Is Clinique Cruelty-Free? (What You Need To Know Before You Buy!)

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Is Clinique Cruelty-Free in 2019?

Clinique is a popular American beauty brand and we wanted to know, is Clinique cruelty-free?

Is Clinique Cruelty-free?

Clinique is NOT cruelty-free in 2020; Clinique pays and allows others to test their products on animals when required by law. In addition, Clinique does sell its products in mainland China where animal testing is mandatory for all imported cosmetics.

It should also be noted that Clinique is owned by Estee Lauder, a parent corporation that also does test on animals when required by law.

Clinique Animal Testing Statement

Clinique’s website states, “We do not conduct animal testing on our products or ingredients, nor ask others to test on our behalf, except when required by law.

But this statement is very misleading because the truth is, Clinique pays and allows others to test their products on animals for them, when the law requires it. Specifically, the law in China requires all imported cosmetics to be tested on animals. Clinique chooses to sell in China knowing that their products must be tested on animals by the Chinese government.

Below is a screenshot of what is currently on Clinique’s website:

Clinique Animal Testing Statement
Clinique’s Animal Testing Statement

Clinique is also not certified cruelty-free by any third-party organizations (like Leaping Bunny or PETA). In fact, Clinique is on PETA’s Blacklist of Brands that DO Test On Animals.

Is Clinique Sold in China?

Using Clinique’s online store locator, you can clearly see that Clinique has a number of in-store counters where their products are being sold throughout mainland China.

Below is a couple of screenshots taken from Clinique’s Chinese website, evidence that Clinique’s products are indeed sold in China.

Proof of Clinique selling in mainland China where animal testing is required by law
Proof of Clinique selling in mainland China where animal testing is required by law
Clinique sold in China in 2019
Clinique sold in China in 2019

Because of Clinique’s decision to sell its products in China, they must pay and allow Chinese officials to test their products on animals as part of the cosmetics registration process to sell in China.

Although Clinique may not be conducting these animal tests themselves, they are knowingly consenting Chinese officials to test their products on animals.

Many cruelty-free companies have chosen not to sell their products in mainland China because of the country’s animal testing requirements. If Clinique claims to be “committed to the elimination of animal testing” then why can’t they do the same?

Unfortunately, Clinique has decided to put profits before the welfare of animals.

TL; DR: Clinique is NOT Cruelty-Free!

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

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

Is Clinique Vegan?

Since we would not consider Clinique 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 Clinique to be vegan.

Cruelty-Free Alternatives to Clinique:

Looking to switch to cruelty-free brands? Here are some cruelty-free options that are similar to Clinique:

Lots of you guys have been asking for a cruelty-free alternative to Clinique’s Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm and I would recommend Farmacy’s Green Clean Makeup Removing Cleansing Balm (it’s also vegan!).

Swap Clinique for Farmacy

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1 Comment
  • Dorothea Swint
    April 5, 2019

    I have stopped buying Clinique,because of China’s testing.Too often,money or profits win over,ethics and animal protection!

“Make ethical choices in what we buy, do, and watch. In a consumer-driven society our individual choices, used collectively for the good of animals and nature, can change the world faster than laws.”― Marc Bekoff

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