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Marie Hunter Beauty is Cruelty-Free
Marie Hunter Beauty 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 Marie Hunter Beauty to be Cruelty-Free.
Below is a screenshot of what’s currently stated on Marie Hunter Beauty’s website about its cruelty-free claims:
What About China’s Animal Testing Laws?
Marie Hunter Beauty has confirmed they do not sell their products in retail stores in mainland China; therefore, they are not required to test on animals.
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.
Marie Hunter Beauty 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 Marie Hunter Beauty, not all of their products are vegan. But they have some products that are suitable for vegans.
How to know which of Marie Hunter Beauty’s products are vegan?
All of Marie Hunter Beauty’s vegan products are clearly marked on their website. In addition, Marie Hunter Beauty states all of their products are vegan except their Luxe Glossers, Lip Liners, and Leather Goods.
“Are MH products vegan friendly?
Yes, with the exception of our Luxe Glosses, Lip Liners and Leather Goods.”
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 Marie Hunter Beauty’s products made?
“Where are Marie Hunter products made?
Our products are thoughtfully and expertly formulated and produced in the USA and Germany. We manufacture our products in designated laboratories/facilities that are GMP, FDA and OTC Compliant because you deserve safe, quality products.”
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.
Thankfully, Marie Hunter Beauty states on their website:
“Is Marie Hunter Beauty Mica Ethically Sourced? Yes, no child labor is involved in our mica sourcing. We do annual audits and request documentations from our manufacturers but can check in and do audits at any time.”
I hope this article helped you to understand Marie Hunter Beauty’s cruelty-free and vegan status and by choosing cruelty-free together, we can help end animal testing for cosmetics once and for all!