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Last Updated: June 3, 2021

Is Fourth Ray Cruelty-Free and Vegan?

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Ethical Analysis

Is Fourth Ray cruelty-free, vegan, or sustainable? We’ve got the answers here! Read below for more details on Fourth Ray’s policies.
Fourth Ray is cruelty-free. None of Fourth Ray’s ingredients, formulations, or finished products are tested on animals, anywhere in the world.
All of Fourth Ray products are 100% vegan and don’t contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products.
Fourth Ray does not claim or market itself as a sustainable company.
Fourth Ray claims “they ethically source the goods.” However, it’s not clear where their mica is mined or sourced from and how they trace or audit to ensure no child labor was involved.
Fourth Ray products come in plastic packaging. I couldn’t find anything stating they’re working on reducing their use of virgin plastic in their product packaging.

About Fourth Ray

Fourth Ray is a ‘clean,’ wellness-inspired skincare created for the beauty enthusiast.
COMPANY BASED IN: USA
PRODUCTS MADE IN: USA
PRODUCTS: Skincare
CERTIFICATIONS: PETA-Certified

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You can find Fourth Ray cruelty-free products at colourpop.com and Ulta.

Fourth Ray is Cruelty-Free

Fourth Ray Beauty 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 Fourth Ray Beauty to be Cruelty-Free.

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.

Fourth Ray Beauty is 100% Vegan

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

Vegan Policies

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

“Thank you for reaching out about this! We have reached out to the lab and confirmed we do use international sources but require documentation from vendors to verify that they ethically source the goods.”

Fourth Ray Beauty claims they verify with their vendors that their goods are ethically sourced but did not specifically address where their mica is sourced from and how they audit or trace to ensure no child labor was involved in mining their mica.

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