The beauty brand Philosophy are best known for their skincare, body care, bath and fragrance ranges. They also seem to be a brand who want to make a difference and give back. They run an initative called hope & grace which helps support community based mental health efforts.

It all sounds great. But…

Philosophy is a brand who want to be known as a wellbeing beauty brand. However, do they care about the wellbeing of animals?

Are they a cruelty-free brand? And do they sell their products in China?

Scroll down to find out.

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Philosophy's Animal Testing Policy

Philosophy’s animal testing policy can be found on their website in their FAQ section. The question regarding animal testing is found under Product Information

I have linked their answer in full below:

Philosophy is fully committed to using alternatives to animal testing to ensure the safety of our products. please be assured that we do not perform, nor do we ever commission any third parties on our behalf to perform, animal testing on our products or ingredients except when required by law.

The above animal policy statement confirms that Philosophy is NOT a cruelty-free brand, because they choose to sell their products in countries which enforce animal testing by law (i.e. mainland China).

Is Philosophy Sold in mainland China?

Yes, Philosophy is sold in stores in mainland China, meaning that this brand is NOT cruelty-free.

As they have stated on their website. The brand will allow the authorities to test their products on animals if the law requires them to do so. The Chinese authorities require foreign brands sold in stores in China to allow them to test their products, and even their ingredients, on animals. Which means since Philosophy chooses to sell their products in China, they cannot be considered cruelty-free.

If you want to learn more about animal testing in the cosmetics industry, and the policies regarding animal testing in China, then please check out these articles:

Is Philosophy Cruelty-Free?

No, Philosophy is NOT a cruelty-free brand.

Cruelty-Free Brands That Are Like Philosophy

It is always super disappointing to find out that a brand that we love, isn’t cruelty-free. However, don’t worry there are still plenty of kind beauty brands on offer to replace them with.

Philosophy offer dreamy products in skincare, body care and fragrance. But claiming that they are a wellbeing brand is super shady when they allow their products to be tested on animals. So that is why I have made up of a list of my favorite cruelty-free (and often 100% vegan) beauty brands that will make a perfect replacement for any of Philosophy’s products,

Then when the time comes for when you need to replace a Philosophy product with a cruelty-free alternative, you can do so quick and easy by coming back to this article.

Check out my lists of cruelty-free brands in popular Philosophy products below. Click on any of them to find your perfect Philosophy replacement!

V = 100% vegan brand

Cruelty-Free BrandThey can replace your Philosophy products in…
A TRUE [V]
  • Skincare
  • Body care
Andalou Naturals
  • Skincare
  • Body care
Antipodes
  • Skincare
  • Body care
by rosie jane [V]
  • Fragrance
CLEAN [V]
  • Fragrance
dear, Klairs
  • Skincare
  • Body care
Glow Recipe
  • Skincare
Isntree [V]
  • Skincare
kai [V]
  • Fragrance
  • Body care
KORRES
  • Skincare
  • Body care
Lavanila
  • Fragrance
  • Body care
Mad Hippie
  • Skincare
skyn ICELAND [V]
  • Skincare
Sukin [V]
  • Skincare
  • Body care

More Cruelty-Free Alternatives to Philosophy

There is a whole world of cruelty-free brands out there waiting to be discovered.

My goal on this site is to make it as easy as possible for you to do that. For some more cruelty-free and vegan beauty inspiration, you should check out the following articles:

You can also find cruelty-free shopping guides for Amazon, Ulta, Sephora, Boots, Cult Beauty, and more, on this site!

Philosophy may not be a cruelty-free brand, but there are so many more kind beauty brands out there to choose from, that you won’t even miss them.

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