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You can find Beauty GARDE’s cruelty-free products at Ulta, Nordstrom, and Amazon.
BeautyGARDE is Cruelty-Free
BeautyGARDE 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 BeautyGARDE to be Cruelty-Free.
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.
BeautyGARDE 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 BeautyGARDE, not all of their products are vegan. But they have some products that are suitable for vegans.
How to know which of BeautyGARDE products are vegan?
BeautyGARDE labels some of its vegan products on its website. In 2020, they told me all of their products are vegan except for their mascara. But be sure to check ingredients before buying.
“ALL of our products are Vegan, apart from mascara, which contains bee-friendly bee’s wax”
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 BeautyGARDE’s products made?
I asked BeautyGARDE where their products are manufactured and they told me:
“All USA made, no exceptions”
Ethical Mica Mining Policy
Mica is a mineral 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 BeautyGARDE if their mica is ethically sourced without the use of child labor and they responded by stating,
“BeautyGARDE was founded on the principals of safe and clean products. This extends to all areas of our business, and it goes without saying that we use only verified “conflict free” minerals from countries who do not participate in mining that involves child labor or humanitarian rights issues.”
BeautyGARDE claims they use “verified conflict-free minerals” but did not specifically address where their mica is sourced from and how they audit or trace to ensure no child labor was involved in mining their mica.
I hope this article helped you to understand BeautyGARDE’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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