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Frank Body is Cruelty-Free
Frank Body 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 Frank Body to be Cruelty-Free.
Below is a screenshot of what’s currently stated on Frank Body’s website about its animal testing policy:
What About China’s Animal Testing Laws?
Frank Body has confirmed they do not sell their products in retail stores in mainland China; therefore, they are not required to test on animals.
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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.
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.
Frank Body 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 Frank Body, not all of their products are vegan. But they have some products that are suitable for vegans.
How to know which of Frank Body products are vegan?
All of Frank Body’s vegan products are clearly marked on their website.
In addition, the following is a screenshot of what’s currently stated on Frank Body’s website about its vegan claims:
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 Frank Body’s products made?
“All of frank body’s products are made in Melbourne, Australia, using both local and internationally sourced natural ingredients, depending on supply resources and seasonal ingredient offerings.
Check out our product pages for more details.”
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 Frank Body if their mica is ethically sourced without the use of child labor and they responded by stating,
“The mica used in our products is sourced from Merck, a company with a firm stance against child labour, who have ensured that they only source mica exclusively from licensed mines.
Merk have implemented a series of oversight mechanisms to ensure that all external mica suppliers adhere to the principles of the Human Rights Charter, as well as the requirements of the Merck responsible Sourcing Principles. Compliance is monitored by inspections and regular audits from the IGEP Foundation and Environmental resource Management (ERM).”
I hope this article helped you to understand Frank Body’s cruelty-free and vegan status and by choosing cruelty-free together, we can help end animal testing for cosmetics once and for all!