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Not Your Mother’s is Cruelty-Free
Not Your Mother’s 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 Not Your Mother’s to be Cruelty-Free.
Below is a screenshot of Not Your Mother’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 Not Your Mother’s has confirmed they do not sell their products in retail stores in mainland China; therefore, they are not required to test on animals.
“mainland China as we know, is the only large country that requires animal testing in order to sell within their borders which is why you will never find Not Your Mother’s in China.”
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.
Not Your Mother’s 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 Not Your Mother’s, not all of their products are vegan. But they have some products that are suitable for vegans.
How to know which of Not Your Mother’s products are vegan?
Unfortunately, Not Your Mother’s doesn’t mark or label their vegan products but they claim “there are no animal ingredients or animal byproducts in NYM products except..”
Below is what’s currently stated on Not Your Mother’s official website about its use of keratin protein extracts:
Which of Not Your Mother’s Products is NOT Vegan?
Additionally, in an email response, Not Your Mother’s told me “Our products are plant-based materials, and do not contain any animal products or byproducts (besides our Royal Honey & Kalahari Melon Line due to the Honey).”
Although Not Your Mother’s claims almost all of their products do not contain animal ingredients or animal byproducts with a few exceptions, and they provided a list of their non-vegan products. But it’s come to my attention that other NYM products, that weren’t included on their list, aren’t vegan and in fact, contain keratin and/or silk.
So, this list of Not Your Mother’s non-vegan products is not a complete list. Make sure to check the ingredients before buying and look for keratin, silk, or honey.
Below is a (working) list of Not Your Mother’s products that are NOT vegan:
- All Eyes On Me 10-in-1 Hair Perfector (contains keratin and silk) – not vegan
- Double Take Dry Finish Texture Spray (contains keratin) – not vegan
- Knotty to Nice Conditioning Detangler (contains keratin) – not vegan
- Smooth Moves Frizz Control Hair Cream (contains silk) – not vegan
- Way to Grow Leave-In Conditioner (contains keratin) – not vegan
- Royal Honey & Kalahari Desert Melon Repair & Protect Shampoo (contains honey) – not vegan
- Royal Honey & Kalahari Desert Melon Repair & Protect Leave-In Conditioner (contains honey) – not vegan
- Royal Honey & Kalahari Desert Melon Repair & Protect Butter Masque (contains honey) – not vegan
- Royal Honey & Kalahari Desert Melon Repair & Protect Conditioner (contains honey) – not vegan
For reference, here is a picture of their Royal Honey & Kalahari Melon Line that are not suitable for vegans:
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.