Is Tarte Cruelty-Free?

Is Tarte Cruelty-Free?
Is Tarte Cruelty-Free? Find out on Logical Harmony!

When it comes to cruelty-free brands, there can be a lot of confusion about which brands are cruelty-free and which are not. In an attempt to make things easier, this post series hopes to help clear up the cruelty-free stance of some of the most asked about brands on Logical Harmony. A lot of people ask, “Is Tarte cruelty-free?”. Tarte is very well known for their Amazonian clay collection as well as their recent mermaid inspired collection. They can also be found at nearly every cosmetics store.

Is Tarte cruelty-free? Keep reading to find out the details.

Is Tarte cruelty-free? Yes!

Tarte is cruelty-free. There is no animal testing occurring on Tarte products or ingredients by Tarte, a parent company, or any companies that they work with. Tarte also does not test on animals when required by law.

Tarte is owned by Kose, and Kose is not cruelty-free. I think everyone should decide for themselves how they feel about parent companies who test on animals. Supporting any cruelty-free brand is better than purchasing products from a brand that tests on animals. I encourage everyone who supports cruelty-free brands to let Tarte and Kose know that being cruelty-free is important to you.

Are Tarte products sold in China? No.

Tarte products are not sold in China.

Does Tarte test on animals when required by law? No.

Tarte does not test on animals when required by law. Nor do they pay for any required by law testing to occur on their products.

Does Tarte have vegan products? Yes.

Not only is Tarte is cruelty-free, but they have lots of vegan products. You can find a full list or Tarte vegan products here on Logical Harmony. This list is kept as up-to-date as possible but please double check ingredients before purchasing as sometimes formulations do change.

Below are some of the best-selling cruelty-free Tarte products that are also vegan:

Where can you find Tarte products?

Tarte can be found on their own websiteUltaSephoraMacy’sDermstoreQVC, and more. Sign up for Ebates and get cash back on your cruelty-free purchases from Sephora, Ulta, Tarte, and more!

Tarte Vegan Products List

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  1. Hi there,

    Recently I started noticing on tartes packaging that it is ‘made in china’. Does this mean that the package alone is made there? Or the actual product as well?

  2. Actually Kose says on their website that they are cruelty-free:


    At Kose, we are promoting the development of cosmetics (including quasi-drugs) with a policy not to conduct animal experiments.

    Japanese websites say that Kose discontinued animal testing as of October, 2014.

  3. I don’t support brands that have other products that contain things like crushed Beetles!

    If we support some so called vegan products (smoke and mirrors show I’m sure), we are still supporting the entire company.

    They also don’t specify what type of glycerin they are using. Not worth the risk!

  4. Great post Tashina!

    I used to struggle with buying from companies whose parent companies aren’t cruelty-free. Now I regularly check on their status. I kind of look at it this way, I hope that maintaining their cruelty-free status, that this would convince the parent company to become cruelty-free, my fear is if people stop supporting these Cruelty-free companies, it would just give the parent company no incentive to become cruelty-free.

    Take care and have a great week 🙂

  5. You say: “There is no animal testing occurring on their products or ingredients by Tarte, a parent company, or any companies that they work with.” And then just a couple of lines later, you say: “While Tarte is cruelty-free, Tarte is owned by Kose and Kose is not cruelty-free.”

    So they are owned by a company that tests on animals but somehow there is no animal testing occurring with their parent company? That doesn’t make any sense. Those two sentences directly contradict each other. That they are owned by a company that tests on animals means their parent company tests on animals. You need to clarify.

      1. It still reads like their parent company doesn’t test, but your response here clarifies it. Thanks.

        I was hoping they were no longer owned by KOSE so I could buy from them again. Alas. Thanks for responding.

    1. She means specifically tarte products and their ingredients aren’t tested on by those people (parent company, etc), so that you can be sure when you buy their products, not only is tarte not conducting animal testing on them or what’s in them, but they aren’t having anyone else do that for them. I can’t think of a way to say it more clearly and briefly than she did, but I’m really glad you asked though, cause that’s an important clarification and I can see how that could be confusing.

  6. Hi Tashina! I was in ulta yesterday and saw that mario badescu has added “cruelty free” to it’s packaging. I know they’ve been on your gray lists before, have they still never responded to your inquiries? Thanks!

  7. I’m so glad to read this post about Tarte since I really like this brand. It’s the first cruelty free beauty brand I discovered when looking for vegan makeup a while ago. I have discovered many more cruelty free brands since then and there are a lot to choose from.

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