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cocokind is Cruelty-Free
cocokind 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 cocokind 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.
cocokind 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 cocokind, not all of their products are vegan. But they have some products that are suitable for vegans.
How to know which of cocokind products are vegan?
cocokind marks all of its vegan products on its website. They also claim most of their products are vegan except four which contain beeswax (see statement below).
“Are your products vegan?
With the exception of our beeswax-inclusive products, all of our products are vegan.
Products formulated with beeswax:
– macabeet tinted moisture stick
– mymatcha all-over moisture stick
– skin butter
– turmeric stick”
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 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 cocokind if their mica is ethically sourced without the use of child labor and they responded by stating,
“We are very aware of the issues surrounding mica! We are dedicated to sourcing this mineral responsibly and ensuring that our US-based suppliers (and their suppliers) are always using ethical manufacturing standards. We are also speaking with players in our industry that can help create a more transparent and responsible mica supply chain.”