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Sweet LeiLani Cosmetics is Cruelty-Free
Sweet LeiLani 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 Sweet LeiLani Cosmetics to be Cruelty-Free.
What About China’s Animal Testing Laws?
Sweet LeiLani Cosmetics has confirmed they do not sell their products in retail stores in mainland China; therefore, they are not required to test on animals.
“We also do not sell into China, or any other Country then the US.
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, and by any third parties.
Also, note that Cruelty-Free and Vegan don’t always mean the same thing.
Sweet LeiLani is 100% Vegan
Sweet LeiLani Cosmetics has confirmed all of its products are vegan and don’t contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products.
The following is a snippet of the email response I received from Sweet LeiLani Cosmetics when I asked if all of their products are vegan:
“All products within our product line are Vegan”
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 Sweet LeiLani’s products made?
I asked Sweet LeiLani Cosmetics where their products are manufactured and they told me:
“We are proudly Canadian, our packaging is sourced overseas, and some of our raw ingredients are soured globally so that we are ethical down the supplier chain for cruelty free as well as child labour.”
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 Sweet LeiLani Cosmetics if their mica is ethically sourced without the use of child labor and they responded by stating,
“Thanks so much for reaching out! We love when customers care enough to ask these questions, and yes, yes, and yes. Right down the supplier chain we are ethical, for mica as well as animal by products such as gelatine (no animal bones) either. So many Brands walk a fine line because the lab doesn’t harm animals, but where those raw ingredients are purchased do, s well as child labour like you mentioned! We have strict guidelines and purchase raw ingredients right from the source all over the World so we know who is producing them. We also have a mandate to have certification from these suppliers. We know exactly what is in our products as well as where they come from. better Beauty for you, your Health and the Planet!”
I hope this article helped you to understand Sweet LeiLani Cosmetics’ cruelty-free and vegan status and by choosing cruelty-free together, we can help end animal testing for cosmetics once and for all!