Last Updated: January 20, 2022

How Ethical Is Axiology?

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Ethical Analysis

Is Axiology cruelty-free, vegan, or sustainable? We’ve got the answers here! Read below for more details on Axiology’s policies.
Axiology is cruelty-free. None of Axiology’s ingredients, formulations, or finished products are tested on animals, anywhere in the world.
All of Axiology products are 100% vegan and don’t contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products.
Axiology is committed to using organic ingredients and all of their products are palm oil-free. Their products are also handmade in small batches in their own facility. Some of Axiology products are also plastic packaging-free or made from recycled materials.
Axiology claims their mica is ethically-sourced without the use of child labor. See their ethical mica mining policy here.
Axiology balmies are zero-waste and plastic-free. And their lipstick tubes are made from post-consumer recycled plastic. Boxes are recyclable and made from recycled trash by a women’s cooperative in Bali. However, note their lip crayons are not recyclable.

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Axiology’s mission is to make the most ethical lipstick on the planet.


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You can find Axiology cruelty-free products at and Ulta.

Axiology is Cruelty-Free

Axiology 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 Axiology to be Cruelty-Free.

What About China’s Animal Testing Laws?

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.

But Axiology has confirmed they do not sell their products in retail stores in mainland China; therefore, they are not required to test on animals.

“Due to regulations in China regarding these things, we are not sold in China.”

Cruelty-Free Policies

Note that there is no standard or 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, and by any third parties.

Also, note that Cruelty-Free and Vegan don’t always mean the same thing.

Axiology is 100% Vegan

Axiology has confirmed all of its products are vegan and don’t contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products.

“Yes our products are 100% vegan and cruelty free

Vegan Policies

Similar to ‘Cruelty-Free,’ there is no standard or legal definition for the label ‘Vegan.’ But it usually means no 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 Axiology’s products made?

I asked Axiology where their products are manufactured and they told me:

“Our products are all manufactured in Bend, Oregon.”

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 Axiology if their mica is ethically sourced without the use of child labor and they responded by stating,

“Thank you for your interest in Axiology and for reaching out! This is definitely something that we are concerned about and we have contacted our supplier about where they source their mica. They provided us with an official statement assuring us that they sell no pigments that are manufactured with mica powder from mines in India or South Africa. They also support organizations such as “Made in a Free World”, an organization that works with mines to get the children out of the mines and into schools.”

I hope this article helped you to understand Axiology’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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