Last Updated: January 27, 2022

Is Biossance Cruelty-Free and Vegan?

Supporting companies that share the same values and ethics to what matters most to us is how we can drive positive change in this world. Here’s a quick summary of Biossance’s ethics and initiatives.

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Ethical Analysis

Is Biossance cruelty-free, vegan, or really sustainable? We’ve got the answers here! Read below for more details on Biossance’s policies.
Biossance is cruelty-free. None of Biossance’s ingredients, formulations, or finished products are tested on animals, anywhere in the world.
All of Biossance products are 100% vegan and don’t contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products.
Biossance scientists created a renewable, sugarcane-derived version of squalene that was historically derived from shark liver thereby saving 2 million sharks every year. Biossance also states all of their ingredients are ethically and sustainably sourced.

Also, Biossance formulations are developed in a facility certified by My Green Lab – the gold standard for laboratory sustainability practices for responsible usage of energy, waste, and water.

In addition, Biossance’s tubes and bottles are recyclable and their outer cartons are made from renewable sugarcane paper. Biossance also ships Carbon-Netural.
Biossance claims their mica is ethically-sourced without the use of child labor. See their ethical mica mining policy here.
Biossance products come in recyclable glass or plastic packaging. Their outer cartons are tree-free and made from sugarcane paper material. Biossance states they’re committed to being Zero-Waste by 2025 from product lifecycle to office paper use.

About Biossance

Pioneering sustainable beauty through biotechnology, Biossance creates 100% plant-based squalane skincare that is incredibly effective and safe.
PRODUCTS: Skincare
CERTIFICATIONS: Leaping Bunny, Cruelty Free International, PETA-Certified


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You can find Biossance cruelty-free products at, Sephora, Cult Beauty, and on Amazon.

Biossance is Cruelty-Free

Biossance has confirmed they do not test their products or ingredients on animals or ask others to test on their behalf. Their suppliers also do not test on animals, nor do they allow their products to be tested on animals when required by law. And finally, their products are not sold in stores in mainland China or any other country that may require animal testing.

By our standards, we would consider Biossance to be Cruelty-Free.

Below is a screenshot of what’s currently stated on Biossance’s website about its animal testing policy:

Biossance Cruelty-Free Claims

In addition, I emailed Biossance to ask for more information about their animal testing policy. The following is a snippet of the response I received from the brand:

“Biossance products contain no animal ingredients or by-products in the manufacturing process or final product.

No animal testing is involved in any part of the process and we do not ask third parties to test our products or ingredients on animals on our behalf.

We do not ship or sell internationally (anywhere where animal testing is required by law)”

What About China’s Animal Testing Laws?

Biossance has confirmed they do not sell their products in retail stores in mainland China; therefore, they are not required to test on animals.

As of May 1, 2021, some imported ordinary cosmetics can be exempt from animal testing under certain conditions. However, for the most part, animal testing is still legally required for most imported cosmetics in 2022.

Cruelty-Free Policies

Note that there is no legal definition for the label ‘Cruelty-Free.’ It can mean different things to different people. But Cruelty-Free is generally used to imply no animal testing. More specifically, the ingredients, formulation, or finished product are not tested on animals at any stage of product development.

At ethical elephant, we always assess a company’s cruelty-free policy using our Cruelty-Free Checklist. This ensures no animal testing was performed by the brand itself, its suppliers, and by any third parties.

Also, note that Cruelty-Free and Vegan don’t always mean the same thing.

Biossance is 100% Vegan

Biossance has confirmed all of its products are vegan and don’t contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products.

Instead of shark liver sourced squalene, Biossance uses a renewable, sugarcane-derived alternative. As a result, they claim their vegan squalane has saved 2 million sharks.

The following is a screenshot of what’s currently stated on Biossance’s official website about its vegan products:

Biossance Vegan Claims

Vegan Policies

Similar to ‘Cruelty-Free,’ there is no standard or legal definition for the label ‘Vegan.’ But it’s usually used in the context to describe something that doesn’t contain any animal-derived ingredients or animal by-products.

Some common animal products used in cosmetics include carmine, lanolin, snail mucus, beeswax, honey, pearl or silk-derived ingredients, animal-based glycerin, keratin, and squalene.

There are plant-based and synthetic alternatives to animal-derived ingredients. But it’s sometimes difficult to know with certainty whether a product is vegan just by reading the ingredient list.

So it’s best to ask the company and manufacturers to ensure the ingredients they’ve chosen to use were from non-animal sources.

Where are Biossance’s products made?

I asked Biossance where their products are manufactured and they told me:

“Our products are made in San Francisco, CA and our Sugarcane is ethically sourced from Brazil.”

Ethical Mica Mining Policy

Mica is a mineral that’s used in cosmetics to add a shimmery effect. But the mining of natural mica has been linked to child labor and human rights violations.

Unless the company discloses its mica mining policy, we have no way of knowing whether its mica is ethically sourced without child or forced labor.

So I asked Biossance if their mica is ethically sourced without the use of child labor and they responded by stating,

“Our Mica is sourced ethically from a mine here in America! It is in Georgia actually.
Yes, we do require documentation from all our vendors and suppliers – they are constantly triple checked! 
Our Shimmering Body Oil is the only product that contains this ingredient.”

I hope this article helped you to understand Biossance’s cruelty-free and vegan status and by choosing cruelty-free together, we can help end animal testing for cosmetics once and for all!

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