Erborian (L’Occitane)

Last Updated: January 4, 2022

How Ethical Is Erborian (L’Occitane)?

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Ethical Analysis

Is Erborian cruelty-free or vegan? We’ve got the answers here! Read below for more details on Erborian’s policies.
Erborian does not test on animals but Erborian is owned by L’Occitane, a company that is NOT cruelty-free.
Erborian products are not sold in stores in mainland China.
Erborian does not clearly mark which of their products are vegan, so it’s difficult to determine which of their items are vegan.

About Erborian (L’Occitane)

Erborian is Korean Herbal Science meets Modern French Luxury creating Innovative Skin Care formulations.
COMPANY BASED IN: France
CERTIFICATIONS: N/A

Erborian (L’Occitane)

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Is Erborian Cruelty-Free & Vegan?

Erborian is a Korean skincare, makeup, and cosmetics brand but is Erborian cruelty-free & vegan in 2022? We’ve got the answers here!

Is Erborian Cruelty-Free?

Erborian is Cruelty-free! None of Erborian’s ingredients, formulations, or finished products are tested on animals, anywhere in the world.

However, it should be noted that Erborian is owned by L’Occitane, a parent corporation that does test on animals when required by law.

Erborian Animal Testing Policy

Erborian has confirmed they do not test their products or ingredients on animals, they do not allow others to test on their behalf, their suppliers also do not test on animals, they do not allow their products to be tested on animals when required by law, and their products are not sold in stores in mainland China or any other country that may require animal testing.

Below is a screenshot of Erborian’s official animal testing statement:

Erborian Cruelty-Free Claims
Erborian Animal Testing Statement

Is Erborian Sold in China?

All imported cosmetics sold in mainland China are required by law to be tested on animals. However, Erborian has confirmed they do not sell their products in retail stores in mainland China and therefore they are not required to test on animals.

Erborian Acquired by L’Occitane

In 2012, Erborian was acquired by, L’Occitane a corporation that does test on animals when required by law.

Although Erborian is owned by L’Occitane, the brand has remained committed to being a cruelty-free brand.

Erborian has met all of our criteria in our Cruelty-Free Checklist.

Is Erborian Vegan?

Not all of Erborian’s products are vegan as some of their products contain honey and bee by-products.

The following is a screenshot of what’s currently stated on ‘s official website about its vegan products:

Erborian Vegan Claims

Erborian claims bee by-products is the only non-vegan ingredient they use in their products, but when I asked if they had a list of their vegan product options, they were unable to provide me with one.

I also don’t see any their products with a vegan label or description. So, at this time, I don’t believe Erborian has any vegan options.

Erborian is considered cruelty-free and doesn’t test on animals, however, since Erborian does not claim to currently offer any vegan cosmetics, Erborian is not included on our List of Cruelty-Free & Vegan Brands.

In order for brands to be included in our Cruelty-Free List, they must be cruelty-free and offer some vegan products.


I hope this article helped you to understand Erborian’s cruelty-free and vegan status and by choosing cruelty-free together, we can help end animal testing for cosmetics once and for all!

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4 thoughts on “Erborian (L’Occitane)”

    1. Hi Nic, I’m currently looking into Erborian’s cruelty-free status right now. I see that they’re on PETA’s Blacklist of Brands that DO test on animals but the response I received from them says otherwise and they state on their website,

      “Erborian is a Korean brand but we do NOT sell our products in China.
      When it comes to animal testing, Erborian has never tested its products, its ingredients or its raw materials on animals. This is a value that we uphold at each stage of development – from our products’ design to their fabrication. Likewise, our providers’ raw materials are never tested on animals.”

      So, I’m trying my best to get to the bottom of this and will update this post once I have new information.

      Thank you for your patience.

    2. Hi again, Nic

      I recently spoke with a representative at Erborian and they’ve again, reassured me that they don’t test on animals. I’m not exactly sure why PETA has the brand blacklisted.

      I asked Erborian why they’re on PETA’s list of companies that DO test on animals, they said,

      “This could be do to lack of research or the fact that we use sustainably sourced honey.

      We are absolutely creulty free and do not test on animals, nor do we sell our products to countries that require animal testing based on government laws.”

      If you have any other sources or reports that suggest otherwise and that Erborian is not cruelty-free.. do you mind sending it to me so I can look into this some more? My email is [email protected]

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