Is St. Tropez vegan?

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
800-366-6383
www.sttropeztan.com

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!

e.l.f. Baked Eyeshadows Review

 

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I bought three of these colors at Target a while back because I’m always looking for new eye products. They were $3 a piece and I think that’s a fair price for the size of the product (.12 oz, compare to Urban Decay’s eyeshadow singles that run about $18 for .05 oz.). The packaging is nice and easy to open. From what I’ve tried, the colors are hit or miss but I definitely plan on trying more. Here is my experience with the colors I bought…

Bark: This color has become a total staple for me. If I somehow managed to run out of this product I would buy it again, although I don’t think I will need to considering the generous amount of product. This is a very shimmery brown color and it looks great with so many different eyeshadow colors. Most days I wear a cream eyeshadow on my eyelid with a warm brown/mauve in the crease and I don’t feel complete until I’ve blended some of this color on the outer part of my eyelid.

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Pixie: I had high hopes for this color, I’m a huge fan of colors like Urban Decay’s Sin and Virgin so I was hoping to find another shimmery pink lid color now that Urban Decay sold out to L’Oreal. It’s a pretty color but not as pigmented as I thought it would be. I find myself having to dig my brush into the product to get the coverage that I want.

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Burnt plum: I’m obsessed with this color. I tend to avoid colored eyeshadows because I find that they can easily look clown-ish. However, this eyeshadow is just neutral enough that I have no problem using it on a regular day. It’s very pigmented and I love blending it on the outer part of my eyelid when I’m wearing cream, brown or gold eye makeup. I think this is a fun yet easy way to add some color to your makeup.

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Overall, I think these eyshadows are worth a try. I use two of them on a regular basis and I hope to get more colors in the future.