When I’m looking for information about a product’s cruelty free status, I find it helpful when people post about their knowledge of the product and/or company. It often takes quite a while for a company to respond back to questions so I thought I would post my correspondence with St. Tropez, the tanning brand.
I have a set of questions that I send to any company when I inquire about their cruelty free status. I found this list of questions from visionaryvoice on Youtube. My email to St. Tropez read:
“Hi, I have a few questions about your company.
1. Does your company test ingredients or finished products on animals?
2. Do you test ingredients or products on animals through a 3rd party?
3. Do your manufacturers/suppliers test ingredients or products on animals?
4. Are you owned or affiliated with any companies that test products or ingredients on animals?
5. Do you/your parent company currently or have plans to market and sell your products in the Chinese market, which requires animal testing by law to sell in that country?
6. Could you provide a list of all of your current vegan items available for purchase?
Thank you so much for the information.”
They responded with:
“St Tropez is not animal tested nor are any ingredients animal tested. We have no knowledge of expanding to the Chinese market as this is a corporate matter and the corporate office is in the UK. Currently we do not have any products marketed as “vegan” so there is no way we can assure any of our products are 100% vegan. Hope this helps,
St Tropez Customer Service
Their answer was a little vague, in my opinion. They did not directly address the questions regarding animal testing performed by their suppliers, manufacturers or a third party. Additionally, not knowing about an expansion into China because their “corporate office is in the UK” seemed irrelevant to me. There are these cool things called telephones and email that allow you to communicate anywhere in the world! Anyway, it is my belief that a company should know where all of their ingredients are derived from, regardless of whether they market their products as vegan. I hope this post helps some of you looking for information on the cruelty free/vegan status of St. Tropez. If anyone knows of a dark, vegan and cruelty free self tanner; I would love to hear about it because I have yet to find one!
Thanks for reading!