Last Updated: June 4, 2021

Is theBalm Cruelty-Free and Vegan?

Make a positive impact by supporting companies with the same values and ethics as what matters most to you. To navigate and find ethical brands, here’s a summary of theBalm’s ethics and initiatives.

Ethical Analysis

Is theBalm cruelty-free, vegan, or sustainable? We’ve got the answers here! Read below for more details on theBalm’s policies.
theBalm is cruelty-free. None of theBalm’s ingredients, formulations, or finished products are tested on animals anywhere in the world.
Not all of theBalm’s products are vegan, but they have some vegan options.
theBalm claims their mica is ethically sourced without child labor.
PRODUCTS MADE IN: Won’t disclose
PRODUCTS: Makeup, Lashes


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Is theBalm cruelty-free and vegan?

theBalm Cosmetics offers a range of makeup products with sassy but classy packaging and cheeky product names but is theBalm cruelty-free, vegan, or sustainable? I’ve got the answers here!

Is theBalm Cruelty-Free?

theBalm is Cruelty-free! None of theBalm’s ingredients, formulations, or finished products are tested on animals, anywhere in the world.

theBalm’s Animal Testing Policy

theBalm 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.

Is theBalm Sold in China?

Most imported cosmetics sold in mainland China are required by law to be tested on animals in 2021. However, theBalm has confirmed they do not sell their products in retail stores in mainland China and therefore they are not required to test on animals.

theBalm has met all of the criteria in our Cruelty-Free Checklist and is included on our List of Cruelty-Free Brands.

You can find theBalm products on Amazon and at Shoppers Drug Mart.

Is theBalm Vegan?

Not all of theBalm’s products are vegan as some of their products contain beeswax and carmine or other animal-derived ingredients or by-products. However, theBalm does have some vegan options.

Please reference below for a list of theBalm vegan products.

Which of theBalm Products is Vegan?

Below is a list of theBalm products that are suitable for vegans and do not contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products.

Face – theBalm Vegan

Eyes – theBalm Vegan

Lips – theBalm Vegan

Is theBalm Sustainable?

theBalm’s headquarters is based in: USA

theBalm’s products are manufactured in: theBalm won’t disclose where their products are made stating, “We are lucky enough to have partners all over the world who can meet our standards”.

Is theBalm’s Mica Ethically-Sourced? theBalm claims their mica is ethically-sourced without the use of child labor.

“Our lab’s vendors undergo routine audits to ensure that their mica is ethically sourced, and that child labor is not used in any stage of the process. It is sourced from different locations but regardless of origin, the raw vendors have strict guidelines they must adhere to.”

I hope this article helped you to understand theBalm’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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  1. This is a great post! Some of my favorites from theBalm are the Mary-Lou Manizer and Put a Lid On It, and I actually just did a review of the INSTAIN Blushes over on my blog. Thanks for doing this research!

    1. No, unfortunately Cindy-Lou Manizer and the Betty-Lou Manizer both include an ingredient called Carmine which is derived from crushed insects (More on carmine here:

      and therefore both products from theBalm are NOT vegan.

      Hope that helps, Kim =)

    1. I believe so! This vegan list was provided by theBalm and I just checked out the ingredients for Read My Lips and carmine (the red pigment from crushed insects) wasn’t listed, and it wasn’t listed in the “may contain” section too.

      If you want to make sure, feel free to email them asking if a particular color is vegan.. they are usually very good with responding back! =)

  2. Just found this via google and am so, so glad! I have been using the tinted moisturiser for like 2 years now and I am so glad to hear it’s vegan. Been slowly switching out my old products to more natural ones but it’s nice to know that my current stuff is vegan in the mean time. (I’m the slowest vegan transition-er ever. I haven’t ate an animal product in years but my stuff? still transitioning ever so slowly.)

    1. Glad you found this helpful! I’m still waiting to hear back from theBalm for an updated list of their vegan products as I like to keep all of these lists up-to-date as possible! But whenever you’re in doubt about whether something is vegan… you can definitely email the company and ask! =) it can be a little time consuming but totally worth it in the end to know that the products you choose to buy don’t hurt animals =)

      Keep going girl! I was just like you.. where it was super easy for me to cut out animal products in my diet but switching all my beauty products out to cruelty-free/vegan alternatives took months.. even years! It’s definitely not a race.. just gotta do it at your own pace (ha! that rhymes!)

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