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Is The Inkey List Cruelty-Free and Vegan?

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The Inkey List Product

Is The Inkey List Cruelty-Free?

The Inkey List 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. 

Is The Inkey List Vegan?

The Inkey List is not a 100% vegan brand, but they have many vegan products. The following products are NOT vegan:

The Inkey List clearly marks on their website which products are vegan as shown below.

the Inkey list vegan labeling
the inkey list vegan FAQ

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Is The Inkey List Certified Cruelty-Free?

Yes, The Inkey List is certified cruelty-free by Cruelty-Free International.

Is The Inkey List Owned By A Parent Company That Tests On Animals?

The Inkey List is not owned by a parent company that tests on animals, but Unilever Ventures has invested in the brand. This means that they own a percentage of the brand, and Uniliver is not cruelty-free.

Is The Inkey List Sold in Mainland China?

No, The Inkey List is not sold in mainland 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.

Products that are sold only online in mainland China are exempt from these animal testing laws.

About The Inkey List

The Inkey List is here to help the curious and confused get the right skincare and scalp care solutions to their skin/scalp problems.

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 Inkey List responded:

We don’t test our products on animals and don’t work with suppliers who do. We won’t enter any market that would require us to test our products on animals either ourselves or via a third party on our behalf.​
We do not yet have leaping bunny or Peta certification.​
None of our products are certified vegan – we have three products that contain animal-derived ingredients:​

Oat Cleansing Balm – Beeswax

Niacinamide – An ingredient derived from eggs

Caffeine – Beeswax and an ingredient derived from eggs​

We are backed by Unilever Ventures, an investment banking division owned by Unilever but run separately.

***This email was sent in 2020, so some answers have changed. I have updated the answers in the sections above “Email to the Company.”

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