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Is Aprilskin Cruelty-Free?
*Update October 2023: A representative from Aprilskin recently contacted me with new information that qualifies the brand as being cruelty-free! Aprilskin is now considered cruelty-free by our standards.
🐰 Aprilskin is a cruelty-free brand. None of Aprilskin’s ingredients or products are tested on animals. Aprilskin has met all the criteria in our Cruelty-Free Checklist and is included in our Cruelty-Free Directory.
Does Aprilskin Test on Animals?
When asking, does Aprilskin test on animals? We must look beyond to ensure none of Aprilskin’s ingredients or suppliers test on animals. And they don’t sell in any country or under conditions that may require animal testing by law.
In our research, we discovered the following:
- ✓ Aprilskin confirmed they do not test their products or ingredients on animals or ask others to test on their behalf.
- ✓ Aprilskin confirmed all their ingredient suppliers do not test on animals
- ✓ Aprilskin confirmed they do not allow or sell their products under conditions where animal testing is required by law
By meeting all of our Cruelty-Free Criteria, Aprilskin is a truly cruelty-free brand by our standards.
‼️ Update 2023! In a previous email response, Aprilskin told me they do not test on animals “except when required by law.” Statements like this usually mean the brand is selling in stores in mainland China. However, it has been brought to my attention by a verified Aprilskin representative that Aprilskin is NOT selling in China. And they do NOT allow their products or ingredients to be tested on animals. As a result, I have corrected the information in this post and have moved Aprilskin to our Cruelty-Free Brand Directory.
What About China’s Animal Testing Laws?
Aprilskin has confirmed they do not sell their products in retail stores in mainland China; therefore, they are not required to test on animals.
With the current changes to China’s animal testing laws, some cosmetics sold in China can be exempt from animal testing under certain conditions. However, without meeting those conditions, animal testing is still legally required for most cosmetics sold in China in 2023.
Is Aprilskin Certified Cruelty-Free?
Aprilskin is not certified by a third-party cruelty-free accreditation like Leaping Bunny or PETA.
Although Aprilskin is not certified cruelty-free, the company has confirmed to us it is a truly cruelty-free brand by meeting all the criteria in our Cruelty-Free Checklist.
Note that companies can remain to be cruelty-free without an official cruelty-free certification. Some companies may choose not to be certified cruelty-free because of cost, privacy, or lack of resources.
Cruelty-Free Policies 2023
Just because a brand claims it is ‘Cruelty-Free,’ doesn’t always mean that’s the case.
That’s because 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.
How We Assess Cruelty-Free Policies
Since 2015, the start of my blog, I’ve been emailing companies asking about their animal testing policies and cruelty-free commitments.
And based on the responses I receive from companies, I’ll research to find any supporting facts needed before concluding whether the brand should be classified as “Cruelty-Free,” “Animal-Tested,” or “Grey Area – Unclear Policies.”
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What about Vegan?
Cruelty-Free only refers to no animal testing, while Vegan means formulated without animal products.
Some brands are Cruelty-Free, but not Vegan.
And some are Vegan, but not Cruelty-Free.
Another important distinction to know is, Vegan in cosmetics can refer to an entire brand is 100% Vegan or a specific product is Vegan.
Is Aprilskin Vegan?
⭐️ Aprilskin is NOT an entirely vegan brand. But Aprilskin offers some vegan options that are free of animal products.
The following is a statement of what’s currently stated on Aprilskin’s website about its vegan claims:
“APRILSKIN supports vegan consumers.
Although not all of our products are certified vegan, when developing new products we make it our mission to exclude animal ingredients in the research and development process. Currently, all of APRILSKIN’s Artemisia line and some of our Calendula line’s products are certified vegan in Korea, and some of the newly released products from our Calendula and Carrotene lines are certified vegan internationally by EVE as well.
We recognize the necessity of excluding animal derived materials and aim to change more products to vegan formulations as soon as possible. We promise to always provide our customers with safe, ethical, and effective skincare.”
How to know which of Aprilskin products are vegan?
All of Aprilskin’s vegan products are clearly marked on their website.
Some common animal products 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 unless a brand explicitly labels its ingredients or product as Vegan, it’s often 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 chose were from non-animal sources.
I hope this article helped you to understand Aprilskin’s cruelty-free and vegan status and by choosing cruelty-free together, we can help end animal testing for cosmetics once and for all!
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