Does Soap & Glory Test on Animals?

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Is Soap & Glory cruelty-free?

Answer:

Inconclusive. It is not clear whether Soap & Glory is cruelty-free or not.

Buy or boycott at your own discretion.

Soap & Glory’s Animal Testing Policy (2018)

On Soap & Glory’s website, they state that they test their formulations on people, not animals. And that Soap & Glory regularly audits their manufacturing partners to ensure they are following a no animal testing policy as well.

But if you keep reading, they state that they “can’t say that each and every ingredient that goes into [their formulations] has not, at some point historically, been cleared for human use, by animal testing”

Source: Soap & Glory

This is the part that caused me to raise an eyebrow.

I understand that most ingredients used in cosmetics have been, at some point in the past, tested on animals. That isn’t something Soap & Glory has control over, unless they have a time machine to prevent those animal tests from happening in the first place.

What is in Soap & Glory’s control is the assurance that none of their products or ingredients are currently being tested on animals. And so, the statement on their website seems a little shady to me and doesn’t give me confidence to believe Soap & Glory is doing everything they can possibly do to ensure none of their ingredients are currently being tested on animals.

I reached out to Soap & Glory to ask for further clarifications and received the following response:

I appreciate Soap & Glory is being as transparent as possible but as I read their response about how they can’t truly say that none of the ingredients they’ve used in a product have been historically tested on animals, is a little concerning to me.

Historically can mean 10 years ago, a month ago, or just yesterday. When I pressed and asked if they require documentations from all of their raw material suppliers that they aren’t testing on animals after a certain cut-off date, I never received a response back.

It should also be noted that Soap & Glory is not certified cruelty-free by any organization like PETA or Leaping Bunny so there is no one else verifying Soap & Glory’s animal testing policy.

Soap & Glory is unfortunately on ethical elephant’s Grey-Area Brand List as it is inconclusive whether their ingredient suppliers are testing on animals.

I am sharing my correspondence from Soap & Glory to give you as much information as possible, in order for you to decide for yourself if you would like to support or boycott Soap & Glory.

What do you think?

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4 Comments
  • Cara
    December 3, 2019

    I know this post is over a year old but it came up when I Googled if S&G was CF. As someone that works with Fortune 100 consumer goods companies and start up luxury beauty brands, I can immediately see that their response is written in a way to avoid a lawsuit. S&G was founded in 2006 and, as stated in their answer to your follow up question, no ingredient since then has been tested on animals. I understand that people want a definite answer on a brand’s CF status but, in this case, I’m much more satisfied with S&G’s answer than a worthless Peta certification. As I move closer to being completely CF, I’ve bookmarked your site as it’s such a great resource! Thank you!

  • Dylan Barsby
    April 14, 2019

    The problem there is that many logos/endorsements don’t mean much at all. Peta’s endorsement, for example, only required that companies sign a declaration. Any unethical company that does test on animals won’t have a problem lying on a declaration. An organisation like Cruelty Free International (Leaping bunny), however, do a very thorough check with the names company and it’s suppliers, and requires much proof before endorsing.

“Make ethical choices in what we buy, do, and watch. In a consumer-driven society our individual choices, used collectively for the good of animals and nature, can change the world faster than laws.”― Marc Bekoff

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