Last Updated: May 19, 2021

Is Farmacy Cruelty-Free and Vegan?

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 Farmacy’s ethics and initiatives.

Ethical Analysis

Is Farmacy cruelty-free, vegan, or sustainable? We’ve got the answers here! Read below for more details on Farmacy’s policies.
Farmacy is cruelty-free. None of Farmacy’s ingredients, formulations, or finished products are tested on animals, anywhere in the world.
Not all of Farmacy’s products are vegan but they have some vegan options.
Farmacy is committed to using responsibly-sourced, conflict-free ingredients from their network of small farms. Farmacy also claims they “maintain ethical standards on all raw ingredients and work with suppliers that practice proper stewardship of the environment and fair trade practices.”

Additionally, Farmacy is working towards making all components of their packaging to be 100% recyclable.
It’s not clear where Farmacy’s mica is mined or sourced from and how they trace or audit to ensure no child labor was involved.
Farmacy products come in plastic or glass containers but they’re working toward making all components of their packaging from product containers to shipping boxes to be recyclable.

Currently, their boxes are made from post-consumer waste paper and some of their plastic tubes are made from post-consumer waste plastic.

Farmacy’s goal is to use less packaging, less virgin materials, and to be “100% waste-free” by 2022.

About Farmacy

Farmacy Skincare products combine natural botanicals and extract like honey, antioxidants, hyaluronic acid, and more to rejuvenate skin.
PRODUCTS: Skincare, Bath & Body Care


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You can find Farmacy cruelty-free products at Sephora, Beautylish, and on Amazon

Farmacy is Cruelty-Free

Farmacy 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 Farmacy to be Cruelty-Free.

Below is a screenshot of Farmacy’s official animal testing statement:

Farmacy Cruelty-Free Claims

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

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.

Farmacy 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 Farmacy, not all of their products are vegan. But they have some products that are suitable for vegans.

How to know which of Farmacy products are vegan?

All of Farmacy’s vegan products are clearly marked on their website.

The following is a screenshot of what’s currently stated on Farmacy’s official website about its vegan products:

Farmacy Vegan Claims

Farmacy Vegan Product List

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

Not Vegan – Farmacy

Below is a list of Farmacy products that are not considered vegan.

  • Clean Bee Ultra Gentle Facial Cleanser – not vegan
  • Honey Butter Beeswax Lip Balm – not vegan
  • Honey Butter Body – not vegan
  • Honey Drop Lightweight Moisturizer with Echinacea GreenEnvy™ – not vegan
  • Honey Grail – not vegan
  • Honeymoon Glow Night Serum – not vegan
  • Honey Potion Renewing Antioxidant Hydration Mask with Echinacea GreenEnvy™ – not vegan
  • Honey Savior All-in-One Skin Repair Salve with Echinacea GreenEnvy™ Honey – 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.

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

“We strive to work with suppliers who are both environmentally conscious and treat their employees fairly. As Mica is a raw ingredient, it may be sourced from several mines before being packaged with a supplier. While we would never condone the use of child labor, we thank you for bringing this up. We’ve reached out to our product and sourcing teams to ask if they have any further details or certifications from the supplier we work with to determine the mines they receive their mica from, and the labor practices in place there.”

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