Last Updated: July 9, 2022

How Ethical Is Flamingo?

Make a positive impact by supporting companies with the same values and ethics as what matters most to you. To navigate and find ethical brands, here's a summary of Flamingo's ethics and initiatives.

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Ethical Analysis

Is Flamingo cruelty-free, vegan, or sustainable? We’ve got the answers here! Read below for more details on Flamingo’s policies.
Flamingo is cruelty-free. None of Flamingo’s ingredients, formulations, or finished products are tested on animals anywhere in the world.
Not all of Flamingo’s products are vegan, but they have some vegan options.
Flamingo claims they “care deeply about sustainability and are currently working on more earth-friendly ways to bring our products to you.” Currently, they claim most of their products are shipped in recyclable cardboard boxes and most of their packaging is recyclable. They also claim their new razor handles are made with at least 25% recycled plastic.
Some of Flamingo’s products come in plastic packaging. But they’re new razor handles claim to be made with at least 35% recycled plastic.

About Flamingo

Flamingo was started because it was time for some honestly good products to deal with our armpits, mustaches, toes, and every hair in between.
PRODUCTS MADE IN: Greece, China, Spain, USA
PRODUCTS: Bath & Body Care


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You can find Flamingo cruelty-free products at shopflamingo.com, Target, and on Amazon.

Flamingo is Cruelty-Free

Flamingo 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 Flamingo to be Cruelty-Free.

Below is a screenshot of what’s currently stated on Flamingo’s website about its animal testing policy:

Is Flamingo Cruelty-Free?

What About China’s Animal Testing Laws?

Flamingo 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.

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, or any third parties.

Also, note that Cruelty-Free and Vegan don’t always mean the same thing.

Flamingo 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 Flamingo, not all of their products are vegan. But they have some products that are suitable for vegans.

How to know which of Flamingo’s products are vegan?

Flamingo states all of their products are vegan except for their wax strips which contain beeswax.

The following is a screenshot of what’s currently stated on Flamingo’s website about its vegan claims:

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 Flamingo’s products made?

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

Thanks for this question! Here is all of our country of origin information:

  • All of our products are designed and developed by our team in New York 
  • Our blades are engineered and manufactured in Greece
  • Our razor handles are manufactured in China
  • Our Wax Strips are made in Spain
  • Our Body Care products are developed in the United States 
  • Everything is assembled and distributed from our centers here in the US”

I hope this article helped you to understand Flamingo’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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