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lilah b. is Cruelty-Free
lilah b. 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 lilah b. to be Cruelty-Free.
What About China’s Animal Testing Laws?
lilah b. 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 into China. At this moment, there are no plans for distribution into 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, and by any third parties.
Also, note that Cruelty-Free and Vegan don’t always mean the same thing.
lilah b. 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 lilah b., not all of their products are vegan. But they have some products that are suitable for vegans.
The following is a snippet of the email response I received from lilah b. when I asked if all of their products are vegan:
“Our line is vegan-friendly, as the majority of our products are vegan.
The products that are not vegan are: Tinted Lip Balm, Lip Balm, Glisten + GlowTM Skin Illuminator in shade, b. enchanting and Virtuous VeilTM Concealer + Eye Primer in shades b. bright, b. radiant & b. polished.“
How to know which of lilah b. products are vegan?
All of lilah b.’s vegan products are clearly marked on their website. See below for an example.
lilah b. Vegan Product List
As of 2021, I will no longer be regularly updating this list of Paul Mitchell vegan products as all of their vegan products are now clearly marked. Check their website for the most up-to-date and accurate information on which products are vegan or not.
The following lilah b. products are vegan and do not contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products.
Face – lilah b. Vegan
- Aglow™ Face Mist
- Bronzed Beauty™ Bronzer Duo
- Flawless Finish Foundation
- Marvelous Matte™ Crème Foundation
Lips- lilah b. Vegan
Eyes – lilah b. Vegan
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 lilah b.’s products made?
lilah b states on their website:
“our products are manufactured in Italy and Japan.”
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 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 lilah b. if their mica is ethically sourced without the use of child labor and they responded by stating,
“We have documentation that the mica in our product formulations is ethically-sourced and without use of child labor.”
I hope this article helped you to understand lilah b.’s cruelty-free and vegan status and by choosing cruelty-free together, we can help end animal testing for cosmetics once and for all!