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Is The Inkey List Cruelty-Free and Vegan?

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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. The Inkey List is not certified cruelty-free by any third party organizations.

Is The Inkey List Vegan?

At the time of writing this post, the only The Inkey List product that isn’t vegan is the caffeine eye cream because it contains beeswax and an ingredient derived from eggs. If you read the email that The Inkey List sent me down at the bottom of this post, you will see that they also included the Oat Cleansing Balm and Niacinamide on their list of non-vegan products. It seems that those two products have been reformulated and are vegan now. It can take a bit of time sometimes for me to upload these posts from the time the company responds to my email. The Inkey List responded to my email two months ago.

The reason that I think that these two products are vegan now is that Sephora has labeled both of them as vegan, and beeswax has been removed from the ingredient list on the Oat Cleansing Balm. The Inkey List told me that the Niacinamine contains an ingredient derived from eggs. I’m not sure which ingredient that is to check to see if it is still in the product, but Sephora does claim that it is vegan.

They may add additional non-vegan products in the future, so make sure you always read the ingredient list!

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About The Inkey List

The Inkey List offers high-quality products at a low price. You can customize your routine to find the best solution to your skin 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 to my email:

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.

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