The Inkey List offers high-quality skincare products at an affordable price but is The Inkey List cruelty-free and vegan? I’ve got the answers here!
Is The Inkey List Cruelty-Free?
The Inkey List is Cruelty-free! None of The Inkey List’s ingredients, formulations, or finished products are tested on animals, anywhere in the world.
The Inkey List Animal Testing Policy
The Inkey List 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.
In an email response, The Inkey List told me:
“We don’t test our products on animals we don’t work with suppliers who do as part of our contracts with them. We won’t enter any market that requires animal testing either by ourselves or a third party on our behalf!”
Below is a screenshot of The Inkey List’s official animal testing statement:
Is The Inkey List Sold in China?
Most imported cosmetics sold in mainland China are required by law to be tested on animals in 2021. However, The Inkey List has confirmed they do not sell their products in retail stores in mainland China and therefore they are not required to test on animals.
Is The Inkey List Vegan?
Not all of The Inkey List’s products are vegan as some of their products contain ingredients derived from eggs or bees. However, The Inkey List does have some products that are labeled as vegan.
You can find out which of their products are vegan as they’re all marked accordingly on their website under each product description. See below for an example.
Browsing through The Inkey List’s website, I noticed in the ASKINKEY section of some of their product descriptions says:
“Is this product vegan?
This product contains no animal derivatives, however we are not yet vegan certified.”
I believe they included the disclaimer they’re not “vegan-certified” because they manufacture their products in a facility that produces non-vegan items where cross-contamination may occur.
Although there is no legal or standard definition for the term “vegan”, I would consider cosmetics that do not contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products to be vegan.
So, I would consider any of The Inkey List products which are free from animal derivatives and by-products to be vegan. But if you’re severely allergic to an animal-based ingredient like beeswax or carmine, you may want to avoid The Inkey List.
Is The Inkey List Sustainable?
The Inkey List headquarters is based in: Nottingham, England
The Inkey List products are manufactured in: the US, Canada and UK
The Inkey List does not claim to be a sustainable company and I couldn’t find any information on their sustainability and social initiatives. The Inkey List claims to use recyclable materials but I’d like to see more being done by The Inkey List.
Sustainability & Environmental Initiatives: N/A
Eco-Friendly Packaging Initiatives: Currently, The Inkey List claims it uses packaging that is 91% recyclable and is committed to being 100% recyclable by the end of 2020. They also state, they’re “working to move our packaging to PCR (post-consumer resin) plastic, which is made using recycled PET, where possible and will update our customers with our progress.”
Giving Back Initiatives: N/A
Ingredients and Formulations Claims: Check their website to learn more about each product’s claims.
Response to Mica Sourcing: When I asked The Inkey List if their mica is ethically sourced without the use of child labour, they responded saying:
“We only work with suppliers that have the best and most ethical standards in sourcing and supply.
We use Mica in the following two products: I-Brighten eye cream and Symbright moisturiser. Our Mica is ethically and sustainably sourced from India and the USA from companies that are members of the Responsible Mica Initiative.”
I hope this article helped you to understand The Inkey List’s cruelty-free and vegan status and by choosing cruelty-free together, we can help end animal testing for cosmetics once and for all!
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