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786 Cosmetics is Cruelty-Free
786 Cosmetics 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 786 Cosmetics to be Cruelty-Free.
What About China’s Animal Testing Laws?
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.
But 786 Cosmetics has confirmed they do not sell their products in retail stores in mainland China; therefore, they are not required to test on animals.
“No, our products are not for sale in China. We ship out from our location in Chicago, IL, USA and our products are made in Florida, USA. We do not have plans to sell within China in the future.“
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.
786 Cosmetics is 100% Vegan
786 Cosmetics has confirmed all of its products are vegan and don’t contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products.
“Our halal nail polishes are also certified vegan and cruelty-free by PETA. Our halal nail polishes contain no animal products or byproducts and they are not tested on animals.”
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.
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 786 Cosmetics if their mica is ethically sourced without the use of child labor and they responded by stating,
“Thank you for your message and for contacting 786 Cosmetics! We greatly appreciate your interest in our halal nail polishes and ensuring that they are cruelty-free.
All of our materials are ethically sourced without the use of child labor and all of our ingredients are vegan and cruelty-free. Neither our company, our suppliers, or third parties test our products on animals at any point in the manufacturing process and we receive updated documentation regularly.”
786 Cosmetics claims all of their materials are ethically sourced without the use of child labor but did not specifically address where their mica is sourced from and how they audit or trace to ensure no child labor was involved in mining their mica.
I hope this article helped you to understand 786 Cosmetics’ cruelty-free and vegan status and by choosing cruelty-free together, we can help end animal testing for cosmetics once and for all!