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Is Skinny Tan Cruelty Free and Vegan in 2020?

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Skinny Tan shot to fame with their record-breaking pitch for a new, fool-proof, streak-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free, cruelty free and vegan fake tan formula. (That was a mouthful, but it was worth it.)

“Skinny Tan started as a true home grown tanning brand created, by real women for real women, from a passion to make a range of tanning products that could be enjoyed by every shape, size and skin type. Skinny Tan credits its phenomenal success to the wonderful customers who have enjoyed their tanners and shared the experience.”

I’m a huge fan of Skinny Tan, not just because they’re totally cruelty free and vegan but also because of their ethos. The photos on their website are of real, not-photoshopped women. They don’t put unnecessary chemicals in their products. Oh, and their tan is pretty good too!

See my review of their gradual tanning moisturiser here.

Is Skinny Tan Cruelty Free?

Skinny Tan have always been and continue to be cruelty free. Although they don’t scream and shout about it on their website, Skinny Tan is certified cruelty free by Cruelty Free International. Aka, they carry the Leaping Bunny Logo. Here in the UK, this certification is just about the most sure we can be that a brand is cruelty free. (Click here to see the difference between cruelty free certifications, and why that’s important.)

Skinny Tan’s parent company cruelty free status remains unclear. InnovaDerma PLC acquired Skinny Tan in 2015, although not much about the brand seems to have changed. Cruelty Free International lists Skinny Tan as having a non-cruelty free parent company, although InnovaDerma PLC own a few other vegan and cruelty free brands.

Why I still buy from cruelty free brands with animal testing parent companies.

Are Skinny Tan Products Vegan?

According to Skinny Tan’s website, all of their products are suitable for vegans and vegetarians. This is based on a statement from Skinny Tan as they are not affiliated with any accrediting body, such as the vegan society or vegetarian society.

Are Skinny Tan a Sustainable Brand?

In terms of their packaging, Skinny Tan are still pretty far behind when it comes to sustainability. All of their products come in plastic containers which are difficult or impossible to recycle, and they don’t run any kind of bring-back scheme. However, the “Skinny” in Skinny Tan refers to their paired-down ingredients list, which they claim contains as few chemicals as possible. They say that some of their products contain up to 99% naturally derived ingredients. This is inherently sustainable both through the way that chemicals are manufactured and how they are disposed of.

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