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Last Updated: May 19, 2021

Is Kopari Cruelty-Free and Vegan?

Make a positive impact by supporting companies with the same values and ethics as what matters most to you. To navigate and find ethical brands, here’s a summary of Kopari’s ethics and initiatives.

Ethical Analysis

Is Kopari cruelty-free, vegan, or sustainable? We’ve got the answers here! Read below for more details on Kopari’s policies.
Kopari is cruelty-free. None of Kopari’s ingredients, formulations, or finished products are tested on animals, anywhere in the world.
Not all of Kopari’s products are vegan but they have some vegan options.
Kopari uses organic coconut oil that are sustainably sourced from small family farms in the Philippines. They’re part of a project that provides agricultural training programs to help improve the livelihoods of the farmers. Kopari’s labs are also powered using solar energy. In addition, some of Kopari’s packaging is made with recycled and recyclable materials.
Kopari claims their mica is ethically-sourced without the use of child labor.
Kopari products come in recyclable plastic packaging, some of which are made with post-consumer recycled materials. Check their product descriptions to know which items are made with PCR materials and/or what’s recyclable.

About Kopari

Kopari believes everything you put onto your body matters. Each one of their products is made with luxurious skin-loving ingredients for all of your beauty needs.
COMPANY BASED IN: USA
PRODUCTS MADE IN: USA
PRODUCTS: Skincare, Bath & Body Care
CERTIFICATIONS: Leaping Bunny

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You can find Kopari’s cruelty-free products at Sephora, Ulta, Nordstrom, and on Amazon.

Kopari is Cruelty-Free

Kopari 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 Kopari to be Cruelty-Free.

Below is a screenshot of Kopari’s official animal testing statement:

What About China’s Animal Testing Laws?

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 2021.

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

“We also do not sell our products in mainland China or any other countries that require animal testing by law.”

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.

Kopari 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 Kopari, not all of their products are vegan. But they have some products that are suitable for vegans.

How to know which of Kopari products are vegan?

Kopari clearly marks all of its vegan products on its website. They also told me all of their products are vegan except for three which contain beeswax (see response below).

Thanks for reaching out! All our products are vegan except our Coconut Balm, Coconut Face Cream, and Coconut Crush Scrub! These products are formulated with beeswax, but they are still cruelty-free.

Vegan Policies

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.

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 a company publicly addresses its mica mining policy, we have no way of knowing whether its mica is ethically sourced without child or forced labor.

So I asked Kopari if their mica is ethically sourced without the use of child labor and they responded by stating,

“I want to share that we ethically source mica from India, where it is mined and processed in the states of Jharkhand and Bihar.

Please note that in order to fight child labor in mica mining in India, our supplier has established direct business relationships with mica processing companies, and introduced control mechanisms that provide a comprehensive overview of the entire supply chain to safeguard the implementation of social standards.”


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