LA Girl

Last Updated: January 5, 2022

How Ethical Is LA Girl?

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Ethical Analysis

Is LA Girl cruelty-free or vegan? We’ve got the answers here! Read below for more details on LA Girl’s policies.
None of LA Girl’s ingredients, formulations, or finished products are tested on animals, anywhere in the world. But LA Girl sells makeup brushes made with animal hair.
LA Girl claims to have some vegan options, but they also sell animal hair makeup brushes.
It’s not clear where LA Girl’s mica is mined or sourced from and how they trace or audit to ensure no child labor was involved.

About LA Girl

LA GIRL Cosmetics offers professional makeup & beauty products, like eyeshadow, eyeliner, mascara, primer, lipstick, lipgloss, blush, foundation, & many more.
PRODUCTS MADE IN: US, China, Overseas
PRODUCTS: Makeup, Makeup Brushes, Nails

LA Girl

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You can find LA Girl cruelty-free products on Amazon, Ulta, Beauty Bay,, and iHerb.

LA Girl is *Cruelty-Free

LA Girl 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 LA Girl to be *Cruelty-Free.

*Note: LA Girl sells makeup brushes made with “synthetic/natural” fibers and they don’t disclose what type of animal hair is used for their natural bristles.

Below is LA Girl’s cruelty-free statement found on their website:

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 2022.

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

“No, we do not currently sell our products in China.”

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.

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

*Note: LA Girl sells makeup brushes made with “synthetic/natural” fibers and they don’t disclose what type of animal hair is used for their natural bristles.

How to know which of LA Girl products are vegan?

Below is a list of LA Girl vegan products that was provided to me from the company.

Note: I’ve been trying to get an updated list of LA Girl vegan products but I haven’t received a response from the company yet. I’ll update this post when new information becomes available.

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.

Where are LA Girl’s products made?

“In regards to the L.A. Girl products, depending on the series, some are domestically made in the USA and others are made overseas. Although some of our products are produced in China, for your reassurance, most of the raw materials used in our cosmetics come from U.S. and Europe. We only use ingredients that are CTFA and FDA approved which have strict guidelines to ensure the safety of our goods. All our products are tested to insure quality and consistency of formulation. The health and safety of our customers is our highest priority.”

*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 LA Girl if their mica is ethically sourced without the use of child labor and they responded by stating,

“In regard to your inquiry, we use both ethically sourced natural mica and synthetic mica.   The mica used does not contain any animal ingredients.”

LA Girl claims they use ethically sourced natural mica and synthetic mica. But they did not specifically address where their mica is sourced from and how they audit or trace to ensure no child labor was involved in mining their mica.

I hope this article helped you to understand LA Girl’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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  1. If they’re cruelty free and don’t distributed to China, why does it say ‘Made in China’ on their products?

  2. Hi Vicky. Thank you so much for your blog. I have been referring to your blog since the last three years. You have made it so easy for people to choose cruelty free and vegan products. I just wanted to confirm if the LA girl beauty brick is vegan. I have always read carmine as an ingredient in these eyeshadows.

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