One of the best known K-Beauty brands in the US has to be Dr. Jart. Aside from the fact that they’re widely found at Sephora, they create innovative masks, serums and skincare unlike anything else. Their Tiger Grass Cicapair line is a dream for redness prone skin and changes colors to correct redness. Their acne and blemish spots can remove any trace of a pimple after one, single use. They win for innovations and uniqueness, so can we count on them to be cruelty-free and vegan?
No, Dr. Jart is not cruelty-free as they are sold in Mainland China. In Mainland China, all brands sold there are required to give samples of their products for post-market, 3rd party testing. Most K-beauty brands are sold in China which is why they’re aren’t many cruelty-free ones. Unfortunately when a brand tests on animals, this affects their vegan status as well. Dr. Jart is not vegan or cruelty-free.
Dr. Jart does not have any information on their website pertaining to their cruelty-free or vegan status. Which basically says everything you need to know. While they create some innovative products, cruelty-free and vegan standings aren’t an area of importance to them.
When having spoken to customers they state that in the US they are cruelty-free but sell in areas where testing is required. Think of it as being a vegan Monday-Friday but not on weekends. Are you truly a vegan then? No. We do however appreciate their honesty because not all brands are that forthcoming.
No, unfortunately Dr. Jart is not vegan because they test on animals. A vegan product is something without any animal byproducts, but if it’s tested on animals how can that still be vegan? Dr. Jart is not a vegan brand.
Dr. Jart is not organic and they have no claims to be. They do focus on high quality ingredients and formulations free of chemicals like parabens and phthalates. When you purchase Dr. Jart it’s likely for the innovations, not natural ingredients. If you’re looking for organic skincare, some brands include Kopari and True Botanicals.
Dr. Jart is a K-Beauty brand and all their products are made in South Korea. This definitely plays a role in how innovative their products are. K-Beauty is known for their innovation.
Yes, Dr. Jart is sold in China which is why they aren’t cruelty-free. As a Korean brand, they have a large presence in China. In China, they are required to give samples for pre and / or post market animal testing.
Yes, Dr. Jart is paraben-free! They’re free of parabens, sulfates and phthalates. They use high quality ingredients and you pay for that when you buy their stuff. Parabens are used as preservatives in beauty products. They’re approved by the FDA in small amounts but if you can avoid them, go for it. There are safer preservatives to use that can still sustain the shelf life of your products.
Some of Dr. Jart’s products are gluten-free. Those include:
- Tiger Grass Cream, Serum and Drops (Most of the Cicapair Line)
- V7 Brightening Mask and Serum
- Detox BB Beauty Balm
- Shake & Shot Rubber Soothing Mask
- Ceramidin Liquid (not the cream)
Yes, Dr. Jart’s products are phthalates free! They have chosen to remove both parabens and phthalates from their products. Phthalates are used in products to improve the texture and slip. Like parabens, they are linked to endocrine disruption but the FDA has approved them in small amounts. All of Dr. Jart’s line is phthalate-free which is nice because there’s no stressing over the label to make sure there’s none!
Not all of Dr. Jart’s products are non-comedogenic. But, their Teatreetment Moisturizer is. It’s made for oily and acne prone skin types and won’t clog pores. They use high quality ingredients and their formulas are geared towards skin so I wouldn’t worry too much about their products clogging your pores.
No, Dr. Jart is not PETA approved because they aren’t cruelty-free. As a K-beauty brand they have a large presence in China and are required to test on animals to be sold there. Short of China dropping all their animal testing laws, Dr. Jart won’t become cruelty-free. They don’t have any statement on their website about their cruelty-free status. So without reaching out directly, it’s hard to know where they stand.
Dr. Jart is available at:
Be careful as some Korean sites sell Dr. Jart for much cheaper, but it’s not always real.
Dr. Jart offers complex formulas with great innovations that you can’t find anywhere else. They don’t use parabens or phthalates which is another win. But, their biggest shortcoming is that they aren’t cruelty-free or vegan. It’s a shame because their innovations make them quite hard to dupe!
It doesn’t sound like Dr. Jart will become 100% cruelty-free anytime soon. If you’re looking for some comparable cruelty-free brands, try Farmacy, the Inkeylist or Summer Fridays. If you’re looking for cruelty-free K-Beauty brands try Cosrx or Glow Recipe!