Feeling good starts with a good conscience. We believe that good body care products and cosmetics do not have to be developed at the expense of animals.
Are our alkmene products tested on animals?
No. In Germany and in the EU, it is prohibited by law to test products and the ingredients used in cosmetics on animals. Find out more about it here. Even if it wasn't prohibited, we wouldn't test our products on animals either.
Are our ingredients still safe?
Of course! alkmene® is 100% against animal testing – nevertheless the efficacy and tolerability of our products are still guaranteed. For us, adhering to the highest quality standards is a matter of course. We therefore continuously check the quality of the products we manufacture to ensure their marketability. This involves every single alkmene® product being tested both in our research laboratory and externally. All alkmene® products are, of course, tested for tolerability in close cooperation with external institutes and their dermatologists. Their tolerability is tested on volunteers – no harm is done to any animal.
Why do alkmene products not have the "No Animal Testing" seal?
The "No Animal Testing" seal is generally issued by associations. Products and ingredients that are marked with this seal qualify as free of animal testing, but this is usually based on the starting date of 01.01.1979. Most of the products that bear this seal still contain ingredients that were tested on animals before 1979. It is important to us to deal with the issue of animal testing openly and comprehensively. For this reason, we at alkmene® consciously avoid the use of a "No Animal Testing" seal. We believe that good body care products and cosmetics do not have to be developed at the expense of animals. Therefore, the statement "We love animals" is a standard component of our brand philosophy.
Legal bases and REACH regulation
Animal testing for cosmetic products has been prohibited throughout the entire EU since September 2004. In March 2013, the ban was extended to include all ingredients that are used exclusively in cosmetic products. The marketing and sale of products with ingredients that have been tested on animals outside the EU have also been forbidden since 2013. All ingredients, whether they are naturally occurring or synthetic, must be tested for their compliance with chemicals legislation. This applies not only to conventional ingredients, but also to organic substances and those used in natural cosmetics. On one hand, the law on cosmetics fundamentally decrees that cosmetic products and their ingredients may not be tested. However, many ingredients are not only used for cosmetics, but also for other products, and thus also fall under the European REACH regulation. REACH is an acronym for the "Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals". Some of the tests stipulated as part of this process are carried out on animals. These have been carried out, even if this may have been decades ago. Like others, our alkmene® products contain ingredients which are generally not used exclusively for cosmetic products, such as glycerine. This naturally derived ingredient is used in cosmetics to moisturise the skin and protect it against dehydration. However, glycerine is also used as a raw material in the chemicals industry, and thus falls under the REACH regulation.
What happens with our products in countries in which animal testing is mandatory?
In China, animal testing is mandatory for the registration of new cosmetics. All cosmetic products that are offered in stationary retail must first have been tested for tolerability and safety – to the detriment of animals. Most manufacturers of cosmetics in Germany and the rest of the EU pursue a positive animal protection policy. However, many of these manufacturers are also represented in China. Therefore, their products are tested on animals in advance. alkmene® clearly distances itself from animal testing. We do no animal testing and we do not commission any animal testing. For this reason, alkmene® is not available on the Chinese market. You will find no alkmene® products in stationary retail in China. However, our products are available online in China. Thanks to the free-trade zone, mandatory animal testing does not apply to purely online trade. This enables us to guarantee that our alkmene® products are not tested on animals after all.
A ray of light in China: thanks to the fact that many renowned manufacturers of cosmetics have withdrawn from the Chinese market, and due to international pressure from animal rights activists, the obligation to test domestically produced, conventional cosmetics ceased in June 2014. These products include shampoo, facial skin care products and perfume. The EU initiated a future-oriented direction with the anti-animal testing legislation for cosmetics, which was passed in 2013, and became an example for many countries. Israel (2013), Norway (2013), India (2014), New Zealand (2015), Switzerland (2016), Turkey (2016) and Guatemala (2017) followed the exemplary actions of the EU, also anchoring the ban on animal testing for cosmetics in their legislation. Progress for all of us.
A promise from alkmene to you – we are, and will always remain, free of animal testing.
Feeling good starts with a good conscience. At alkmene®, we have made it our business to manufacture safe, effective cosmetics and body care products. We want you to continue to trust our brand and enjoy using our products in the future. Because we love animals, alkmene® will continue to renounce animal testing – a promise from us to you.