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List of Estee Lauder Brands

List of Estee Lauder Brands that May have been tested on animals

Estée Lauder states on their corporate website that they are “committed to the elimination of all animal testing on all cosmetic products and ingredients worldwide.” However Estée Lauder has also admitted to testing on animals when required by law.

On their website, you can find Estée Lauder’s animal testing policy. It’s pretty thorough and I encourage you to read through on your own.

Estee Lauder's Animal Testing Statement

As explained by Estée Lauder, they are a global (and massive!) company and therefore some of their brands and products are sold internationally, including in China where it is required by law to test all imported cosmetics on animals.

Estée Lauder can choose to forgo selling to the Chinese market but it’s unlikely that they will considering how lucrative China’s growing consumer demand is for their products. Ultimately, Estée Lauder has chosen to put profits before the welfare of animals.

I do appreciate how they are very clear on their website about what they mean when they say “except when required by law” and their decision to sell their products in China but it was difficult to tell which of their brands are retailed in China. I’ve tried my best to research each brand individually to bring you a comprehensive and updated list of Estée Lauder brands that distribute their products in China and should be avoided as they’re not cruelty-free.

Smashbox and Aveda’s Animal Testing Statements

Estée Lauder is not a cruelty-free brand however two of their subsidiary companies, Aveda and Smashbox have signed a statement of assurance with PETA’s Beauty Without Bunnies Program stating that none of their products, ingredients, formulations are tested on animals.

However both companies have included the same disclaimer as Estee Lauder in their animal testing statements saying that they “don’t test on animals, nor ask others to test on our behalf, except where required by law.

Both Smashbox and Aveda state that they don't test on animals except when required by law

In addition, many caring consumers choose to not support any subsidiary brands of Estée Lauder as they feel their money will be financially supporting the parent company and funding animal testing.

List of Estée Lauder Brands

Indicates a brand's products are sold in China This brand distributes its products in China

This brand is PETA certified cruelty-free This brand is PETA Certified Cruelty-Free

  • AERIN
  • Aramis
  • Aveda This brand is PETA certified cruelty-free
  • Bobbi Brown Indicates a brand's products are sold in China
  • Bumble and Bumble
  • Clinique Indicates a brand's products are sold in China
  • Darphin
  • Donna Karen New York (DKNY) (Fragrance)
  • Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle (In Hong Kong Indicates a brand's products are sold in China)
  • Ermenegildo Zegna
  • Estée Lauder Indicates a brand's products are sold in China
  • GLAMGLOW Indicates a brand's products are sold in China
  • GoodSkin Labs Indicates a brand's products are sold in China
  • Jo Malone London Indicates a brand's products are sold in China
  • Kiton (Fragrance)
  • La Mer Indicates a brand's products are sold in China
  • Lab Series Indicates a brand's products are sold in China
  • Le Labo This brand is PETA certified cruelty-free
  • MAC Cosmetics Indicates a brand's products are sold in China
  • Marni (Fragrance)
  • Michael Kors Indicates a brand's products are sold in China
  • Ojon
  • Origins Indicates a brand's products are sold in China
  • Osiao Indicates a brand's products are sold in China
  • Prescriptives
  • RODIN olio lusso
  • Smashbox This brand is PETA certified cruelty-free
  • Tom Ford Indicates a brand's products are sold in China
  • Tommy Hilfiger (Fragrance)
  • Tory Burch

Photo by jfxie, used under CC BY 2.0 / Added Estée Lauder logo 

12 Responses
  • Nieza
    July 12, 2017

    Hi. What a nice post! Do you know if Estee Lauder, especially the Double Wear foundation is a vegan product or not? I saw many great reviews from Youtube, etc about it but I’m a vegan…

    • Vicky Ly
      July 12, 2017

      Hi Neiza,

      I wouldn’t consider any products from Estee Lauder to be vegan because they’re a brand that test on animals and is not cruelty-free so I personally wouldn’t consider their foundation to be vegan because Estee Lauder test on animals.

      If your only concern is whether the foundation has animal ingredients (and choose to look pass how they test on animals) then you’re best bet is to ask Estee Lauder about the source of their ingredients for this foundation directly =)

  • Joshua
    June 6, 2017

    Hey! I know this is a couple years old, but Le Labo is actually not distributed in China specifically for this reason. They are against animal testing and refused to sell in China. Please update your list to reflect that. Currently it says they are in China.

    • Vicky Ly
      June 7, 2017

      Hey Joshua!
      Thanks for letting me know! I’ve updated this list to reflect those changes =)

  • Joanna Spooner
    November 29, 2016

    Mind, look at the way they go on with animals,(dogs), in China. It really doesn’t surprise me. It’s about time testing on animals stopped. Disgraceful to think that a product that is designed to help make a person look beautiful, is infact, something very ugly indeed .. .makes you think !

  • Dominique
    December 31, 2015

    RE: Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle (In Hong Kong)
    just want to clarify that, selling cosmetic in Hong Kong does not require Animal Testing.
    Aveda is selling in Hong Kong too.

    • Vicky Ly
      January 4, 2016

      Yes, you’re absolutely right about Hong Kong not requiring companies to test on animals and that’s why I’ve made the note that they only sell in Hong Kong as some caring consumers don’t like the idea of products beings old anywhere in China period.

      Does Aveda really sell in Hong Kong? I couldn’t find any concrete answers on that and in an email response, they told me that they don’t sell in China. It’s tough trying to get a solid and consistent answer from them. If you have any information that they do, please send it my way vicky@ethicalelephant.com as I’d love to verify that claim and update this list =)

      • Ado
        May 19, 2016

        Love how through you are with your investigations =D
        We need certainty and specifics in this world of assumptions and beliefs.

  • Vivi
    December 9, 2015

    Great article (!) on Estee Lauder, which highlights the most important issue – China money. As long as companies keep putting profit ahead of animal well-being (which basically means always), animals will still be suffer.
    Smashbox is so disappointing because they were so anti-testing, and lately I found out about L’Occitane as well, which was the company I used for practically everything and I’m having a hell of a time finding a replacement.

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