Last Updated: January 25, 2022

How Ethical Is OZN?

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 OZN's ethics and initiatives.

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Ethical Analysis

Is OZN cruelty-free, 100% vegan, or sustainable? We’ve got the answers here! Read below for more details on OZN’s policies.
OZN is cruelty-free. None of OZN’s ingredients, formulations, or finished products are tested on animals, anywhere in the world.
All of OZN products are 100% vegan and don’t contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products.
OZN claims 90% of their ingredients are derived from sustainably-grown, plant-based, raw materials such as wood, potato, beet, spelt, sugarcane, cassava, or corn. OZN states they use 100% green electricity from renewable sources in Germany, of which 25% is self-generated. They’re also committed to using energy efficient equipment and have responsible recycling and disposal practices.

OZN’s packaging is as sustainable as possible, stating they use as little plastic packaging as possible. Their bottles are made of recycled glass and their lids are made of compostable materials. OZN also offers climate-neutral parcel shipping.
OZN claims their mica is ethically-sourced from Germany and Europe. See their ethical mica mining policy here.
OZN is committed to making their packaging as sustainable as possible. Their nail polish lids are made from a (industrial) compostable material which consists of bio-polymers of natural fibers and natural additives. And their nail polish bottles are made of 60% recycled glass.

The outer packaging is made of FSC certified paper and they use vegetable based inks.

About OZN

OZN offers beautiful vegan nail polish without harmful ingredients, available in 120 colors.


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OZN is Cruelty-Free

OZN 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 OZN to be Cruelty-Free.

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.

OZN is 100% Vegan

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

“100% vegan and cruelty free! We at OZN do not use any substances or colour pigments of animal origin for our vegan nail polishes. And of course our products are made without animal testing. For example, carmine, a red pigment obtained by squeezing Nepal scale insects.”

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 OZN’s products made?

OZN states on its website,

“We fill all our paints on site at our factory in Germany and ALL the ingredients we use are also made in Germany.”

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

“{Translated from German} All of our additives are produced in Germany and Europe. So you don’t have to worry that these are caused by child labor.”

I hope this article helped you to understand OZN’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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