Your Complete Guide To Vegan And Cruelty-Free K-beauty Products

Do vegan K-Beauty products exist? Here, we breakdown which products are vegan and why you don’t see vegan qualifications on many Korean products. The praises can be sung by me of the 10-step K-Beauty regular a million times over, and I have. I discuss K-Beauty a lot a recent conversation with a vegan friend about K-Beauty really got me thinking.

It’s a good assumption; Korean beauty is known for incorporating products like bee ingredients and venom, honey, snail remove, and milk into its products. But surely, I thought with Korea’s recent proceed to go completely cruelty-free there should be at least a few Korean beauty brands that can cater to a vegan audience, so I did some digging, and here’s what I found. What identifies a vegan product?

It’s first important to discuss what being vegan really means. Veganism is a lifestyle that excludes use of animal products for food, clothing, or other purpose (including skin care and makeup). Vegan products cannot use egg, milk, snail extract, bee components including honey and royal propolis, or any other pet product. So, what is cruelty-free? And just why are products in China not considered cruelty-free?

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Vegan is not synonymous with cruelty-free, contrary to popular belief. Cruelty-free implies that at any given stage of development, a product was not examined on animals. It’s possible for something to be vegan, but not cruelty-free and vice versa, however, many vegans consider products not to be vegan if they’re tested on pets.

There are a number of caveats to the, including that because skin care substances are pretty universal and common, it is almost impossible to use ingredients that have been tested on animals never. Even though Korea has mandated that its cosmetics and skin care brands go cruelty-free in 2018, mainland China requires pet tests of imported makeup products still. However, as of 2017, there have been major changes designed to these requirements. Products directly mailed to consumers from abroad for personal use do not require pet testing.

Hong Kong will not require animal screening and therefore brought in products that are sold through Hong Kong for personal use do not have to be animal examined. Personal use is important in these visible changes, meaning that any product bought from offline stores in mainland China will not be cruelty-free. Exactly what does it mean to be certified?

Why might an organization not get qualified? Becoming certified entails an application process and can be costly. Year and require onsite employees doing continuous checks on products Many certifications must also be renewed each. In order to be certified vegan, products must be produced by companies in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and U.S.