Is Glossier Cruelty-Free and Vegan?

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Is Glossier cruelty-free and vegan?

Glossier is a popular beauty brand known for their easy-to-use skincare and makeup inspired by reallife but is Glossier cruelty-free and vegan?

Is Glossier Cruelty-free?

Yes, Glossier is Cruelty-free! None of Glossier’s ingredients, formulations, or finished products are tested on animals, anywhere in the world.

Glossier is also certified cruelty-free by Leaping Bunny.

Glossier has confirmed to me in an email response that they do not test their products or ingredients on animals, they do not hire or ask any third parties to test on their behalf, they make sure their manufacturers and suppliers abide by the same standards, and Glossier does not sell their products in stores in China or any other country that may require animal testing by law.

Below is a screenshot of what is currently stated on Glossier’s website:

Glossier's animal testing policy

Glossier is included on our List of Cruelty-Free Brands.

You can find Glossier products at glossier.com and Amazon.

Is Glossier Vegan?

Not all of Glossier’s products are vegan as some of their products contain beeswax, lanolin, honey, carmine, or ambrettolide. However, Glossier does have some vegan options.

Please reference below for a list of Glossier vegan and non-vegan products.

Which of Glossier Products is Vegan?

Below is a list of Glossier products that are suitable for vegans and do not contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products.

You can also find out which of their products are vegan as they’re labelled accordingly on their website under each product description.

Makeup – Glossier Vegan

Skincare – Glossier Vegan

Body – Glossier Vegan

This vegan product list is updated as frequently as possible, please be aware that formulations may have changed since the publication of this post. If you have new information to suggest one of the above products isn’t vegan, please email me at info@ethicalelephant.com to let me know.


Not Vegan – Glossier

The following products from Glossier are not considered vegan as they contain beeswax, honey, lanolin, carmine, or Ambrettolide—a synthetic musk.

“To create Ambrettolide, the lab uses sap from tree bark. The reason we can’t call this ingredient (or Glossier You) vegan is that this sap may contain saliva from bugs that live in the trees.” – Glossier

  • Balm Dotcom (contains beeswax and lanolin) – not vegan
  • Boy Brow (contains beeswax) – not vegan
  • Cloud Paint (contains carmine) – not vegan
  • Colorslide (contains carmine) – not vegan
  • Glossier You (contains ambrettolide) – not vegan
  • Glossier You Solid (contains ambrettolide) – not vegan
  • Haloscope (contains beeswax and carmine) – not vegan
  • Lash Slick (contains beeswax) – not vegan
  • Lidstar (contains carmine) – not vegan
  • Moisturizing Moon Mask (contains honey) – not vegan
  • Priming Moisturizer (contains honey and beeswax) – not vegan
  • Priming Moisturizer Rich (contains honey) – not vegan
  • Stretch Concealer (contains beeswax) – not vegan

Is Glossier Ethical?

Based in: US

Products Manufactured in: No general information was provided. Glossier states, “We make our formulas all over the world. You can find this information listed on the packaging for each of our products.”

Sustainability & Environmental Initiatives: Glossier discontinued one of their products, Glitter Gelée, after consumers were outraged by their decision to use non-biodegradable glitter. Glossier stated, “It was clear to us that we’d made the wrong choice, so we pledged to work on reformulating this product with bio-glitter, a newer and more environmentally-friendly raw material.”

Eco-Friendly Packaging Initiatives: Glossier is committed to limiting excess and wasteful packaging, stating “In the world of packaging, we’re focused on reduction—of excess, waste, and impact on the environment. As a direct-to-consumer business, an important milestone was the launch of Limited Packaging, which makes it easy to opt out of the pink pouch and any packaging extras when ordering on our website. Since we launched this option in June of 2019, you’ve selected Limited Packaging more than *250,000* times.”

“We also updated our shipping boxes to be made from 100% recycled content, discontinued sticker sheets, and began the process of removing all unnecessary liners in our boxes. Starting in April of 2019, we’ve offered pink pouch recycling at all our retail locations, both permanent and temporary.”

Giving Back Initiatives: N/A

Ingredients and Formulations Claims: Some of Glossier products claim to be Paraben-Free, Sulfate-Free, Alcohol-Free, Fragrance-Free, and Gluten-Free. You can find each product’s claims under its product description on their website.

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1 Comment
  • wen
    April 16, 2018

    Hi Vicky, thanks so much for this list! I thought all lidstar shades were non-vegan, good to find out that’s not true. Would you consider doing a vegan list for Buxom? I requested for a vegan list two times from them to no avail :\

“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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