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Nails.INC is Cruelty-Free
Nails Inc 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 Nails.INC to be Cruelty-Free.
Below is a screenshot of what’s currently stated on Nails.INC’s website about its animal testing policy:
What About China’s Animal Testing Laws?
Nails.INC has confirmed they do not sell their products in retail stores in mainland China; therefore, they are not required to test on animals.
“We do not retail our products in 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.
Nails.INC 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 Nails.INC, not all of their products are vegan. But they have some products that are suitable for vegans.
When I asked which of Nails.Inc’s products are vegan, the company responded and told me:
“We would recommend Nails Inc NAILPURE. Some products do have animal ingredients such as the NPR pot (nail polish remover pot) with collagen. But if there is something in particular you’re looking at, it’s best to send a list for us to go through it and come back to you in detail.”
How to know which of Nails.INC products are vegan?
Nails.INC does not label their vegan products in the product description of their website.
So it’s best to reference this page on their website for all their vegan products and for the most up-to-date and accurate information of their vegan options. At the time of writing this article, they have an impressive 303 vegan products on this page!
Similar to ‘Cruelty-Free,’ there is no standard or legal definition for the label ‘Vegan.’ But it’s usually used in the context to describe something that doesn’t contain any 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 Nails.INC products made?
I asked Nails.INC where their products are manufactured and they told me:
“Our products are manufactured across the UK, Europe and Asia.”
*Note: Cosmetics made in China are not required to be tested on animals. Only cosmetics that are imported and sold in physical stores in mainland China are required to be tested on animals according to China’s animal testing laws.
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 INC.redible if their mica is ethically sourced without the use of child labor and they responded by stating,
“Yes, we can confirm that all Mica used in our products is cruelty free, ethically sourced and without child labour. We do routine GMP (Good manufacturing Practices) audits on our Suppliers. All of our manufacturers are ISO 22716 certified. We also routinely have social audits done on our manufacturing suppliers including SMETA and BSCI.”
I hope this article helped you to understand Nails.INC’s cruelty-free and vegan status and by choosing cruelty-free together, we can help end animal testing for cosmetics once and for all!