This post may contain affiliate links that at no additional cost to you, I may earn a small commission.
Laura Geller is Cruelty-Free
Laura Geller 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 Laura Geller to be Cruelty-Free.
Below is a screenshot of what’s currently stated on Laura Geller’s website about its animal testing policy:
In addition, the following is a snippet of the email response I received from Laura Geller when verifying their animal testing policy:
“Thank you for your inquiry. Laura Geller Beauty products are cruelty free and not tested on animals. Some of our products may contain animal by-products. The ingredients in our products are not tested on animals by our suppliers. We are committed to delivering the most beautiful products, from the inside out!
Laura Geller Does not have third parties that test on animals.
Please see the links provided below for more information regarding Laura Geller and Animal Testing.
What About China’s Animal Testing Laws?
Laura Geller has confirmed they do not sell their products in retail stores in mainland China; therefore, they are not required to test on animals.
“Laura Geller does not distribute in Mainland China where it is required by law to test on animals“
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.
Laura Geller 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 Laura Geller, not all of their products are vegan. But they have some products that are suitable for vegans.
How to know which of Laura Geller products are vegan?
All of Laura Geller’s vegan products are clearly marked on their website.
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 Laura Geller’s products made?
I asked Laura Geller where their products are manufactured and they told me:
“We choose our factories and production facilities based on the best possible output for the customer. We make our products in Italy, Germany, all over the world, including China. The products are all of the highest quality and are regulated under the highest US law as that is where they are sold and distributed. You should have no concern about using any of our items – our eyeliners made in Germany, our Baked highlighters or foundation made in Italy or our eye shadow palettes made in China.”
*Note: Cosmetics made in China are not required to be tested on animals. Only cosmetics that are 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 Laura Geller if their mica is ethically sourced without the use of child labor and they responded by stating,
“Thank you for reaching out to customer care! Our products are made with natural mica.”
Laura Geller confirms they use natural mica but 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 Laura Geller’s cruelty-free and vegan status and by choosing cruelty-free together, we can help end animal testing for cosmetics once and for all!