Kylie Jenner has become a worldwide phenomenon in the beauty industry since the release of her cosmetics line. However, now she has incorporated herself into the skincare world, which in recent years has been an important element in our everyday lives. Social media has been used in order to ensure how not only the melting makeup cleanser but her whole line of products have gained popularity, but it also allows us to educate ourselves about if the ingredients are sustainable and safe for the skin. Whilst it is a popular product, it cannot be considered as a sustainable cleanser and the fact that there is no information about the supply chain shows how the practices used may also not be sustainable.
The Kylie Skin website has been organized so that the full ingredients list is not seen until near the bottom of the page. However, there is a brief statement at the top of the page that states that the cleanser contains glycerin and a 'blend of botanical oils'. However, it includes oils such as Mandarin Orange oil which comes from the peel of a mandarin orange. It is an antioxidant meaning that it can prevent cell damage but since it is scented it can irritate those with sensitive skin. In addition, it also contains Rosemary leaf oil which contains a component called camphor which also has the potential to irritate the skin. The cleanser also includes an ingredient called Linalool which is a natural chemical included in the natural oils in the cleanser. However, some people are allergic to it and it is another ingredient that can aggravate eczema and sensitive skin. On the other hand, the website does not provide any of this information and states that the cleanser is 'suitable for all skin types, including dehydrated and dry skin'. There is also an element of contrast in the website as it states that the cleanser is fragrance free but in its description it says it includes 'a blend of skin-loving botanical oils that provide a refreshing aroma'.
Kylie Skin claims to be cruelty free, gluten free, vegan, paraben free, sulfate free and dermatologically tested. It seems as though it is cruelty free shown by the fact that none of the products including the cleanser are sold in China, where animal testing is required by law for a product to be sold. However, Kylie Skin is partly owned by its parent company Coty which does conduct animal testing, but it seems as though they do not outsource animal testing to third parties on their behalf. On the other hand, even though the ingredients used in the cleanser are 100% vegan, the ingredients used in all the products are not 100% vegan as some of their products contain ingredients which are animal derived. But it is important to take into account that the cleanser includes glycerin and ethylhexylglycerin which both come from palm oil, which promotes CO2 emissions as land is deforested to help grow palm. The Kylie Skin website does not include any information about sustainable processes or sustainability even when these keywords are searched which could show that they are not taking steps to improve their practices. However, Coty does have a sustainability page on their website, which not only talks about environmental improvements but also social improvements. For example, they have environmental goals such as incorporating sustainable recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2025 but they also aim to achieve gender balance in leadership positions by 2025.
I was not able to find any information on the supply chain or human rights of the workers of Kylie Skin on either the official Kylie Skin website or the Coty website. This may demonstrate that the workers are not treated in the best way as there is no detail on the manufacturers of the product or where it is produced. Therefore, not providing information about workers rights and the supply chain shows that the company may have things to hide.