Yes, Mokosh is cruelty free.
Mokosh is an Australian brand that carries certified organic botanical skincare products. It was founded by a former medical scientist, veterinarian, and pathologist, Marion O’Leary. She was inspired to create the skin care line after discovering the damaging effects of traditional skincare formulations.
Operating in Fremantle, Western Australia, Mokosh products contain pure, concentrated formulas meant to nourish the skin and restore its natural balance. The brand is conscious of the impact they leave on the planet, making sure to have sustainable practices such as using only fair trade ingredients. This also includes not testing their formulations and finished products on animals. They state, “None of our products and none of our ingredients are tested on animals. Mokosh has cruelty free accreditation with Choose Cruelty Free.”
On their FAQs section, they also share that they carry vegan-friendly products, expounding, “All products except our Coconut & Blackcurrant Lip Balm and our Pure Body Balm are vegan. These 2 products contain certified organic beeswax.
We consider it ethical to use certified organic beeswax for a number of reasons. Firstly, without the pollination work performed by bees we would not have access to the wide variety and abundance of fruits and vegetables we currently enjoy—even vegans rely on the work of farmed bees for much of their diet. Certified organic beeswax depends on certified organic agriculture and the existence of native forests, both of which are vital to the sustainability of our land, and are to varying extents reliant on the work done by bees.
Finally, and importantly, bees kept under certified organic conditions are farmed to high standards of animal welfare, whereas conventionally farmed bees do not necessarily meet these welfare standards, and may be exposed to cruel and stressful conditions. Bees are hard-workers, and prone to disease and population collapse under adverse conditions. The healthiest bees are those that are not exposed to pesticides and intensive farming, not overworked and well cared for—conditions which are reliably available only in certified organic agriculture. We believe that certified organic bee farming is something we should support, rather than boycott.”
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