Cruelty Free in K-Beauty
There has been a misconception, mainly from westerners that are interested in beauty, that Korean skincare and makeup brands are all testing on animals because it’s an “Asian” country. Therefore people might not want to try any Korean brand because of that. However, we’re here to debunk around the misconception about Cruelty Free in K-Beauty with the following article!
In 2016, a bill passed stating that all Korean beauty brands/companies must stop testing cosmetics and ingredients on animals by the end of 2018.
One of the main issues is that in China, they have to test on animals. Any products sold in China must, according to their law, have been first tested on animals to be considered fit for human use. Therefore, Korean brands are producing two types of product: some that are tested on animals, for the Chinese market, and some that are for the Korean (and international) market, not tested. Additionally, when you get fake Korean products on a bad website, or on an unofficial website, then you have a higher chance of getting non cruelty free products. Be careful of where you buy your products, and make sure to use a trustworthy website like JoahBox.
REGARDING VEGAN PRODUCTS
In Korean beauty, there still exist some popular products that are composed with animal ingredients. They still use components such as propolis, beeswax, or snail mucin. However, there are also a lot of Korean brands experimenting and testing new products and technology with more vegan-friendly ingredients, such as herbs, water, and oils. Some brands have recently included vegan-friendly products into their skincare or makeup lines, or that are completely cruelty-free.
Here a list of brand you can trust:
- Dear Klairs
- April Skin
- Chica y Chico (We included a eyeshadow palette and eyeliner in our November 2018 JoahBox)
- By Wishtrend
- Skin & Lab
- Beauty of Joseon
- The Plant Base (which you may recognize if you received your March 2019 JoahBox)
- (To be continued…)
JoahBox is searching for more partnerships with brands that are ethical, natural or cruelty free but also vegan. For you, is it important to buy products coming from ethical brands? As usual, let us know your thoughts in the comments.