Last Updated: February 2, 2022

How Ethical Is Ciaté?

Make a positive impact by supporting companies with the same values and ethics as what matters most to you. To navigate and find ethical brands, here’s a summary of Ciate London’s ethics and initiatives.

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Ethical Analysis

Is Ciate London cruelty-free, vegan, or sustainable? We’ve got the answers here! Read below for more details on Ciate’s policies.
Ciate London is cruelty-free. None of Ciate’s ingredients, formulations, or finished products are tested on animals anywhere in the world.
Not all of Ciate London’s products are vegan, but they have some vegan options.
Ciate recently launched a collection of ‘Plant Pot’ polish claiming it’s made with “sustainably sourced” ingredients and biodegradable glitter. The bottles from this collection are made from 10% recycled glass. And the packaging, polish bottles, and caps are “fully recyclable.”

However, there’s no word on whether Ciate plans on making their other nail polish collections more sustainable. I couldn’t find any additional information on Ciate’s responsible manufacturing practices, ethical ingredient sourcing, or environmental commitments.
Ciate London claims their mica is ethically sourced without child labor. Ciate also uses synthetic mica that’s made in a lab and therefore no child labor is involved. See their ethical mica mining policy here.
Ciate’s products come in plastic packaging. And their new Plant Pot nail polish are nade from 10% recycled glass.

About Ciaté

Ciaté London is a cosmetic brand with a range of high-performance makeup and nail products.
PRODUCTS MADE IN: Italy, Korea, Germany, Thailand
PRODUCTS: Nails, Makeup


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You can find Ciaté cruelty-free products at Sephora and ASOS.

Ciaté is Cruelty-Free

Ciaté 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 Ciaté to be Cruelty-Free.

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

What About China’s Animal Testing Laws?

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

We do not yet sell any products in Mainland China or have any stockists there.

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.

Ciaté is Not 100% Vegan

‘Vegan’ in cosmetics can refer to an entire brand that is 100% Vegan or a specific product is vegan.

In the case of Ciaté, not all of their products are vegan. But they have some products that are suitable for vegans.

How to know which of Ciaté’s products are vegan?

All of Ciaté’s vegan products are clearly marked on their website. See below for an example.

Ciaté Vegan Product List

As of 2021, I will no longer be regularly updating this list of Ciate’s vegan products as all of their vegan products are now clearly marked. Check their website for the most up-to-date and accurate information on which products are vegan or not.

The following Ciaté products are suitable for vegans and do not contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products.


Face Products

Eye Products

Lip Products


NOT VEGAN – Ciate London

The following Ciate London products are not suitable for vegans as they contain carmine, beeswax, and/or other animal-derived ingredients or by-products:

  • Astrolights – Jewelled (contains carmine) – not vegan
  • Dewy Stix (contains beeswax) – not vegan
  • Double Lines (contains beeswax) – not vegan
  • FEARLESS Palette (contains carmine) – not vegan
  • FUN Palette (contains carmine) – not vegan
  • Glitter Storm Lipstick (all shades except Apollo contains carmine) – not vegan
  • Jessica Rabbit – Glitter Storm Lipstick – not vegan
  • Mermaid Glow Highlighter (contains carmine) – not vegan
  • PRETTY Palette (contains carmine) – not vegan
  • Wonderwand Liner (contains beeswax and carmine) – not vegan
  • Wonderwand Lipstick (contains beeswax) – not vegan

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 Ciaté’s products made?

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

“Most of our products are manufactured in Italy. Some are manufactured in Korea, Germany and Thailand. 🙂

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 Ciaté if their mica is ethically sourced without the use of child labor and they responded by stating,

“We ensure that any natural mica that is used in our products is only ever sourced through ethically sound supply chains, which do not include child labour. We collect declarations from our suppliers to confirm this. Where we don’t use natural mica, we use synthetic mica. It is part of our company conduct that we do not allow Mica from unethically mined sources.”

I hope this article helped you to understand Ciaté’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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