Last Updated: February 2, 2022

How Ethical Is CANDY x PAINTS?

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Ethical Analysis

Is CANDY x PAINTS cruelty-free, vegan, or sustainable? We’ve got the answers here! Read below for more details on CANDY x PAINTS’ policies.
CANDY x PAINTS is cruelty-free. None of CANDY x PAINTS’ ingredients, formulations, or finished products are tested on animals, anywhere in the world.
All of CANDY x PAINTS products are 100% vegan and don’t contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products.
CANDY x PAINTS does not claim or market itself as a sustainable company.
CANDY x PAINTS claims their mica is “ethically-sourced”. However, it’s not clear from their response, where their mica is mined or sourced from and how they trace or audit to ensure no child labor was involved. See their ethical mica mining policy here.
CANDY x PAINTS packaging has some plastic components. I couldn’t find anything stating they’re working on reducing their use of virgin plastic in their product packaging.


CANDY x PAINTS is a nail care brand, offering certified vegan and non-toxic polishes and additional nail care essentials.
CERTIFICATIONS: Leaping Bunny, Cruelty Free International, PETA-Certified


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CANDY x PAINTS is Cruelty-Free

CANDY x PAINTS 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 CANDY x PAINTS to be Cruelty-Free.

What About China’s Animal Testing Laws?

CANDY x PAINTS has confirmed they do not sell their products in retail stores in mainland China; therefore, they are not required to test on animals.

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.

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.

CANDY x PAINTS is 100% Vegan

CANDY x PAINTS has confirmed all of its products are vegan and don’t contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products.

Yes, all of CANDY x PAINTS products are VEGAN. None of our products are derived from animals.”

Vegan Policies

Similar to ‘Cruelty-Free,’ there is no standard or legal definition for the label ‘Vegan.’ But it usually means no 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 CANDY x PAINTS’s products made?

I asked CANDY x PAINTS where their products are manufactured and they told me:

“All of our polishes are manufactured in the U.S.”

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

“Thank you for reaching out to CANDY x PAINTS. Yes, some of our products include mica, which is ethically sourced. We also require routine audits as well as documentation from our suppliers as we maintain our accreditations with PETA and Leaping Bunny.”

CANDY x PAINTS claims their mica is “ethically sourced” but did not specifically address where their mica is sourced from and how they audit or trace to ensure no child labor was involved in mining their mica.

I hope this article helped you to understand CANDY x PAINTS’ 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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