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dpHUE is Cruelty-Free
dpHUE 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 dpHUE to be Cruelty-Free.
Below is a screenshot of dpHUE’s official animal testing statement:
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 dpHUE 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.
dpHUE 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 dpHUE, not all of their products are vegan. But they have some products that are suitable for vegans.
How to know which of dpHUE products are vegan?
dpHUE clearly marks all of its vegan products on its website. Also, the following dpHUE products are vegan according to their website’s FAQ:
The majority of dpHUE products are Vegan. Here’s a complete list of Vegan products:
- ACV Hair Rinse
- ACV Soothing Shampoo
- ACV Detangling Conditioner
- ACV Leave-In Therapy
- ACV Dry Shampoo
- ACV Dry Shampoo Powder
- ACV Scalp Scrub
- Blonding Brush
- Color Touch-Up Spray
- Color Fresh Shampoo
- Color Fresh Conditioner
- Color Fresh Oil
- Root Touch-Up Kit
- Root Touch-Up Stick
- Sun & City Mist
What’s not vegan from dpHUE? All of the products in dpHUE’s Cool Blonde line are 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.
Where are dpHUE products made?
When I asked dpHUE where their products are made, they told me:
“We manufacture our products in many different locations – some in the US and others overseas. If you’re interested in a specific product please do let me know and I’d be happy to provide that information.”
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 dpHUE if their mica is ethically sourced without the use of child labor and they responded by stating,
“Here’s what I found for you! The Mica is ethically sourced and is a responsible mica initiative member. We are conscious of where our raw materials are sourced from and work with a regulatory agency that review our formulas as we launch and relaunch products!”