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Onyx is Cruelty-Free
Onyx 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 Onyx to be Cruelty-Free.
Below is a screenshot of what’s currently stated on Onyx’s website about its animal testing policy:
What About China’s Animal Testing Laws?
Onyx 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 currently have any products being sold in China, but we do sell in other countries such as Canada, Mexico, and Puerto Rico.”
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, or any third parties.
Also, note that Cruelty-Free and Vegan don’t always mean the same thing.
Onyx 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 Onyx, not all of their products are vegan. But they have some products that are suitable for vegans.
The following is a snippet of the email response I received from Onyx when I asked if all of their products are vegan:
“Our products are not 100% Vegan, as some contain beeswax.”
How to know which of Onyx products are vegan?
Unfortunately, Onyx does not label or indicate which of their products are vegan. I would suggest asking the company directly to receive confirmation that the item is vegan before buying.
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 Onyx’s products made?
I asked Onyx where their products are manufactured and they told me:
“Our products are produced in the US and China.”
*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 Onyx if their mica is ethically sourced without the use of child labor and they responded by stating,
“All factories we work with are inspected and are our partners for many many years.
The do not support child labor in any way.”
Onyx claims they do not support child labor but 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 Onyx’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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it seems completely contradictory that you claim they’re cruelty-free yet have non-vegan products!