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Is ChapStick Cruelty-Free and Vegan?

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Is ChapStick Cruelty-Free?

ChapStick is NOT cruelty-free.

Is ChapStick Vegan?

ChapStick might have some products without animal-derived ingredients, but we don’t consider any of their products vegan since they test on animals.

Is ChapStick Certified Cruelty-Free?

No, ChapStick is not certified cruelty-free, and PETA lists ChapStick as a company that tests on animals.

Is ChapStick Owned By A Parent Company That Tests On Animals?

Yes, ChapStick is owned by Haleon, which is not a cruelty-free company. You can read more about Haleon’s stance on animal testing here.

CahpStick’s Animal Testing Policy

ChapStick has the following paragraph on its FAQ page:

ChapStick's animal testing policy

“Cruelty-free” has no legal definition. Any brand can claim “cruelty-free” even if they do tests on animals.

Some brands like to say that they are “cruelty-free” because it is a marketing buzzword to sell more products.

The only way to find out is to ask the company. One important question to ask is if their products are sold in China.

Animal Testing in China

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.

This does NOT include products that are made in China, only if they are sold in China. 

The only way to know if a brand sells products in China is to ask them directly. Make sure to note that Hong Kong is not included in this policy, and neither are products only sold online to Chinese consumers.

Is ChapStick Sold in Mainland China?

Chapstick said that their products are not tested on animals in the USA. They also said that in other countries, some rules may require animal testing. Chapstick may be selling their products in those countries, but it is not clear. We do not know if they are or are not selling there. If they aren’t, why did they mention this fact?

Chapstick says it may test on animals in some countries where the law requires it. That means Chapstick is not cruelty-free according to our standards.

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