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Stargazer is Cruelty-Free
Stargazer 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 Stargazer to be Cruelty-Free.
“Do we test on Animals?
In accordance with the European Law, Stargazer products have never tested on Animals. Furthermore since our inception in 1979 Stargazer has not commissioned or instructed any third party on their behalf to conduct animal testing.”
What About China’s Animal Testing Laws?
Stargazer has confirmed they do not sell their products in retail stores in mainland China; therefore, they are not required to test on animals.
“Do we sell to China?
We do not sell our products in 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.
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.
Stargazer 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 Stargazer, not all of their products are vegan. But they have some products that are suitable for vegans.
How to know which of Stargazer products are vegan?
All of Stargazer’s vegan products are clearly marked on their website. In addition, you can shop from a list of their vegan products here: https://www.stargazer-products.com/products/vegan.html
“Is our Range Vegan-friendly?
We have recently (early 2015) had an assessor look at which one of our products we could note as being Vegan. The results showed that due to Lanolin and Beeswax that not all of our products are vegan. After this we instructed our manufacturing branch (Star Colour Laboratories), to manufacture our products to be vegan-friendly. At Stargazer we are committed to make as much of our range Vegan-friendly as possible, we have recently made a Vegan section highlighting all our vegan products.”
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 Stargazer’s products made?
Stargazer states on its website,
“Where are your products Made?
The Stargazer products are all made from raw materials in Cambridge in the UK at our ISO9001 registered site.”
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 Stargazer if their mica is ethically sourced without the use of child labor, but they never responded to any of my emails or messages.
I hope this article helped you to understand Stargazer’s cruelty-free and vegan status and by choosing cruelty-free together, we can help end animal testing for cosmetics once and for all!