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Last Updated: May 21, 2021

Is Consonant Cruelty-Free and Vegan?

Make a positive impact by supporting companies with the same values and ethics as what matters most to you. To navigate and find ethical brands, here's a summary of Consonant's ethics and initiatives.

Ethical Analysis

Is Consonant cruelty-free, vegan, or sustainable? We’ve got the answers here! Read below for more details on Consonant’s policies.
Consonant is cruelty-free. None of Consonant’s ingredients, formulations, or finished products are tested on animals, anywhere in the world.
Not all of Consonant’s products are vegan but they have some vegan options.
Consonant is committed to using 100% naturally-derived ingredients and certified organic botanicals, oils, and butters.
Consonant claims their mica is ethically-sourced without the use of child labor.
Consonant products come in plastic packaging. I couldn’t find anything stating they’re working on reducing their use of virgin plastic in their product packaging.

About Consonant

Consonant formulates award-winning, clinically proven natural skincare products with the belief that great skin is made even better with healthy habits.
COMPANY BASED IN: Canada
PRODUCTS MADE IN: Canada
PRODUCTS: Skincare, Bath & Body Care, Hair Care
CERTIFICATIONS: PETA-Certified

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Consonant is Cruelty-Free

Consonant 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 Consonant to be Cruelty-Free.

We absolutely do not test our products, or raw ingredients on animals. This also includes asking any third parties to test our products or ingredients on animals on our behalf.

Cruelty-Free Policies

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.

Consonant 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 Consonant Skincare, not all of their products are vegan. But they have some products that are suitable for vegans.

How to know which of Consonant products are vegan?

Consonant marks all of its vegan products on its website. They also told me,

“Although we have some vegan products, not all of them are. Specifically, we use an ingredient in our face creams, eye creams, and DHE Mask that is used as a preservative that is made from a by-product of dairy that is usually wasted. It is called lactoperoxidase.

Additionally, products with Beeswax would also not be vegan, specifically, hand creams, deodorant, lip conditioner and body lotions.”

Vegan Policies

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 Consonant if their mica is ethically sourced without the use of child labor and they responded by stating,

Thank you for your thoughtful question. We do use mica to tint The Perfect Sunscreen. Our Mica Bronze is produced in the USA. We recognize that child labor and exploitation is a very big concern in the mica mining industry and we have carefully selected our mica manufacturers to make sure their raw materials are obtained from companies that adhere to high ethical standards. Our manufacturers guarantee that no child labor is involved in their supply chain.

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