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Is Benton Cruelty-Free and Vegan?

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Is Benton Cruelty-Free?

Benton 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.

Benton is certified cruelty-free by PETA.

Is Benton Vegan?

Not all of Benton’s products are currently vegan. In September 2020they told me that they are in process of changing all of their products to vegan formulas. This post was updated in October 2021, and their line is still not 100% vegan.

Here are all of their NON-vegan products:

Benton also has all of their vegan products listed on this page.

If you only want to shop at 100% cruelty-free and vegan brands click here.


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

No, Benton is not owned by a parent company that tests on animals.

Is Benton Sold in China?

No, Benton is not sold 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.

About Benton

Looking for solutions to their own skin problems, brothers JangWon and ChaeWon Lee established cult-favorite brand Benton in 2011. The brand’s name is a contraction of the main character’s name from the film “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” which tells the story of a man who is aging backward. The brand relies heavily on natural ingredients to encourage and restore skin to its original healthy state and keeps it looking young all the time.

Email to the Company

Before classifying any brand as cruelty-free and vegan, I send them an email with the following questions:

  1. Are your products vegan? If yes, are all of them vegan or only some?
  2. Are any of your products or ingredients tested on animals?
  3. Do you have a Leaping Bunny or PETA certification?
  4. Do your suppliers or any third parties test animals on your behalf?
  5. Does your company sell products in mainland China (except Hong Kong)?
  6. Are you owned by a parent company that tests on animals?

This is how Benton responded:

  1. All of Benton products are vegan friendly except for the following products. (We are under process to get the vegan mark). Following is the list of animal-derived ingredients and Benton products containing them. – Snail Secretion Filtrate: Snail Bee Line, Aloe BHA Skin Toner. – Bee Venom: Snail Bee Line. – Propolis Extract (derived from beeswax): Aloe Propolis Soothing Gel, Dear My Best Friend Bar
  2. No, we don’t. In South Korea, it is illegal to do tests on animals since 2019. Therefore it is impossible to use suppliers who do animal testing.
  3. Yes, we are certified as cruelty-free by PETA.
  4. None of our third partiers do animal tests on our behalf.
  5. We are not directly selling to China, or in any form of distribution that requires animal testing.
  6. No, we don’t have a parent company.

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