boscia is a skincare brand touting its products are preservative-free however I was more interested to know if boscia is cruelty-free or not, and whether they test any of their products or ingredients on animals anywhere in the world.
Is boscia Cruelty-Free?
No. Boscia is not cruelty-free; Boscia products are sold in Mainland China and therefore their products must be tested on animals to comply to China’s animal testig laws.
Boscia’s Animal Testing Statement (2017)
On boscia‘s website, it states:
“boscia does not directly conduct any testing of ingredients or products on animals or advocate animal testing on raw ingredients and/or finished formulas and endeavors to work with partners who share the same values. However, as we continue to expand into international markets, we are unable to control the testing methods used by outside governments.”
Boscia’s statement of expanding into international markets and their inability to control testing methods conducted by outside government implies that they are selling their products in countries that require animal testing by law. Currently, Mainland China is the only country that requires all imported cosmetics to be tested on animals.
This led me to directly ask boscia if they’re selling in China or not.
Is boscia Selling in China?
I received confirmation from boscia that they are indeed selling their products in China. I was also surprised to hear that none of their products contain any animal ingredients which makes them a rare example of a skincare brand that is vegan but not cruelty-free.
Below is a snippet of my correspondence with boscia:
Unfortunately, we cannot definitely confirm or deny that any outside government has in the past, or will in the future conduct animal testing as part of their regulatory process.
We understand that unfortunately many brands are in fact, tested on animals. We do not advocate this practice.
Based on the above information and, in the spirit of complete transparency, boscia has recently removed all claims that state no animal testing on packaging, and all marketing materials.
We did launch the brand in China in 2014.
We can assure you that none of our products contain any animal by-products or any ingredients that are derived from animals.
Additionally, we use a clean room facility to formulate our products so there is no cross contamination either.
We hope this clarifies your question regarding animal testing.
boscia is NOT Cruelty-free
Unfortunately, boscia cannot be considered cruelty-free as their products are tested on animals by the Chinese authorities.
For cruelty-free alternatives to boscia, I recommend Yes To, Acure Organics, and Avalon Organics.