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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?
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 2021.
But Pacifica has confirmed they do not sell their products in retail stores in mainland China; therefore, they are not required to test on animals.
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.
Similar to ‘Cruelty-Free,’ there is no standard or legal definition for the label ‘Vegan.’ But it’s usually used in the context to describe something that doesn’t contain any 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?
“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.”
But on Pacifica’s website, they don’t disclose where each of their products are made. Only some says “Made in USA.” Based on their response, they claim the country of origin is listed on the packaging. But 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.”