This post may contain affiliate links that at no additional cost to you, I may earn a small commission.
Bulldog is *Cruelty-Free
Bulldog Skincare 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.
By our standards, we would consider Bulldog to be *Cruelty-Free.
*Bulldog is owned by Edgewell, a corporation that is NOT cruelty-free because they allow some of their other brands to test on animals.
It’s your choice whether you want to support or boycott cruelty-free brands owned by a parent company that is not cruelty-free. There is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ answer to this. I encourage you to do what you’re comfortable with, but I think it’s important to disclose that Edgewell owns Bulldog Skincare.
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 Bulldog is currently part of Cruelty Free International’s China Pilot Program where their products are under strict surveillance ensuring none are tested on animals while sold in China.
“Bulldog are delighted to announce that we are one of the first companies to take part in the Leaping Bunny China Pilot Project. This scheme was launched by Cruelty Free International, in cooperation with KnudsenCRC and Oriental Beauty Valley, with the aim of allowing Leaping Bunny certified cruelty free brands to be present in China without the need for animal testing.”
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.
Bulldog is 100% Vegan
Bulldog has confirmed all of its products are vegan and don’t contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products.
“Are your products vegan?
They sure are. All are products are suitable for vegans and vegetarians.”
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 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 Bulldog if their mica is ethically sourced without the use of child labor and they responded by stating,
“Thank you for taking the time to get in touch. I can confirm that we use ethically sourced natural mica particles from the USA in our Energising Eye Roll-On to diffuse light, helping to make dark circles less noticeable.
For more information, you can refer to our Modern Slavery Act statement below: