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Is Charlotte Tilbury Cruelty-Free?
Sept 2021 Update! Charlotte Tilbury is now officially certified cruelty-free by Cruelty Free International Leaping Bunny Program.
We previously weren’t sure what to make of Charlotte Tilbury’s cruelty-free status while they had testers of some of their products in China, although they weren’t physically being sold in stores. But now that the company is Cruelty Free International Leaping Bunny approved, I feel comfortable classifying Charlotte Tilbury as being *Cruelty-Free now that there is a third-party verifying and looking into their cruelty-free policy.
As of September 2021, we have decided to move Charlotte Tilbury from ‘Grey Area’ to *Cruelty-Free.
Continue reading if you want a walk-through of Charlotte Tilbury’s animal testing policy.
Charlotte Tilbury’s Animal Testing Policy
Below is what was stated on Charlotte Tilbury’s website:
Before 2020, Charlotte Tilbury was listed in our Brand Directory as a cruelty-free brand. As Charlotte Tilbury confirmed none of their products, ingredients, or formulations are tested on animals, anywhere in the world.
But that all changed in late 2019/early 2020. Here’s what happened:
Is Charlotte Tilbury Sold in China?
At the beginning of 2020, news broke that Charlotte Tilbury had testers of their products in a pop-up store in mainland China.
Chinese customers weren’t able to buy Charlotte Tilbury products at this store location. But instead were directed to order and purchase Charlotte Tilbury products online on their website or on TMall Global.
Charlotte Tilbury Sold Online Only
Cosmetics sold online in China do not require animal testing. So Charlotte Tilbury can sell their products online and ship directly to customer’s homes in China without pre-market animal testing.
Charlotte Tilbury Not Sold in Stores in China
Again, it’s worth repeating here: Charlotte Tilbury is not selling any of its products in physical stores in mainland China. Some of their products were for “display purposes only” in mainland China stores. They’ve confirmed this many times stating,
“I can confirm that our products are not sold in stores in mainland China!”
Because they’re not actually selling anything at that pop-up store location, Charlotte Tilbury did not have to register their products for pre-market approval. Therefore they were able to bypass China’s pre-market animal testing requirements.
What about post-market animal testing? Historically, in the event of a customer complaint, non-routine post-market testing may be issued and authorized by officials. This is where they’ll pull products off the store shelves and conduct independent tests.
Currently, there are conflicting opinions about whether post-market testing for cosmetics in China is still being done on animal test subjects. Some experts say it’s unlikely and hasn’t been done in years.
Update! Charlotte Tilbury is Leaping Bunny Certified!
We previously weren’t sure what to make of Charlotte Tilbury’s cruelty-free status while they had testers of their products in Chinese stores. But now that the company is Cruelty Free International Leaping Bunny approved, I feel comfortable classifying Charlotte Tilbury as being *Cruelty-Free now that there is a third-party verifying and looking into their cruelty-free commitments.
As a result, I have decided to move Charlotte Tilbury from Grey Area brand to a *Cruelty-Free brand.
*Charlotte Tilbury Owned by Puig
In June 2020, Charlotte Tilbury announced that Puig would own a majority stake in the brand. And Puig is NOT a cruelty-free corporation because they allow some of their other brands to test on animals.
It’s your choice whether you want to support or boycott cruelty-free brands owned by a parent company that is not cruelty-free. There is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ answer to this. I encourage you to do what you’re comfortable with, but I think it’s important to disclose that Puig owns a majority stake in Charlotte Tilbury.
Charlotte Tilbury’s 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 Charlotte Tilbury if their mica is ethically sourced without the use of child labor and they responded by stating,
“I can confirm that all of our mica is ethically sourced, and our manufacturing partners regularly audit their suppliers to ensure compliance
Mica from India is an extremely small percentage of the mica used in our products, with the majority of it coming from North and South America.“