Olive Ave Polish

Last Updated: January 24, 2022

How Ethical Is Olive Ave Polish?

Make a positive impact by supporting companies with the same values and ethics as what matters most to you. To navigate and find ethical brands, here's a summary of Olive Ave Polish's ethics and initiatives.

Ethical Analysis

Is Olive Ave Polish cruelty-free, 100% vegan, or sustainable? We’ve got the answers here! Read below for more details on Olive Ave Polish’s policies.
Olive Ave Polish is cruelty-free. None of Olive Ave Polish’s ingredients, formulations, or finished products are tested on animals, anywhere in the world.
All of Olive Ave Polish products are 100% vegan and don’t contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products.
Olive Ave Polish products are locally manufactured in small batches and their shipping materials are made from recycled and recyclable materials supplied from US-based business.
Olive Ave Polish claims their mica is ethically-sourced without the use of child labor. See their ethical mica mining policy here.
Olive Ave Polish’s packaging has some plastic components. They ship orders using 100% recycled and recyclable shipping materials.

About Olive Ave Polish

Olive Ave Polish offers small-batch manufactured vegan, 10-free nail polish in unique and seasonal colors.

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Olive Ave Polish is Cruelty-Free

Olive Ave Polish 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 Olive Ave Polish to be Cruelty-Free.

What About China’s Animal Testing Laws?

Olive Ave Polish 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.

Olive Ave Polish is 100% Vegan

Olive Ave Polish has confirmed all of its products are vegan and don’t contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products.

The following is a snippet of the email response I received from Olive Ave Polish when I asked if all of their products are vegan:

“Yes, they are all vegan. Any products we add in the future will also be vegan.”

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 Olive Ave Polish’s products made?

Olive Ave Polish states on its website, “Made 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 Olive Ave Polish if their mica is ethically sourced without the use of child labor and they responded by stating,

“My lab has assured me (when I first contracted them in 2019 when I started developig my brand and again when I reached out to confirm this week after receiving your email) that they use only ethically sourced mica without the use of child labor. Unfortunately the way that my production works as one of the smallest brands at my lab doesn’t allow me to be in contact directly with suppliers of the ingredients that are common across nail polishes, those are all sourced in bulk by my lab. I have asked if there are audits or documentation that they can provide that support that the mica is ethically sourced but have not heard from them in response yet.”

I hope this article helped you to understand Olive Ave Polish’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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