Last Updated: January 4, 2022

Is Clarins Cruelty-Free and Vegan?

Clarins is a French luxury skincare, cosmetics and perfume company but is Clarins cruelty-free or vegan in 2022?

Ethical Analysis

Is Clarins cruelty-free or vegan? We’ve got the answers here! Read below for more details on Clarins’s policies.
Clarins is NOT Cruelty-Free. Clarins engages in animal testing by allowing its products to be animal-tested.
Yes, Clarins sells its products in stores in mainland China under conditions where animal testing is still legally required.
Since Clarins’s products are animal-tested, we wouldn’t consider anything sold or produced by Clarins to be vegan.


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Is Clarins Cruelty-Free?

Is Clarins Cruelty-Free?

Clarins is NOT Cruelty-free. Clarins pays and allows their products to be tested on animals when required by law. Clarins also sells its products in stores in mainland China where animal testing is mandatory for most imported cosmetics.

Clarins Animal Testing Policy

Clarins claims they don’t test on animals, however, in some countries, where Clarins is sold, require animal tests. This suggests Clarins is selling their products in stores in mainland China where animal testing is required for most imported cosmetics.

Below is what’s currently stated on Clarins’ website:

Clarins Cruelty-Free Claims

Also, when I emailed the brand asking if any of their products, ingredients, or formulations are tested on animals by the company itself or commissioned to a third party to test on their behalf, or by any of their suppliers. They responded saying,

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.

This, along with the couple of screenshots I took (see below) from their Chinese website, further confirms that Clarins does sell their cosmetics in mainland China’s stores and must consent and allow Chinese officials to test their products on animals first.

Clarins sold in China, cannot be Cruelty-Free
Clarins sold in stores China and required to test on animals

Many truly cruelty-free brands have chosen not to sell in mainland China because of their animal testing requirements, unfortunately Clarins refuses to do the same and has chosen to put profits before the welfare of animals.

Summary: Clarins is NOT Cruelty-Free!

By choosing to sell in mainland China, Clarins must have their products tested on animals. Therefore I would not consider Clarins to be a cruelty-free brand.

Clarins is on our List of Brands to Avoid – Animal Tested.

Is My Clarins Cruelty-Free?

In 2019, Clarins launched a skincare line called My Clarins targeted to the younger generation. They claim the products from the My Clarins are both cruelty-free and vegan but I wouldn’t buy from this line.

Is My Clarins Vegan?

Clarins suggests that since their My Clarins line isn’t sold in China and they have not been tested on animals, that this means they’re cruelty-free.

“Through the My Clarins products’ vegan-friendly label, Clarins is guaranteeing that you are buying cosmetic products that do not contain any animal-derived raw materials and have not been tested on animals, as they are not sold in countries where animal testing is mandatory.”

However, My Clarins is just one small product line operating under the same umbrella as Clarins.

In my opinion, Clarins produced My Clarins as a cash-grab to try and sell to young, cruelty-free & conscious consumers. They’re trying to appeal to the cruelty-free community but without actually making any changes to their bottom line. If Clarins really cared about helping to end animal testing for cosmetics, then they should stop testing their main product line, Clarins on animals!

Sorry Clarins, but you can’t have it both ways.

When evaluating a brand’s cruelty-free status, I review the overall brand itself and whether they conduct, commission, or condone any type of animal testing on their ingredients, formulations, or finished products.

To see Clarins produce a separate line of “cruelty-free” and “vegan-friendly” skincare and try to pass it off as if they’re partially cruelty-free now isn’t going to fly with me.

Is Clarins Vegan?

Since we would not consider Clarins to be cruelty-free as their products are tested on animals when required by law, we also wouldn’t consider anything sold or manufactured by Clarins to be vegan.

Cruelty-Free Alternatives to Clarins:

Looking for cruelty-free options to Clarins, here are some of our recommendations:

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What do you think

25 thoughts on “Clarins”

  1. I’m gutted. I’ve spent a couple of months trying samples for my hydrated skin. Finally settled on Clarins and a random comment on Facebook has led me to further investigation. I also thought they were cruelty free. I can’t, in all conscience invest in their products now.

  2. I have been using Clarins products for many years and was led to believe they did not use animal products or test on animals, l too will no longer be buying from this company until they cease the unacceptable testing on animals.

  3. I have made a decision to research all skin care & makeup to make sure they are truly cruelty free before buying. I think it’s a slow start but more & more people will do the same & others might just be shamed into It. Clairns should wake up to this & pave the way.

    1. Completely agree, Ruth – and if it means I’ll be buying products without an expensive logo slapped all over it, then so what? And if anyone cares about it enough, then perhaps they need to rethink whether they’re really as concerned about products being vegan as they say.

  4. So I gather everyone here thinks that Clarins should close their long established spa’s and put hundreds of thousands of people out of work both inside and outside of China so as not to be ‘greedy’. They were well established in China before anyone was concerned about animal testing. Do your research properly and see what a conscientious effort they are making on many fronts such as sustainability and protecting the environment. They are working to find a solution rather than turning their backs on their own people. None of their products outside of China are tested on animals.

    1. So Michelle if none of their products outside of China are tested on animals why on earth would it be a threat to the Chinese workforce if they did the same as the rest of the world?

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