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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

Google Big name Beauty Brands sell in China Daily Mail and an article listing companies who sell in China will come up. The companies they list that sell in Sephora are L'Occitane, Clnique, Lancome, Givenchy, Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior, and Estee lauder. Sephora brand also sells in China.

It doesn't matter to me if a company states that they are looking for alternatively test. The fact of the matter is that they DO test, and you know a company by their actions, and these greedy, amoral companies will do anything to make more money.

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Surely making the effort to investigate other options is worth some respect! It's certainly better than doing nothing. eventually that effort will pay off and at least some companies will implement alternative testing methods. But someone has to start the ball rolling on the research first.

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Thank you! Smiley Happy)

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Thanks for doing this mia! 


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A lot of the information here is false.  

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Nooooo.  No thank you,.... Smiley Sad   

This list is not accurate.

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Brands are able to enter the Chinese market without subjecting their products to animal testing. However, they pay HUGE taxes and tariffs when importing their product, resulting in higher costs on the Chinese market. Take Fresh Sugar Lip Balm for example: Fresh does not test on animals (I have confirmed this with one of the brand reps), but they are in China, and their lip balm sells for the equivalent of around $200US. 

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So Fresh is cruelty free, there is no testing done on their products even though they are in China, is this correct?

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If they are sold in China they must test.  Also, they are owned by LVMH.  And they are not on the site. They may have lied to you, which has happened to me me multiple times.  Companies lie all the time about their animal testing policies.  If you have more info on Fresh, please post.  Thanks.

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Fresh is not cruelty free if they are indeed selling in Mainland China in physical stores. As of February 2014, there is no way around the testing policy or other companies would be doing it. Lavera tried to lie about it too, saying they made sure China did not test on their products, but then they eventually pulled out of China and said they would not return until they could sell products without testing. Not acknowledging that they lied of course...

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I found this on HuffPo from two months ago (Go, Europe!):



y Adam Jourdan and Clare Baldwin

SHANGHAI/HONG KONG, Nov 13 (Reuters) - China is considering a rule change that would allow the sale of some cosmetics without requiring them to be tested on animals, opening up a potential route into the Chinese market for international firms opposed to the practice.

Under the potential changes, "non-specialised cosmetics" manufactured in China -- such as shampoos, soaps, nail products and some skin products -- could be sold from June 2014 without undergoing animal testing, according to the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA).

This may enable firms which do not allow the practice, such as British cosmetics retailer The Body Shop, wholly-owned by L'Oreal S.A., to enter the country's 134 billion yuan ($22 billion) cosmetics market.

"Under the proposal, non-specialised cosmetics produced in China could avoid toxicological testing when going through risk and safety checks. This would include animal testing," the CFDA said in comments emailed to Reuters on Wednesday. They clarified a statement published on its website last week when it sought public opinion on the proposed changes.

Imported cosmetics of all types and "specialised cosmetics" made in China will not be not covered by the proposed change, the CDFA said. Specialised cosmetics include sun cream, deodorants, skin bleaching products, hair dyes and hair growth and hair removal products, according to Chinese regulations.

"The Body Shop welcomes the signals that the Chinese authorities are adopting a new approach to cosmetic testing," spokeswoman Louise Terry said in emailed comments from London.

"We have campaigned against animal testing for over 20 years and we look forward to selling our products in China one day."

Animal testing is legal in more than 80 percent of the world, including the United States. But China is the only country that has laws requiring cosmetic products be tested on animals before they come to market, according to animal protection campaigner Cruelty Free International.

Regulations require all cosmetics to go through a lengthy approval process that includes animal testing, reducing the variety of products available for sale.

Animal rights groups welcomed the proposed changes, but said that this would not mark the end of animal testing in China as ingredients used for cosmetics may still have to go through an approval process involving animal tests.

"The fact they are looking at these changes and have made this proposal is really to be welcomed. It's a significant development," Emily McIvor, senior policy adviser to Humane Society International, said by telephone from Britain.

The group is meeting the CFDA this week to urge Beijing to also include imported and specialised cosmetics.

Europe banned the sale of new cosmetics tested on animals in March and has called for countries such as the United States and China to follow suit.

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I have mixed feeling about this since I've got loved ones in China and fake everything with dangerous ingredients are everywhere. Even with the regulations sometimes unsafe everyday product slips through the crack and I've seen knockoffs sold in dept stores. I like lifting the req for animal testing since it exposes my friends/relatives in China to better/more variety of makeup aside from being animal-friendly. With that said, I really really hope they have *some* form of rigorous testing to prevent unscrupulous people from importing/making sketchy products so there won't be another case like that fake milk powder which caused death/deformities in babies. I shall pray for this whole thing to go well. >.<

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Please add Bite Beauty to this list - they are part of the Leaping Bunny program.


I agree with the comments that some other people have made - it's important to do your own research. If anyone wants to look into the issue of animal testing in more depth, I recommend checking out the lists at Leaping Bunny and at Paula's Choice.

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Paula's Choice has an incorrect list as well. They list Stila, Smashbox, Laura Mercier, Aveda, DHC, and so on. I e-mailed them to let them know their list was incorrect and did not get a reply back. I would not trust them because even if it is an oversight, they refused to acknowledge the mistakes...On their site they say they do not list brands that sell in China, but then they list the above brands.

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They list Stila, Smashbox, Laura Mercier, and DHC as companies that test on animals. Are you saying these companies don't test on animals? Maybe reread the site- the page on animal testing lists two groups of companies- the first group lists companies that do not test on animals. The second group lists companies that do test on animals. Maybe because they are all listed on the same page it could be a little confusing, it might be helpful to take a look at the website again.


And you're wrong about China- on their site they explicitly state that if a brand sells in China, they are automatically on the this list of companies that do test on animals. Taken from paula's choice:


IMPORTANT NOTE 1: If the company's site claims they do not test on animals but the brand has a China website or is sold by a cosmetics site selling to citizens of mainland China, we consider said brand one that tests on animals. The Chinese government requires animal testing on all imported cosmetics. So, a brand that retails there (whether online or in an actual store) must agree to this testing even though they may not test on animals themselves or endorse this practice in any other country.


I do agree though that its best to look at a number of resources that list company's animal testing policies, and too not rely only on one source. Although Paula's Choice is quite reliable, its always a good idea to get information from as many places as possible. 

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Hi daisydasies,


I just checked the most recent list updated on 1/8/14 (please see link above to PETA) and Bite Beauty isnt on the list.  I'd suggest reaching out to BITE directly Smiley Wink


xo, Mia

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Hi Mia,


Leaping Bunny is not Peta - they are a separate organization of 9 partners (anti-vivisection and animal alliance groups) that have come together to put together a single standard for cruelty-free practices and labelling. They are the ones who have the Leaping Bunny logo for the approved products.


If you go to the Leaping Bunny website, and click on 'Shopping Guide' and then hit 'US and Canadian Companies', you will see that Bite Beauty is on the list (Scroll down further on the page and Urban Decay is also listed).


I hope this clarifies things!

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I trust Leaping Bunny about a million times more than I trust PETA.

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Yes, me too!

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I think I do too. It seems to me that Leaping Bunny's process is pretty rigourous (including on-site audits).

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Plantgarden makes some excellent points.


Another couple that just caught my eye:


  • Justin Bieber is manufactured by Elizabeth Arden and they do animal testing.
  • Urban Decay is a subsidiary of a company that does conduct animal testing.


I guess the message is, folks, really educate yourselves and don't relay on third party information (sorry, Sephora) as it can often be inaccurate, or take the word of another company without performing some sort of due diligence.

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