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Vapour is Cruelty-Free
Vapour 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 Vapour to be Cruelty-Free.
“Vapour is a member of Leaping Bunny and we have verified that none of our ingredients or finished products have been tested on animals.“
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.
Vapour 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 Vapour, not all of their products are vegan. But they have some products that are suitable for vegans.
Below is a screenshot of what’s currently stated on Vapour’s website about its vegan claims:
How to know which of Vapour Beauty’s products are vegan?
All of Vapour’s vegan products are clearly marked on their website. See below for an example.
Additionally, when I asked Vapour which of their products are vegan, they kindly provided me with a list (see below).
“Here is our current Vegan Friendly list of products:”
- All Vapour Brushes
- Velvet Glow Foundation
- Bronzing Powder
- Loose Powder
- Pressed Powder
- Eyeshadow Quads
- Eye Definer: Ink and Smoulder
- Brow Definer: Dusk and Storm
- High Voltage Lipstick – Chere
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 Vapour’s products made?
“Vapour products are made at our headquarters in Taos, New Mexico (100% solar-powered), as well as partner facilities in Europe. Our brushes are ethically made in China with Taklon synthetic fibers and responsibly sourced FSC-certified birch.
We choose manufacturing partners that share our high standards for clean ingredients, transparency, and social and environmental responsibility. You may be interested in reading more about Our Values on our website.”
*Note: Cosmetics made in China are not required to be tested on animals. Only cosmetics that are imported and sold in physical stores in mainland China are required to be tested on animals according to China’s animal testing laws.
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 Vapour Beauty if their mica is ethically sourced without the use of child labor and they responded by stating,
“Thank you for your inquiry. I’m happy to provide information about our mica.
All of our ingredients are responsibly sourced and have been chosen for lowest environmental impact. We require Social Responsibility statements from all suppliers, including statements of NO child labor and health and safety of workers.
These suppliers are audited regularly by third party organizations such as COSMOS, Eco-Cert and EWG to ensure they are compliant and in good standing.”