Last Updated: January 17, 2022

How Ethical Is Sienna?

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 Sienna's ethics and initiatives.

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Ethical Analysis

Is Sienna cruelty-free, vegan, or sustainable? We’ve got the answers here! Read below for more details on Sienna’s policies.
Sienna is cruelty-free. None of Sienna’s ingredients, formulations, or finished products are tested on animals, anywhere in the world.
All of Sienna products are 100% vegan and don’t contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products.
Sienna’s new plant-based nail polish formula is made from renewable plant-based ingredients and complete traceability at every stage of development and production. They also use 100% renewable energy at their head office and warehouse. And they work directly with a sustainable lab and raw ingredient manufacturer in France, Europe to keep their carbon footprint low.

In addition, Sienna is B-Corp certified and all of their packaging is 100% recyclable and they offer an in-house recycling program so customers can return their empties.
Sienna claims their mica is ethically-sourced without the use of child labor.
Sienna claims their products are microplastic-free and they also don’t use any glitter in any of their nail polish formula. Sienna’s signature compostable caps are made with local, non-native weed wood instead of plastic. Additionally, Sienna has an in-house recycling program where you can send your empties to be responsibly recycled.

About Sienna

Sienna makes clean, luxe, plant-based nail polish that’s breathable, vegan, and B-Corp certified.
CERTIFICATIONS: Cruelty Free International, PETA-Certified


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Sienna is Cruelty-Free

Sienna 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 Sienna to be Cruelty-Free.

What About China’s Animal Testing Laws?

Sienna has confirmed they do not sell their products in retail stores in mainland China; therefore, they are not required to test on animals.

“no we don’t sell to mainland china 😊”

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.

Sienna is 100% Vegan

Sienna 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 Sienna’s products made?

Sienna states on its website,

“Our production happens direct with our raw ingredients manufacturers in France, Europe. By working direct with this green industry manufacturer we keep our carbon footprint low.”

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 Sienna if their mica is ethically sourced without the use of child labor and they responded by stating,

“Thank you for your enquiry 🙂 We only use Mica from one supplier who has child labour free certifications. And yes, we make sure to audit our suppliers on a regular basis :)”

I hope this article helped you to understand Sienna’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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