If you love Glossier products and living a cruelty free life you are in luck!
Using and supporting Glossier makeup and skin care is aligned with an ethical lifestyle.
We’ll show you why we consider Glossier Cruelty Free, and also point out some small concerns in their animal testing policy you’ll need to monitor overtime if you want to only use cruelty free makeup brands.
… so let’s dive in.
is Glossier cruelty free?
Several private equity firms along with founder Emily Weiss own Glossier. At this time they are not owned by a parent cosmetics company.
Does Glossier test on animals?
No, GlossierCosmetics does not test on animals and is very clear about it in their testing policy.
…But will this change if they are purchased by a parent company who tests on animals? With venture capital backing there is only 2 outcomes in the future – a sale to another cosmetics giant or an initial public offering on the stock exchange. The likely outcome will be a sale to giants like Estee Lauder or L’Oreál.
…Will they continue to resist the urge to enter the huge China market… or avoid it to remain cruelty-free?
…this part gets interesting… but before we dive into this issue – let’s explore their actual testing policy.
Glossier animal testing policy
More on this in a bit… first we need to talk about testing in China.
Does Glossier sell in China?
No, Glossier Cosmetics currently does not sell in Mainland China.
If Glossier chose to sell in Mainland China they would be required to have their products tested on animals to meet China’s product safety laws.
Let’s hope they remain committed to their cruelty-free commitment and resist the urge to sell in China.
Does Glossier Cosmetics Certify as Cruelty Free?
Yes! Glossier is certified with Leaping Bunny as cruelty free.
Leaping Bunny certification requires a brand to provide a Statement of Assurance attesting that:
- “The Company does not and shall not conduct, Commission, or be a party to Animal Testing of any Cosmetic and/or Household Products including, without limitation, formulations and Ingredients of such products.
- The Company does not and shall not purchase any Ingredient, formulation, or product from any Third Party Manufacturer or Supplier that conducted, Commissioned, or had been party to Animal Testing on said Ingredient, formulation, or product after the Company’s Fixed Cut-off Date. If a formulation, Ingredient, or product is found not to comply with the Standard, the Company will replace it with an alternative that complies with the Standard’s criteria or remove it from the product range.
- The Company must implement a Supplier Monitoring System.
- The Company shall not allow Animal Testing to be performed by or for submission to regulatory agencies in foreign countries.”
Do Glossier’s Ingredient Suppliers Test on Animals?
So… the next step in our investigation dives into Glossier’s ingredient testing policies.
BTW… in case you didn’t know… most animal testing occurs at the ingredient level, and not the product level.
What we really want to know is if any animal testing happens on Glossier ingredients…
Does the Glossier animal testing policy prohibit the testing of ingredients and raw materials on animals?
Here is what we found on supplier testing
What we discovered is Glossier is transparent on the issue of ingredient testing, and will only work with suppliers that also do not test on animals:
“We’re committed to being cruelty free: this means we do not test on animals at any stage of product development, and we will only work with vendors who uphold the same standards. We are proud to share that our products are certified cruelty-free by Leaping Bunny, the only internationally recognized certification organization for cruelty-free companies. Being Leaping Bunny certified also means we’ll have regular independent audits to ensure we’re compliant.”
What disclosure is missing?
Nothing! Glossier has excellent disclosure on their animal testing policies and is one of several cruelty free brands now choosing to take an ethical stand and not test on animals anywhere in their supply chain.
Glossier is a brand that has committed 100% to no animal testing across their supply chain.
Is Glossier Vegan Friendly?
No, Glossier does use animal-derived ingredients in their formulations. Most brands are not vegan because it’s much more expensive to source and manage vegan raw materials through supply chains.
Glossier is not vegan. However they do provide some vegan options and provide clear labelling of vegan products on their website.
