Investigation Time: OCC, LA Colors & Latherly

Hi everyone, it’s investigation time!

I have a lot of company investigations that have been sitting in my inbox for quite some time now so every Wednesday I’ll post my findings on a company’s cruelty-free and vegan status.

OCC Logo

So this week, top of the inbox, is Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics. I sent them my usual email, which you can find here, and this was their response:

“Hello Pam!

Thank you for your email. You will be happy to know that we are a vegan/animal cruelty free company and do not use animal or animal byproducts in our products. We are also independently owned, so we do not have a third party or parent company and do not own other brands. We do not have distributors in China. Please let us know if you have any further questions or concerns. Have a splendid day!”

I have to say I was really happy with this response. They answered all my questions but not in a robotic way and they were super nice. If you look at the FAQs on their website too you can see how passionate they are about animal welfare and the quality of products they create for their human customers:

What’s with the ‘Vegan’ thing?

In a time when many cosmetic companies make the claim that their products are “Cruelty Free” simply because Animal Testing has become unfashionable and less cost-effective, OCC felt it was necessary to raise the bar on this issue. We pledge never to use animal-derived ingredients (including Lanolin, Beeswax, Carmine and more) in our products and accessories.

Beyond any personal convictions, we simply believe that it’s unnecessary, especially when there are alternatives that are just as readily available, and equally effective in the formulation of our products. Further, you need not necessarily be aligned with animal rights issues to reap the benefits of a vegan cosmetic line: animal ingredients can be amongst the most allergenic and skin reactive, and prevent makeup from being considered Kosher, Halal or otherwise compliant with various dietary (and sanitary!) regulations.

PETAThey are also PETA certified cruelty-free and vegan and their products feature the PETA logo. A lot of people don’t fully trust the PETA list so that is why I do these investigations myself and I hope they help!

I have heard a lot about these products and since they have international shipping I can’t wait to try them out! If you have tried any products from this company before, please leave your recommendations for everyone in the comment section below.

I am obsessed with this nail polish! MAN BY MAN- Pearlescent teal green
I am obsessed with this nail polish!
MAN BY MAN- Pearlescent teal green

Next up we have L.A. Colours.

LA-Colors

This was the email response I received from them in relation to my questions:

“In regards to Animal Testing, please be certain that our products are NOT tested on animals. None of the raw materials or manufacturing process through finished goods are tested on animals. Our parent company, Beauty 21 Cosmetics Inc. is also part of the cruelty-free PETA program.

Some of our products do contain Carmine (which is derived from an insect) and Lanolin which is derived from sheep’s wool.  If you are interested in a specific product, please provide us with the item number/description and we can specify for you.

Our products are not sold in China and we want to assure you that none of the raw materials or manufacturing process through finished goods are tested on animals. Our parent company, Beauty 21 Cosmetics Inc. is also part of the cruelty-free PETA program.

Please feel free to contact us should you have any further questions and/or comments. Thank you for taking the time to write to us!”

I really like their response because they didn’t fob off any of my questions, they were informative and direct and very precise about non-vegan ingredients. I’ve seen a lot of ads for these cosmetics and the colours in their cosmetic lines just look so vibrant so I’m very excited to call them cruelty-free! They are not 100% vegan but they do have some vegan products and that’s always a plus and they feature the PETA cruelty-free logo so that will make shopping easy! PETA

Much love for this gorgeous nudes eyeshadow palette! 18 Color Eyeshadow - Downtown Brown
Much love for this gorgeous nudes eyeshadow palette!
18 Color Eyeshadow – Downtown Brown

And finally we have Latherly, a line of luxury unisex showering gels. The man who runs the company does so alone and apologised for having to answer my questions so briefly as he was just back from holidays and had many emails to catch up on so I found him to be very considerate from the offset. Too often the responses to my emails can be written as though there is not a person at the other end to read them.

Latherly logo

These are his responses:

“Does your company test finished products and/or ingredients on animals at any point in the production process? NO

Do you test ingredients or products on animals through a third party? NO

Do your suppliers or manufacturers test any raw ingredients on animals? I don’t believe so but as I am working alone, I am not able to audit all material manufacturers.

If not, how do you ensure that your manufacturers do not test? I use a 3rd party to manufacture my product, they buy some materials directly and some through wholesalers so its hard to trace all materials but there is nothing unusual in my ingredients, which would need new testing. I am also against animal testing myself.

Are you owned or affiliated with any companies that test products or ingredients on animals? NO

Do you have a parent company? NO

If so who are they? N/A

Do you/your parent company currently or plan to market and sell your products in China or any other country that requires animal-testing on products or ingredients? NO

Which, if any, of your products are vegan (contain no animal-derived ingredients or by-products)? Latherly is suitable for Vegans.”

He is against animal testing himself and his products are vegan but because he cannot guarantee that nothing used by the manufacturers is cruelty-free, I cannot label Latherly as such. It is a pity but maybe as the company grows he will be able to determine whether or not his third party partners are also cruelty-free. So watch this space!

That’s all folks! If you have any other information or questions regarding the companies listed above, please leave them in the comments section below and I will get back to you!

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