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Skintimate is NOT Cruelty-Free!
Skintimate allows its products to be tested on animals when required by law.
In addition, Skintimate is owned by Edgewell, a parent corporation that is NOT cruelty-free.
Skintimate’s Animal Testing Policy
While researching to learn more about Skintimate’s cruelty-free status, I couldn’t find the brand’s official animal testing policy anywhere on its website.
So I reached out to Skintimate to ask for more information about their animal testing policy. More specifically, I wanted to know if they commission or allow others to test their products/ingredients on animals, including when selling in countries that require animal testing (like in mainland China).
And Skintimate responded by saying:
“Thank you for contacting us regarding our Skintimate Shave Gel and animal testing.
At Edgewell, we manufacture and sell a wide range of consumer products sold around the world in the categories of sun care and skin care (Banana Boat®, Hawaiian Tropic®, Schick®, Wilkinson Sword®, Edge®, Skintimate®, Wet Ones®), as well as on feminine care (Stayfree®, Carefree®) and infant care (Playtex®). It is our policy not to test our products on animals. Edgewell only performs animal testing on products where required to do so by law.
We participate in industry efforts to improve the awareness among regulators about non‐animal alternatives. For more information on Edgewell’s animal testing policy, please visit our website: http://edgewell.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Animal-Testing-Policy.pdf.”
Based on their response, we now know that Edgewell owns Skintimate. And Skintimate has the same animal testing policy as Edgewell. Both Edgewell and Skintimate state it’s their policy not to test their products on animals, however, “Edgewell only performs animal testing on products where required to do so by law, or where no acceptable alternative exists to assess the safety of a product for consumer use.”
Truly cruelty-free brands will never allow their products or ingredients to be tested on animals. Cruelty-free companies have a policy where if the law requires them to test on animals then they will refuse to sell their products under those conditions.
For example, imported cosmetics sold in stores in mainland China are required by Chinese laws to be tested on animals upon registration. Therefore, truly cruelty-free brands have chosen not to sell in China in order to remain committed to their no animal testing policy.
Unfortunately, Skintimate and Edgewell state they will allow their products and ingredients to be tested on animals if the law requires it. For those reasons, Skintimate is NOT 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 Skintimate has the same animal testing policy as Edgewell and they state they allow their products to be tested on animals when required by law, we cannot classify the brand as being cruelty-free.
Is Skintimate Certified Cruelty-Free?
Skintimate is certified cruelty-free by PETA. However, we were unable to verify Skintimate’s cruelty-free claims as they responded back to us with their parent company, Edgewell’s animal testing statement which state they allow their products to be tested on animals when required by law.
Is Skintimate Owned By A Non-Cruelty-Free Parent Company?
Yes. Skintimate is owned by Edgewell, 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 become cruelty-free.
But in this case, Skintimate is NOT cruelty-free and neither is its parent corporation, Edgewell.
Is Skintimate Cruelty-Free?
To sum up, Skintimate has the same animal testing policy as its parent company, Edgewell where they both allow their products to be tested on animals if the law requires it. Therefore, we would NOT consider Skintimate to be a cruelty-free brand.
Currently, Skintimate is on our List of Brands to Avoid – Animal Tested.
Is Skintimate Vegan?
Skintimate does not claim or market itself to offer any vegan-friendly options. And since Skintimate engages in animal testing, we wouldn’t consider anything sold or produced by Skintimate to be vegan anyways.
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.
Cruelty-Free Alternatives to Skintimate
Looking to switch to cruelty-free products? Here are some cruelty-free brands to check out: