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Suntegrity is Cruelty-Free
Suntegrity 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 Suntegrity to be Cruelty-Free.
Below is a screenshot of what’s currently stated on Suntegrity’s website about its animal testing policy:
What About China’s Animal Testing Laws?
Suntegrity has confirmed they do not sell their products in retail stores in mainland China; therefore, they are not required to test on animals.
“At this time, we don’t have any retailers in mainland China due to animal testing.”
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.
Suntegrity 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 Suntegrity, not all of their products are vegan. But they have some products that are suitable for vegans.
How to know which of Suntegrity products are vegan?
All of Suntegrity’s vegan products are clearly marked on their website.
In addition, Suntegrity states all of their products are vegan except for their Sport Line and two of their serums which contain organic beeswax. See the full statement below:
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 Suntegrity’s products made?
I asked Suntegrity where their products are manufactured and they told me:
“Our products are all made at USA-based, FDA-approved labs following GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices).”
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 Suntegrity if their mica is ethically sourced without the use of child labor and they responded by stating,
“We completely understand your concern and couldn’t agree with you more. We only use mica in the following products : lip gloss, pressed powder, staycation bronzing shimmer serum, tinted sport sun stick and tinted sport lotion. Our FDA Regulated labs source the mica used in these products from companies who don’t use child labor and we require documentation from the suppliers used by our labs attesting to this.”
I hope this article helped you to understand Suntegrity’s cruelty-free and vegan status and by choosing cruelty-free together, we can help end animal testing for cosmetics once and for all!