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Blind Barber is Cruelty-Free
Blind Barber 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 Blind Barber to be Cruelty-Free.
The following is a snippet of the email response I received from Blind Barber when verifying their animal testing policy:
“None of our products are tested on animals and they are all cruelty free. Our labs are required to source from vendors that do not test on animals.”
What About China’s Animal Testing Laws?
Blind Barber has confirmed they do not sell their products in retail stores in mainland China; therefore, they are not required to test on animals.
“Our products are not currently sold in mainland China.”
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 2022.
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, or any third parties.
Also, note that Cruelty-Free and Vegan don’t always mean the same thing.
Blind Barber 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 Blind Barber, not all of their products are vegan. But they have some products that are suitable for vegans.
How to know which of Blind Barber’s products are vegan?
Unfortunately, Blind Barber doesn’t label or mark which of their products are vegan on their website. So you’ll have to message them to ask about a specific product you’re interested in.
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 Blind Barber’s products made?
“We work hand-in-hand with chemistry labs in the United States (New Jersey and California) to create specific formulas aimed at keeping you handsome.”
I hope this article helped you to understand Blind Barber’s cruelty-free and vegan status and by choosing cruelty-free together, we can help end animal testing for cosmetics once and for all!