Common animal-derived ingredients
Ingredients that are often sourced from animals include:
- Hyaluronic Acid – often found in serums and moisturizers
- Retinol – found in some night creams
- Carmine – often found in blush and lipstick
- Stearic Acid – found in skin creams
- Glycerin – a humectant found in many moisturizers
- Lanolin – in some moisturizers
- Lactic Acid – found in some Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs)
- Beeswax – often found in lipstick and lip balms
- Animal hair – used in makeup brushes
- Guanine – can be used in nail polish and eye shadow
- Keratin – in hair and nail products
- Squalene – in moisturizers, eye creams and facial oils
The bottom line with vegan cosmetics is it’s really difficult to tell from the ingredient list if the source is animal or synthetic versions. As shoppers we can only rely on vegan labelling, certification and other disclosures offered by the brand.
Thankfully Glossier provides clear direction on what products are vegan.
Our Vegan Cosmetics Shopping Advice
If a product is not advertised and labelled as 100% vegan you should assume it contains animal-derived ingredients.
For ethical reasons many people only use vegan products from a brand that is 100% vegan and free of animal ingredients.
Who owns Glossier Cosmetics?
Glossier is a large cosmetics brand founded by Emily Weiss and backed by over a $100 million in venture capital to fuel its expansion.
More Glossier Cosmetics Cruelty-Free FAQS
Is Glossier on Peta’s Cruelty Free List?
No, Glossier has not certified with Peta as cruelty-free.
Is Glossier on Leaping Bunny Approved cruelty-free list?
Yes, Glossier has certified with Leaping Bunny as cruelty-free, but not vegan.
Is Glossier 100% Animal Friendly?
No, Glossier Cosmetics is not animal friendly as it uses animal-derived ingredients in many of its formulations.
Is Glossier Cruelty-Free and Vegan?
No, Glossier is cruelty-free, but not vegan and uses animal-derived ingredients in many of its products.
Glossier Cosmetics Cruelty-Free Summary
Here is a summary of Glossier’s cruelty-free assessment. Glossier is a cruelty-free brand at this time.
|Tests finished products on animals?||No|
|Tests ingredients on animals?||No|
|Suppliers test on animals?||No|
|Leaping Bunny Certified?||Yes|
|Uses animal-derived ingredients?||Yes|
|Sold in Mainland China?||No|
|Parent company?||Private with Venture Capital Backing|
|Are all parent company brands cruelty-free?||No parent brand owner|
Why we consider Glossier a cruelty-free brand
To start with, there is no legal definition for the claims of “cruelty-free” or “not tested on animals” that are used by cosmetic brands.
The most common definition for “cruelty-free” is that a product or its ingredients were not tested on animals.
Where this gets murky is when brands only talk about their direct testing activities, and omit facts about 3rd party animal testing that may take place on their products or ingredients.
Is Glossier cruelty free? We consider Glossier to be a cruelty-free brand because they do not allow their products or ingredients to be tested on animals.
Our Cruelty-Free Standard
At Beauty + Kind our standard for “cruelty-free” and “not tested on animals” is very simple. We require brand disclosure that no animal testing has occurred during any part of bringing their product to market by any party. This includes testing on raw materials, ingredients, finished products or selling in countries where animal testing is required by law.Beauty + Kind
Glossier Cruelty-Free and vegan Alternatives
If your looking to try other ethical brands, here are some cruelty-free and vegan options to consider:
Certified Cruelty Free
Take the guess work out of it and browse the ultimate list of cruelty free makeup and skin care brands.
Easily find brands that certify they don’t use animal-derived ingredients on the list of vegan makeup and skin care brands.
Learn more about brands using natural formulations on the ultimate list of natural makeup and skin care brands.
Discover brands focused on botanicals and organics on the ultimate list of organic makeup and skin care brands.
DIY Clean Beauty
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Should You switch to kinder beauty brands?
Our philosophy and Beauty + Kind is that TRUE CRUELTY-FREE BEAUTY means that no harm to animals has happened during the entire manufacturing and testing process. This includes the source and harvest of ingredients, ingredient testing, and testing of the final product.
Unfortunately Glossier Cosmetics does not meet our Beauty + Kind highest standards due to their use of animal-derived ingredients (which involve animal suffering).
How to make the Switch to Animal-Friendly Brands
Making the switch is easier than you think once you have the right information. If you want to switch to more ethical and animal-friendly beauty brands check out the ultimate list of vegan and cruelty-free brands.