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Is SKINFOOD Cruelty Free and Vegan? (2022 Update)

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Skinfood is not cruelty free because their products are tested on animals where required by law (in mainland China).

Additionally, Skinfood is not 100% vegan as a brand. 

To learn more about this brand and find out why they’re not cruelty free, keep on reading!

And if you’re looking for new K-beauty products to add to your skincare routine, make sure to check out the last section of this post where you’ll find some of the best Skinfood cruelty free alternatives.

Let’s dive right in!

Is Skinfood cruelty free? Are Skinfood products tested on animals?

Skinfood is NOT cruelty free.

In order to be cruelty free, brands:

  • Must not test their finished products or ingredients on animals
  • Must make sure that their suppliers don’t test on animals
  • Must not commission third parties to test their products on animals
  • Must not sell their products in stores in mainland China, or other countries where animal testing is still required by law

This is Skinfood’s official animal testing policy:

SKINFOOD does not test its ingredients or products on animals. Additionally, no animals were harmed in the making of our products.

Source: Skinfood

So, they state that they don’t test their products or ingredients on animals, but they don’t mention anything about suppliers or third parties.

The second part about animals not being harmed in the making of their products is also kind of strange, especially taking into account the fact that they’re not vegan. But more on that in another section below.

Since their animal testing policy doesn’t contain enough information, I started my research.

I discovered that Skinfood products are sold in mainland China, which is in contradiction with the last bullet point above.

Currently, all brands that sell their products in stores in mainland China have to agree to have their products tested on animals, so they can’t be cruelty free.

Therefore, Skinfood is not cruelty free.

Keep on reading for more information!

Is Skinfood sold in China?

Skinfood is sold in mainland China where animal testing is still required by law.

With rapid growth over the next 10 years, SKINFOOD operates approximately 350 stores in South Korea.

Beyond the country’s shores, the brand also expanded to 16 countries, including the United States, mainland China, Hong Kong and Thailand – successfully entering the global market.

Source: South China Morning Post

Why can’t cruelty free brands sell in mainland China?

Animal testing is still happening for products sold in physical stores in mainland China.

Pre-market animal testing is required for all special-use imported products, and non-routine post-market testing on animals may also be done in cases of customer complaints.

However, please keep in mind that this doesn’t apply to products sold in stores at the airports, or in Hong Kong.

Also, products can be sold online and shipped to mainland China without being tested on animals.

Is Skinfood owned by a parent brand? If yes, is it cruelty free?

Skinfood is owned by iPeeres Cosmetics, a company which is not cruelty free (because they own brands that test on animals).

Is Skinfood vegan?

Skinfood is not 100% vegan. Some of their products contain animal-derived ingredients or animal by-products.

Do your products contain animal derived ingredients?

Some of our products contain animal derived ingredients such as honey, milk, and egg.

Source: Skinfood

Additionally, please note that since Skinfood products may be tested on animals in China and are therefore not cruelty free, I wouldn’t consider them vegan-friendly.

Cruelty free and vegan alternatives to Skinfood

Skinfood is a popular K-Beauty brand. They’re mostly well-known for their skincare products, but they also sell makeup, hair care and body care products.

There are so many beauty brands that are cruelty free!

That’s why, in my opinion, there’s really no excuse for supporting brands that test on animals.

Some of the best cruelty free alternatives to Skinfood are:





If you want to discover more Korean beauty skincare brands, check out my post on Cruelty Free Korean Skin Care: 7 Best K-Beauty Brands (2021 Update).

Now it’s your turn!

What are your favorite cruelty free brands?

Let me know in the comments below!

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