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Kari Gran is Cruelty-Free
Kari Gran 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 Kari Gran to be Cruelty-Free.
Below is a screenshot of Kari Gran’s official animal testing statement:
What About China’s Animal Testing Laws?
Kari Gran has confirmed they do not sell their products in retail stores in mainland China; therefore, they are not required to test on animals.
“Our products are not sold in mainland China.”
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, or any third parties.
Also, note that Cruelty-Free and Vegan don’t always mean the same thing.
Kari Gran 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 Kari Gran, not all of their products are vegan. But they have some products that are suitable for vegans.
How to know which of Kari Gran’s products are vegan?
All of Kari Gran’s vegan products are clearly marked on their website.
The following is a screenshot of what’s currently stated on Kari Gran’s official website about its vegan products:
Similar to ‘Cruelty-Free,’ there is no standard or legal definition for the label ‘Vegan.’ But it’s usually used in the context to describe something that doesn’t contain any 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 Kari Gran’s products made?
When I asked Kari Gran where their products are manufactured, they told me:
“We make all our skincare products in Seattle. Our makeup is sourced from a lab in Portland, Oregon.”
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 Kari Gran if their mica is ethically sourced without the use of child labor and they responded by stating,
“I get asked quite often about the ingredient Mica and how we source it for our mineral cosmetic products.
Mica is one of the most widely used ingredients in the entire global beauty industry; any product that makes you shimmer, sparkle, or glow most likely contains Mica.
However, we’re aware the mining in the mica industry has raised concerns. Roughly 70% of mica produced in India comes from two areas in India, and too often children are employed in the mining.
That’s why we source our mica from a company that has a zero-tolerance policy toward child labor at all of their sites and also requires this commitment from their partners as well.
Yes, mica is an ingredient we use in some of our products, but rest assured we’ve done the work to make sure we’ve aligned ourselves with a partner who’s doing business the way we want to: ethically and responsibly. Ultimately, we all vote with our dollars, and for us, as a company, we want to support businesses who are doing the right thing.”
I hope this article helped you to understand Kari Gran’s cruelty-free and vegan status and by choosing cruelty-free together, we can help end animal testing for cosmetics once and for all!