Is Palmers Cruelty Free in 2020?

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The skincare brand is extremely well-known, but are Palmers cruelty free?

Palmer’s are most well known for their cocoa butter and coconut oil body lotions and skincare products. They also sell a range of products for stretch marks and scars and, more recently, a haircare line too. They pride themselves as a ‘family-owned business’, but the business has actually changed hands several times since its conception, and was eventually sold to a wealthy pharmaceutical executive in 1971. Cruelty free? It’s looking doubtful.

Is Palmers a Cruelty Free Brand?

No, Palmers is not a cruelty free brand. Despite the outrageous amount of publicity that Chinese animal testing laws have had recently, Palmers still continue to subject their products to animal testing on the shelves of Mainland China.

Palmers dispute this claim, stating on their website:

“Palmer’s is a “cruelty-free” company and does NOT conduct product tests on animals.”

(If you’re new here, that’s not really how it works).

Any brand can call themselves cruelty free, and in fact any brand can claim to not test on animals. That often doesn’t mean it’s true. In addition, even if Palmers aren’t conducting the animal testing themselves, they are still allowing their products to be tested in return for access to the lucrative Chinese market.

Click here to read more about China and their animal testing laws.

Are Palmers Products Vegan?

Palmer’s displays the phrase ‘suitable for vegans’ on quite a number of their products online. This obviously refers to the products not containing any animal-derived ingredients. However, veganism goes a little deeper than just ingredients. Veganism is a lifestyle, and a product can’t really be vegan if it’s been tested on animals.

If you’re looking for true vegan skincare recommendations, click here.

Are Palmers a Sustainable Brand?

Sometimes, it feels a little redundant writing this section for non-cruelty free brands. Partly because I wouldn’t buy from them anyway, but partly because I find they’re the least likely brands to be making any strides towards sustainability. There’s a great deal of what looks like virtue signalling on Palmer’s website. They have ‘partnerships’ with some great charities and organisations, but don’t seem to be doing anything to further their causes. Not even a little donated money.

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