If you love The Body Shop products and living a cruelty free life you are in luck!
Using and supporting The Body Shop beauty brand is aligned with an ethical lifestyle.
We’ll show you why we consider The Body Shop cruelty free, and also point out any 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.
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Is The Body Shop Cruelty Free?
Natura & Co. owns The Body Shop and is a corporation that does not test on animals.
Body Shop Cruelty Free Face Creams
Does The Body Shop Test on Animals?
No, The Body Shop does not test on animals and is very clear about it in their testing policy.
…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.
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The Body Shop Animal Testing Policy
Here is the full Body Shop Animal Testing policy from their website:
More on this in a bit… first we need to talk about testing in China.
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Does The Body Shop Sell in China?
No, The Body Shop currently does not sell in Mainland China.
If The Body Shop 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.
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Does The Body Shop Certify as Cruelty Free?
Yes! The Body Shop is certified with PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) as cruelty free.
PETA certification requires a brand to provide a Statement of Assurance attesting that it “does not and shall not conduct, commission, or pay for animal testing of any cosmetics and/or household products, nor will it conduct, commission, or pay for animal testing of ingredients used in, or formulations of, such products…. including, without limitation, formulations and ingredients of such products”
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Does The Body Shop Certify with Leaping Bunny?
Yes! The Body Shop 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 The Body Shop’s Ingredient Suppliers Test on Animals?
So… the next step in our investigation dives into Smashbox’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 Smashbox ingredients…
Does the The Body Shop animal testing policy prohibit the testing of ingredients and raw materials on animals?
Here is what we found on supplier testing
The Body Shop’s animal testing policy prohibits the testing of ingredients and raw materials on animals
“Yes! We live for lipstick and are serious about primers—but we also really care about animals. That’s why we are a cruelty free makeup brand. We test our products on human volunteers, not animals.”
What disclosure is missing
The Body Shop clearly discloses that their ingredients or raw materials are not tested by any 3rd parties or suppliers.
Further, they have certified with PETA and Leaping Bunny as cruelty-free and this certification requires that no ingredients are tested on animals.
The Body Shop is one of several cruelty free brands now choosing to take an ethical stand and not test on animals anywhere in their supply chain.
The Body Shop is a brand that has committed 100% to no animal testing across their supply chain.
Is The Body Shop Vegan Friendly?
The Body Shop has confirmed that they allow the use of 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.
The Body Shop is not vegan. They are not certified as vegan with either Leaping Bunny or Peta, and many of their products contain animal-derived ingredients such as beeswax and honey as these are often less expensive to source as cosmetic ingredients.
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.
The Body Shop provides a full list of their vegan products on their website.
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 The Body Shop?
The Body Shop is a global beauty brand owned by Estée Lauder who is a large skin care corporation. Natura&Co. is cruelty-free.
Natura&Co. is a Brazil-based global personal care and beauty corporation who also owns Avon and Aesop.
owns more than 25 other popular cosmetic brands such as Too Faced Cosmetics, Origins, GlamGlow, Bobbie Brown and MAC.
Natura&Co does not test on animals.
Their Product Values Report states “our brands are sold in countries where animal testing is required by law”.
More The Body Shop Cruelty-Free FAQS
Is The Body Shop Cruelty Free in the US?
Yes, The Body Shop is Cruelty Free in the US.
Is The Body Shop on Peta’s Cruelty Free List?
Yes, The Body Shop has certified with Peta as cruelty-free.
Is The Body Shop on Leaping Bunny Approved Cruelty-Free List?
Yes, The Body Shop has certified with Leaping Bunny as cruelty-free.
Is The Body Shop Animal Friendly?
No, Currently The Body Shop is not animal friendly as it uses animal-derived ingredients such as beeswax, honey, lanolin and possibly resin from the lac bug in its formulations.
Is The Body Shop Cruelty-Free and Vegan?
No, The Body Shop is cruelty-free, but not entirely vegan though they are working towards this goal.
The Body Cosmetics Cruelty-Free Summary
Here is a summary of The Body Shop’s cruelty-free assessment. The Body Shop 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|
|Are all parent company brands cruelty-free?||Yes|
Why We Consider The Body Shop 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 The Body Shop cruelty free? We consider The Body Shop 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
The Body Shop Cruelty-Free and Vegan Alternatives
If your looking to switch to more ethical brands, here are some cruelty-free and vegan options to consider:
Certified Cruelty Free
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Easily find brands that certify they don’t use animal-derived ingredients on the list of vegan makeup and skin care brands.
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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, The Body Shop does not meet our Beauty + Kind highest standards due to the 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.