Estée Lauder, Clinique & M.A.C Are No Longer Cruelty-Free

I just found out the unfortunate news from Nika from Pirouette Makeup on her latest video. I did a google search and found out it was true. Read here and here. Basically M.A.C along with other Estee Lauder brands, have changed their statement on animal testing to say that they do not test on animals or ask others to do so except when required by law. This basically means that they test on animals when they sell in markets, such as China, who enforce animal testing on all cosmetics.

So I went to a bunch of sites from brands owned by Estée Lauder (Aveda, Bobbi Brown, Bumble & Bumble, Clinique, La Mer, M.A.C, Ojon, Origins) and looked on their website for their stand on animal testing. Here is what I found. You’ll notice that some of them have the same statement other than the brand name. I will no longer purchase from any of these brands until they commit to being cruelty-free again, and I encourage everyone to do the same. As with my Mary Kay products, I will finish using them up but will not repurchase anything.

AVEDA

No. All Aveda products are people-tested.
The Aveda Corporation is committed to the elimination of animal testing. We are equally committed to consumer health and safety, and bringing to market products that comply with applicable regulations in every country in which our products are sold.

We do not conduct animal testing on our products or ingredients, nor ask others to test on our behalf, except when required by law. We evaluate our finished products in clinical tests on volunteer panels.

The Aveda Corporation fully supports the development and global acceptance of non-animal testing alternatives. To this end, Aveda works extensively with the industry at large and the global scientific community to research and fund these alternatives.

Translation: they choose profit over animal welfare
Source: Aveda (Customer Service > FAQ > Animal Testing)

BOBBI BROWN

Animal testing was not addressed on their website. I selected their “General Site Questions” page and was taken to their Contact page which had a form to fill out to ask questions and a few FAQ questions listed on the side of the page. When I clicked on the “How does Bobbi Brown conduct product safety testing?” question I was taken to their FAQ page which does not have the question or answer posted. Looks like they’re hiding something.

BUMBLE AND BUMBLE

Bumble and bumble, LLC. is committed to the elimination of animal testing. We are equally committed to consumer health and safety, and bringing to market products that comply with applicable regulations in every country in which our products are sold.

We do not conduct animal testing on our products or ingredients, nor ask others to test on our behalf, except when required by law. We evaluate our finished products in clinical tests on volunteer panels.

Bumble and bumble, LLC. fully supports the development and global acceptance of non-animal testing alternatives. To this end, the Company works extensively with the industry at large and the global scientific community to research and fund these alternatives.

Translation: they choose profit over animal welfare
Source: Bumble & Bumble (Customer Service > FAQ > Animal Testing)

CLINIQUE

Clinique Laboratories, LLC. is committed to the elimination of animal testing. We are equally committed to consumer health and safety, and bringing to market products that comply with applicable regulations in every country in which our products are sold.

We do not conduct animal testing on our products or ingredients, nor ask others to test on our behalf, except when required by law. We evaluate our finished products in clinical tests on volunteer panels.

Clinique Laboratories, LLC. fully supports the development and global acceptance of non-animal testing alternatives. To this end, the Company works extensively with the industry at large and the global scientific community to research and fund these alternatives.

Translation: they choose profit over animal welfare
Source: Clinique (Customer Service > FAQ > Animal Testing)

ESTEE LAUDER

The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. is committed to the elimination of animal testing. We are equally committed to consumer health and safety, and bringing to market products that comply with applicable regulations in every country in which our products are sold.

We do not conduct animal testing on our products or ingredients, nor ask others to test on our behalf, except when required by law. We evaluate our finished products in clinical tests on volunteer panels.

Estée Lauder fully supports the development and global acceptance of non-animal testing alternatives. To this end, the Company works extensively with the industry at large and the global scientific community to research and fund these alternatives.

Translation: they choose profit over animal welfare
Source: Estee Lauder (Customer Service > FAQ > Animal Testing)

LA MER COSMETICS

Max Huber Laboratories is committed to the elimination of animal testing. We are equally committed to consumer health and safety, and bringing to market products that comply with applicable regulations in every country in which our products are sold.

We do not conduct animal testing on our products or ingredients, nor ask others to test on our behalf, except when required by law. We evaluate our finished products in clinical tests on volunteer panels.

Max Huber Laboratories fully supports the development and global acceptance of non-animal testing alternatives. To this end, the Company works extensively with the industry at large and the global scientific community to research and fund these alternatives.

