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Is The Body Shop Cruelty-Free and Vegan?

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Is The Body Shop Cruelty-Free?

The Body Shop 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. The Body Shop is certified cruelty-free by PETA.

Is The Body Shop Vegan?

The Body Shop is NOT a 100% vegan brand. They have a number of vegan products though. You can find all of their vegan products here.

2021 update: The Body Shop has announced that that starting 2023, all products will be vegan.

If you only want to purchase products from 100% cruelty-free and vegan brands, click here.

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About The Body Shop

The Body Shop is a British brand that sells affordable cosmetics, skincare, and perfume.

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?

This is how The Body Shop responded to my email:

For 40 years, we believed that animals should not be used for cosmetic testing.

We never tested any of our ingredients or products on animals and we never will, and we only source ingredients from suppliers who don’t test their ingredients on animals for cosmetic purposes.

Natura is against cosmetic animal testing and doesn’t conduct any animal testing at any stage of its product development process.

Natura is one of the companies listed by Projeto Esperança Animal (PEA, or “Animal Hope Project”), a Brazilian environmental organization that combats abuse and cruelty to animals. If you want to learn more, you can visit http://www.natura.com.br/fiquepordentro/group/alternativetesting .

I’m happy to tell you that we use cruelty-free honey, beeswax, shellac, and lanolin in some of our products, so we can’t state that all of the products are vegan.

More than 60% of our products are free from animal ingredients. 

If you’re interested in which our items are vegan, you can check the list here:  https://www.thebodyshop.com/en-us/new/vegan/c/c03228 .

On the other hand, I’d like to confirm that all of our products are vegetarian.

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