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Supergoop is Cruelty-Free
Supergoop 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 Supergoop to be Cruelty-Free.
Below is a screenshot of what’s currently stated on Supergoop’s website:
What About China’s Animal Testing Laws?
In 2021, Supergoop opened up a pop-up shop in China where customers can sample and test out their products but customers are not allowed to purchase items in-stores. Instead, customers were told they can only buy Supergoop products online where purchased items are shipped directly to the customers’ homes. This way, Supergoop products were not subject to China’s animal testing requirements where cosmetics sold in stores in mainland China must be tested on animals.
In addition, Supergoop remains to be Leaping Bunny certified cruelty-free. As long as Supergoop remains certified by Leaping Bunny, I feel confident and comfortable that they can remain to be cruelty-free while having testers of their products in China. This ensures a qualified third party is looking into and substantiating Supergoop’s cruelty-free commitments while they’re operating these pop-up shops.
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.
Supergoop 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 Supergoop, not all of their products are vegan. But they have some products that are suitable for vegans.
How to know which of Supergoop’s products are vegan?
All of Supergoop’s vegan products are clearly marked on their website.
NOT VEGAN – Supergoop
The following Supergoop products are NOT suitable for vegans and contain animal-derived ingredients or by-products.
- 100% Mineral Sunscreen Stick (Beeswax) – not vegan
- Sunnyscreen 100% Mineral Stick (Beeswax) – not 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 Supergoop’s products made?
When I asked Supergoop where their products are manufactured, they told me:
“All of our products are manufactured in the USA. ☀️”
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 Supergoop if their mica is ethically sourced without the use of child labor and they responded by stating,
“Our mica is ethically sourced from the US, Brazil and India. We’ve confirmed with the supplier that they don’t use child labor. The supplier is also supporting health care and educational projects in the Indian mining villages to improve the living conditions for the families that live there.”
I hope this article helped you to understand Supergoop’s cruelty-free and vegan status and by choosing cruelty-free together, we can help end animal testing for cosmetics once and for all!