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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.
What About China’s Animal Testing Laws?
Captain Blankenship 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.
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.”
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 Captain Blankenship’s products made?
I asked Captain Blankenship where their products are manufactured and they told me:
“Our products are made in New Jersey, and recently we began working with a manufacturer in Minneapolis as well.
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 Captain Blankenship if their mica is ethically sourced without the use of child labor and they responded by stating,
“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.
I hope this article helped you to understand Captain Blankenship’s cruelty-free and vegan status and by choosing cruelty-free together, we can help end animal testing for cosmetics once and for all!