October 9, 2020

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Is Shiseido Cruelty-Free?

Shiseido is NOT cruelty-free. Shiseido sells its products in China where animal testing is required by law.

Is Shiseido PETA Certified?

No, Shiseido is not PETA Certified.

Is Shiseido Leaping Bunny Certified?

No, Shiseido is not Leaping Bunny Certified.

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 their 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 Shiseido Vegan?

Shiseido claims that some of their products are vegan. However, since Shiseido tests their products on animals when required by law, I do not consider any of their products to be vegan.

Cruelty-Free and Vegan Alternatives to Shiseido Products

Bite Beauty

Bite Beauty is a vegan and cruelty-free brand. Bite Beauty is a Canadian-based makeup brand, mostly known for its lip products, but they have recently expanded their product line.  

Charlotte Tilbury

Charlotte Tilbury is cruelty-free, but not all of their products are vegan. You can find out which products are vegan by reading this post. Charlotte Tilbury created her brand after over 20 years as a makeup artist. It is now an award-winning makeup and skincare brand.

100% Pure

100% Pure is cruelty-free, but not all of their products are vegan. They are in the process of changing all of their products to vegan formulas though. You can read more about that here. 100% Pure uses only all-natural ingredients that originate from nature in their cosmetics and skincare products. They create a variety of makeups, shampoos, and eye creams, using innovative methods that are also sustainable.

Shop the full list of 100% vegan and cruelty-free brands.

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 only some are vegan, which ones?
  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?

Here is how Shiseido responded:

I am very happy to hear of your interest in our products. Shiseido products do not contain any ingredients derived from mammals, though certain products contain fish or insect-derived ingredients such as silk and honey. Many of our cosmetics and skincare items are suitable for vegan customers. However, some of our products do contain one or more of the following: Carmine, Beeswax, or Lanolin-derived ingredients. Such ingredients are clearly identified on our website.  Each individual product has a full ingredient list for easy viewing by our clients.
Shiseido does sell products in stores in mainland China and upholds all testing and regulations in the countries we sell in. 

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Hi, I'm Haley! I hope this blog will inspire, encourage, and guide you on how to travel the world as a vegan.

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