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Kate Somerville is a dermatologist-developed skincare brand known for their clinically-proven anti-aging and acne treatment products, but is Kate Somerville cruelty-free and vegan?
Is Kate Somerville Cruelty-Free?
Kate Somerville is Cruelty-free! None of Kate Somerville’s ingredients, formulations, or finished products are tested on animals, anywhere in the world.
However, it should be noted that Kate Somerville is owned by Unilever, a parent corporation that does test on animals when required by law.
Kate Somerville Animal Testing Policy
Kate Somerville has confirmed they do not test their products or ingredients on animals, they do not allow others to test on their behalf, their suppliers also do not test on animals, they do not allow their products to be tested on animals when required by law, and their products are not sold in stores in mainland China or any other country that may require animal testing.
Is Kate Somerville Sold in China?
All imported cosmetics sold in mainland China are required to be tested on animals. So, are Kate Somerville products sold in China?
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Kate Somerville products are not sold in mainland China, they sell only to authorized distributors in Hong Kong and to cross border e-commerce sites like Tmall, which do not require animal testing.
“Our products are sold in the US, Canada, Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand. The only country in Asia that requires animal testing is China. Kate Somerville does not have a licensed distributor in China.“
Who Owns Kate Somerville?
In 2015, Kate Somerville was acquired by Unilever, a corporation that does test on animals when required by law.
Although Kate Somerville is owned by Unilever, the brand has remained committed to being a cruelty-free brand.
Is Kate Somerville Vegan?
Currently, Kate Somerville makes no claims to offer vegan products.
Unfortunately, Kate Somerville does not have any vegan products, explaining to me:
“At this time, we cannot make the claim that our products are vegan. The claim of “vegan” would require that we obtain written substantiation from the supplier of each and every ingredient used in all of our formula that states nothing in the ingredient itself is sourced or derived from animal, insect or marine life. We do not have that level of substantiation.
Our products do contain some plant based ingredients but are truly a blend of naturally and synthetically derived ingredients.“
Kate Somerville is considered cruelty-free and doesn’t test on animals, however, since Kate Somerville does not currently offer any vegan products, Kate Somerville is not included on our List of Cruelty-Free & Vegan Brands.
For vegan alternatives to Kate Somerville, we recommend checking out these cruelty-free brands with vegan options: Dermalogica, StriVectin, Drunk Elephant, Ole Henriksen, Youth to the People, and Tatcha.