BH Cosmetics

Last Updated: June 8, 2021

Is BH Cosmetics Cruelty-Free and Vegan?

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Ethical Analysis

Is BH Cosmetics cruelty-free, vegan, or sustainable? We’ve got the answers here! Read below for more details on BH Cosmetics’ policies.
BH Cosmetics is cruelty-free. None of BH Cosmetics’ ingredients, formulations, or finished products are tested on animals anywhere in the world.
Not all of BH Cosmetics’s products are vegan, but they have some vegan options.
BH Cosmetics claims they offset 100% of the electricity usage of all their warehouses and corporate offices and they’re making “energy-efficient upgrades” at their production facilities.
BH Cosmetics claims their mica is ethically sourced without child labor.
BH Cosmetics’ products come in plastic packaging but they claim to have removed mirrors and unnecessary packaging from select items. They also use soy-based inks and recycled cardboard and 100% post-consumer materials for their packing materials.

About BH Cosmetics

BH Cosmetics offers a huge selection of high-quality & affordable makeup, including eyeshadow, mascara, lipstick, blush & more.
COMPANY BASED IN: USA
PRODUCTS MADE IN: China
PRODUCTS: Makeup, Makeup Brushes, Lashes
CERTIFICATIONS: Leaping Bunny, Cruelty Free International, PETA-Certified

BH Cosmetics

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You can find BH Cosmetics’ cruelty-free products at bhcosmetics.com, Ulta, Walmart, and Beauty Bay.

BH Cosmetics is Cruelty-Free

BH 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 BH Cosmetics to be Cruelty-Free.

Below is a screenshot of BH Cosmetics’ official animal testing statement:

BH Cosmetics’ Animal Testing Policy

In addition, I also reached out to BH Cosmetics to ask for more information about their animal testing policy and they kindly responded with the following:

Thank you for your interest in BH Cosmetics. The raw materials we use to manufacture our products are directly sourced from Europe, Japan and the United States. The Manufacturing (the mixing of each product batch, the pressing of each eye shadow color, the filling of each eye shadow color into the palette) is all done in China. We are a value-driven brand and because we are able to manufacture our products in China we are able to offer quality pigments and formulas at an attractive price.

Our longstanding commitment to end animal testing has not changed: We do not test our products or ingredients on animals, nor do we ask others to test on our behalf. We are proud to offer a wide variety of cosmetic products where safety can be proven by means other than animal testing.

We also require all of our manufacturers to sign a legal and binding document that they do not and will not test our products or raw materials on animals.

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 2021.

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

“We do not sell our products in mainland China.”

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.

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

How to know which of BH Cosmetics products are vegan?

All of BH Cosmetics’s vegan products are clearly marked on their website. See below for an example.

Additionally, BH Cosmetics claims 95% of their products are currently vegan and that all new products released will be vegan from here on out.

The following is a screenshot of what’s currently stated on BH Cosmetics’ official website about its vegan products:

BH Cosmetics Vegan Product List

As of 2021, I will no longer be regularly updating this list of BH Cosmetics’ vegan products as all of their vegan products are now clearly marked. Check their website for the most up-to-date and accurate information on which products are vegan or not.

The following BH Cosmetics products are suitable for vegans and do not contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products.

Eyeshadow Palettes

Eyes & Eyebrows

Contour & Highlight

Foundations & Powders

Blush & Bronzer

Primer & Concealer

Lips

Makeup Brushes

  • All of BH Cosmetics’ makeup brushes are now 100% vegan and made of synthetic fibers. BH Cosmetics confirmed to me that they no longer sell animal hair brushes. But please note that some retailers and third-party sellers may still be selling BH Cosmetics’ old brushes made with animal hair.

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.

Where are BH Cosmetics’ products made?

When I had asked BH Cosmetics’ about their animal testing policy, they had also disclosed their products are made in China.

“The raw materials we use to manufacture our products are directly sourced from Europe, Japan and the United States. The Manufacturing (the mixing of each product batch, the pressing of each eye shadow color, the filling of each eye shadow color into the palette) is all done in China. We are a value-driven brand and because we are able to manufacture our products in China we are able to offer quality pigments and formulas at an attractive price.

*Note: Cosmetics made in China are not required to be tested on animals. Only cosmetics that are imported and sold in physical stores in mainland China are required to be tested on animals according to China’s animal testing laws.

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

“We have received information from our regulatory team regarding Mica.

Our Mica suppliers are limited to members of the Responsible Mica Initiative (RMI). Providing you with not only great quality but safely sourced products is an important aspect of how we do business!”

I hope this article helped you to understand BH Cosmetics’ 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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  1. Question: if you are ethical and cruelty-free, where and how do you obtain animal hair products? Are the companies obtaining the animal hair cruelty free??

    1. I am wondering the same thing. If anything regarding an animal part is used in their products then not seeing how this company is cruelty free.

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