Bésame Cosmetics

Last Updated: May 18, 2021

Is Bésame Cosmetics Cruelty-Free and Vegan?

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Ethical Analysis

Is Bésame Cosmetics cruelty-free, vegan, or sustainable? We’ve got the answers here! Read below for more details on Bésame’s policies.
Bésame is cruelty-free. None of Bésame’s ingredients, formulations, or finished products are tested on animals, anywhere in the world.
Not all of Bésame’s products are vegan but they have some vegan options.
Bésame’s claims they’re committed “to sustainable practices” and their cosmetics are produced with “ethically-sourced ingredients, from the US when possible”. They also offer refillable and low-waste makeup products. But other than that, I couldn’t find any other information on their website of their responsible manufacturing practices or ethical ingredient sourcing policies.
Bésame claims all of the ingredients and materials are made in the US where “there is no child labor involved”. However, they did not specifically address the sourcing of their mica and how they trace or certify that their mica was mined without child labor.
Some of Bésame are plastic-free or low-waste like their ‘Cake Mascara’ that come in a recyclable tin that can also be reused with their refills. Bésame also offers refills for their powder cosmetics that come packaged in a recyclable paper envelope. However, other Bésame products come in plastic packaging.

About Bésame Cosmetics

Bésame Cosmetics is a luxury vintage makeup brand that honors the style, spirit, & sensibility of female beauty.
COMPANY BASED IN: USA
PRODUCTS MADE IN: USA
PRODUCTS: Makeup, Skincare, Nails
CERTIFICATIONS: PETA-Certified

Bésame Cosmetics

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Bésame is Cruelty-Free

Bésame Cosmetics 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 Bésame 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.

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

How to know which of Bésame products are vegan?

Bésame marks all of its vegan products on its website. They also claim their powders, cake mascara, and cream rouges are vegan.

ARE ANY OF YOUR PRODUCTS CONSIDERED VEGAN?
Yes! All our powders, both loose and pressed, Black Cake Mascara and Brown Cake Mascara, as well as our Cream Rouges.
Our Classic Color Lipsticks and mascaras contain beeswax for texture, but the wax is properly sourced from very happy bees!”

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

“Thanks so much for reaching out. All of our products are made in the U.S with ingredients and materials made in the U.S and there is no child labor involved :)”

Bésame did not specifically address the sourcing of their mica and how they trace or certify that their mica was mined without child labor.

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