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Animal Testing, Gluten & Vegan Info

LIST UPDATED 2017 - Sephora also suggests contacting brands directly for more information and details than we have provided here if needed Smiley Happy


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 Smiley Wink )


Our private label Sephora Collection 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)



Bite Beauty - (Leaping Bunny) Gluten Free


Blinc - (PETA)




Gluten Free


Cane + Austin-

(we reached out to them and they confirmed no testing and all products are vegan except for the eye cream) 


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)



(We reached out to the brand and they confirmed no testing)


Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare - (PETA)



(We reached out to them and they have confirmed no testing)


Hourglass - (PETA)



(We reached out to them and confirmed no testing)

Jack Black - (PETA)


Josie Maran - (PETA)


Juicy Couture –

Vegan/Cruelty/Gluten Free 



(We reached out and they said no to testing and all of the products are vegan except the Clarifying+ Mask because it contains honey)


Kate Somerville –

Cruelty/Gluten Free


Kat Von D -



Korres  -


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


Milk Makeup-

(We reached out to the brand and they confirmed they are cruelty free)


Murad - (PETA)


Nails Inc –

Cruelty Free



Cruelty Free


Ole Henriksen –

Vegan/Cruelty/Gluten Free


Omorovicza –

Cruelty Free Perfect


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.”


Reverie- (LB)


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)



(We reached out to them and they confirmed no testing


Sweat Cosmetics-

(We reached out to the brand and they confirmed that they are vegan/gluten free and cruelty free)


Tarte - (PETA)


Tata Harper – (LB, PETA)


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 Smiley Happy


xo, Mia & the rest of the Mods

Re: Animal Testing, Gluten & Vegan Info

Bite Beauty is certified as cruelty free by an organization called Leaping Bunny. In my opinion, Leaping Bunny has the most rigorous standards for certification and is a more reliable resource than PETA. They are my definite safe list when it comes to researching animal-friendly cosmetics. 

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Thank you, kemoca. I do see them listed on the leapingbunny site.

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Thanks kemoca!


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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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Thank jojobe.  That is what I thought but I wanted to know if I have it straight.  I look forward to hearing from plantgarden.  

I find it strange that it's difficult to get a straight answer to these questions.  PETA may say one thing and another site says something else.  I wish that companies (at least US companies and those that have holding here) would be legally required to make full disclosure of all their testing practices, especially when they concern animals.  Animals  are not test tubes, they are living creatures.  No cosmetics or toiletries are worth harming them. 

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Another 100 hearts!! <3. To Garnett !

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Companies know that animal testing makes most consumers uncomfortable, so most companies don't want to be super upfront about it if they do test on animals. I've noticed a lot of companies will say something that is technically true ("Company X does not preform tests on animals") but doesn't really give the whole truth (Company X pays another company to do animal testing for them). Or they'll say something like "Company X is against animal testing and supports alternative testing and strive to be cruelty free yada yada yada, which is why we comply with all applicable safety laws." When what they really mean is "we don't like to do it and we know customers don't like it, but we do it anyway."

I agree, I wish companies were required to make full disclosures. I know they are for-profit companies and of course no company wants to advertise their unsavory practices, but to intentionally mislead people is so frustrating.

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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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A real eye opener.  Thanks for sharing.  I know not all countries share the same ideals...but the idea of putting products right into a bunny's eye...makes me wanna cry.  It seems that China generally just doesn't think of animals as we do. 



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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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 Urban Decay sounds very sketchy.  They say they are against animal testing, then last year turned around and said they were going to sell in China, retracted it when people threatened to never buy their products again, and now I just read someone else's post that they are owned by L'Oreal, a company notorious for testing on animals?

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I think L'oreal only tests something like less than 3% of all their products & ingredients on animals. They are one of the innovators in alternative tissue testing and have been doing so for over 20 years. 

The Body Shop, Kiehls, Pureology are all owned by L'Oreal. Some people say supporting only the cruelty free brands from a Company prove a point, others think it's best to stop all purchases from the Company. 

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3% is enough for me!  Over 70,000 dogs are in labs being tested on now by these companies!  I definitely won't be buying Urban Decay or any other company that is under the umbrella of L'Oreal.

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In 2010 US government statistics put the number of laboratory animals used in research at 1,136,567.   This number only accounted for 95% of US labs.


Many different species are used around the world, but the most common include mice, fish, rats, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, farm animals, birds, cats, dogs, mini-pigs, and non-human primates (monkeys, and in some countries, chimpanzees).

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Question: is that number solely cosmetic/skincare labs? Animals are used for research in a lot of other industries so its a little misleading for you to state that without clarifying. And yes, I get that you're probably going to say that it's just as bad whatever the industry, but I've chatted to scientists who use small monkeys in their research into brain development and repairing brain damage, and there's no alternative. We need to use animals who closely mimic human development, and monkeys are it. The subjects are kept in extremely good conditions under the eye of the ethics board, no tests are carried out unnecessarily, and the whole individual is used for research, rather than using a small portion and discarding the rest. This research is very promising and could easily provide us with an effective repair mechanism for brain injuries. Considering how much care they do take and how much of a difference this could make to the lives of many people, would you say that's worth it?

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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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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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