Last Updated: January 17, 2022

How Ethical Is Valdé?

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Ethical Analysis

Is Valdé cruelty-free, vegan, or sustainable? We’ve got the answers here! Read below for more details on Valdé’s policies.
Valdé is cruelty-free. None of Valdé’s ingredients, formulations, or finished products are tested on animals anywhere in the world.
All of Valdé’s products are 100% vegan and don’t contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products.
Valdé offers refillable lipstick tube packaging that is made from metal and engineered to last. Each lipstick or balm can be used with Valdé Armor of your choosing.
Valdé does not use mica in any of their products.
Valdé’s entire lip collection is refillable and reusable. They were intentionally designed to reduce single-use and disposable plastic packaging.

About Valdé

Valdé refillable lip collection features richly pigmented shades, impossibly sensuous textures, and formulas that are clean, cruelty-free, and vegan.


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Valdé is Cruelty-Free

Valde 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 Valdé to be Cruelty-Free.

What About China’s Animal Testing Laws?

Valdé 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.

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, and by any third parties.

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

Valdé is 100% Vegan

Valdé has confirmed all of its products are vegan and don’t contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products.

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 Valdé’s products made?

“Our formula is created in Italy, and is ensured to be clean.”

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

“Thank you for reaching out to us with this question.

Indeed using and sourcing mica is unsafe any way you look at it.

We do not use mica and all the ingredients we do use are ethically sourced and we require audit and verification. Which is the reason our formulas are clean safe. 

We appreciate you being proactive about what you use.”

I hope this article helped you to understand Valdé’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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