Last Updated: December 24, 2022

How Ethical Is Nailtopia?

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Ethical Analysis

Is Nailtopia cruelty-free, vegan, or sustainable? We’ve got the answers here! Read below for more details on Nailtopia’s policies.
Nailtopia is cruelty-free. None of Nailtopia’s ingredients, formulations, or finished products are tested on animals anywhere in the world.
All of Nailtopia’s products are 100% vegan and don’t contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products.
Nailtopia claims its nail lacquers are “sustainable” because they’re made with plant-based bio-sourced fruit and vegetables and their “biotechnology is a greener process that considerably reduces environmental footprint.” Nailtopia also claims its an “eco-friendly” nail brand because unlike conventional nail polishes that contain only 10% bio-sourced ingredients, Nailtopia’s nail lacquer formulas contain 85% bio-sourced ingredients.
It’s not clear where Nailtopia’s mica is mined or sourced from and how they trace or audit to ensure no child labor was involved. See their ethical mica mining policy here.
Nailtopia’s product packaging contain some plastic components. I couldn’t find anything stating they’re working on reducing their use of virgin plastic in their product packaging.

About Nailtopia

Nailtopia delivers nail lacquer made from plant-based Bio-sourced renewable ingredients using clean manufacturing.
CERTIFICATIONS: Leaping Bunny, PETA-Certified


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You can find Nailtopia cruelty-free products at Ulta and on Amazon.

Is Nailtopia Cruelty-Free?

Nailtopia is a cruelty-free brand. Nailtopia 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 Nailtopia to be Cruelty-Free.

Below is a screenshot of what’s currently stated on Nailtopia’s website about its animal testing policy:

What About China’s Animal Testing Laws?

Nailtopia 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.

Cruelty-Free Policies

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.

Is Nailtopia Vegan?

Nailtopia is a 100% vegan brand. Nailtopia has confirmed all of its products are vegan and don’t contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products.

Vegan Policies

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 Nailtopia’s products made?

I asked Nailtopia where their products are manufactured and they told me:

“All Nailtopia products are formulated in the USA.”

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 Nailtopia if their mica is ethically sourced without the use of child labor and they responded by stating,

“Regarding your inquiry, we can confirm all our manufacturers were recently audited and we are not using any facilities that use child labor. We do require routine audits and make sure we’re following all guidelines for safe labor.”

I hope this article helped you to understand Nailtopia’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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