Last Updated: January 13, 2022

How Ethical Is Fairypants?

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Ethical Analysis

Is Fairypants cruelty-free, 100% vegan, or sustainable? We’ve got the answers here! Read below for more details on Fairypants’s policies.
Fairypants is cruelty-free. None of Fairypants’s ingredients, formulations, or finished products are tested on animals, anywhere in the world.
All of Fairypants products are 100% vegan and don’t contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products.
Fairypants offers biodegradable glitter and states their “packaging is as plastic free as possible.”
Fairypants claims their mica is ethically-sourced without the use of child labor. And they are working on switching over to using only synthetic mica by the end of the year.
Some of Fairypants’ products come in glass pots or tins with some plastic components but they claim their “packaging is as plastic free as possible.”

About Fairypants

Fairypants is a UK brand started in 2009 in Chester Market and grew to include vegan cosmetics, skincare, perfume, jewelry, and hair accessories.
PRODUCTS: Makeup, Nails, Bath & Body Care, Fragrances


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Fairypants is Cruelty-Free

Fairypants 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 Fairypants to be Cruelty-Free.

What About China’s Animal Testing Laws?

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

“And no- we only sell online to individuals through our website- as we would to any other country. We are not and never will be stocked in China.”

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.

Fairypants is 100% Vegan

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

The following is a snippet of the email response I received from Fairypants when I asked if all of their products are vegan:

“We are a small family business run by two vegans, so we can confirm that all of our products/ingredients/packaging/processes are completely free of animal ingredients and derivatives.”

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 Fairypants’ products made?

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

“All items are handmade by me, in my workshop in Chester, UK”

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

“Yes, the supplier we get our mica from has certified it all as ethically sourced, no child labour. We are also moving across to synthetic mica, and all of the mica we use will be synthetic by the end of the year.”

I hope this article helped you to understand Fairypants’ 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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