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Erborian Cruelty-Free & Vegan Status (2019)

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Erborian is a Korean skincare brand sold at Sephora. I want to know if Erborian tests on animals or not?

Is Erborian Cruelty-Free?

Answer:

Yes. Erborian is cruelty-free; they do not test on animals. However it should be noted that Erborian is owned by L’Occitane, a corporation that does test on animals.

Erborian Animal Testing Policy

I had a hard time finding any information about Erborian’s animal testing statement on their US website. But Google led me to a statement found on Erborian’s Singapore website.

Here’s a screenshot of what I found:

Erborian Animal Testing Statement (2019)

I did reach out to Erborian to inquire about their stance on animal testing and they replied with a similar statement found on their Singapore website, stating and confirming the following:

  • Erborian does not and has never tested its products, its active ingredients or its raw materials on animals at any point in the product development or manufacturing process
  • This principle applies similarly to our raw material suppliers
  • Erborian products are not sold in-stores in Mainland China and therefore they’re not required to test on animals as per China’s animal testing laws

With Erborian’s cooperation and response, I would consider Erborian to be a cruelty-free brand. However, Erborian is owned by a parent company that does sell their products in Mainland China and is not considered cruelty-free. Erborian is owned by L’Occitane.

Related: Reasons to Support or Boycott Cruelty-Free Brands Owned by a Parent Company that Tests on Animals

Is Erborian Vegan?

Answer:

Not all of Erborian products are considered vegan as they do use honey in some of their skincare products.

Erborian stated in an email response that honey was the only animal by-product they use in their skincare but was not able to provide a list of Erborian products that do not contain honey and would be considered vegan.

I would advise checking and reading ingredient lists before buying.

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