Lee Stafford

Last Updated: January 14, 2022

How Ethical Is Lee Stafford?

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Ethical Analysis

Is Lee Stafford cruelty-free, vegan, or sustainable? We’ve got the answers here! Read below for more details on Lee Stafford’s policies.
Lee Stafford is cruelty-free. None of Lee Stafford’s ingredients, formulations, or finished products are tested on animals, anywhere in the world.
Not all of Lee Stafford’s products are vegan but they have some vegan options.
Lee Stafford does not claim or market itself as a sustainable company.
Lee Stafford claims their mica is ethically-sourced without the use of child labor.
Lee Stafford products come in plastic packaging but they claim they’re committed to always using bottles, jars, tubes, and caps that can be widely recycled. Lee Stafford orders are shipped with pink plastic bubble bags which they claim can be recycled.

About Lee Stafford

Lee Stafford, the original pink brand making hair ‘go ready’ in an instant. Lee Stafford is a haircare line up packed with problem-solving products that have been created to do exactly what they say on the bottle.

Lee Stafford

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You can find Lee Stafford cruelty-free products on Amazon and at Boots.

Lee Stafford is Cruelty-Free

Lee Stafford 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 Lee Stafford to be Cruelty-Free.

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

Is Lee Stafford Cruelty-Free?

What About China’s Animal Testing Laws?

Lee Stafford has confirmed they do not sell their products in retail stores in mainland China; therefore, they are not required to test on animals.

“Are products are not available in China and they never will be.”

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.

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

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

Is Lee Stafford Vegan?

How to know which of Lee Stafford products are vegan?

All of Lee Stafford’s vegan products are shown on this page of their website.

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 Lee Stafford’s products made?

I asked Lee Stafford if all of their products are manufactured in the UK and they told me:

“Yes! All of our products are designed, made and tested in the UK 😊”

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 Lee Stafford if their mica is ethically sourced without the use of child labor and they responded by stating,

“We do not purchase our Mica containing materials from any source that does not conform to the human rights act.

We do not purchase mica materials that use child labour in the mines or any other part of the manufacturing processes.

We do not audit our suppliers, but we do request them to supply statements stating that the materials are not mined using child labour.”

I hope this article helped you to understand Lee Stafford’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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