by Haleigh Couture
The cosmetic and skincare brand philosophy was established in Phoenix, Arizona by founder Cristina Carlino in 1996. Philosophy products are manufactured in the United States. Coty, Inc. an American international beauty company became the parent owner of Philosophy in 2010. The brand’s headquarters are located in New York.
“Philosophy does not offer international shipping options outside of the United States.”
What is Philosophy:
“We are a wellbeing beauty brand where science and inspiration meet. We harness dermatological science and the power of nature to transform your skin. We inspire beautiful days with effortless scents, poetic words and our philanthropic initiative in support of mental health”-Philosophy
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Philosophy is a beauty brand that sells skincare products, fragrances, and body washes. The brand’s products are not 100% vegan. If you are searching for a vegan product specifically from this brand, I would suggest looking under their collection Nature In A Jar. There are several products in that collection that are not tested on animals, they are vegan and gluten-free.
However, it is important to note that while some of the brand’s products are vegan and cruelty-free, this doesn’t necessarily label the brand as cruelty-free.
“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.”- Philosophy
“Every Coty product has been developed, tested, manufactured, and packaged in compliance with the laws, regulations, and guidelines that are applicable in each country in which we sell them. This work is based on recognized alternatives to animal testing and includes sharing existing data with other companies and industries. Some governments or agencies still require the testing of certain products on animals, following their local legal and regulatory requirements.”- Coty, Inc.
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The last part of that quote from Philosophy is essential to be aware of. If you are someone who is specifically in the market for vegan products, I suggest reading the fine print on any product you are looking to incorporate into your skincare routine. Most people who are trying to find a vegan skincare product, are also trying to make sure that these listed products are cruelty-free. Unfortunately, the brand cannot say for certain that they don’t adhere to testing on animals when “required by law.”
Many of the products do contain keratin, honey, and other animal-derived ingredients. Thus, making them a non-vegan brand. Just be sure to read the ingredient labels, which are listed on each of the products and online.
The brand is also selling products that are not entirely paraben-free. Non-paraben-free products are still used all over the skincare industry. These products, because they do contain parabens, tend to promote longer shelf life. This is because parabens are synthetic chemicals that act as preservatives.
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While the brand does claim to proactively create products without parabens, some original products do still contain preservatives. These preservatives are not good for the body. Parabens are known to cause changes in hormones. Again, you should always try to avoid products with active ingredients that specifically cause significant changes to your body’s chemistry. Adding unwanted chemicals is not something you should be doing. There are alternatives and the brand does offer healthier options.
“We have been proactively formulating our products without butyl parabens for several years. only a handful of our original products still contain paraben-based preservatives. We are actively seeking non-paraben, effective alternatives for these products.”
Overall, the brand does cater to those with dry and even sensitive skin types. Again, when you are trying to figure out where a product comes from, the number one thing you should also look for is what kind of ingredients do they actively use. Gluten-free is also a major concern for many people when considering a product. The brand does not claim itself as a gluten-free brand, however, Philosophy does sell many products that are indeed gluten-free.
You can be sure to find Philosophy brand products in retail stores near you: Nordstrom, Sephora, Macy's, Dillard's, Bon Ton, Belk, Ultah, Kohl’s, etc.
When finding a skincare product best suited for your skin type and also beliefs, I would suggest doing your research. Feel free to contact the brand and ask specific questions regarding the active ingredients they may use and also if they are cruelty-free. These are questions that can help you to identify the kind of brand you are purchasing.
Also, be aware that on the Philosophy website, there is a section of most frequently asked questions. I recommend going through those—I think a lot of your questions can be answered right there. I do appreciate that the brand gives a full list of active ingredients for each of its products. If you have any further inquiries, I would give Philosophy a call and they should be able to answer and assist any further questions.