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trèStiQue is Cruelty-Free
trestique 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 trèStiQue to be Cruelty-Free.
Below is a screenshot of what’s currently stated on trèStiQue’s website about its animal testing policy:
What About China’s Animal Testing Laws?
trèStiQue has confirmed they do not sell their products in retail stores in mainland China; therefore, they are not required to test on animals.
“At this time we do not sell our products in main land China.“
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 2022.
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.
trèStiQue is 100% Vegan
trèStiQue has confirmed all of its products are vegan and don’t contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products.
The following is a screenshot of what’s currently stated on trèStiQue’s website about its vegan claims:
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 trèStiQue’s products made?
I asked trèStiQue where their products are manufactured and they told me:
“Our product formulas are produced in Italy and packaged in China.”
*Note: Cosmetics made in China are not required to be tested on animals. Only cosmetics that are imported and sold in physical stores in mainland China are required to be tested on animals according to China’s animal testing laws.
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 trèStiQue if their mica is ethically sourced without the use of child labor and they responded by stating,
“Yes, the Mica used to make our cruelty-free products are ethically-sourced without the use of child labour and we do source ingredients responsibly.”
I hope this article helped you to understand trèStiQue’s cruelty-free and vegan status and by choosing cruelty-free together, we can help end animal testing for cosmetics once and for all!