Last Updated: January 17, 2022

How Ethical Is Pacifica?

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 Pacifica's ethics and initiatives.

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Ethical Analysis

Is Pacifica cruelty-free, 100% vegan, or sustainable? We’ve got the answers here! Read below for more details on Pacifica’s policies.
Pacifica is cruelty-free. None of Pacifica’s ingredients, formulations, or finished products are tested on animals, anywhere in the world.
All of Pacifica products are 100% vegan and don’t contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products.
Pacifica is committed to reducing their use of virgin plastic in their product and shipping packaging.
Pacifica claims their mica is ethically sourced without child labor. See policy below.
Pacifica uses post-consumer recycled materials in their plastic packaging and they also have a recycling program where all #5 plastics get turned into Preserve razors and toothbrushes.

About Pacifica

Pacifica offers ‘clean’ skincare and beauty products with a selection of vegan makeup, perfume, hair care & more.
PRODUCTS: Makeup, Nails, Skincare, Bath & Body Care, Hair Care, Sun Care, Fragrances


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You can find Pacifica cruelty-free products at, Ulta, Target, and Amazon.

Pacifica is Cruelty-Free

Pacifica 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 Pacifica to be Cruelty-Free.

“We are, and always have been 100% vegan and cruelty-free. It’s who we are, and have been from the beginning, over 20 years. We are PETA Certified and do not use animal products, bi-products or condone any testing on animals anywhere in any country.”

What About China’s Animal Testing Laws?

Pacifica 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.

Pacifica is 100% Vegan

Pacifica has confirmed all of its products are vegan and don’t contain any animal-derived 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.

Where are Pacifica’s products made?

When I asked Pacifica where their products are manufactured and they told me:

“Our products are made in the USA using the best globally sourced ingredients. The exception is our eye pencils, a few of our palettes and sample bag items. We always list country of origin on our packaging. All facilities we work with meet our high standards.”

I checked a few of their products on their website and only some say “Made in USA.” But some of their other items don’t say where they’re made. Unfortunately, unless you have the product in front of you, it’s not possible to know where it was made. I hope Pacifica would disclose this information on their website and not just on the packaging.

Also, note that 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 Pacifica if their mica is ethically sourced without the use of child labor and they responded by stating,

“Yes, as we use natural minerals, many of our color products contain mica. We require that our mica is sourced from companies that have a clear policy on child labor and humane mining practices.”

I hope this article helped you to understand Pacifica’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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