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Is Aveda Cruelty-Free?
🐰 Aveda is a *cruelty-free brand. None of Aveda’s ingredients or products are tested on animals. Aveda has met all the criteria in our Cruelty-Free Checklist and is included in our Cruelty-Free Directory.
Does Aveda Test on Animals?
When asking, does Aveda test on animals? We must look beyond to ensure none of Aveda’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:
- ✓ Aveda confirmed they do not test their products or ingredients on animals or ask others to test on their behalf.
- ✓ Aveda confirmed all their ingredient suppliers do not test on animals
- ✓ Aveda 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, Aveda is a *cruelty-free brand by our standards.
*Aveda is owned by Estee Lauder, a corporation that is NOT cruelty-free because they allow some of their other brands to test on animals.
The decision is yours whether you want to support or boycott cruelty-free brands owned by a parent company that is not cruelty-free. There is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ answer to this. Do what you’re comfortable with. I just thought it was important to disclose that Estee Lauder owns Aveda.
What is Aveda’s Animal Testing Policy?
Below is a screenshot of what’s currently stated on Aveda’s website about its animal testing policy:
What About China’s Animal Testing Laws?
Aveda has confirmed they only sell in Hong Kong and not in mainland China; therefore, they are not required to test on animals.
Since Hong Kong is not part of mainland China, they do not have the same animal testing laws as mainland China.
As long as Aveda is not selling in retail stores in mainland China, which they have confirmed they are not, then their products are not required to be tested 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 Aveda Certified Cruelty-Free?
Aveda is certified cruelty-free by Leaping Bunny and PETA.
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 starting my blog in 2015, 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?
Just because something is called Cruelty-Free, doesn’t always mean it’s Vegan. And vice versa.
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 Aveda Vegan?
⭐️ Aveda is a 100% vegan brand. All their products are vegan, and are formulated without any animal-derived ingredients or by-products.
Aveda states on its website,
“As of January 1, 2021 Aveda is 100% vegan.” (Source)
Where to buy Aveda? Check out aveda.com!
Similar to ‘Cruelty-Free,’ there is no standard or legal definition for the label ‘Vegan.’ But Vegan is generally used to mean formulated without animal-derived ingredients or animal by-products.
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.
Where are Aveda’s Products Made?
I asked Aveda where their products are manufactured and they told me:
“The majority of Aveda products are manufactured in our state of the art facility in Blaine MN.”
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 Aveda if their mica is ethically sourced without the use of child labor and they responded by stating,
“The Estée Lauder Companies formulates with mica that is globally sourced.
While our ingredient supply chains are complex and multilayered, ELC has proactively partnered with local NGO Bachpan Bachao Andolan (now the Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation or KSCF) to help address child labor in the mica mining industry by promoting education as an alternative to work for children in mica-sourcing communities. For more information, please reference our CR Report.”
I hope this article helped you to understand Aveda’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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I read Aveda uses palm oil. That’s highly unethical when it comes to sourcing.