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Ere Perez is Cruelty-Free
Ere Perez 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 Ere Perez to be Cruelty-Free.
Below is a screenshot of what’s currently stated on Ere Perez’s website about its animal testing policy:
What About China’s Animal Testing Laws?
Ere Perez 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.
Ere Perez 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 Ere Perez, not all of their products are vegan. But they have some products that are suitable for vegans.
How to know which of Ere Perez products are vegan?
Ere Perez states on its website that all of its products are vegan except its almond mascara which contains beeswax. See the statement below.
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 Ere Perez’s products made?
Ere Perez states on its website,
“Our makeup and skincare are made in Mexico, France, Australia and Italy.“
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 Ere Perez if their mica is ethically sourced without the use of child labor and they responded by stating,
“Thank you for your enquiry. We are aware of the social impact of sourcing mica from Indian mines. Given the nature of our business it is extremely difficult for keep traceability on the supply chain of the different ingredients we use.
For that reason we try to support organizations and initiatives focused on improving sustainable and social conditions. Some of the movements that we are already part of include:
* Green Palm (supporting producers of sustainable palm oil) – http://greenpalm.org/
* United Nations Global Compact (world’s largest sustainable initiative) – http://www.unglobalcompact.org.au/about/
* Ere Perez is Carbon Neutral Certified – http://noco2.com.au/
Lastly and coinciding with your enquiry http://www.responsible-mica-initiative.com/index.html currently does not work with business our size, but we are in contact with them and are constantly on top of updates”
I hope this article helped you to understand Ere Perez’s cruelty-free and vegan status and by choosing cruelty-free together, we can help end animal testing for cosmetics once and for all!