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Clarins Animal Testing Statement; Not Cruelty-Free

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Clarins Animal Testing

Clarins products are sold in China and therefore is not a cruelty-free brand and supports animal testing.

There isn’t an official statement anywhere on their multiple website including their Clarins USA, Clarins Canada, and Clarins Corporate Group sites. The only relevant statement I found (on their corporate website) was about their use of both in vitro and in vivo testing.

To ensure excellence in all its products, the Clarins group masters its production chain from A to Z. It has its own research laboratories in France, based in Pontoise.  They verify the effectiveness and stability of products through safety and tolerance testing, completed both in vitro and in vivo. ~Clarins

I reached out to them asking for specifics about their stance on animal testing and received the following response:

Dear Vicky,

As a company, we utilize the latest advances in non-animal safety testing to deliver products of the highest quality to consumers.

Some countries unfortunately still require animal testing in order to validate the safety of cosmetic ingredients or products. As a Global company, we are committed to providing our products and services to our consumers where they live and to do so, we must comply with all legal requirements where we do business. Clarins continue to maintain its commitment to end animal testing around the world and to do this, we will continue to invest in scientific research to promote the full acceptance of non-animal testing methods by working closely with Global authorities in this area.

It is confirmed that Clarins does sell in China as they have a dedicated website for consumers residing in China.

10 Responses
  • Annaliese G
    October 10, 2017

    I am bummed and disappointed beyond words that Clarins tests on animals. I have been using the product for about a year now and absolutely love it! I have even converted most of my friends to use it because of how well it works on my skin. I know my friends will be as disappointed as I am; and now we will all need to find a new brand that we love just as much and a brand that shares our love for our animal friends. We wont spend another dime on this brand.

    Shame on you, Clarins.

  • Yolanda Martins
    September 22, 2017

    thanks very much for the explanation. I didn’t know the ads I see when I’m accessing a particular page are not necessarily related to the site.

  • Colleen
    April 20, 2017

    So Clarins uses animanl testing for legal reasons, but says they are commited to being cruelty free? I’m completely confused and completely sad. I’ve used Clarins for so many years appreciating the fact that they use quality, phyto ingredients, but this is changing my opinion about the company. They’ve been doing this long enough that they should know they don’t need animals to assure they’re effectiveness. I can’t bemieve I have to find a new line of cosmetics after 2à years of usihg Clarins. I am completely deestarted and disappointed in them. They are losing a lot of money and support from me.

    • Yolanda Martins
      September 22, 2017

      I am very disappointed to learn that Clarins is not animal cruelty free. I’ve used their products for at least 40 years! no longer though. I’m looking to see where I can write to (at Clarins) to state the reason why they are losing me as a customer after so many years. Like Colleen, I too have to now look for another brand, which isn’t an easy thing to do as it entails trial and error. But, for the love of animals, I will do it. Goodbye Clarins! Can anyone recommend a similar brand (that uses phyto ingredients, etc).

  • Jill bell
    March 16, 2017

    I as a sane person will not be buying or endorsing your evil produce. …so so disappointed …being taught a lie..

  • Yolanda Martins
    March 14, 2017

    thaks for this informative page… how come there is an ad on your page to try out free samples (it’s from Dealio.la) and features products such as Olay and Clinique… I thought those companies do animal testing?

    • Swiss Miss
      July 14, 2017

      I’ll comment on this as we spoke about this problem in my digital marketing course – Vicky will have sold some space on her page for advertising (all that stuff that is moving and changing? that is not done by Vicky) and so she should; blogging, especially when there is such thorough research behind it takes time and she should be able to make some money from advertising space. The modern strategy is to operate using targeted ads, right now I am seeing something only relevant to the Swiss market, you would see something else. If you often look up beauty things, then the targeted ads will show you something they think may interest you, which could be why you are seeing an ad for samples including products that are not cruelty-free. Unfortunately, Vicky will have no control over the actual content. But hey, if you don’t like Olay doing animal testing, you can tell them that.

      There is also hope according to a recent PETA article (http://www.cosmeticsdesign-asia.com/Regulation-Safety/PETA-China-s-new-regulation-removes-animal-testing-procedure), changes are underway. So between actively letting companies know that we will not choose their products because we cannot accept their greed causing unnecessary pain to sentient beings and various parties pushing for a change in policy, we will get there. And because it feels like change is so close, it really annoyed me that Nars decided to just go for the money (I bet you “generating shareholder value” was the driver for that decision) instead of saying “sure, we’ll sell in China, just get a move on with your policy change”.

  • Lisa M Johnson
    March 13, 2017

    It’s sad to see comments like this from companies. They’re basically saying “Yes, absolutely, animal testing is a horrible thing – BUT it makes us money, so we’re going to continue to do it.” It makes my stomach churn. It’s frustrating because I just received a sample of one of their products, that I really liked, and wanted to buy; but now I won’t, as my vanity is not worth the torture and pain of living, breathing, thinking, feeling beings. Money isn’t everything, Clarins – get your head out of your ass.

  • Paige
    April 9, 2016

    Nikki Reed and her new Kiehls product for Earth Day is under the unmbrella of Loreal.
    We all know they both animal test.

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