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Is Fenty Cruelty-Free?
🐰 Fenty Beauty is a *cruelty-free brand. None of Fenty’s ingredients or products are tested on animals. Fenty has met all the criteria in our Cruelty-Free Checklist and is included in our Cruelty-Free Directory.
Does Fenty Test on Animals?
When asking, does Fenty Beauty test on animals? We must look beyond to ensure none of Fenty’s ingredients or suppliers test on animals. And they don’t sell in any country or under conditions that may require animal testing by law.
In our research, we discovered the following:
- ✓ Fenty Beauty confirmed they do not test their products or ingredients on animals or ask others to test on their behalf.
- ✓ Fenty Beauty confirmed all their ingredient suppliers do not test on animals
- ✓ Fenty Beauty confirmed they do not allow or sell their products under conditions where animal testing is required by law
By meeting all of our Cruelty-Free Criteria, Fenty Beauty is a *cruelty-free brand by our standards.
*Fenty is owned by Kendo, LVMH, a corporation that is NOT cruelty-free because they allow some of their other brands to test on animals.
The decision is yours whether you want to support or boycott cruelty-free brands owned by a parent company that is not cruelty-free. There is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ answer to this. Do what you’re comfortable with. I just thought it was important to disclose that LVMH owns Fenty Beauty.
What is Fenty’s Animal Testing Policy?
Below is a screenshot of what’s currently stated on Fenty Beauty’s website about its animal testing policy:
Below is a snippet of the email response I received from Fenty Beauty:
“Fenty Beauty + Fenty Skin does not test our products on animals, nor do we test the ingredients on animals. Our manufacturers do not test our products on animals. We sell the same products in Europe and the cosmetic regulations in the EU require that we (and our manufacturers) do NOT test products on animals.
In addition, we are NOT allowed to use raw materials that are tested on animals for cosmetic purposes.”
What About China’s Animal Testing Laws?
Fenty Beauty has confirmed they only sell their products online or in Hong Kong and Macau but not in retail stores in mainland China; therefore, they are not required to test on animals.
Since Hong Kong and Macau are not part of mainland China, they do not have the same animal testing laws. Also, cosmetics sold online, including online Chinese retailers like Tmall, do not require animal testing. Fenty Beauty is not selling in physical stores in mainland China so that they can remain cruelty-free.
With the current changes to China’s animal testing laws, some cosmetics sold in China can be exempt from animal testing under certain conditions. However, without meeting those conditions, animal testing is still legally required for most cosmetics sold in China in 2023.
Is Fenty Beauty Certified Cruelty-Free?
Fenty Beauty is not certified by a third-party cruelty-free accreditation like Leaping Bunny or PETA.
Although Fenty Beauty is not certified cruelty-free, the company has confirmed to us it is a truly cruelty-free brand by meeting all the criteria in our Cruelty-Free Checklist.
Note that companies can remain to be cruelty-free without an official cruelty-free certification. Some companies may choose not to be certified cruelty-free because of cost, privacy, or lack of resources.
Cruelty-Free Policies 2023
Just because a brand claims it is ‘Cruelty-Free,’ doesn’t always mean that’s the case.
That’s because 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.
How We Assess Cruelty-Free Policies
Since 2015, the start of my blog, I’ve been emailing companies asking about their animal testing policies and cruelty-free commitments.
And based on the responses I receive from companies, I’ll research to find any supporting facts needed before concluding whether the brand should be classified as “Cruelty-Free,” “Animal-Tested,” or “Grey Area – Unclear Policies.”
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What about Vegan?
Cruelty-Free only refers to no animal testing, while Vegan means formulated without animal products.
Some brands are Cruelty-Free, but not Vegan.
And some are Vegan, but not Cruelty-Free.
Another important distinction to know is, Vegan in cosmetics can refer to an entire brand is 100% Vegan or a specific product is Vegan.
Is Fenty Vegan?
⭐️ Fenty Beauty (the makeup line) is NOT an entirely vegan brand. Fenty Beauty offers some vegan options that are free of animal products. While Fenty Skin (the skincare line) is all vegan.
How to know which of Fenty Beauty products are vegan?
All of Fenty Beauty’s vegan products are clearly marked on their website. See below for an example.
Some common animal products 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 unless a brand explicitly labels its ingredients or product as Vegan, it’s often 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 chose were from non-animal sources.
Ethical Mica Mining Policy
Mica is a mineral 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 Fenty Beauty if their mica is ethically sourced without the use of child labor and they responded by stating,
“Fenty Beauty is committed to only use natural mica from mines that comply with human rights and labor standards. We make every effort to ensure the traceability and transparency of our supply chains for the natural mica used in our products.“
I hope this article helped you to understand Fenty Beauty’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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