Does Lancome test on animals or sell in China?
Lancome is a high-end beauty and skincare brand found around the world. But is Lancome cruelty-free or do they test their products on animals?
For a company to be considered cruelty-free they have to meet all of the following criteria:
- Do not test any of their products or ingredients on animals
- Don’t allow others to test on their behalf
- Do not sell in a country where animal testing is required.
After doing a bit of research, I found that Lancome doesn’t meet the above cruelty-free requirements and is not considered to be a cruelty-free skincare brand.
Let’s look into what all of that really means and what you can do about it.
Is Lancome Certified Cruelty-Free?
When researching a brand’s cruelty-free status my first stop is the certified cruelty-free list. There are three organizations that give official certifications to brands around the world; Leaping Bunny, Peta, and Choose Cruelty-Free.
Lancome is not found on any of these organizations’ cruelty-free lists. However, they are found on Peta’s list of brands to avoid.
Does Lancome Test on Animals?
The next step in my research is going directly to the company’s animal testing policy to see where they stand. Lancome’s policy can be found in the ‘Commitments to Product Safety’ section of their website. Here is an excerpt of what it states:
“Lancôme is committed to upholding the highest standards of safety for all the products it makes and sells. We adhere to the most rigorous standards for product safety so that our customers can purchase and use our products with complete confidence.
We want you to know that:
Lancôme is in full compliance with FDA regulations as well as the European Union 7th Amendment Cosmetic Directive and the requirements for safety in all of the countries in which our products are sold.
Each and every ingredient used in our products has been thoroughly reviewed and tested by our internal safety team made up of toxicologists, clinicians, pharmacists and physicians.
Every product formulation that Lancôme manufactures is screened and tested for safety before it is marketed to consumers.
We at Lancôme do not conduct animal testing on our products or ingredients, nor ask others to test on our behalf, except when required by law. As we continue to expand globally and reach our customers around the world, it is our practice to do our part towards advancing the science of safety and validated alternative methods that eliminate the need or requirement for any animal testing globally.
In 1989, our parent company, L’Oreal voluntarily stopped using animal testing for the evaluation of its entire range of finished products. The company has invested more than $1 billion over the last 25 years to develop innovative, alternative methods to animal testing, particularly in the area of reconstructed tissue development. L’Oreal and Lancôme are totally committed to a future without tests on animals.
To learn more about L’Oreal’s work in the area of alternative methods to animal testing, please visit here.
Lancôme confidently and proudly stands behind each and every product that we sell, and we pledge that we will always uphold the highest standards of safety for our customers around the world.
If you would like additional information about the safety of cosmetics, please contact cosmeticsinfo.org.”
Lancome’s animal testing policy contradicts itself. It states that they don’t test on animals nor ask others to test on their behalf. Then they say they’ll make an exception when required by law. You can’t have it both ways. Therefore, Lancome does allow animal testing on their products.
Is Lancome Sold in China?
Yes, Lancome does sell in China. After doing a quick Google search I was able to locate their Chinese website. A brand doesn’t create a website for another country unless they are serving those customers. I’ve included an image of the website below.
What About China’s New Animal Testing Laws?
China has announced that as of May 1, 2021, general cosmetics such as shampoo, body wash, lipstick, lotion, and makeup can be sold without being tested on animals. However, a company is required to jump through various hoops for this to happen. As of now, Lancome has not been exempt and their products can still be tested on animals by the Chinese health authority. Even if an exemption happens it is still possible that the products can be subjected to post-market testing.
Is Lancome Owned by a Parent Company?
Yes, Lancome is owned by L’Oreal, a company that tests on animals. You can view a full list of brands that L’Oreal owns to see which other companies you should avoid.
Is Lancome Vegan?
Lancome is not considered to be vegan because they test their products or ingredients on animals or allow others to do so on their behalf. So, until this changes, we choose not to look into whether they may or may not have products that don’t contain animal ingredients.
What are Cruelty-Free Alternatives to Lancome?
There are several cruelty-free skincare alternatives to Lancome. Check out the list below.
Wrap Up: Is Lancome Cruelty-Free?
No, Lancome is not a cruelty-free skincare brand. Even though they claim to not test on animals they choose to sell in a country that requires imported cosmetics to be tested on animals.
Therefore, Lancome is not considered to be cruelty-free. They will be added to my list of brands that test on animals.
Now I’d like to hear from you. What are your thoughts about Lancome? Please leave your comment below!