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Concrete Minerals is Cruelty-Free
Concrete Minerals 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 Concrete Minerals 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.
Concrete Minerals is 100% Vegan
Concrete Minerals has confirmed all of its products are vegan and don’t contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products.
“Are your products vegan?”
Yes! All Concrete Minerals products are 100% vegan! You can also find this noted in each individual product listing as well as a full list of ingredients. The allantoin included in our products, which right now only includes the Pro Matte Eyeshadow line, is plant-derived and 100% vegan as well!”
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 Concrete Minerals if their mica is ethically sourced without the use of child labor and they responded by stating,
“Thanks so much for getting in touch, I’m glad you asked! We source our raw materials from a few carefully vetted suppliers located within the United States. We are incredibly selective of our suppliers and require written documentation from each that, like us, they do not implement any animal testing in their products, and that the originating countries their materials may be sourced from do not implement animal testing as well.
We work with sustainable ingredients (some certified like our palm oil), however when it comes to really locating the originating source of every different type of mica that we work with (we work with dozens currently), we simply don’t always have that information available. We do our best, we require that our suppliers do their best, but following the chain all the way back to some of these minerals coming out of the mine — I’m not sure that any cosmetics brand has all of that information available unfortunately.
Hope that lends some insight into the situation. The good news is, we’re gaining more insight and control every year. Please let us know if you have any other questions at all, we’re happy to help!
We do not support child labor. You are correct, Mica can be produced by child labor, but not always and it does not have to be. This is a topic that we are aware of and we are incredibly selective and have carefully vetted suppliers located within the United States that meet our ethical standards. We appreciate your awareness of this issue❤️”