Soap & Glory (Walgreens Boots Alliance)

Last Updated: January 24, 2023

How Ethical Is Soap & Glory (Walgreens Boots Alliance)?

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 Soap & Glory's ethics and initiatives.

Ethical Analysis

Is Soap & Glory cruelty-free, vegan, or sustainable? We’ve got the answers here! Read below for more details on Soap & Glory’s policies.
Soap & Glory is *cruelty-free, but Soap & Glory is owned by Walgreens Boots Alliance, a parent company that is NOT cruelty-free.
Not all of Soap & Glory’s products are vegan, but they have some vegan options.
Soap & Glory achieved CarbonNeutral product certification for all its items within the Christmas 2022 gifting collection. Now, Soap & Glory claims its focusing its effort on reducing its total carbon footprint as a brand.
Soap & Glory’s products come in plastic packaging. Soap & Glory claims it pledges to reduce its impact on the planet and signed up to the UK Plastic Pact. The company also claims its been on a quest to see where they can do better and where it can optimize recyclability of its product packaging.

About Soap & Glory (Walgreens Boots Alliance)

Soap & Glory has been supporting the Clean of England since 2006, formulating fun, fearlessly world-class products to give every girl.
PRODUCTS: Skincare, Bath & Body Care, Makeup

Soap & Glory (Walgreens Boots Alliance)

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Is Soap & Glory Cruelty-Free?

🐰 Soap & Glory is a *cruelty-free brand. None of Soap and Glory’s ingredients or products are tested on animals. Soap & Glory has met all the criteria in our Cruelty-Free Checklist and is included in our Cruelty-Free Directory.

UPDATE! Soap & Glory is now Leaping Bunny certified! As a result, I have decided to move Soap & Glory from a Grey Area Brand to a *Cruelty-Free Brand with Vegan Options!

Does Soap & Glory Test on Animals?

When asking, does Soap & Glory test on animals? We must look beyond to ensure none of Soap & Glory’s ingredients or suppliers test on animals. And they don’t sell in any country or under conditions that may require animal testing by law.

In our research, we discovered the following:

  • ✓ Soap & Glory confirmed they do not test their products or ingredients on animals or ask others to test on their behalf.
  • ✓ Soap & Glory confirmed all their ingredient suppliers do not test on animals
  • ✓ Soap & Glory confirmed they do not allow or sell their products under conditions where animal testing is required by law

By meeting all of our Cruelty-Free Criteria, Soap & Glory is a *cruelty-free brand by our standards.

*Soap & Glory is owned by Walgreens Boots Alliance, a corporation that is NOT cruelty-free because they allow some of their other brands to test on animals.

The decision is yours whether you want to support or boycott cruelty-free brands owned by a parent company that is not cruelty-free. There is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ answer to this. Do what you’re comfortable with. I just thought it was important to disclose that Walgreens Boots Alliance owns Soap & Glory.

What is Soap & Glory’s Animal Testing Policy?

Below is a screenshot of what’s currently stated on Soap & Glory’s website about its animal testing policy:

What About China’s Animal Testing Laws?

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

With the current changes to China’s animal testing laws, some cosmetics sold in China can be exempt from animal testing under certain conditions. However, without meeting those conditions, animal testing is still legally required for most cosmetics sold in China in 2023.

Is Soap & Glory Certified Cruelty-Free?

Soap & Glory is certified cruelty-free by Leaping Bunny.

Cruelty-Free Policies 2023

Just because a brand claims it is ‘Cruelty-Free,’ doesn’t always mean that’s the case.

That’s because 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.

How We Assess Cruelty-Free Policies

Since 2015, the start of my blog, I’ve been emailing companies asking about their animal testing policies and cruelty-free commitments.

And based on the responses I receive from companies, I’ll research to find any supporting facts needed before concluding whether the brand should be classified as “Cruelty-Free,” “Animal-Tested,” or “Grey Area – Unclear Policies.”

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What about Vegan?

Just because something is called Cruelty-Free, doesn’t always mean it’s Vegan. And vice versa.

Cruelty-Free only refers to no animal testing, while Vegan means formulated without animal products.

Some brands are Cruelty-Free, but not Vegan.

And some are Vegan, but not Cruelty-Free.

Another important distinction to know is, Vegan in cosmetics can refer to an entire brand is 100% Vegan or a specific product is Vegan.

Is Soap & Glory Vegan?

⭐️ Soap & Glory is NOT an entirely vegan brand. But Soap & Glory offers some vegan options that are free of animal products.

How to know which of Soap & Glory’s products are vegan?

All of Soap & Glory’s vegan products are clearly marked on their website.

The following is a screenshot of what’s currently stated on Soap & Glory’s website about its vegan claims:

Where to buy Soap & Glory? Check out Ulta, Walgreens, Boots, and Amazon!

Vegan Policies

Similar to ‘Cruelty-Free,’ there is no standard or legal definition for the label ‘Vegan.’ But Vegan is generally used to mean formulated without animal-derived ingredients or animal by-products.

Some common animal products 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 unless a brand explicitly labels its ingredients or product as Vegan, it’s often 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 chose were from non-animal sources.

Ethical Mica Mining Policy

Mica is a mineral 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 Soap & Glory if their mica is ethically sourced without the use of child labor and I’m waiting to hear back from the brand.

I hope this article helped you to understand Soap & Glory’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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4 thoughts on “Soap & Glory (Walgreens Boots Alliance)”

  1. For me if products do not have a logo as Cruelty Free I will not buy it no matter how good they are. I believe that animals should not be used in testing its inhuman and causes unimaginable pain. To me a logo must be printed for me to buy a product

  2. Thank you so much for not blindly swallowing what these companies say, and making the effort to dig deeper. Really great resource that I sue to help educate others.

  3. The problem there is that many logos/endorsements don’t mean much at all. Peta’s endorsement, for example, only required that companies sign a declaration. Any unethical company that does test on animals won’t have a problem lying on a declaration. An organisation like Cruelty Free International (Leaping bunny), however, do a very thorough check with the names company and it’s suppliers, and requires much proof before endorsing.

  4. I know this post is over a year old but it came up when I Googled if S&G was CF. As someone that works with Fortune 100 consumer goods companies and start up luxury beauty brands, I can immediately see that their response is written in a way to avoid a lawsuit. S&G was founded in 2006 and, as stated in their answer to your follow up question, no ingredient since then has been tested on animals. I understand that people want a definite answer on a brand’s CF status but, in this case, I’m much more satisfied with S&G’s answer than a worthless Peta certification. As I move closer to being completely CF, I’ve bookmarked your site as it’s such a great resource! Thank you!

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