Lime Crime is a popular, albeit controversial, makeup brand known for their vibrant and colorful cosmetics, but is Lime Crime cruelty-free and vegan?
Is Lime Crime Cruelty-Free?
Lime Crime is Cruelty-free! None of Lime Crime’s ingredients, formulations, or finished products are tested on animals, anywhere in the world.
Lime Crime is also certified cruelty-free by Leaping Bunny.
Lime Crime Animal Testing Policy
Lime Crime has confirmed they do not test their products or ingredients on animals, they do not allow others to test on their behalf, their suppliers also do not test on animals, they do not allow their products to be tested on animals when required by law, and their products are not sold in stores in mainland China or any other country that may require animal testing.
In addition, Lime Crime is Leaping Bunny approved.
Below is what’s currently stated on Lime Crime’s website:
Is Lime Crime Sold in China?
Since all imported cosmetics sold in stores in mainland China are required by law to be tested on animals, are Lime Crime products sold in China?
Lime Crime products are not sold in stores in mainland China, Lime Crime only sells their products through cross border e-commerce sites in China which do not require animal testing.
“We’ve recently extended our brand cosmetics across the globe to China, where more beauty fanatics can revel in colorful, unique looks! Our products are sold in China through cross-border e-commerce (CBEC), a policy that keeps our current U.S. manufacturing and production standards in place. Since our products are imported through CBEC, our items are exempt from China’s required market testing. AKA we still do NOT test on animals and our product ingredients are still vegan and cruelty-free.“
Read Also: Understanding China’s Animal Testing Laws
Below is a list of Lime Crime’s online retailers in China:
As long as Lime Crime is not selling their products in a physical retail store in mainland China (not including Hong Kong), then they are not required to test on animals.
Lime Crime is included on our List of Cruelty-Free Brands.
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Is Lime Crime Vegan?
Lime Crime is an entirely 100% vegan brand, all of Lime Crime products are vegan and do not contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products.
Lime Crime’s vegan statement:
“Vegan makeup refers to makeup products that do not include animal ingredients or byproducts such as beeswax, lanolin, whey, or carmine. At Lime Crime, we value animal safety and wellbeing, and our products and ingredients are always vegan.”
Is Lime Crime Ethical?
Based in: US
Products made in: Lime Crime states they “design, manufacture and assemble our quality products right here in Los Angeles”
Lime Crime has had a string of controversy since its launch from repackaging suspiciously identical wholesale products as their own, suing influencers and bloggers for ‘exposing’ the brand, unapologetically creating a ‘China Doll’ palette featuring a white model wearing Japanese garments, and a problematic security breach where hackers obtained their customers’ credit card information.
The brand definitely has a shady past but many cruelty-free consumers have been willing to forgive and forget the company and founder’s previous wrongdoings and continue to support the cruelty-free brand.
But in terms of Lime Crime’s sustainability and environmental intiatives, I wasn’t able to find any public information.
Sustainability & Environmental Initiatives: N/A
Eco-Friendly Packaging Initiatives: N/A
Giving Back Initiatives: Lime Crime claims they have “donated over $16,000 to numerous registered charities, including charities benefitting women, children and animals.”
Ingredients and Formulations Claims: The only product claims Lime Crime makes is that their products are both cruelty-free and vegan.
I hope this article helped you to understand Lime Crime’s cruelty-free & vegan status and as a result, we can help end animal testing for cosmetics once and for all!
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