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Westman Atelier is Cruelty-Free
Westman Atelier 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 Westman Atelier to be Cruelty-Free.
Below is a screenshot of what’s currently stated on Westman Atelier’s website of its official animal testing policy:
In addition, I emailed Westman Atelier to ask for further details about its animal testing policy. The following is a snippet of the response I received from the brand:
“Our products are cruelty free and are not testing on animals nor contain animal ingredients . This information can be found by visiting the following Westman Atelier web link: https://www.westman-atelier.com/pages/faq
We do not allow third party testing of animals nor the use of products, ingredients nor raw materials associated with animal testing.“
What About China’s Animal Testing Laws?
Westman Atelier 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 2021.
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.
Westman Atelier is Not 100% Vegan
‘Vegan’ in cosmetics can refer to an entire brand that is 100% Vegan or a specific product is vegan.
In the case of Westman Atelier, not all of their products are vegan. But they have some products that are suitable for vegans.
How to know which of Westman Atelier’s products are vegan?
All of Westman Atelier’s vegan products are clearly marked on their website. See below for an example.
In addition, below is a screenshot of what’s currently stated on Westman Atelier’s website about its non-vegan products:
Westman Atelier Vegan Product List
As of 2021, I will no longer be regularly updating this list of Westman Atelier vegan products as all of their vegan products are now clearly marked. Check their website for the most up-to-date and accurate information on which products are vegan or not.
The following Westman Atelier products are suitable for vegans and do not contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products.
- Beauty Butter Powder Bronzer
- Eye Pods Eyeshadow
- Face Trace Contour Stick
- Lip Suede
- Lit Up Highlight Stick
- Vital Skin Foundation Stick
- All brushes are made from synthetic fibers and are vegan
Not Vegan- Westman Atelier
- Baby Cheeks Blush Stick (contains beeswax and carmine) – not vegan
- Super Loaded Tinted Highlighter (contains beeswax and carmine) – not vegan
- Eye Love You Mascara (contains beeswax) – not vegan
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 Westman Atelier’s products made?
“Our makeup products are all made in Italy and our brushes are made in Japan.”
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 Westman Atelier if their mica is ethically sourced without the use of child labor and they responded by stating,
“Our list of manufacturers and labs that provide all micas and other pigments for our products consist of suppliers with enforced child labor control policies in place.”
I hope this article helped you to understand Westman Atelier’s cruelty-free and vegan status and by choosing cruelty-free together, we can help end animal testing for cosmetics once and for all!