Updates to the Cruelty Free & Vegan Brand List

Updates to the Cruelty Free & Vegan Brand List

One thing that many Logical Harmony readers may not realize is that the Cruelty Free & Vegan Brand List is updated about once a week. In an effort to be more transparent with readers about these updates a recap will be posted once or twice a month of the brands who have been added to various sections of the list. That way, it will make it easier for you to stay up to date on what brands have been contacted and what their responses have been.

Brands added to the cruelty free and vegan brand list are brands who have confirmed they are completely cruelty free and have vegan options, if not being 100% vegan. This means that they have confirmed they do not test the products on animals as a finished product, during production, to comply with local and regional laws or use ingredients that have been tested on animals. This list does include brands who are cruelty free but have a parent company that tests on animals, but in cases like this it will be noted next to the brand. Brands recently added to the brands to love section –

  • Beauty Blender
  • Kett Cosmetics
  • Kosia
  • Lip Glosserie
  • My Konjac Sponge
  • piCture pOlish
  • Schmidt’s Deodorant

The grey area section is for brands that have responded, but I have been unable to get a clear response from. Typically these are brands who say that they are cruelty free, but won’t speak to production, finished product, ingredient suppliers or testing to comply with local laws. Brands recently added to the grey area section –

  • Annabelle
  • Kardashian Beauty
  • Organic Surge

Brands added to the brands to avoid section are those who have confirmed that they test on animals themselves, to comply with local and regional laws, or use ingredient suppliers that test on animals. Brands recently added to the brands to avoid section –

  • Amway
  • Boscia

Curious about a brand and don’t see it on the full list of cruelty free and vegan brands? Please leave a comment there and let me know!


  1. hi! im colombian and sorry for my english but.. ok my question is why benefit is in the bad list and the other thing is what happened with the amway thing? i thought that they were cruelty-free

  2. First, thank you for putting this awesome list together and doing the research. You rock. Do you happen to know what’s up with Hard Candy? I’ve always known them as a cruelty-free brand, but now that they’re a Wal*Mart exclusive, there seems to be zero information on their website, and I don’t see them on any of your lists. Which kinda stinks as their make-up is fun and affordable; sometimes a gal just NEEDS pink glitter mascara.

    1. You’re welcome, Tracy! And thank you for appreciating it! 🙂

      Hard Candy has been unresponsive to me. They were also removed from PETA’s Does Not Test list. I know that readers have sent them the questions from my FAQ (http://logicalharmony.net/faq) and received responses. When I first contacted their brand, a PR rep immediately reached out and said they were cruelty free. I sent them my standard questions and have followed up four times with no response. That same rep has followed up to readers of Logical Harmony since.

      This is why I have them on the Grey area list. Since I don’t add any brands based on third party information, and they won’t answer me directly, I choose to not talk about them at all. If I were you, I would send them those questions and see what you get back, then go with whatever you feel the most comfortable with.

  3. I see that Fresh is on your pending list. I emailed you a couple months ago about them, and I just wanted to update you that I’ve emailed them four times and called twice with no response. 🙁 A couple of times, I can maybe think, well, it just slipped through the cracks. But a total of six attempts to get their animal testing stance/policy with no response? It’s harder for me to look for a benign excuse. So, for the foreseeable future, I’m avoiding them.

    Another brand I was curious about was Korres. They are marketed as not testing, but they are under a distribution agreement (it looks like) in the US with Johnson & Johnson. Then, I discovered that they were being sold in China via a weblink that Phyrra posted on her site a few weeks ago(http://www.phyrra.net/2013/08/brands-that-are-selling-in-china-and-no-longer-cruelty-free.html). She pointed out that they were perhaps unaware that they were being sold in China, so I reached out to them (they seem pretty responsive to customers on their Facebook page and definitely tout that they do not test on animals), but interestingly, they never responded to my query. Boo.

    Anyway, thank you so much for all the research and hard work you do. It’s really awesome!

    1. Four emails and two calls? Yikes! I’ve emailed them three times with no response at all. If I were in your shoes, I would avoid them too, Sarsie. It’s also just bad customer service!

      Korres is, from the last time I checked, cruelty free. However I don’t list them because they told me all products contain animal or animal derived ingredients. I remember that post and most of the brands being sold by that third party site were having old items sold – so my guess is that this was the case with Korres as well. This also would not necessarily mean that they were being tested on animals though. Read the post I partnered with HSI to put together and you can find out more – http://logicalharmony.net/are-items-imported-into-china-tested-on-animals

      1. This is an extremely delayed response to say “thank you” for your response! Yes, I arrived at the same conclusion that you did re: Fresh — even if they respond at this point with all the right answers regarding animal testing, I’m so over their horrible customer service and won’t buy their products on that principle.

        As for Korres, thank you for the additional information. I’m still not sure if I will re-purchase the product I have from them or not, but I may be looking for a replacement anyway just for peace of mind.

        Anyway, again, thank you for all of your work — I really do appreciate it!

  4. Oh God! Amway is a brand to avoid? So sad, they were on my top 10. What they said about it?

    Thanks for research my brands suggestions!. So excited and waiting to hear about bodyography and The Face Shop.


      1. Amway and Artistry DOES NOT test on animals! I work very closely with them. This is BIG misinformation. Especially since you quote “Brands added to the brands to avoid section are those who have confirmed that they test on animals themselves, to comply with local and regional laws, or use ingredient suppliers that test on animals.”

        I can always send this to our lawyers, unless you want to do more research.

        1. Hi Natalie,

          With all brands on this list, I do not post to include them as a brand to love or brand to avoid unless I have heard back from the brand. This is what Amway had to say when asked about the Amway brand and Artistry brand –

          “Thank you for contacting Amway Customer Service. I am happy to assist you with information regarding Amway’s stance on animal testing. Their response confirms that they do allow the products to be tested on animals to comply with local and regional laws.

          Amway opposes animal testing and our products are not tested on animals unless required by government regulations. We actively lead initiiatives to create alternatives to required animal tests. Amway primarily uses historical information, in vitro (non-animal lab) testing, computer analysis, human trials and industry experiences in assessing the safety of our products.

          We do not screen or select suppliers on their animal testing practices.”

  5. why boscia? this is what is still on their website. has this changed?

    9.Are boscia products tested on animals?
    We do not conduct any testing of ingredients or products on animals. In addition, our products do not contain any animal ingredients.

    1. They did not speak to specifics about testing on a finished product or testing during producting. They also would only clarify that they do not test and did not answer questions about a parent company, 3rd party, affiliate or supplier testing the items or ingredients on animals.

      All brands that I list as cruelty free have provided me with clarity that they, and all parties involved, are cruelty free on all levels. I hope this helps!

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