Sun Bum (SC Johnson)

Last Updated: May 25, 2022

Is Sun Bum (SC Johnson) Cruelty-Free and Vegan?

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 Sun Bum's ethics and initiatives.

Ethical Analysis

Is Sun Bum cruelty-free, vegan, or sustainable? We’ve got the answers here! Read below for more details on Sun Bum’s policies.
Sun Bum is cruelty-free, but Sun Bum is owned by SC Johnson, a parent company that is NOT cruelty-free.
Not all of Sun Bum’s products are vegan, but they have some vegan options.
Sun Bum claims to use FSC-Certified, post-consumer recycled paper for their outer packaging and shipping materials. The company also claims to use PCR material but it’s not clear from their website which product packaging is made of PCR material or at what percentage.
Sun Bum claims their mica is ethically sourced without child labor. See their ethical mica mining policy here.
Sun Bum products come in recyclable plastic packaging. Sun Bum claims to use some PCR material.

About Sun Bum (SC Johnson)

Since 2010, Sun Bum has been making products to protect our friends and families from the sun.
COMPANY BASED IN: USA
PRODUCTS MADE IN: USA
PRODUCTS: Sun Care, Skincare, Hair Care
CERTIFICATIONS: Leaping Bunny, PETA-Certified

Sun Bum (SC Johnson)

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You can find Sun Bum cruelty-free products at Ulta, Target, and Amazon.

Sun Bum is *Cruelty-Free

Sun Bum 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 Sun Bum to be *Cruelty-Free.

*Sun Bum is owned by SC Johnson, a corporation that is NOT cruelty-free because they allow some of their other brands to test on animals.

It’s your choice 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. I encourage you to do what you’re comfortable with, but I think it’s important to disclose that SC Johnson owns Sun Bum.

Below is a screenshot of what’s currently stated on Sun Bum’s website about its animal testing policy:

Is Sun Bum Cruelty-Free?

What About China’s Animal Testing Laws?

Sun Bum has confirmed they only sell their products in Hong Kong and not in retail stores in mainland China; therefore, they are not required to test on animals.

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, or any third parties.

Also, note that Cruelty-Free and Vegan don’t always mean the same thing.

Sun Bum 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 Sun Bum, not all of their products are vegan. But they have some products that are suitable for vegans.

How to know which of Sun Bum’s products are vegan?

All of Sun Bum’s vegan products are clearly marked on their website.

The following is a screenshot of what’s currently stated on Sun Bum’s website about its vegan claims:

Is Sun Bum Vegan?

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 Sun Bum’s products made?

Sun Bum states on its website,

Where are your products made?
Sun Bum ® products are made, tested, and filled in the USA.”

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

“Thank you so much for reaching out to us about this issue. We want to assure you that all of our ingredients, including the Mica we use in our Skincare Products, are ethically and responsibly sourced. We also strictly enforce the utilization of ethical and responsible suppliers and manufacturing partners worldwide.”


I hope this article helped you to understand Sun Bum’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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