I’m sad to say that Marc Jacobs Beauty should not be considered a cruelty-free brand; their ingredients may have been tested on animals.
It is true that Marc Jacobs Beauty is certified cruelty-free by PETA’s Beauty Without Bunnies Program however PETA doesn’t require companies to show any proof of documents or agreements between their ingredient suppliers that any materials supplied by them were also not tested on animals.
In an email response, Marc Jacobs Beauty claims that none of their ingredients or products are tested on animals but cannot comment on whether the ingredients supplied from third parties are tested on animals.
“We do not test on animals, whether it be the product or ingredients. If we use any ingredients from a third party, we cannot comment on what their policies or practices are. We do not have stores located in China. Sephora is an authorized dealer for Marc Jacobs and they also do not have stores located in China.”
I also want to note that the rep who emailed me is misinformed because Sephora does have several stores located in China.
I checked Sephora China’s website and they only carry a selection of Marc Jacobs Fragrances which are required under current laws to be tested on animals in order to be sold in China.
However, I am unable to prove whether or not any of Marc Jacobs Beauty products (like their nail polish or makeup) are sold in China but as seen in the above screenshot, their fragrance line is available for sale on Sephora’s China online site. Right now, it doesn’t look like any of their beauty products are sold in China.
Marc Jacobs Beauty is Not Cruelty-Free
The fact that Marc Jacobs Beauty cannot confirm whether or not the ingredients supplied from a third party are tested on animals is enough for me to warrant their products and brand not cruelty-free.
To be a 100% cruelty-free brand, companies must ensure that not only is the final product not tested on animals, but also each and every raw ingredient that goes into the end product were also not tested on animals. It’s like buying a 100% organic body lotion, you would only consider the product to be organic if all the ingredients are proven to meet the same organic standards as well.
I’m not sure why or how Marc Jacobs Beauty has failed to verify their ingredient suppliers’ animal testing policy but until they have taken the necessary steps, I wouldn’t consider them to be a cruelty-free brand.