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CLOVE + HALLOW is Cruelty-Free
CLOVE + HALLOW 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 CLOVE + HALLOW to be Cruelty-Free.
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.
CLOVE + HALLOW is 100% Vegan
CLOVE + HALLOW has confirmed all of its products are vegan and don’t contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products.
“Hi Vy, yes all of our products are vegan and use no animal by-products.“
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 CLOVE + HALLOW if their mica is ethically sourced without the use of child labor and they responded by stating,
“Thanks for reaching out to us. We do not currently use palm or palm derivatives in our products. All of our ingredients are sourced from within the United States or EU to ensure maximum oversight. Additionally, our manufacturing partners regularly conduct audits of suppliers to ensure our supply chain is fair and ethical. In particular, because I know it’s a common question, our mica is child labor free and sourced right here in Georgia.“
In addition, on CLOVE + HALLOW’s website, it states,
Mica is “a natural shimmery mineral that we source ethically within the United States and serves as a base for many liquid, cream, and powder color cosmetics; may also appear as part of a colorant system depending on the formula”