Captain Blankenship

Last Updated: May 18, 2021

Is Captain Blankenship Cruelty-Free and Vegan?

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Ethical Analysis

Is Captain Blankenship cruelty-free, vegan, or sustainable? We’ve got the answers here! Read below for more details on Captain Blankenship’s policies.
Captain Blankenship is cruelty-free. None of Captain Blankenship’s ingredients, formulations, or finished products are tested on animals, anywhere in the world.
Not all of Captain Blankenship’s products are vegan but they have some vegan options.
Captain Blankenship is a certified B-Corporation and the company is committed to using natural, organic, and fair-trade ingredients whenever possible. They source their organic ingredients from ethical sources, working directly with farmers or cooperatives.

In addition, Captain Blankenship is committed to using sustainable packaging including 100% ocean-bound post-consumer plastic for bottles, recyclable glass, and vegetable-based inks for printing.
Company claims their mica is ethically-sourced without the use of child labor.
Captain Blankenship products come in recyclable glass or 100% ocean-bound post-consumer plastic.

About Captain Blankenship

Captain Blankenship offers truly all-natural skin care, body & organic hair products formulated with wild-harvested ingredients. Made with love and integrity.
COMPANY BASED IN: USA
PRODUCTS MADE IN: USA
PRODUCTS: Hair Care, Skincare, Bath & Body Care
CERTIFICATIONS: Leaping Bunny, Cruelty Free International

Captain Blankenship

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Captain Blankenship is Cruelty-Free

Captain Blankenship 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 Captain Blankenship to be Cruelty-Free.

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.

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

How to know which of Captain Blankenship products are vegan?

Captain Blankenship claims all of their products are vegan except their deodorant.

“All of our products are vegan except for our Lime and Vetiver deodorant which contains beeswax.”

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.

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 publicly addresses its mica mining policy, we have no way of knowing whether its mica is ethically sourced without child or forced labor.

So I asked Captain Blankenship if their mica is ethically sourced without the use of child labor, but they never responded to any of my emails or messages.

“We source our mica through a company called (X), who is a member of the Responsible Mica Initiative. These companies assert that they do not use child labor nor do any of their vendors/suppliers and they vet these vendors on a yearly basis to assert that no child labor or forced labor is used to procure these materials.”

(X) – I’ve omitted the name of their mica supplier as I’m not sure if they want this to be public information.

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