UPDATE 30 Dec 2013: Philosophy now states that before we place a product on the market, we assess it thoroughly to ensure that it is safe for human use and for the environment and that it is compliant with all applicable laws, rules and regulations. we do not perform, nor do we ever commission any third parties on our behalf to perform, animal testing on our products or ingredients.” This is very carefully worded, which usually means that they either DO or are planning to contact some kind of animal testing, or to enter markets that require it. Philosophy is likely NOT CRUELTY-FREE!!!
“What is ‘in’ Philosophy jars and bottles can give you better skin. What is ‘on’ Philosophy jars and bottles can inspire better days.”

Philosophy was founded in 1996 by Cristina Carlino to provide women everywhere access to leading skin care technologies. The products are created with only scientifically-proven, medically-accepted ingredients and technologies while carefully watched over by doctors and scientists. “Philosophy is a brand that approaches personal care from a skin care point of view, while celebrating the beauty of the human spirit. We believe in miracles and the beauty in everyone,” says the Philosophy website. Now sporting an extensive line of skin care, bath and body care, fragrance, sun care, lip care and color cosmetics, Philosophy has proven itself many times over.

Philosophy promises to bring to its customers products that inspire them to live a better life by being better to themselves. Each product tells a story. For example, their deliciously true-to-life food scented 3-in-1 shower gels all contain a recipe to create the actual edible item from which the product gets its scent. All products contain a brief inspirational message, often with a slight bit of humor, both describing the products and bringing a smile to one’s face. With carefully chosen packaging, “[Philosophy] use children’s pictures and lower case writing to remind us of the genuine curiosity, wisdom and joy that exists within the childhood consciousness in us all.” Cute, quirky, reminiscent of days gone by, and rooted in the joy of childhood, Philosophy’s branding seems to suit their goal of celebrating the inner child within us all.

Philosophy has never tested on animals. According to an email from the company, “Philosophy only works with vendors and suppliers that uphold our belief in no animal testing. None of our ingredients are presently tested on animals, nor have they been tested on animals since our business was founded in 1996.” They are not currently selling in the Chinese market and are therefore not bound by the potential of animal testing by the Chinese government.

Of relevance to many would be Philosophy’s current parent company, Coty, Inc. Philosophy was acquired by Coty, Inc. in 2010, a company that, I believe until recently, was on PETA’s List of Companies That DO Test on Animals and seems to be controversial to the cruelty-free world. However, Coty, Inc. no longer appears on the List of Companies That DO Test, but it is also not on the List of Companies That DO NOT Test. According to an email from Coty, Inc., “Coty Inc does not perform, nor do we ever commission any third parties on our behalf to perform, testing of our products or ingredients on animals.Other brands, like OPI, that have been acquired by Coty, Inc. DO appear on PETA’s cruelty-free list so I am unsure why Philosophy does not appear on this list. Why can it be so difficult to navigate all these animal testing policies and the parent company’s policies…assuming you can even find the parent company? Urrrggh!!!
Philosophy products are available practically everywhere that sells beauty and cosmetic items.

Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with Philosophy in any way, nor have I been compensated for this post.

Comments

  1. Philosophy has been acquired by COTY, which tests on animals.

  2. Thanks for the info! I was aware of the Coty acquisition and addressed the issue in the post. It includes their response to my inquiry and seems to say that they do not test, but I know their status has been much questioned.

    Philosophy itself was cruelty-free at the time I wrote this. I'm not sure if they've entered the Chinese market or not at this point, but I don't think they have. I typically consider companies owned by parent companies that test to be cruelty-free if the owned company does not engage in testing. I know that differs from some people, but that's my take. I DO try to pick companies that are completely clean from testing all the way down the line, but I will buy from non-testing companies owned by testing companies in some instances.

    Thanks again for the info! 🙂

  3. Philosophy does sell in the Chinese market, and they do animal test – please update this blog. Ask them again. Their new response is “we do not test on animals except where required by law.”

  4. You need to update your website with regard Philosophy and animal testing. The do sell in the Chinese market, and if you contact them their new response is “we do not test on animals unless the law requires us to do so.”

  5. Thanks for pointing this out. I have so many posts that it is nearly impossible to keep EVERYTHING up to date.

    I have contacted Philosophy again because their website still states that they do not test on animals. You're correct that they do have the “unless reguired by law” clause in there now. Strangely though, they said they DO NOT sell in China. So I don't really know what that amounts to other than they are likely not cruelty-free. 🙁

  6. Thanks for the reminder. Actually, Philosophy said they DO NOT sell in China, but their answer about animal testing is less than forthcoming. I have updated the post with a portion of their response and marking them as NOT CRUELTY-FREE.

  7. Ths was sent to me on May 5, 2014 after I point blank asked them about China and animal testing:

    dear nicole, thank you for reaching out. before we place a product on the market, we assess it thoroughly to ensure that it is safe for human use and for the environment and that it is compliant with all applicable laws, rules and regulations. we do not perform, nor do we ever commission any third parties on our behalf to perform, animal testing on our products or ingredients. our safety assessment of cosmetic ingredients is based on the use of recognized alternatives to animal testing, the use of existing safety data, and increasingly, the sharing of such data from and with other industries. we do not sell our products in china. if you have any other questions, feel free to send us a private message so we may personally assist you

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