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LXMI is Cruelty-Free
LXMI 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 LXMI to be Cruelty-Free.
Below is a screenshot of what’s currently stated on LXMI’s website about its animal testing policy:
What About China’s Animal Testing Laws?
LXMI has confirmed they only sell their products in Hong Kong and they do not sell their products in retail stores in mainland China; therefore, they are not required to test on animals.
“We are sold in Hong Kong, at Harvey Nichols, the store locator can be found here: https://lxmi.com/pages/store-locator”
Hong Kong is not part of my mainland China and Hong Kong does not have the same animal testing laws as mainland 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, and by any third parties.
Also, note that Cruelty-Free and Vegan don’t always mean the same thing.
LXMI is 100% Vegan
LXMI has confirmed all of its products are vegan and don’t contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products.
The following is a snippet of the email response I received from LXMI when I asked if all of their products are vegan:
“Our products do not include any animal ingredients, they are vegan!”
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 LXMI’s products made?
I asked LXMI where their products are manufactured and they told me:
“The Nilotica is harvested and cold-pressed in northern Uganda by our amazing female harvesters and the tubes are filled domestically in New Jersey! Every purchase contributes to helping these wonderful women lift themselves and their families out of poverty, so thank you for your curiosity in our brand!”
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 LXMI if their mica is ethically sourced without the use of child labor and they responded by stating,
“We completely share your concern and we are so glad to see that our community engages in these very important topics just as much as we do. We choose all of our suppliers with extreme care, and for that reason, it is of utmost importance that our Mica supplier is a strong member of the RMI initiative. The Responsible Mica Initiative is a Coalition for Action committed to operating a responsible and sustainable mica supply chain in India free of child labor.”
I hope this article helped you to understand LXMI’s cruelty-free and vegan status and by choosing cruelty-free together, we can help end animal testing for cosmetics once and for all!