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You can find Sand and Sky cruelty-free products at Ulta and Amazon.
Sand & Sky is Cruelty-Free
Sand & Sky 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 Sand & Sky to be Cruelty-Free.
What About China’s Animal Testing Laws?
Sand & Sky has confirmed they do not sell their products in retail stores in mainland China; therefore, they are not required to test on animals.
“We do sell to china but only via an authorized direct reseller/ agent only. Our product is not tested on animals that’s why we can’t send directly to China through our website checkout. It is a requirement in China for cosmetics to be tested in animals. It will most likely be held in customs and will make our customers from China frustrated so we decided not to ship there.“
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.
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, or any third parties.
Also, note that Cruelty-Free and Vegan don’t always mean the same thing.
Sand & Sky is Not 100% Vegan
‘Vegan’ in cosmetics can refer to an entire brand that is 100% Vegan or a specific product is vegan.
In the case of Sand & Sky, not all of their products are vegan. But they have some products that are suitable for vegans.
How to know which of Sand & Sky products are vegan?
Sand & Sky claims all of their products are vegan except for their Australian Pink Clay Flash Perfection Exfoliator which contains Pearl Powder. See the full statement below:
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 Sand & Sky’s products made?
Sand & Sky states on its website,
“Sand & Sky is 100% Australian owned and our products are manufactured in Australia. We searched the whole of Australia to find the best quality ingredients for our products.
Our ingredients are sourced from Australia. We work with local specialists and do research to make sure we only use quality ethical ingredients.”
I hope this article helped you to understand Sand & Sky’s cruelty-free and vegan status and by choosing cruelty-free together, we can help end animal testing for cosmetics once and for all!