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Allies of Skin is Cruelty-Free
Allies of Skin 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 Allies of Skin to be Cruelty-Free.
Below is a screenshot of what’s currently stated on Allies of Skin’s website:
What About China’s Animal Testing Laws?
Allies of Skin has confirmed they do not sell their products in retail stores in mainland China; therefore, they are not required to test on animals.
“At the moment we do not sell any of our products in stores in Mainland China.”
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.
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.
Allies of Skin 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 Allies of Skin, not all of their products are vegan. But they have some products that are suitable for vegans.
“Not all our products are vegan but we do have some listed as Pore Refining Booster, Mandelic Serum, and our Retinal Peptides Night Cream.”
How to know which of Allies of Skin’s products are vegan?
All of Allies of Skin’s vegan products are clearly marked on their website.
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 Allies of Skin’s products made?
“We have offices in Singapore and Berlin. All our products are made in the United States.”
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 Allies of Skin if their mica is ethically sourced without the use of child labor and they responded by saying:
“Thank you for contacting us!
The biggest benefit of Mica is its ability to create a natural shimmery finish. We use Mica as an ingredient in some of our products because of its light-reflecting properties that create a natural glowy look.
Because it is naturally produced, it is a particularly well-loved ingredient among organic and natural beauty brands, such as us.
Rest assured that all the ingredients we use in our products, including Mica, are in an optimal percentage to work for your skin as best as possible!
Regarding the mining for this ingredient, we are only collaborating with a very limited number of suppliers who are truly committed to sourcing from legal gated mines only.
We stand for a sustainable procurement policy and we are always making sure that all our suppliers and collaborators are aligned to this policy.“
I hope this article helped you to understand Allies of Skin’s cruelty-free and vegan status and by choosing cruelty-free together, we can help end animal testing for cosmetics once and for all!