Last Updated: February 2, 2022

How Ethical Is Côte?

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Ethical Analysis

Is Côte cruelty-free, vegan, or sustainable? We’ve got the answers here! Read below for more details on Côte’s policies.
Côte is cruelty-free. None of Côte’s ingredients, formulations, or finished products are tested on animals, anywhere in the world.
All of Côte products are 100% vegan and don’t contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products.
Côte does not claim or market itself as a sustainable company.
Côte claims their mica is ethically-sourced without the use of child labor. See their ethical mica mining policy here.
Côte packaging has some plastic components. But they have a recycling program where you can bring any used bottles of polish into their shop and they’ll responsibly recycle them for you.

About Côte

Côte is a luxurious nail care destination that produces the cleanest, safest nail polish & nail care products available.


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Côte is Cruelty-Free

Côte 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 Côte to be Cruelty-Free.

What About China’s Animal Testing Laws?

Côte has confirmed they do not sell their products in retail stores in mainland China; therefore, they are not required to test on animals.

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, and by any third parties.

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

Côte is 100% Vegan

Côte has confirmed all of its products are vegan and don’t contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products.

The following is what’s currently stated on Côte’s website about its vegan claims:

“Our signature formulas are cruelty-free, vegan and free of the major toxins associated with nail polish”

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 Côte’s products made?

I asked Côte where their products are manufactured and they told me:

“All of our products are manufactured in the US :)”

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

“Thank you for your interest and concern regarding mica sourcing. The short answer is “yes,” we do ensure ethically sources materials.

Our main mica supplier sources out of Canada, Belgium and Brazil. In certain instances, it sources from India, but because of the issue with child labor laws and sustainability, they require a government issued statement guaranteeing that no children were used in the production, otherwise it is not used.

We do request regular assurances from our manufacturers of Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) which is certified by Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers and Distributors (ICMAD).

I hope this article helped you to understand Côte’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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