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Last Updated: August 25, 2022

Is COSRX Cruelty-Free and Vegan?

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Ethical Analysis

Is COSRX cruelty-free, vegan, or sustainable? We’ve got the answers here! Read below for more details on COSRX’s policies.
COSRX is cruelty-free. None of COSRX’s ingredients, formulations, or finished products are tested on animals anywhere in the world.
Not all of COSRX’s products are vegan, but they have some vegan options.
COSRX does not claim or market itself as a sustainable company.
COSRX claims their mica is ethically sourced without child labor. See their ethical mica mining policy here.
Some of COSRX products come in plastic packaging and/or contain plastic components. And I couldn’t find anything stating they’re working on reducing their use of virgin plastic in their product packaging.

About COSRX

In 2015, COSRX listened to your voice and created a skin-friendly Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser to introduce you to a healthy way to care for the skin, and to help enhance your overall beauty lifestyle.
COMPANY BASED IN: Korea
PRODUCTS MADE IN: Korea
PRODUCTS: Skincare
CERTIFICATIONS: N/A

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You can find COSRX cruelty-free products at Ulta, Dermstore, and Amazon.

COSRX is Cruelty-Free

COSRX 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 COSRX to be Cruelty-Free.

What About China’s Animal Testing Laws?

COSRX has confirmed they only sell their products online and not in retail stores in mainland China; therefore, they are not required to test on animals.

“And our products are sold via cross border e-commerce which is Tmall.com in China.”

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.

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, or any third parties.

Also, note that Cruelty-Free and Vegan don’t always mean the same thing.

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

How to know which of COSRX products are vegan?

All of COSRX’s vegan products are clearly marked on their website. See below for an example.

How to know which of COSRX products are vegan?

Vegan Policies

Similar to ‘Cruelty-Free,’ there is no standard or legal definition for the label ‘Vegan.’ But it usually means no 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 COSRX’s products made?

COSRX states on its website,

“COSRX creates effective, affordable skin care lines that are 100% made and manufactured in Korea.”

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

“As we checked with our manufacture, mica is sourced from China and child labor issues are not relevant.”


I hope this article helped you to understand COSRX’s cruelty-free and vegan status and by choosing cruelty-free together, we can help end animal testing for cosmetics once and for all!

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