Last Updated: January 17, 2022

Is OTZI (MBX) Cruelty-Free and Vegan?

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Ethical Analysis

Is OTZI cruelty-free, vegan, or sustainable? We’ve got the answers here! Read below for more details on OTZI’s policies.
OTZI is cruelty-free, but OTZI is owned by MBX, a parent company that owns other brands that are NOT cruelty-free.
All of OTZI products are 100% vegan and don’t contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products.
OTZI does not claim or market itself as a sustainable company but claims their packaging is recyclable and ‘boxless’.
OTZI claims their mica is ethically sourced without child labor. See their ethical mica mining policy here.
OTZI products come in recyclable packaging without secondary packaging.

About OTZI (MBX)

OTZI isn’t just a skincare brand, they’re a skincare community of undefiners, shakers, and movers who want to shape the next generation.
PRODUCTS: Skincare


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You can find OTZI cruelty-free products at Sephora.

OTZI is *Cruelty-Free

OTZI 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 OTZI to be *Cruelty-Free.

*OTZI is owned by MBX, a corporation that is NOT cruelty-free because they allow some of their other brands to test on animals.

It’s your choice whether you want to support or boycott cruelty-free brands owned by a parent company that is not cruelty-free. There is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ answer to this. I encourage you to do what you’re comfortable with, but I think it’s important to disclose that MBX owns OTZI Skincare.

What About China’s Animal Testing Laws?

OTZI has confirmed they do not sell their products in retail stores in mainland China; therefore, they are not required to test on animals.

“No, our products are currently only available in the US at the moment. We do not sell our products within Mainland China, and we currently do not have any plans to sell within Mainland China in the future.”

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.

OTZI is 100% Vegan

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

“All of our products are vegan; they do not contain any animal 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.

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

“we’re happy to let you know that the mica used in our products is sustainably and ethically sourced. 
The Mica used in OTZI products is sourced from a variety of countries including US, India, China, and Japan. We have received certificates from all of our suppliers confirming the Mica used in our products is ethically sourced without the use of child labor.”

I hope this article helped you to understand OTZI’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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