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Em Cosmetics is Cruelty-Free
Em Cosmetics 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 Em Cosmetics to be Cruelty-Free.
Below is a screenshot of what’s currently stated on Em Cosmetics’ website about its animal testing policy:
What About China’s Animal Testing Laws?
Em Cosmetics 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.
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.
Em Cosmetics 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 Em Cosmetics, not all of their products are vegan. But they have some products that are suitable for vegans.
How to know which of Em Cosmetics products are vegan?
All of Em Cosmetics’ vegan products are clearly marked on their website. See below for an example.
In addition, Em Cosmetics has a list of all of their non-vegan products on their website’s FAQ page indicating which of their items contain carmine or beeswax. See below for a screenshot of what’s currently stated on this page.
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 Em Cosmetics’ products made?
I asked Em Cosmetics where their products are manufactured and they told me:
“Michelle and our product development team work hard to find the best formulas and sometimes that requires working with manufacturers from different countries! For example, our Lip Cushion Tinted Luminizer is formulated in Japan in partnership with experts of enhanced hydrating formulas
Usually this information can be found on the product page, however, I am more than happy to find this information for you if you can provide the products you are inquiring about.”
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 Em Cosmetics if their mica is ethically sourced without the use of child labor and they responded by stating,
“Where Mica is present in Em formulas, Em requires a certification from raw material suppliers that mica is sourced ethically; specifically, that no child labor is employed in the sourcing of mica.”
I hope this article helped you to understand Em Cosmetics’ cruelty-free and vegan status and by choosing cruelty-free together, we can help end animal testing for cosmetics once and for all!