Young King Hair Care

Last Updated: April 25, 2023

How Ethical Is Young King Hair Care?

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Ethical Analysis

Is Young King Hair Care cruelty-free, vegan, or sustainable? We’ve got the answers here! Read below for more details on Young King’s policies.
Young King is cruelty-free. None of Young King’s ingredients, formulations, or finished products are tested on animals, anywhere in the world.
Not all of Young King’s products are vegan, but they have some vegan options.
Young King does not claim or market itself as a sustainable company.
Young King products come in plastic packaging. I couldn’t find anything stating they’re working on reducing their use of virgin plastic in their product packaging.

About Young King Hair Care

Young King Hair Care is a plant-based, natural hair care line intentionally crafted for multicultural boys.

Young King Hair Care

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Is Young King Cruelty-Free?

🐰 Young King is a cruelty-free brand. None of Young King’s ingredients or products are tested on animals. Young King has met all the criteria in our Cruelty-Free Checklist and is included in our Cruelty-Free Directory.

Does Young King Test on Animals?

When asking, does Young King test on animals? We must look beyond to ensure none of Young King’s ingredients or suppliers test on animals. And they don’t sell in any country or under conditions that may require animal testing by law.

In our research, we discovered the following:

  • ✓ Young King confirmed they do not test their products or ingredients on animals or ask others to test on their behalf.
  • ✓ Young King confirmed all their ingredient suppliers do not test on animals
  • ✓ Young King confirmed they do not allow or sell their products under conditions where animal testing is required by law

By meeting all of our Cruelty-Free Criteria, Young King is a truly cruelty-free brand by our standards.

What is Young King’s Animal Testing Policy?

Below is what’s currently stated on Young King’s website about its animal testing policy:

Are your products vegan? Do you test on animals?
Our products are plant-based, vegan, and cruelty free (meaning we we do not test on animals.) We only work with ingredient suppliers that comply with our policy on animal testing.”

What About China’s Animal Testing Laws?

Young King has confirmed they do not sell their products in retail stores in mainland China; therefore, they are not required to test on animals.

With the current changes to China’s animal testing laws, some cosmetics sold in China can be exempt from animal testing under certain conditions. However, without meeting those conditions, animal testing is still legally required for most cosmetics sold in China in 2023.

Is Young King Certified Cruelty-Free?

Young King is not certified by a third-party cruelty-free accreditation like Leaping Bunny or PETA.

Although Young King is not certified cruelty-free, the company has confirmed to us it is a truly cruelty-free brand by meeting all the criteria in our Cruelty-Free Checklist.

Note that companies can remain to be cruelty-free without an official cruelty-free certification. Some companies may choose not to be certified cruelty-free because of cost, privacy, or lack of resources.

Cruelty-Free Policies 2023

Just because a brand claims it is ‘Cruelty-Free,’ doesn’t always mean that’s the case.

That’s because 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.

How We Assess Cruelty-Free Policies

Since 2015, the start of my blog, I’ve been emailing companies asking about their animal testing policies and cruelty-free commitments.

And based on the responses I receive from companies, I’ll research to find any supporting facts needed before concluding whether the brand should be classified as “Cruelty-Free,” “Animal-Tested,” or “Grey Area – Unclear Policies.”

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What about Vegan?

Just because something is called Cruelty-Free, doesn’t always mean it’s Vegan. And vice versa.

Cruelty-Free only refers to no animal testing, while Vegan means formulated without animal products.

Some brands are Cruelty-Free, but not Vegan.

And some are Vegan, but not Cruelty-Free.

Another important distinction to know is, Vegan in cosmetics can refer to an entire brand is 100% Vegan or a specific product is Vegan.

Is Young King Vegan?

⭐️ Young King is NOT an entirely vegan brand. But Young King offers some vegan options that are free of animal products.

How to know which of Young King products are vegan?

In an email response, Young King told me all their product offerings are plant-based and vegan and do not contain any animal ingredients or by-products. However, it’s been brought to my attention that some of their products contain honey.

The best way to know which of Young King products are vegan is by checking the ingredient list and double-checking with the brand.

Where to buy Young King? Check out Target and Amazon!

Vegan Policies

Similar to ‘Cruelty-Free,’ there is no standard or legal definition for the label ‘Vegan.’ But Vegan is generally used to mean formulated without animal-derived ingredients or animal by-products.

Some common animal products 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 unless a brand explicitly labels its ingredients or product as Vegan, it’s often 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 chose were from non-animal sources.

Where are Young King’s products made?

I asked Young King where their products are manufactured and they told me:

“All of our products are manufactured here in the US, specifically in Illinois.”

I hope this article helped you to understand Young King’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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2 thoughts on “Young King Hair Care”

  1. Hi! Young King is not a 100% vegan haircare brand. They label their products plant-based and vegan, but when I went to go buy it, I saw on their shampoo bottle that honey was listed as an ingredient. I asked the company if that was a mistake and they confirmed it was intentional because they feel honey is an exception – which of course it isn’t. Honey is an animal derived ingredient and I think intentionally labeling a product as vegan when it isn’t is a form of greenwashing. Please consider updating your article so people aren’t misled like I was 🙂

    1. Hi Ashley, you’re absolutely right. I see Honey listed in their Kids Shampoo, which makes it no longer vegan. It’s disappointing to hear that Young King claims all their products are vegan even when they clearly use a non-vegan ingredient.

      I’ve updated this post and removed the “100% vegan” label from any mention of Young King.

      Thank you so much for bringing this to my attention and for helping to keep my lists, guides, and posts as accurate and up-to-date as possible!

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