The Feminist Beauty Project

YOUR FEMINIST GUIDE TO LOVING AND CRITIQUING ALL THINGS BEAUTY SINCE 2015

Knowing where our products are manufactured is important information. I think it's not only important to look at products and know where they are made, but I wanted to create a visual to show the expansive global touch points that one company might have. These maps help to show that owning one product can link us to individuals across the globe--the individuals who source the ingredients, the individuals who manufacture and assemble the products, the individuals who sell the products, and so on. It is important to know where products are manufactured because manufacturing practices are linked directly to labor. What is the minimum wage in the country where these products are manufactured? What are the labor policies there?

Disclaimer: All of the information provided below was obtained by my own research. Because manufacturing information ("Made In USA" etc) is rarely provided for cosmetic products online, I obtained much of this information from the packaging on products that I own. I obtained all additional information (when and where companies were founded, price points, etc) from company websites and Wikipedia.

What does this all mean? We can make some conclusions by drawing comparisons to minimum wages by country. Below is some data from OECD:

For even more information on minimum wages, click here.

Looking for more interactive maps? The L'Oreal website has their own interactive map here, which shows headquarters, production sites, research centers, and evaluation centers. There is also a tab that shows the countries where L'Oreal brands are sold.


GLOBAL BEAUTY MAPPING

Companies are listed below in alphabetical order. Below each company name you will find information regarding where that company’s cosmetic & beauty products are manufactured.

This list is incomplete, as it has been compiled based upon the products I own—which is limited in a number of ways. This list is not representative of all cosmetic companies that exist, nor does it provide a complete list of where each company manufactures. For example, I have listed that Maybelline manufactures in the USA, because I was able to find a product with that information, but this does not mean that Maybelline only manufactures in the USA. My goal is for this list to grow and become more complete over time.

All of the information provided below was obtained by my own research. Because manufacturing information ("Made In USA" etc) is rarely provided for cosmetic products online, I obtained this information from the packaging on products that I own. I did not obtain any of this information from any websites.

Anastasia Beverly Hills
China
Korea
United States of America

Ardell
Indonesia
Sri Lanka
China

beautyblender
United States of America

Benefit Cosmetics
Italy

Ciate London
United Kingdom

Colourpop
United States of America

Dose of Colors
United States of America

Dr. Bronner’s
United States of America

EOS
United States of America

eyes lips face (e.l.f.)
China

Forever 21 Beauty
United States of America
China

Garnier
United States of America

Hard Candy
China
United States of America

J. Cat Beauty
China

Joico
United States of America

Jordana
United States of America

Kat Von D
Korea
United States of America

KMS California
Germany
Austria
United States of America

L’Oreal
United States of America

L.A. Girl
United States of America
China

Lime Crime
United States of America

LUSH
Canada

MAC
Canada

Mario Badescu
United States of America

Maybelline
United States of America

Milani
United States of America

NARS
United States of America
Canada

NYX Cosmetics
China
Czech Republic
Germany
Taiwan
Indonesia

 

OPI
United States of America

Real Techniques
China

Rimmel
United Kingdom

SEPHORA COLLECTION
Indonesia

Shea Moisture
United States of America

Simple
United States of America

Sonia Kashuk
China

Tarte
United States of America
Italy
Taiwan (assembles)

Tom’s of Maine
United States of America

Too Faced
China
Dominican Republic (assembles)
Italy
United States of America

Urban Decay
China
Dominican Republic (assembles)
Germany
United States of America

Wet n Wild
China
Mexico