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Versed is Cruelty-Free
Versed 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 Versed to be Cruelty-Free.
Below is what’s currently stated on Versed’s website about it’s vegan and cruelty-free status:
What About China’s Animal Testing Laws?
Versed has confirmed they do not sell their products in retail stores in mainland China; therefore, they are not required to test on animals.
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, and by any third parties.
Also, note that Cruelty-Free and Vegan don’t always mean the same thing.
Versed is 100% Vegan
Versed has confirmed all of its products are vegan and don’t contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products.
What We Recommend:
We recommend the following Versed vegan skincare products to try out!
- GUARDS UP – Daily Mineral Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 35
- PRESS RESTART – Gentle Retinol Serum
- WEEKEND GLOW – Daily Brightening Solution
- DAY DISSOLVE – Cleansing Balm
- THE SHORTCUT – Overnight Facial Peel
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 Versed’s products made?
When I emailed to ask Versed where their products are made, they told me:
“First off, thank you for your interest in Versed! Secondly, the answer to your question is simple: We go where the best formulas are. We work with a number of labs in Thailand and all over the USA. The reason some of our products are made in Thailand is because that specific lab produced the best formula.
Beyond the quality of the products, rest assured all of our manufacturers are held to high ethical and environmental standards and are committed to a comprehensive set of good manufacturing practices (GMPs). Our GMPs include requirements around product safety, safe and fair labor, and environmental stewardship.”
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 Versed if their mica is ethically sourced without the use of child labor and they responded by stating,
“Thank you so much for reaching out, this is such a great question.
Currently 2 of our products contain mica. The mica from Zero-G is sourced from the US, and the mica from Keep the Peace is sourced from India. Both are sustainably sourced, and never with child labor. Please fee free to read more about the steps taken to ensure this here and information on the coalition that they are a part of here.“
I hope this article helped you to understand Versed’s cruelty-free and vegan status and by choosing cruelty-free together, we can help end animal testing for cosmetics once and for all!