Does bareMinerals test on animals or sell in China?
bareMinerals is recognized worldwide for its mineral makeup. But is bareMinerals cruelty-free or do they test on animals?
For a company to be considered cruelty-free they have to meet all of the following criteria:
- Do not test any of their products or ingredients on animals
- Don’t allow others to test on their behalf
- Do not sell in a country where animal testing is required.
After doing a bit of research, I found that bareMinerals does meet the above cruelty-free requirements and is considered to be a cruelty-free makeup brand.
Let’s look into what all of that really means and what you can do about it.
Is bareMinerals Certified Cruelty-Free?
When researching a brand’s cruelty-free status my first stop is the certified cruelty-free list. There are three organizations that give official certifications to brands around the world: Leaping Bunny, Peta, and Choose Cruelty-Free.
bareMinerals is certified cruelty-free by Peta.
It’s wonderful that they are Peta certified. But, Peta does not do a thorough vetting process like Leaping Bunny. So I don’t fully trust their certifications and will conduct further research into bareMinerals status.
Does bareMinerals Test on Animals?
The next step in my research is going directly to the company’s animal testing policy to see where they stand. bareMinerals’ policy can be found in the ‘FAQ’ section of their website. Here is what it states:
“Please feel at ease when using bareMinerals products as we do not test on animals. We also do not work with any manufacturers that do animal testing.
bareMinerals natural haired brushes are made of Goat and Pony. Please note that no animals are harmed in the process of making our brushes. For our customers who chose not to use animal haired brushes we do offer a variety of high end synthetic brushes.”
I reached out to bareMinerals to get clarification on their statement. I asked them the following questions:
- Do you test on animals at any point during the production of your products?
- Are your ingredients tested on animals by your suppliers?
- Does any third-party test on animals on your behalf?
- Do you test on animals when required by law?
They answered no to all four questions. So, I’m happy to confirm that bareMinerals is a cruelty-free brand.
Is bareMinerals Sold in China?
No, bareMinerals is not sold in China, a country that requires imported cosmetics to be tested on animals.
Is bareMinerals Owned By a Parent Company?
Yes, bareMinerals is owned by Shiseido, a company that tests on animals. You can view a full list of brands that they own to see which other companies you should avoid.
Is bareMinerals Vegan?
bareMinerals is not a 100% vegan makeup brand but they do carry some vegan products. Here is a list of a few of them. You can check out their full vegan catalog on their website.
- Original Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15 (35 shades)
- Gen Nude Patent Lip Lacquer ( 20 shades)
- BarePro Performance Wear Powder Foundation (35 shades)
- BarePro Performance Wear Liquid Foundation SPF 20 (35 shades)
- BarePro Longwear Lipstick (20 shades)
Wrap Up: Is bareMinerals Cruelty-Free?
Yes, bareMinerals is a cruelty-free makeup brand. They have verified that they do not test their products or ingredients on animals, do not allow others to test on their behalf, and do not sell in a country that requires testing.
Now I’d like to hear from you…What are your thoughts about bareMinerals? Please leave your comments below!