This post may contain affiliate links that at no additional cost to you, I may earn a small commission.
You can find Topicals cruelty-free products at Sephora.
Topicals is Cruelty-Free
Topicals 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 Topicals to be Cruelty-Free.
The following is a snippet of the email response I received from Topicals when verifying their animal testing policy:
“Thanks for reaching out! No, we do not test on animals nor do our products contain any ingredients that have been tested on animals. We do not use a third-party to test on animals on our behalf nor do we physically sell in mainland China to any stores that test on animals.“
What About China’s Animal Testing Laws?
Topicals has confirmed they do not sell their products 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.
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.
Topicals is 100% Vegan
Topicals has confirmed all of its products are vegan and don’t contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products.
“Yes, our products are vegan, and we have verified with all of our suppliers that none of our ingredients are tested on animals either”
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.
I hope this article helped you to understand Topicals’ cruelty-free and vegan status and by choosing cruelty-free together, we can help end animal testing for cosmetics once and for all!