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Glossier is Cruelty-Free
Glossier 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 Glossier to be Cruelty-Free.
Below is a screenshot of Glossier’s official animal testing statement:
What About China’s Animal Testing Laws?
Glossier has confirmed they do not sell their products in retail stores in mainland China; therefore, they are not required to test on animals.
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 2022.
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, or any third parties.
Also, note that Cruelty-Free and Vegan don’t always mean the same thing.
Glossier 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 Glossier, not all of their products are vegan. But they have some products that are suitable for vegans.
How to know which of Glossier’s products are vegan?
All of Glossier’s vegan products are clearly marked on their website. See below for an example.
Which of Glossier Products is Vegan?
As of 2021, I will no longer be regularly updating this list of Glossier 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 Glossier products that are suitable for vegans and do not contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products.
Makeup – Glossier Vegan
- Brow Flick
- Generation G Lipstick
- Lip Gloss
- Perfecting Skin Tint
- Pro Tip
- Vinylic Lip
Skincare – Glossier Vegan
- Invisible Shield Sunscreen
- Mega Greens Galaxy Pack
- Milky Jelly Cleanser
- Milky Oil
- Soothing Face Mist
- Zit Stick
Body – Glossier Vegan
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
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 Glossier’s products made?
When I asked Glossier where their products are manufactured, they told me:
“We make our formulas all over the world. You can find this information listed on the packaging for each of our products.”
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 the company discloses its mica mining policy, we have no way of knowing whether its mica is ethically sourced without child or forced labor.
So I asked Glossier if their mica is ethically sourced without the use of child labor and they responded by stating,
“Thanks for reaching out about the Mica in our formulas!
At Glossier, we carefully choose every single partner we work with: not only based on quality of service, but also based on the efforts and results that partner shows in working in an ethical way—from their sustainability approach to their employment policies and guidelines. You can read more about our supply chain standards here.”
Glossier claims they choose to work with ethical partners but did not specifically address where their mica is sourced from and how they audit or trace to ensure no child labor was involved in mining their mica.
I hope this article helped you to understand Glossier’s cruelty-free and vegan status and by choosing cruelty-free together, we can help end animal testing for cosmetics once and for all!