Is Algenist cruelty-free?
No. Algenist is not cruelty-free because Algenist products are sold in Mainland China where animal testing is required by law for all imported cosmetics.
Algenist Animal Testing Statement
Algenist claims they are not testing their products or ingredients on animals and that they are working towards the elimination of animal testing. But the truth is, Algenist products and ingredients are tested on animals when the law requires it.
When is it required by law to test on animals?
In some cases, it is mandatory for companies to pay and consent to have their products tested on animals. For example, in order to sell in-stores in Mainland China, cosmetic companies must have their products tested on animals by the local Chinese authorities.
This is the case for Algenist, although they are not doing the testing themselves, they are having others do it for them.
On Algenist’s website, it states:
“Algenist does not conduct animal testing, nor ask others to test on our behalf, unless required by law, regulation, or a governmental authority.” (Source: Algenist)
It’s great to read that Algenist is supporting and working with IIVS to find alternatives to animal testing but many existing cruelty-free companies are doing that already by not having their products tested on animals. Why can’t Algenist do the same?
Can Algenist really be working to eliminate animal testing while contributing to it? Not in my books.
Therefore I would not consider Algenist to be a cruelty-free brand.
Cruelty-Free Alternatives to Algenist
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