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Mary Kay is known as an American multi-level marketing company but is Mary Kay cruelty-free in 2021? We’ve got the answer here!
Is Mary Kay Cruelty-Free?
Mary Kay is NOT Cruelty-free. Mary Kay sells its products in mainland China where animal testing is mandatory for most imported cosmetics. As a result, Mary Kay pays and allows its products to be tested on animals when required by law.
Mary Kay Animal Testing Policy
On Mary Kay’s website, they claim they do not conduct animal testing on its products or ingredients. However, Mary Kay states there are some governments that conduct animal tests before they’re allowed to sell its products in their country.
I later discovered that Mary Kay was referring to selling its products in China where animal testing is required by law for most imported cosmetics.
Below is a screenshot of what’s currently stated on Mary Kay’s website:
Policies stating, “some governments conduct animal testing”, usually imply the company is selling its products in mainland China where the law requires that most imported cosmetics be tested on animals.
Is Mary Kay Sold in China?
In my research, I found out that Mary Kay cosmetics are indeed sold in China. Below is a screenshot I took from Mary Kay’s Chinese website clearly showing they do sell in China:
Because of Mary Kay’s decision to sell in mainland China, 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 Mary Kay may not be conducting these animal tests themselves or in the US, 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, Mary Kay refuses to do the same and has decided to put profits before the welfare of animals.
Summary: Mary Kay is NOT Cruelty-Free!
To sum up, by choosing to sell in mainland China, Mary Kay must have their products tested on animals. Therefore I would not consider Mary Kay to be a cruelty-free brand.
Currently, Mary Kay is on our List of Brands to Avoid – Animal Tested.
Is Mary Kay Vegan?
Since we would not consider Mary Kay 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 Mary Kay to be vegan.
In order for products to be considered vegan by ethical elephant’s standards, the products and their ingredients must not be tested on animals, anywhere in the world, and also must not contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products.
Cruelty-Free Alternatives to Mary Kay
Looking to switch to cruelty-free brands? Here are some cruelty-free and vegan-friendly options that are similar to Mary Kay:
- Dermalogica *owned by Unilever – some vegan options
- PUR – some vegan options
- Murad *owned by Unilever – some vegan options
- Skyn Iceland – 100% Vegan