3CE (L’Oreal)

Last Updated: March 6, 2024

How Ethical Is 3CE (L’Oreal)?

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Ethical Analysis

Is 3CE cruelty-free or vegan? We’ve got the answers here! Read below to learn more about 3CE’s policies.
3CE is NOT Cruelty-Free. 3CE engages in animal testing by allowing its products to be animal-tested.
3CE claims to offer some “vegan” options that are free of animal-derived ingredients, but because 3CE engages in animal testing, we wouldn’t classify anything sold or produced by 3CE to be vegan.

3CE (L’Oreal)

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Is 3CE Cruelty-Free?

☠️ 3CE is NOT cruelty-free in 2023. 3CE allows its products to be tested on animals when required by law.

3CE’s Animal Testing Policy

When asking, does 3CE test on animals? We must look beyond to ensure none of 3CE’s ingredients or suppliers test on animals. And they don’t sell in any country or under conditions that may require animal testing by law.

To assess whether brands are cruelty-free, I always start with the company’s official animal testing policy on their website.

However, I couldn’t find 3CE’s animal testing statement anywhere on Stylenanda’s website.

So I reached out to 3CE Stylenanda to ask for more information about their animal testing policy. More specifically, I wanted to know if they commission or allow others to test, not just their finished products but their ingredients on animals, including when selling in countries that require animal testing (like mainland China).

And 3CE Stylenanda responded by saying,

“Please note that Stylenanda does not test on animals and we never ask to do so on our behalf. If a regulatory body demands it for its safety or regulatory assessment, an exception can be made.

Our company and all of our brands remain dedicated to the elimination of animal testing on all cosmetic products or ingredients worldwide. We believe that animal testing should not be needed to validate the safety of cosmetic products or ingredients.

Our consumers can be certain that we are committed to producing only the highest quality beauty products which meet our exacting efficacy, safety, and ethical standards.

Also, please note that not all our products are Vegan-Friendly.

In addition, according to the Korean Cosmetics Act, cosmetics tested on animals are strictly prohibited. Unfortunately, there’s no specific agency or ministry that certifies the products but we have to abide by accordance with the law.”

Based on the response I received from 3CE Stylenanda, the company admits to allowing its products to be tested on animals if a regulatory body demands it for its safety or regulatory assessment.

Truly cruelty-free brands will never allow their products or ingredients to be tested on animals. Cruelty-free companies have a policy where if the law requires them to test on animals then they will refuse to sell their products under those conditions.

For example, some imported cosmetics sold in stores in mainland China are required by Chinese laws to be tested on animals upon registration. Therefore, truly cruelty-free brands have chosen not to sell in China in order to remain committed to their no animal testing policy.

Unfortunately, 3CE Stylenanda state they will allow their products and ingredients to be tested on animals if the law requires it. For those reasons, 3CE is NOT cruelty-free.

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Cruelty-Free Policies

At ethical elephant, we always assess a company’s cruelty-free policy using our Cruelty-Free Checklist. This ensures no animal testing was performed by the brand itself, its suppliers, or by any third parties, including when required by law.

See below for our complete cruelty-free checklist. Since 3CE state they allow their products to be tested on animals if regulatory authorities demand it, we cannot classify the brand as being cruelty-free.

Complete Cruelty-Free Checklist

Is 3CE Certified Cruelty-Free?

3CE is not certified cruelty-free by any third-party cruelty-free certifications like Leaping Bunny or PETA.

Since 3CE is not certified cruelty-free by a third party, no one is substantiating or auditing 3CE’s cruelty-free commitments and claims.

Is 3CE Owned By A Non-Cruelty-Free Parent Company?

Yes. 3CE Stylenanda is owned by L’Oreal, a parent corporation that still engages in animal testing in 2023.

Some cruelty-free consumers may choose to purchase and support cruelty-free brands owned by animal-tested parent corporations as they hope it will convince the parent company to become cruelty-free.

But in this case, 3CE is NOT cruelty-free, and neither is its parent corporation, L’Oreal.

Does 3CE Test on Animals?

To wrap up, 3CE allows its products to be tested on animals when required by law. Therefore, we would NOT consider 3CE to be a cruelty-free brand.

Currently, 3CE is on our List of Brands to Avoid – Animal Tested.

Is 3CE Vegan?

3CE is NOT vegan. 3CE claims to offer some “vegan” options that are free of animal-derived ingredients, but 3CE engages in animal testing in some capacity, so we wouldn’t consider any 3CE products vegan at this time.

In order for products to be considered vegan by ethical elephant’s standards, the products and their ingredients must not be tested on animals anywhere in the world. Also, they must not contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products.

Cruelty-Free Alternatives to 3CE

Looking to switch to cruelty-free products? Here are some cruelty-free brands to check out:

Or check out our List of Cruelty-Free K-Beauty Brands.

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