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Is GLAMGLOW Cruelty-Free?
GLAMGLOW is NOT Cruelty-free. GLAMGLOW pays and allows their products to be tested on animals when required by law. GLAMGLOW also sells its products in stores in mainland China where animal testing is mandatory for most imported cosmetics.
In addition, GLAMGLOW is owned by Estee Lauder, a parent company that is also not cruelty-free.
GLAMGLOW Animal Testing Policy
On GLAMGLOW’s website, they claim, they don’t test their products on animals except when required by law.
Policies stating, “except when required by law”, usually implies the company is selling its products in mainland China. Most imported cosmetics sold in stores in mainland China are required by law to be tested on animals.
Is GLAMGLOW Sold in China?
Unfortunately, GLAMGLOW products are indeed sold in China.
I found GLAMGLOW products sold on Sephora’s Chinese website. This confirms and proves that GLAMGLOW is selling in China. As a result, their products are required to be tested on animals.
Below is a screenshot I took from Sephora’s Chinese website, clearly showing they stock and sell GLAMGLOW products:
Because of GLAMGLOW’s decision to sell in mainland China stores, they must consent and pay to have their products tested on animals. That’s why most cosmetic brands selling in mainland China cannot be considered cruelty-free in 2021.
Although GLAMGLOW may not be conducting these animal tests themselves, they are knowingly allowing Chinese authorities to test their products on animals in order to sell in China.
Many truly cruelty-free brands have chosen not to sell their products in China because of the country’s animal testing laws. Unfortunately, GLAMGLOW refuses to do the same and has decided to put profits before the welfare of animals.
Summary: GLAMGLOW is NOT Cruelty-Free!
To sum up, by choosing to sell in mainland China, GLAMGLOW must have their products tested on animals. Therefore I would not consider GLAMGLOW to be a cruelty-free brand.
Currently, GLAMGLOW is on our List of Brands to Avoid – Animal Tested.
Is GLAMGLOW Vegan?
Since we would not consider GLAMGLOW to be cruelty-free as their products are tested on animals when required by law, we also wouldn’t consider anything sold or manufactured by GLAMGLOW to be vegan.
I also noticed Sephora listing some of GLAMGLOW products in their “Vegan Skincare” category but note that GLAMGLOW is NOT cruelty-free. GLAMGLOW products are tested on animals.
I’m assuming Sephora is labeling products as “vegan” when they’re formulated without any animal ingredients or by-products. But “Vegan” Cosmetics should also consider whether the products or its ingredients were tested on animals, anywhere in the world.
Cruelty-Free Alternatives to GLAMGLOW:
Looking for a cruelty-free option to GLAMGLOW, here are some of our recommendations:
- Summer Fridays – 100% Vegan
- Drunk Elephant *owned by Shiseido – some vegan options
- Biossance – 100% Vegan
- Tata Harper – some vegan options
- Herbivore – 100% Vegan