Babo Botanicals

Last Updated: May 19, 2021

Is Babo Botanicals Cruelty-Free and Vegan?

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Ethical Analysis

Is Babo Botanicals cruelty-free, vegan, or sustainable? We’ve got the answers here! Read below for more details on Babo Botanicals’ policies.
Babo Botanicals is cruelty-free. None of Babo Botanicals’ ingredients, formulations, or finished products are tested on animals, anywhere in the world.
Not all of Babo Botanicals’ products are vegan but they have some vegan options.
Babo Botanicals is a certified B Corporation. They’re also committed to using natural and organic ingredients and supporting sustainable agriculture.
Babo Botanicals has been non-responsive when I asked if their mica is ethically-sourced without the use of child labor.
Babo Botanicals products come in plastic packaging. I couldn’t find anything stating they’re working on reducing their use of virgin plastic in their product packaging.

About Babo Botanicals

Babo Botanicals offers gentle, natural hair, skin, and sun care for babies, kids, or sensitive skin.
COMPANY BASED IN: USA
PRODUCTS MADE IN: USA
PRODUCTS: Bath & Body Care, Sun Care, Hair Care
CERTIFICATIONS: PETA-Certified

Babo Botanicals

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Babo Botanicals is Cruelty-Free

Babo Botanicals 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 Babo Botanicals to be Cruelty-Free.

Cruelty-Free Policies

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, and by any third parties.

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

Babo Botanicals 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 Babo Botanicals, not all of their products are vegan. But they have some products that are suitable for vegans.

How to know which of Babo Botanicals products are vegan?

Babo Botanicals marks all of its vegan products on its website.

“Are Babo Botanicals Products Vegan?
The majority of products do not contain ingredients sourced from animals, such as musks, oils, and egg- and milk-derived ingredients. Our Lip, Sport Sticks, Diaper Creams and SPF 40 Daily Sheer Sunscreen products are the exception.”

Vegan Policies

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.

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 a company publicly addresses its mica mining policy, we have no way of knowing whether its mica is ethically sourced without child or forced labor.

So I asked Babo Botanicals if their mica is ethically sourced without the use of child labor, but they never responded to any of my emails or messages.

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