used for each product. Market researcher Mintel says 4,249 beauty and personal-care products were introduced in China over the past 12 months. The Mintel and PETA estimates would translate into more than 300,000 animals used in tests over the past year.


Researcher Euromonitor International forecasts revenue for China’s beauty and personal-care market will grow to $34.8 billion this year from $32 billion in 2012. “We keep talking to the authorities with patience that abolition is the world trend and that we would like to get approval by alternative methods,” Shiseido (4911:JP) Chairman Shinzo Maeda said in May about rules in China, where the Japanese company sells cosmetics. “Animals, especially small animals, are treated as something like a family member nowadays.” Shiseido says it does animal trials only when mandated by law or when no alternative exists.


P&G, the largest seller of beauty and personal-care products in China, chose it for the global launch of its Oceana skin-care brand in January and has introduced products there under the Pantene and Head & Shoulders lines. P&G, which says it doesn’t test on animals unless required by law, has discussed the benefits of non-animal trials with Chinese authorities, it said in a statement.

L’Oréal also plans new lines for Chinese consumers this year, including Arginine hair-care, L’Oréal Skin Deep, and Maybelline Baby Skin products. In August the company agreed to pay $843 million for Chinese cosmetics face-mask maker Magic Holdings International (1633:HK). L’Oréal in a statement said the company always abides with local regulations. It says that less than 1 percent of its total safety testing on cosmetics ingredients involve animals. L’Oréal adds that it’s set up a lab in China to make reconstituted human skin cells specifically for Asian testing and is working with local authorities on alternative approval methods.


While China isn’t opposed to the idea of tests without animals, developing expertise will take time, says Xu Jingquan, secretary general at the All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce, Beauty Culture & Cosmetics Chamber. “Our R&D isn’t as sophisticated, and the consumer here doesn’t think as much about ideals such as animal testing,” says Xu. “They care about the price, the brand, and the product.”


Earlier this year, China had been set to approve its first non-animal test, says Brian Jones, a director at the Institute for In Vitro Sciences, a Maryland laboratory working with Chinese regulators to develop alternative tests. But a spate of food scandals, including a crime ring found selling rat, fox, and mink as mutton, have kept authorities busy. Premier Li Keqiang plans to revamp the regulatory body responsible for food and drug safety, perhaps delaying approval of new cosmetic-testing rules until next year, Jones says.


The bottom line: China, whose cosmetics market is forecast to grow to $34.8 billion this year, requires animal testing for new products.

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