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Is Philosophy Cruelty-Free?
Philosophy is NOT Cruelty-free. Philosophy sells its products in stores in mainland China where animal testing is required for most imported cosmetics. As a result, Philosophy pays and allows its products to be tested on animals when required by law.
In addition, Philosophy is owned by Coty, a parent company that is also not cruelty-free.
Philosophy’s Animal Testing Policy
Below is a screenshot I took of what’s currently stated on Philosophy’s official website:
Cruelty-free policies stating, “except when required by law”, usually implies the company is selling its products in mainland China. All imported cosmetics sold in stores in mainland China are required by law to be tested on animals.
Is Philosophy Sold in China?
According to WWD, Philosophy opened its first freestanding store in Shanghai after its very successful launch on China’s largest online retailer, Tmall.
Because of Philosophy’s decision to sell in China, they must consent and pay to have their products tested on animals before they can market their products in China.
Although Philosophy may not be conducting these animal tests themselves, they are knowingly allowing Chinese authorities to test their products on animals in order to sell in China.
Note: China made some changes to its animal testing laws in 2021 allowing some ordinary cosmetics to be imported and sold in China without animal testing. But brands must jump through hoops and meet specific conditions and requirements in order to qualify for an exemption.
Currently, I haven’t heard of any brand that has been successful in obtaining an exemption to China’s animal testing requirements. However, I will continue to closely monitor changes and updates to China’s animal testing laws and provide any updates.
Many truly cruelty-free brands have chosen not to sell their products in China for now because of the country’s animal testing laws. Unfortunately, Philosophy refuses to do the same and has decided to put profits before the welfare of animals.
Summary: Philosophy is NOT Cruelty-Free!
To sum up, by choosing to sell in mainland China, Philosophy must have its products tested on animals. Therefore I would not consider Philosophy to be a cruelty-free brand.
Currently, Philosophy is on our List of Brands to Avoid – Animal Tested.
Is Philosophy Vegan?
Philosophy claims some of their nature in a jar collection products are ‘vegan’. However, because we would not consider Philosophy to be cruelty-free as their products are tested on animals when required by law, we wouldn’t consider anything sold or manufactured by Philosophy to be vegan.
In order for products to be considered vegan by ethical elephant’s standards, the products and their ingredients must not be tested on animals, anywhere in the world, and also must not contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products.
Cruelty-Free Alternatives to Philosophy:
Looking to switch to cruelty-free brands? Here are some cruelty-free and vegan-friendly options that are similar to Philosophy:
- OSEA – 100% Vegan
- The Body Shop – some vegan options
- Bliss – some vegan options
- Hempz – 100% Vegan
- Boscia – 100% Vegan