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Is Milani Cruelty-Free?
🐰 Milani is a cruelty-free brand. None of Milani’s ingredients or products are tested on animals. Milani has met all the criteria in our Cruelty-Free Checklist and is included in our Cruelty-Free Directory.
Does Milani Test on Animals?
When asking, does Milani test on animals? We must look beyond to ensure none of Cosmetics’s ingredients or suppliers test on animals. And they don’t sell in any country or under conditions that may require animal testing by law.
In our research, we discovered the following:
- ✓ Milani confirmed they do not test their products or ingredients on animals or ask others to test on their behalf.
- ✓ Milani confirmed all their ingredient suppliers do not test on animals
- ✓ Milani confirmed they do not allow or sell their products under conditions where animal testing is required by law
By meeting all of our Cruelty-Free Criteria, Milani is a truly cruelty-free brand by our standards.
What is Milani’s Animal Testing Policy?
Below is a screenshot of what’s currently stated on Milani’s website about its animal testing policy:
What About China’s Animal Testing Laws?
Milani has confirmed they do not sell their products in retail stores in mainland China; therefore, they are not required to test on animals.
With the current changes to China’s animal testing laws, some cosmetics sold in China can be exempt from animal testing under certain conditions. However, without meeting those conditions, animal testing is still legally required for most cosmetics sold in China in 2023.
Is Milani Certified Cruelty-Free?
Milani Cosmetics is certified cruelty-free by Leaping Bunny and PETA.
Cruelty-Free Policies 2023
Just because a brand claims it is ‘Cruelty-Free,’ doesn’t always mean that’s the case.
That’s because 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.
How We Assess Cruelty-Free Policies
Since 2015, the start of my blog, I’ve been emailing companies asking about their animal testing policies and cruelty-free commitments.
And based on the responses I receive from companies, I’ll research to find any supporting facts needed before concluding whether the brand should be classified as “Cruelty-Free,” “Animal-Tested,” or “Grey Area – Unclear Policies.”
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What about Vegan?
Just because something is called Cruelty-Free, doesn’t always mean it’s Vegan. And vice versa.
Cruelty-Free only refers to no animal testing, while Vegan means formulated without animal products.
Some brands are Cruelty-Free, but not Vegan.
And some are Vegan, but not Cruelty-Free.
Another important distinction to know is, Vegan in cosmetics can refer to an entire brand is 100% Vegan or a specific product is Vegan.
Is Milani Vegan?
⭐️ Milani is NOT an entirely vegan brand. But Milani offers some vegan options that are free of animal products.
How to know which of Milani’s products are vegan?
All of Milani’s vegan products are clearly marked on their website. See below for an example.
The following is a screenshot of what’s currently stated on Milani’s website about its vegan claims:
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Similar to ‘Cruelty-Free,’ there is no standard or legal definition for the label ‘Vegan.’ But Vegan is generally used to mean formulated without animal-derived ingredients or animal by-products.
Some common animal products 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 unless a brand explicitly labels its ingredients or product as Vegan, it’s often 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 chose were from non-animal sources.
Where are Milani’s products made?
They state where each product is made in the product description of their website. It depends on the product, but I saw mostly in the USA, Canada, Italy, and Germany.
Ethical Mica Mining Policy
Mica is a mineral 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 Milani if their mica is ethically sourced without the use of child labor and they responded by stating,
“Thank you for reaching out to Milani. We understand that finding clean sources of the Mica mineral is a major challenge for all beauty brands today. Milani works with various vendors and contract manufacturers to source its products. We are actively working with all of our manufacturers to share where any mica they use is sourced and we are committed to conducting a full review of our supply chains for better insights. We will transparently share this information with our loyal fans and customers when possible. We appreciate your patience as we investigate this matter.”
Milani claims they’re working to conducting a full review of their supply chains but they did not specifically address where their mica is sourced from and how they audit or trace to ensure no child labor was involved in mining their mica.
I hope this article helped you to understand Milani’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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