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Histoires de Parfums is Cruelty-Free
Histoires de Parfums 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 Histoires de Parfums to be Cruelty-Free.
What About China’s Animal Testing Laws?
Histoires de Parfums has confirmed they do not sell their products in retail stores in mainland China; therefore, they are not required to test on animals.
“We also don’t have any point of sale in China.”
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.
Histoires de Parfums 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 Histoires de Parfums, they claim their perfumes do not contain ingredients from animal origin but they also do not label their perfumes as being “vegan.”
The following is a snippet of the email response I received from Histoires de Parfums when I asked if their products are vegan:
“Our perfumes are in agreement with the European laws which forbid all ingredients of animal origin.
I’m sorry I don’t know if it’s mean that our products are vegan, but I can just tell you that they didn’t contain any ingredient from animal origin.
We use synthetic essence to recreate the smell of animal notes like the castoreum or the ambergris, but they are only synthetic, not natural.”
Some perfume and fragrances contain animal-derived ingredients like Ambergris, a grey, waxy substance produced in the digestive tract of sperm whales and used as a fixative in perfumes; Castoreum derived from beavers; or Musk, a substance with a strong smell and is secreted from the glands of male musk deer.
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 Histoires de Parfums products made?
I asked Histoires de Parfums where their products are manufactured and they told me:
“Our perfumes are all made in France.”
I hope this article helped you to understand Histoires de Parfums’ cruelty-free and vegan status and by choosing cruelty-free together, we can help end animal testing for cosmetics once and for all!