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Is Aquis Cruelty-Free?
Aquis has confirmed that they are 100% cruelty-free.
They don’t test their ingredients or final products on animals, and they don’t sell their products where animal testing is required by law.
Aquis is not certified cruelty-free by any third-party organizations.
Is Aquis Vegan?
All of Aquis’ hair towels and turbans are vegan.
They also have a line of hair care products called the Prime System. The products in the Prime System are not vegan since they contain keratin, which is taken from wool.
As of November 2021, it doesn’t look like Aquis sells the Prime System on their website, but I have found some Prime System products for sale on third-party websites.
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Is Aquis Owned By A Parent Company That Tests On Animals?
No, Aquis is not owned by a parent company that tests on animals.
Is Aquis Sold in China?
Aquis does sell their hair turbans and towels in China, but their hair care products are not. Hair turbans and towels are not subject to China’s mandatory animal testing laws.
Animal Testing is required by law in China for all foreign cosmetics companies. All American and European cosmetic brands that are sold in China must undergo animal testing.
Any brand that chooses to sell its products in China cannot be considered cruelty-free.
Even products that can bypass mandatory tests may still be pulled from the shelves by Chinese authorities to be tested on animals.
Aquis creates hair towels and turbans designed to rapidly wick away moisture.
Email to the Company
Before classifying any brand as cruelty-free and vegan, I send them an email with the following questions.
- Are your products vegan? If only some are vegan, which ones?
- Are any of your products or ingredients tested on animals?
- Do you have a Leaping Bunny or PETA certification?
- Do your suppliers or any third parties test animals on your behalf?
- Does your company sell products in mainland China (except for Hong Kong and online sales)?
- Are you owned by a parent company that tests on animals?
This is how Aquis responded to my email:
We can confirm that we are a cruelty-free brand and are Leaping Bunny certified. Our Prime System is not vegan, but this is something we are actively working towards at this time.
The keratin used is taken from wool that has been shaved from the animal, there is no harm to the animal. We are currently working on new formulas for both our PreWash and Leave-in which will be vegan going forward. We are also working on a reformulation of our Rebalancing Hair Wash and hope to do the same further down the road with our Detox Wash with the goal of our full line being vegan.
The Prime System is not sold in mainland China as we are a cruelty-free brand. Our hair towels and turbans are available for purchase in China.
We are not owned by a parent company. And we do not purchase from companies that test ingredients on animals.
We hope this answers all of your questions and we look forward to being vegan in the future.
*This email was sent in June 2020, so some answers have changed.