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Is NARS Cruelty-Free?

Does Nars test on animals or sell in China?

Nars is a high-end beauty company that can be found all over the world. But is Nars 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 Nars doesn’t meet the above cruelty-free requirements and is not considered to be a cruelty-free makeup brand. 

Let’s look into what all of that really means and what you can do about it.

Is Nars 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.

Nars is not found on any of these organization’s cruelty-free lists. However, they are found on Peta’s list of brands to avoid

nars cosmetics peta

Does Nars Test on Animals?

The next step in my research is going directly to the company’s animal testing policy to see where they stand. Nars’ policy can be found in the customer service section of their website. Here is what it states:

“NARS does not test on animals nor do we ask others to test on our behalf, except where required by law. NARS is actively working with industry and other partners to eliminate animal testing globally and is committed to the development and acceptance of alternative methods. We are equally dedicated to the health and safety of our consumers ensuring we meet the highest in quality standards. We remain committed to bringing our vision of beauty and artistry to more fans around the globe, as part of our long-held commitment to empower women everywhere.”

nars animal testing policy

Nars’s animal testing policy contradicts itself. It states that they do not test on animals. However, they choose to sell in China where animal testing is required for imported cosmetics. Therefore, Nars does allow animal testing on their products.

Is Nars Sold in China?

Yes, Nars does sell in China. After doing a quick Google search I was able to locate Nars’ 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. 

nars chinese website

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, Nars 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 Nars Owned By a Parent Company?

Yes, Nars is owned by Shiseido, a company that tests on animals. You can view a full list of brands that they own to see which other companies you should avoid. 

Is Nars Vegan?

Nars 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 Nars?

There are several cruelty-free makeup alternatives to Nars. Check out the list below:

Wrap Up: Is Nars Cruelty-Free?

No, Nars is not a cruelty-free beauty brand. Even though they claim to not test on animals, they choose to sell in a country that requires imported cosmetics to be tested.

Therefore, Nars is not considered to be cruelty-free. They will be added to my list of brands that test on animals

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