TONYMOLY is a Korean skincare brand known for its adorable packaging and best-selling sheet masks but is TONYMOLY cruelty-free & vegan in 2020?
Is TONYMOLY Cruelty-Free?
TONYMOLY is Cruelty-free! None of TONYMOLY’s ingredients, formulations, or finished products are tested on animals, anywhere in the world.
TONYMOLY has confirmed they do not test their products or ingredients on animals, they do not allow others to test on their behalf, their suppliers also do not test on animals, they do not allow their products to be tested on animals when required by law, and their products are not sold in stores in mainland China or any other country that may require animal testing.
Below is what’s currently stated on TONYMOLY’s website:
Is TONYMOLY Sold in China?
All imported cosmetics sold in mainland China are required by law to be tested on animals. However, TONYMOLY has confirmed they no longer sell their products in retail stores in mainland China and therefore they are not required to test on animals.
Below is a snippet of the response I recently received from TONYMOLY:
“To be fully transparent, China does require all imported cosmetics to be tested on animals and you are right that our products in China did not get exempted from that requirement.
However, we acknowledge it is a serious issue and we’re happy to let you know that as of last year, we have stopped importing our products into China’s market which led to the end of Tony Moly products being tested on animals 🙂“
Recently, an increasing number of “cruelty-free” brands have decided to enter the Chinese market and are no longer considered cruelty-free (for example, Wet N Wild, First Aid Beauty, Physicians Formula, ELEMIS).
So it’s great to see TONYMOLY taking a giant step in the right direction and choosing to stop selling in China to help end animal testing for cosmetics!
Is TONYMOLY Vegan?
Not all of TONYMOLY’s products are vegan as some of their products contain animal-derived ingredients or by-products. However, TONYMOLY does have some vegan options.
Below is a list of TONYMOLY vegan products.
TONYMOLY claims their products are not officially certified-vegan, however, they do offer some products that don’t contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products.
Note that although TONYMOLY’s products are not officially certified-vegan by a third-party certification, doesn’t mean their products can’t be vegan. I believe TONYMOLY mentions this in their vegan statement to let consumers know their products may be manufactured in a facility that makes other non-vegan products.
By our standards, as long as the products don’t contain animal-based ingredients or by-products, then we would consider them to vegan.
Here is what’s currently stated on TONYMOLY’s website about their vegan product status:
TONYMOLY Vegan Product List
The following TONYMOLY products are suitable for vegans and do not contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products.
You can also find out which of their products are vegan as they’re labeled accordingly on their website under each product description.
- Black Tea London Collection
- Minions Aromatherapy Calming Stick
- Minions Lip & Eye Remover
- Minions Lip Gloss
- Minions Sheet Masks
- Minions Soothing Aloe Cleansing Wipes
- Panda’s Dream Glossy Lip Crayon
- Wonder Ceramide Mocchi Toner
This vegan product list is updated as frequently as possible, please be aware that formulations may have changed since the publication of this post. If you have new information to suggest one of the above products isn’t vegan, please email me at [email protected] to let me know.
Is TONYMOLY Ethical?
Based in: Seoul, South Korea
Products made in: South Korea
Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to find any public information on TONYMOLY’s sustainability, environmental, and social initiatives.
I hope this article helped you to understand TONYMOLY’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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