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You can find Eminence’s cruelty-free products at Dermstore.
Eminence is Cruelty-Free
Eminence 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 Eminence to be Cruelty-Free.
Below is a screenshot of what’s currently stated on Eminence’s website about its animal testing policy:
What About China’s Animal Testing Laws?
Eminence has confirmed they do not sell their products in retail stores in mainland China; therefore, they are not required to test on animals.
“Unfortunately, we do not have a distributor that can supply products to mainland China at this time.”
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.
Eminence 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 Eminence, not all of their products are vegan. But they have some products that are suitable for vegans.
How to know which of Eminence products are vegan?
All of Eminence’s vegan products are clearly marked on their website. In addition, you can view all of Eminence’s vegan products on this product page here.
The following is a snippet of the email response I received from Eminence when I asked if all of their products are vegan:
“Some Eminence products may contain either Beeswax, Honey or Yogurt from dairy. The only products at Eminence that do contain yogurt are products in our Clear Skin Collection in which we utilize the probiotics found in yogurt. The products that contain yogurt are as follows: Clear Skin Probiotic Masque, Clear Skin Probiotic Cleanser, Clear Skin Probiotic Moisturizer, and the Clear Skin Targeted Acne Treatment.”
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 Eminence’s products made?
Eminence states on its website,
“Where Are Eminence Organics Products Made?
All of our products are formulated in Hungary, where the majority are also manufactured then sent to Canada for hand packaging. Although a variety of our natural, organic and Biodynamic® ingredients are globally sourced, the majority are grown in Hungary”.
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 Eminence if their mica is ethically sourced without the use of child labor and they responded by stating,
“Mica found in our products are extracted from various sources around the world including Georgia, USA. We can assure you that we work with reputable suppliers to source it ethically.
We work with vendors that have certifications stating that their mica was extracted and manufactured in an ethical manner not involving child labor and are members of the Responsible Mica Initiative whose mission is the development of a responsible and sustainable mica supply chain, free of child labor.”
I hope this article helped you to understand Eminence’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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Thank you so much for this in-depth detailing of Eminence’s products! I was going to buy some of their products but now I know that I have to purchase the ‘vegan’ options. Thank you, this helped a fellow vegan out!