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Bare English is Cruelty-Free
Bare English & Co. 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 Bare English to be Cruelty-Free.
“We are part of PETA’s Beauty Without Bunnies Program and ALL our products are both cruelty free and vegan. We do not test on animal’s, nor do we use ingredients that have been tested on animals. We have written statements from our suppliers guaranteeing that they do not conduct any form of animal testing and we do not plan to sell in China until their laws are changed.”
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.
Bare English is 100% Vegan
Bare English & Co. has confirmed all of its products are vegan and don’t contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products.
“Yes, all our lip balms are both Cruelty-Free and Vegan.”
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 Bare English if their mica is ethically sourced without the use of child labor and they responded by stating,
“Great question! Our tinted lip balms include only responsibly sourced mica of US origin to ensure our products are free of ingredients obtained through child exploitation. We purchase from an extremely well known and reputable supplier in the industry who is committed to ethical sourcing and minimal environmental impact.“