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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.
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.”
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!