Does Blistex Test on Animals?
Unfortunately, Blistex is not considered a cruelty-free brand. Blistex products are tested on animals when required by law.
Blistex has chosen to sell in foreign markets that require their products to be tested on animals (like Mainland China).
Blistex Animal Testing Policy
There is virtually no information on Blistex website about animal testing policy. So we emailed Blistex directly and received the following response:
“Thank you for contacting Blistex with your question.
Blistex fully supports the elimination of inhumane animal testing. We verify the safety and efficacy of our products only on human volunteers and via in-vitro means rather than through animal testing in virtually all markets, including all of North America, South America, Europe, Australia, etc. We consider the use of product testing on animals unnecessary given the many viable alternatives available to us at this time. The only cases in which such testing may occur on our products is in the rare circumstances when another government’s regulators mandate such steps during their registration processes. But to be clear, we fully support further development of alternatives to animal testing and the continuing efforts of advocates on this issue in the hope that local authorities in those few foreign entities who continue to utilize animal testing protocols can be persuaded to change their course.”
The part in Blistex’s animal testing statement that is highlighted in bold indicates that Blistex has chosen to sell their products in countries that require animal testing by law.
Although Blistex is not conducting these animal tests themselves, however, they are consenting and allowing others to test their products on animals for them.
Even though Blistex may have verified their products are safe for human use by non-animal or in-vitro testing methods, but in order to sell their products in some countries, local government officials require Blistex to test their products again –but this time, on animals.
Because of this, many personal care brands have chosen not to sell in countries that require imported cosmetics to be tested on animals by law. Why can’t Blistex do the same if they’re truly against animal testing?
Therefore we would not consider Blistex to be cruelty-free.
Cruelty-Free Alternatives to Blistex:
- Hurraw! Lip Balms
- Crazy Rumors
- Pacifica Lip Balms
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