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Omorovicza is Cruelty-Free
Omorovicza 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 Omorovicza to be Cruelty-Free.
Below is a snippet of the response I received from Omorovicza clarifying their animal testing policy:
“We and our suppliers do not use animal testing at any stage of the manufacturing process, as it is not permitted for products registered in the EU (which ours are).
Please note that Omorovicza Cosmetics Ltd. is responsible for the entire manufacturing process from the ingredient supply to packaging. Ingredients, raw materials of our products are not tested on animals either.
We have always been against animal testing.”
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 Omorovicza has confirmed they are no longer selling their products in retail stores in mainland China; therefore, they are not required to test on animals.
“as from Chinese New Year 2017 Omorovicza products are no longer available in mainland China. We will not apply for the registration of further Omorovicza formulas and we will not ship products to mainland China. We will not sell any more products to domestic clients, nor seek re-registration.
We will continue to sell products to Chinese markets online, provided such sales take place in Hong Kong and products are not subject to registration – hence no animal testing is required.”
Omorovicza explains that their products are only sold online or in Hong Kong. Since Hong Kong is not part of mainland China, they do not have the same animal testing laws as China. As a result, Omorovicza can sell in Hong Kong and remain to be cruelty-free.
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.
Omorovicza 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 Omorovicza, not all of their products are vegan. But they have some products that are suitable for vegans.
How to know which of Omorovicza products are vegan?
All of Omorovicza’s vegan products are clearly marked on their website.
Omorovicza Vegan Product List
The following Omorovicza products are suitable for vegans and do not contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products.
- Magic Moisture Mist
- Queen of Hungary Mist
- Queen of Hungary Mist Limited Edition – Blue
- Queen of Hungary Mist Limited Edition – Lime
- Queen of Hungary Mist Limited Edition – Teal
- Acid Fix
- Blue Diamond Concentrate
- Gold Flash Firming Serum
- Gold Night Drops
- Instant Perfection Serum
- Miracle Facial Oil
- Rose Lifting Serum
- Oxygen Booster
- Deep Cleansing Mask
- Instant Plumping Mask
- Midnight Radiance Mask
- Refining Facial Polisher
- Silver Skin Saviour
- Ultramoor Mud Mask
Conceal & Correct (Makeup)
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.
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 publicly addresses its mica mining policy, we have no way of knowing whether its mica is ethically sourced without child or forced labor.
So I asked Omorovicza if their mica is ethically sourced without the use of child labor, but they never responded to any of my emails or messages.