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Is Good Molecules Cruelty-Free?
It is currently unclear if Good Molecules is truly cruelty-free in 2021.
The brand has confirmed and met all but one of our cruelty-free criteria — they were unable to substantiate whether their manufacturers of ingredients are cruelty-free or not.
Below is a snippet of the response I received from Good Molecules:
“None of our products have been tested on animals but I would have to inquire with my team if we verify the suppliers of the raw ingredients also do not test on animals. While our products are sold in mainland China, animal testing is only required when the brand has a physical presence in China, which we do not.”
Good Molecules Cruelty-Free Status:
- Good Molecules does not test its products on animals
- Good Molecules does not test its ingredients on animals
- Good Molecules does not commission others to test on its behalf
- Good Molecules does not retail in countries that require them to provide animal testing results
- Good Molecules does not sell its products in physical stores in China (they only sell online to China which does not require animal testing)
However, when I asked about their ingredient suppliers, Good Molecules told me:
“Suppliers themselves do not do any testing on individual ingredients. Manufacturers of ingredients do testing when they are developing. While we formulate with and buy non-animal tested ingredients ourselves, we don’t have access to policy records from the manufacturers themselves. They are a separate entity from us.”
Because Good Molecules is not able to substantiate whether their manufacturers of ingredients are cruelty-free, we do not have enough information to classify Good Molecules as being truly cruelty-free to our standards.
This does not mean Good Molecules tests on animals. Instead, Good Molecules is listed as ‘Grey Area’ – Brands with Unclear Policies.
Is Good Molecules Certified Cruelty-Free?
Good Molecules is not certified cruelty-free by any third-party cruelty-free certifications like Leaping Bunny or PETA.
Because Good Molecules is not certified cruelty-free by a third party, no one else is substantiating or regulating Good Molecules’ cruelty-free commitments and claims.
Note that there is no legal definition for the label ‘Cruelty-Free.‘ It can mean different things to different people. But Cruelty-Free is generally used to imply no animal testing. More specifically, the ingredients, formulation, or finished product are not tested on animals at any stage of product development.
At ethical elephant, we always assess a company’s cruelty-free policy using our Cruelty-Free Checklist. This ensures no animal testing was performed by the brand itself, its suppliers, or any third parties.