Translation: they choose profit over animal welfare
Source: La Mer (Customer Service > FAQ > Animal Testing)

M.A.C

The M.A.C website does not provide a statement about animal testing. Their FAQ page, which is called Top Inquiries only has a few topics that they provide information on, which doesn’t include animal testing. I think they do not include this information because their reputation will be hurt the most if people knew they tested on animals. M.A.C has a very loyal fan base and with the amount of alternative companies these days that are just as good as they are, it would be crippling to lose that loyalty.

Click here for a blog post on the email reply from M.A.C on their animal testing policy.

OJON

Ojon is committed to the elimination of animal testing. We are equally committed to consumer health and safety, and bringing to market products that comply with applicable regulations in every country in which our products are sold.

We do not conduct animal testing on our products or ingredients, nor ask others to test on our behalf, except when required by law. We evaluate our finished products in clinical tests on volunteer panels.

Ojon fully supports the development and global acceptance of non-animal testing alternatives. To this end, the Company works extensively with the industry at large and the global scientific community to research and fund these alternatives.

Translation: they choose profit over animal welfare
Source: Ojon (Customer Service > FAQ > Animal Testing)

ORIGINS

Our products have always been formulated without Phthalates, Petrolatum, Paraffin, dyes, mineral oil, the chemical sunscreen PABA and Animal ingredients (except cruelty-free honey and beeswax).

We do not conduct animal testing on our products or ingredients, nor ask others to test on our behalf, except when required by law. We evaluate our finished products in clinical tests on volunteer panels.

Translation: they choose profit over animal welfare
Source: Origins (Customer Service > About Us > Our Products > Product Testing)

*** Updated April 1, 2012 – I found out the day after that Smashbox is also owned by Estée Lauder and posted their animal testing policy here as well ***

SMASHBOX

Smashbox is committed to the elimination of animal testing. We are equally committed to consumer health and safety, and bringing to market products that comply with applicable regulations in every country in which our products are sold.

We do not conduct animal testing on our products or ingredients, nor ask others to test on our behalf, except when required by law. We evaluate our finished products in clinical tests on volunteer panels.

Smashbox fully supports the development and global acceptance of non-animal testing alternatives. To this end, the Company works extensively with the industry at large and the global scientific community to research and fund these alternatives.

Translation: they choose profit over animal welfare
Source: Smashbox (Customer Service > FAQ > Animal Testing)

For a list of animal testing policies by companies I’ve contacted, check out the list here: List of Animal Testing Policies by Companies.

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11 Comments

  1. Isn’t this change still so heartbreaking? I just can’t believe that they would force so many great brands to change their stance on animal testing. :(

    • Very heartbreaking indeed, but the way I see it, it is the companies that choose to change their stance on animal testing by expanding into a market that enforced animal testing. Hopefully China will change its laws but I don’t expect it to happen anytime soon.

  2. Hi, I like this post and wondered if you could shed some light.
    I was just looking up on PETA’s website for cruelty-free products (with Clinique in mind – because it’s so goddamn hard to find a label that does BOTH skin care AND cosmetics – I’m sick of a bit of this and a bit of that) and found this:
    “All companies that are included on PETA’s cruelty-free list have signed PETA’s statement of assurance or provided a statement verifying that neither they nor their ingredient suppliers conduct or commission any animal tests on ingredients, formulations, or finished products.”
    What do you make of this?

    • Hi Joanna. I think Peta’s statement of assurance is fairly sound, however as far as I know they don’t go a step further and require the companies to ensure that the suppliers of their ingredients don’t test on animals. Since most of the time its the ingredients that are tested on animals it is not very useful to have companies sign a statement like this. I personally prefer Leaping Bunny over Peta because they are much more thorough and strict with their list of cruelty-free companies.

  3. It is troubling that you have to dig into the fine print. Cruelty free is important to me, as well as organic. REAL organic, not a green washed version of organic. I started using Neal’s Yard and ended up a representative. We are cruelty free, certified organic by the Soil Association. If you really look, you CAN find good products made by ethical companies.

  4. Aveda won’t sell their products to distributors in China because of their laws on animal testing.

    • Hi Allie. Can you provide a reference on this? As far as I know, Aveda does sell in China and according to their website they state that they don’t test on animals except when required by law, which means they do test on animals.

  5. Hiya,
    So Lush refuses to sell to China for this reason (love those guys and their products) as well as Pacifica (such good, vegan products).

    Good news: China agreed to lift the requirement for animal testing:

    “China has announced plans to lift the mandatory requirement on animal testing for cosmetics. This is great news for the 300,000 plus animals including rabbits and mice that undergo torturous animal testing. As of now China is expecting to make the change by June 2014.”
    (http://www.examiner.com/article/major-breakthrough-for-china-and-animal-testing)

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