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Chantecaille is *Cruelty-Free
Chantecaille 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 Chantecaille to be *Cruelty-Free.
*Chantecaille will be acquired by Beiersdorf, 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 Beiersdorf will soon own Chantecaille.
What About China’s Animal Testing Laws?
Chantecaille has confirmed they only sell their products in Hong Kong and not in retail stores in mainland China; therefore, they are not required to test on animals.
Hong Kong is not part of mainland China and they do not have the same animal testing laws as China, so Chantecaille can sell their cosmetics in Hong Kong and remain to be cruelty-free.
Below is a snippet of a response I received from Chantecaille:
“We are only available for sale in Hong Kong where they absolutely do NOT test on animals, unlike Mainland China (where we do NOT sell) due to their animal testing laws. We have no plans to sell anywhere that animal testing is required as that goes against Chantecaille’s beliefs.”
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.
Chantecaille 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 Chantecaille, not all of their products are vegan. But they have some products that are suitable for vegans.
How to know which of Chantecaille’s products are vegan?
All of Chantecaille’s vegan products are clearly marked on their website. See below for an example.
Chantecaille Vegan Product List
As of 2021, I will no longer be regularly updating this list of Chantecaille vegan products as all of their vegan products are now clearly marked. Check their website for the most up-to-date and accurate information on which products are vegan or not.
The following Chantecaille products are suitable for vegans and do not contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products.
Skincare – Chantecaille Vegan
- Bamboo and Hibiscus Exfoliating Cream
- Flower Infused Cleansing Milk
- Rice and Geranium Foaming Cleanser
- Anti-Pollution Mattifying Cream
- Bio Lifting Cream+
- Bio Lifting Neck Cream
- Bio Lifting Oil Free Fluid+
- Bio Lifting Serum
- Blanc Gardenia Brightening Emulsion
- Flower Harmonizing Cream
- Magnolia, Jasmine, and Lily Healing Emulsion
- Retinol Hand Cream
- Retinol Body Treatment
- Retinol Intense+
- Rose de Mai Cream
- Ultra Sun Protection Sunscreen
- Water Flower Fluid
- Anti-Pollution Finishing Essence
- Blanc Gardenia Brightening Essence
- Blue Light Protection Hyaluronic Serum
- Pure Rosewater
- Radiance Elixir
- Rose de Mai Body Oil
- Rose de Mai Face Oil
- Vital Essence
Fragrance – Chantecaille Vegan
Makeup – Chantecaille Vegan
- Future Skin Gel Foundation
- HD Perfecting Powder
- HD Perfecting Loose Powder
- Just Skin Tinted Moisturizer
- Le Camouflage Stylo Concealer
- Real Skin+ Eye and Face Stick
- Compact Makeup Powder Foundation
- Talc Free Loose Powder
Blush, Bronzer, & Highlighter
- Aqua Blush
- Cheek Geleé
- Liquid Lumiere
- Philanthropy Cheek Shade
- Coral (Laughter)
- Butterfly (Bliss)
- Bee (Emotion)
- Horse (Joy)
- Radiance Gel Bronzer
- Real Bronze
Eyes & Brows Makeup
- Brightening Eye Kajal – Nude
- Brow Lift Éclat
- Faux Cils Longest Lash Mascara
- Faux Cils Mascara
- Full Brow Perfecting Gel
- Le Stylo Ultra Slim
- Les Perles Metallic Eye Liner
- Luminescent Eye Shade
- Mermaid Eye Color
- Mermaid Eye Matte
- Waterproof Brow Definers
- Brilliant Lip Gloss
- Lip Chic
- Lip Sleek
- Lip Stick
- Lip Veil
Are Chantecaille Makeup Brushes Vegan?
Yes, all of Chantecaille makeup brushes are vegan and made with synthetic bristles.
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.
Where are Chantecaille’s products made?
Around the world. Each product states where its made. I’ve seen some items state Crafted in Italy, France, Japan, Germany, Switzerland, or the US.
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 Chantecaille if their mica is ethically sourced without the use of child labor and they responded by stating,
“I’m happy to share that our Mica we use is responsibly sourced. We have inquired with the labs that produce our products and we can confirm that none of them use Mica sourced in India. We are members of the Responsible Mica Initiative, which means that our mica is sourced sustainably and without using child labor.
Here are the shades in our eye shadows that do contain Mina in them: Coriander, Ginger, Opal, Patchouli, Sesame, Smokey Topaz“
I hope this article helped you to understand Chantecaille’s cruelty-free and vegan status and by choosing cruelty-free together, we can help end animal testing for cosmetics once and for all!