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.
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.”
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
This brand distributes its products in China
- Bobbi Brown
- Bumble and Bumble
- Donna Karen New York (DKNY) (Fragrance)
- Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle (In Hong Kong )
- Ermenegildo Zegna
- Estée Lauder
- GoodSkin Labs
- Jo Malone London
- Kiton (Fragrance)
- La Mer
- Lab Series
- Le Labo
- MAC Cosmetics
- Marni (Fragrance)
- Michael Kors
- RODIN olio lusso
- Tom Ford
- Tommy Hilfiger (Fragrance)
- Tory Burch