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Skinfood is a Korean brand offering a range of food-based skin care products but is Skinfood cruelty-free or vegan in 2021?
Is Skinfood Cruelty-Free?
Skinfood is NOT Cruelty-free. Skinfood sells its products in stores in mainland China where animal testing is mandatory for most imported cosmetics. As a result, Skinfood pays and allows its products to be tested on animals when required by law.
Skinfood Animal Testing Policy
On Skinfood’s website, they claim they don’t test its products or ingredients on animals. However, this is not enough information for us to classify any brand as being cruelty-free to our standards.
Below is a screenshot of what’s currently stated on Skinfood’s website:
So I emailed the brand asking if any of its products or ingredients are tested on animals. Either by the company itself, commissioned to a third party to test on its behalf, or by any of its suppliers. As well as, if they allow its products to be tested on animals when required by law. They responded saying,
“Yes, SKINFOOD, as a company, does not test on animals. SKINFOOD is sold in China where all cosmetic manufacturers are required to pay a sanitary license fee. It’s our understanding that the Chinese government conducts animal testing before approving the sanitary license. We do not know who conducts this testing or how it is conducted. What we can affirm is that SKINFOOD, as a company, does not test its products on animals.“
Is Skinfood Sold in China?
In the email response, Skinfood admits its products are sold in China and required to be tested on animals first.
Skinfood is misleading its customers by not disclosing on its company website’s animal testing statement that its products are in fact, sold in China. Because most imported cosmetics sold in stores in mainland China are required by law to be tested on animals.
As a result of Skinfood’s decision to sell in mainland China stores, they must consent and pay to have their products tested on animals. That’s why most cosmetic brands selling in mainland China cannot be considered cruelty-free in 2021.
Although Skinfood 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.
Many truly cruelty-free brands have chosen not to sell their products in China because of the country’s animal testing laws. Unfortunately, Skinfood refuses to do the same and has decided to put profits before the welfare of animals.
Summary: Skinfood is NOT Cruelty-Free!
To sum up, by choosing to sell in mainland China, Skinfood must have their products tested on animals. Therefore I would not consider Skinfood to be a cruelty-free brand.
Currently, Skinfood is on our List of Brands to Avoid – Animal Tested.
Is Skinfood Vegan?
Since we would not consider Skinfood to be cruelty-free as their products are tested on animals when required by law, we also wouldn’t consider anything sold or manufactured by Skinfood 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 Skinfood
Looking to switch to cruelty-free brands? Here are some cruelty-free and vegan-friendly options that are similar to Skinfood:
- TONYMOLY – some vegan options
- Acure – 100% Vegan
- Yes To – some vegan options
- Fourth Ray Beauty – 100% Vegan
- Versed –100% Vegan
Also, see our list of affordable cruelty-free skincare brands!