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Philosophy is NOT Cruelty-Free!
Philosophy allows its products or ingredients to be tested on animals when required by law including when selling in stores in mainland China.
In addition, Philosophy is owned by Coty, a parent company that is also not cruelty-free.
Philosophy’s Animal Testing Policy
On Philosophy’s website, they claim they do not perform animal testing on their products or ingredients except when required by law.
See below for a screenshot of what’s currently stated on Philosophy’s website:
Policies stating, “unless required by law,” usually imply the company is selling its products in mainland China. That’s because 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.
Unfortunately, this confirms that Philosophy products are indeed sold in stores in mainland China which is why Philosophy’s cruelty-free policy claims they must test on animals when required by law.
But Doesn’t China No Longer Tests on Animals?
Companies can bypass China’s pre-market animal testing by choosing to manufacture their ordinary or general cosmetics in China, but it’s not stated anywhere that Philosophy has taken this route.
Additionally, the possibility of post-market animal testing is not completely ruled out and may be conducted on some cosmetics sold in physical stores in China.
As of May 1, 2021, cosmetic companies can also export and sell their ordinary or general cosmetics in China without animal testing only if they meet a set of preconditions first. However, meeting these conditions has proven difficult, and it’s still unclear what exactly is accepted according to the new regulations. So there’s no word yet of any company that has successfully done so.
Follow the highlighted lines in the graphic below to see why most cosmetics sold in China (like Philosophy) are still required by law to be tested on animals in 2022.
Because Philosophy decided to sell in mainland China stores, they must consent and pay to have their products tested on animals. That’s why most cosmetics brands selling in mainland China cannot be considered cruelty-free in 2022.
Although Philosophy may not be conducting these animal tests themselves, they knowingly allow Chinese authorities to test their products on animals to sell in China.
For those reasons, we would not consider Philosophy to be cruelty-free by our standards.
Many truly cruelty-free brands have chosen not to sell their products in China because of its animal testing laws. Unfortunately, Philosophy refuses to do the same and therefore cannot be considered cruelty-free.
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, including when required by law.
See below for our complete cruelty-free checklist. Since Philosophy already does not meet the last two, we cannot classify Philosophy, the brand as being cruelty-free.
Is Philosophy Certified Cruelty-Free?
Philosophy is not certified cruelty-free by any third-party cruelty-free certifications like Leaping Bunny or PETA.
Because Philosophy is not certified cruelty-free by a third party, no one is looking into or substantiating Company’s cruelty-free commitments and claims.
Is Philosophy Owned By A Non-Cruelty-Free Parent Company?
Yes. Philosophy is owned by Coty, a parent corporation that still engages in animal testing in 2022.
Some cruelty-free consumers may choose to purchase and support cruelty-free brands owned by animal-tested parent corporations as they hope it will convince the parent company to go cruelty-free eventually.
But in this case, Philosophy is NOT cruelty-free and neither is its parent corporation, Coty.
Philosophy is NOT Cruelty-Free!
To sum up, by choosing to sell in mainland China, Philosophy must have its products tested on animals. Therefore, we 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 do not consider Philosophy to be a cruelty-free brand 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. Also, they must not contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products.
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