Is First Aid Beauty Cruelty-Free and Vegan?

Is First Aid Beauty Cruelty-Free and Vegan?

First Aid Beauty cosmetics’ cruelty-free status isn’t “certain”. They do claim to be cruelty-free, but current practices have aroused suspicions from consumers. Also, they’re not entirely vegan free. Some of their product lines contain animal derivatives. Continue reading below as we shed more light on their cruelty-free status.

First Aid Beauty was founded in 2009 by Lilli Gordon. Their formulation is geared towards women with sensitive skin. First Aid Beauty has been acquired by P&G and, as such, is bound to adopt some of their policies.

The majority of their skincare range is geared towards repair and revitalization. This is why their products are primarily for skin conditions like dryness, eczema, acne, and pilaris.

Is First Aid Beauty Cruelty-Free?

First Aid Beauty’s cruelty-free status in 2020 has changed, and as such, we’re not 100% confident of adding them to our list of cruelty-free brands.

The brand announced in July that they will be venturing into the Chinese cosmetic market and would ensure they bypass their mandatory testing law while they sell in the country.

Source: First Aid Beauty Website

Shortly after the announcement, PETA also reiterated their support by maintaining their status as a “cruelty-free” brand on their database.

They claim the reason for that is because First Aid Beauty pledged not to engage in pre-market testing when they sell in the country.

Although the brand can evade pre-market testing, there’s no guarantee that they will be able to bypass the post-market testing law.

This is because Chinese authorities conduct the tests as an additional measure to ensure the products are safe for consumption. And when this happens, PETA might not be aware of it.

For this reason, we don’t see PETA’s certification as enough guarantee to add them to our cruelty-free list as they’ve failed to meet our standard for cruelty-free brands.

Are First Aid Beauty products tested on animals?

First Aid Beauty insists that they do work with PETA to ensure their products are not tested when they sell in China.

What we do know is that it’s difficult for brands that do not manufacture their goods domestically in China to bypass the post-market testing law in the country.

It’s highly likely that their products will undergo post-market testing if they continue to sell in the area.

Source: First Aid Beauty Website

Do they test animals when required by the law?

Brands that sell in China are required to pay for post-market testing at some point. This is an additional safety measure the authorities take for cosmetics products.

Since First Aid Beauty has decided to venture into the Chinese market, we don’t think they’re exempted from the process.

Are First Aid Beauty products sold in China?

First Aid Beauty has ventured into the Chinese cosmetic market. The brand announced this in July. We expect their products to be on sale in major cosmetics stores in the country anytime soon.

Does First Aid Beauty have cruelty free certifications?

PETA is the only cruelty-free authority that still has First Aid Beauty’s backing after venturing into the Chinese market.

We’ve come to realize that their testing criteria falls short since they don’t consider post-market tests.

Source: Peta Website

On the other hand, Leaping Bunny does not recognize First Aid Beauty as a cruelty-free brand. From every indication, it shows that they’ve not met their requirements.

From the snippet taken from their site, you can see that First Aid Beauty is missing from their list of cruelty-free brands in 2020.

Source: Leaping Bunny Website

Is First Aid Beauty Owned by another company?

First Aid Beauty was acquired by P&G in 2018. We all know that P&G is a company that carries out testing on animals. Most of their subsidiary brands are missing from Leaping Bunny’s list as well.

First Aid Beauty’s association with P&G is another reason why their cruelty-free claim has been questioned.

Is First Aid Beauty Products Vegan?

First Aid Beauty claim that none of their formulations contain animal-derivatives.

Well, we looked through the ingredient list published with some products listed on their site and discovered that the majority of them are free from lanolin and beeswax.

Their vegan claim is much more believable than their cruelty-free claim. Hence, we’ve come up with a list of some of their vegan best sellers across several categories.

Anti-aging collection

  • Weightless liquid mineral sunscreen with zinc oxide SPF 30
  • Ultra repair hydra-firm night cream
  • Facial radiance AHA intensive peel
  • 5 in 1 face cream SPF 30
  • FAB skin lab retinol serum 0.25% pure concentrate

Dry Skin Treatment

  • KP bump eraser body scrub 10% AHA
  • Ultra repair cream intense hydration
  • FAB pharma arnica relief & rescue mask
  • Ultra repair cream intense hydration travel size
  • Face cleanser

Cleansers and exfoliator

  • Skin rescue deep cleanser with red clay
  • Facial radiance pads limited edition
  • Facial radiance pads travel size


First Aid Beauty’s cruelty-free claim is still up in the air. There’s a huge probability that they will engage in post-market testing as they continue to ply their trade in China.

For now, we’re not confident adding them to our cruelty-free list due to their complicated policies.