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Every Man Jack is Cruelty-Free
Every Man Jack 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 Every Man Jack to be Cruelty-Free.
What About China’s Animal Testing Laws?
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 2021.
But Every Man Jack has confirmed they do not sell their products in retail stores in mainland China; therefore, they are not required to test on animals.
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.
Every Man Jack 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 Every Man Jack, not all of their products are vegan. But they have some products that are suitable for vegans.
How to know which of Every Man Jack products are vegan?
All of Every Man Jack’s vegan products are clearly marked on their website. In addition, I had asked if all of Every Man Jack’s products are vegan and they told me their hold hair products like beard balms and pomades contain beeswax.
“To answer your ingredient question, no, they are not all vegan, unfortunately. There are items like beard balms and pomades that will have beeswax in it for the sculpting an hold. We also use lanolin (sheep’s wool) for certain hair products, as well. Just scroll and click the “clean ingredients” link for a pop up of detailed ingredients on our website and look out for the ingredients above. Again, these are found in hold products for hair mainly, so most items like body wash, deodorants, etc, are fine. Always best to check!”
Similar to ‘Cruelty-Free,’ there is no standard or legal definition for the label ‘Vegan.’ But it’s usually used in the context to describe something that doesn’t contain any 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.
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 Every Man Jack if their mica is ethically sourced without the use of child labor and they responded by stating,
“I attached a couple of statements for your review.
“(X Mica Suppliers) exclusively sources 100% of the natural mica flake from our wholly-owned mine in Hartwell, Georgia (USA)”
We ensure and guarantee that no child labor is used in the mining or manufacturing of our effect pigments”
X Mica Suppliers: I’ve omitted the name of their suppliers as I’m not sure if they wanted this to be public information.