Kose is a Japanese cosmetics company that has a dominant presence in the Asian beauty market. In 2014, they expanded into America with the purchase of Tarte. But is Kose cruelty-free?
Keep reading to get your answers.
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Kose Animal Testing Policy
Kose’s animal testing policy can be found in the ‘Society & Environment’ section of their website. Here is an excerpt:
“With safety as a top priority, KOSÉ Group designs and develops cosmetic products (including quasi-drugs) based on a policy for eliminating animal testing*.
We eliminate animal testing by utilizing a vast amount of safety data accumulated from our years of research and development activities. We have set unique safety criteria to ensure safety by taking advantage of alternative testing methods and human clinical studies.
*Except for cases where accountability for safety is demanded socially or requested by governmental authority/regulators.”
Does Kose Test on Animals?
Yes, Kose does test on animals. They state that they use alternative testing methods but make an exception to satisfy a country’s health authorities.
Is Kose Certified Cruelty-Free?
No, Kose is not certified cruelty-free by Leaping Bunny, PETA, or Choose Cruelty-Free.
In fact, Kose is listed on PETA’s list of brands to avoid.
Is Kose Sold in China?
Yes, Kose is sold in China. Here are some pictures from their Chinese website.
What Companies Does Kose Own?
Below is a list of brands that are owned by Kose. I’ve indicated the ones that are sold in China and any certified cruelty-free brands.
The choice is yours on whether to boycott some or all of Kose’s brands. But I would err on the side of caution for the brands that have no information.
- Avenir – SOLD IN CHINA
- Carte Clinity
- Clear Turn
- Decorté – SOLD IN CHINA
- Esprique – SOLD IN CHINA
- Grace One
- Infinity – SOLD IN CHINA
- Je l’aime
- Jill Stuart – SOLD IN CHINA
- Junkisei – SOLD IN CHINA
- Lip Gel Magic
- Make Keep Mist
- Nature & Co – SOLD IN CHINA
- One by Kose
- Paul Stuart
- Phil Naturant
- Predia – SOLD IN CHINA
- Recipeo – SOLD IN CHINA
- Sekkisei Myv – SOLD IN CHINA
- Sekkisei – SOLD IN CHINA
- Stephen Knoll New York
- Tarte – PETA CERTIFIED
Wrap Up: Is Kose Cruelty-Free?
No, Kose is not a cruelty-free cosmetics brand. In their animal testing policy, they state they do not test on animals. However, Kose chooses to sell in China, a country that requires imported cosmetics to be tested on animals.
Therefore, Kose is not considered to be cruelty-free and will be added to my list of brands that test on animals.
Now I’d like to hear from you. What are your thoughts about Kose? Will you boycott them completely or use some of their cruelty-free brands? Please leave your comments below!
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