Jack Black

Last Updated: January 6, 2022

How Ethical Is Jack Black?

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Ethical Analysis

Is Jack Black cruelty-free or vegan? Here’s what we know! Read below for more details on Jack Black’s policies.
It is currently unclear whether Jack Black is truly cruelty-free.
Jack Black does sell some of its cosmetics in mainland China stores. But Jack Black claims these products are domestically manufactured, and pre-market animal testing is not required. But the risk of post-market testing has Jack Black on our Grey Area Brands List.
Because Jack Black’s cruelty-free status is unclear, we would not consider any of their products vegan at this time.

About Jack Black

Jack Black creates superior, advanced skincare for men specially formulated for a man’s needs.

Jack Black

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Jack Black offers a range of skincare and shaving products for men but is Jack Black cruelty-free in 2022?

Is Jack Black Cruelty-Free?

Unfortunately, Jack Black is now selling its products in mainland China stores and those products may be tested on animals.

Jack Black Animal Testing Policy

Below is what’s currently stated on Jack Black’s website in regards to their animal testing policy:

Jack Black Cruelty-Free Claims

Is Jack Black Sold in China?

All imported cosmetics sold in stores in mainland China are required by law to be tested on animals. This is why we ask all brands if they sell in China when verifying their cruelty-free status.

In March 2020, when I emailed the brand asking if they sell their products in stores in mainland China, they told me,

Presently, our products are only available in mainland China via Tmall International cross border site. https://jackblack.tmall.hk/shop/view_shop.htm

Cosmetic brands can sell their products online and remain to be cruelty-free. It only becomes an issue when companies sell their cosmetics in physical retail stores in mainland China.

I recently noticed on Sephora’s China website, Jack Black was listed as one of the brands they sell.

Below is a screenshot I took from Sephora’s Chinese website clearly showing they stock Jack Black products:

Jack Black Sold at Sephora in China - may not be 100% cruelty-free

I emailed the brand asking for clarifications and was told,

As with our products produced in the United States, our products produced in China for the Chinese market are not tested on animals.

Here, they’re implying that since Jack Black makes their cosmetics in China then those locally-manufactured cosmetics are not required to be tested on animals.

Jack Black is correct where those products that are made in China and sold in China can now bypass China’s pre-market animal testing requirements.

However, China may still conduct post-market testing of cosmetics on animals. Post-market testing is where Chinese officials will pull products off store shelves and possibly test them on animals, this is often done without the company’s knowledge or consent.

Sources say that this rarely happens and the chances of post-market testing on animals in China is unlikely, but it can happen.

Since there is still a chance that some imported cosmetics sold on store shelves in mainland China may be tested on animals, I no longer feel comfortable classifying Jack Black as a 100% cruelty-free brand and can no longer suggest their products as being 100% cruelty-free.

Summary: Jack Black No Longer 100% Cruelty-Free!

Until we know more about China’s post-market animal testing laws or they eliminate this practice altogether, I have decided to move Jack Black to our List of Grey Area Brands.

Is Jack Black Vegan?

Since we would no longer consider Jack Black to be cruelty-free as their products may be tested on animals in China, we also wouldn’t consider anything sold or manufactured by Jack Black to be vegan, at this time.

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  1. I took a closer look at Jack Black’s website. Under “Jack Black World” they do not list China as a region where their products are sold in stores. But when you view their online retailers for China they link both Tmall and Sephora. Again, their store locator does not list their products as sold in brick and mortar stores anywhere in China. I can’t read Mandarin to investigate the Chinese Sephora website myself further, but this would indicate to me they have possibly begun to use Sephora to expand their online sales within China without being subject to animal testing. Has your correspondence with Jack Black proven otherwise?

  2. I definitely do not support when companies sell their products in mainland China knowing their products are subject to animal testing of any kind, but I also want to see more cruelty free products available to the Chinese population that might also want to know the products they are buying are more ethical and hopefully more accessible. This being said, I wait for the day China bans animal testing all together 🙂

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