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Dose of Colors is Cruelty-Free
Dose of Colors 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 Dose of Colors to be Cruelty-Free.
In addition, below is what’s currently stated on Dose of Colors’ website:
What About China’s Animal Testing Laws?
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 2021.
But Dose of Colors has confirmed they do not sell their products in retail stores in mainland China; therefore, they are not required to test on animals.
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.
Dose of Colors 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 Dose of Colors, not all of their products are vegan. But they have some products that are suitable for vegans.
How to know which of Dose of Colors products are vegan?
You can find out which of their products are vegan as they’re all marked accordingly on their website under each product description. See below for an example.
Dose of Colors Vegan Product List
As of 2021, I will no longer be regularly updating this list of Dose of Colors 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.
Below is a list of Dose of Colors products that are suitable for vegans and do not contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products.
- Classic Lipstick
- Glitter Eyeliners
- Lip Gloss
- Liquid Matte Lipstick
- Meet You Hue Concealer
- Meet Your Hue Foundation
- Satin Lipstick
- Velvet Matte Lipstick
- All Makeup Brushes & Lashes are Vegan
Not Vegan – Dose of Colors
The following Dose of Colors products are not vegan as they contain some animal-derived ingredients and by-products:
- Block Party Single Eyeshadows – not vegan
- EyeDeal Duo (contains beeswax and carmine) – not vegan
- Eyeliners – not vegan
- Eyeshadow Palettes (most contain carmine) – not vegan
- Lip Liners – not vegan
- Set the Tone Eyeliner – not vegan
- Supreme Glow Highlighters (some contain carmine) – not vegan
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.
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 a company publicly addresses its mica mining policy, we have no way of knowing whether its mica is ethically sourced without child or forced labor.
So I asked Dose of Colors if their mica is ethically sourced without the use of child labor and they responded by stating,
“Our lab purchases mica’s from multiple sustainable sources. Sources that implement fair practices, processes and sourcing’s. Each vendor we purchase from have provided various documents proving their fair trade, ethical conditions and lack of child labor.”