Darphin is a professional botanical Parisian skincare line but is Darphin cruelty-free in 2021? I’ve got the answer here!
Is Darphin Cruelty-Free?
Darphin is NOT Cruelty-free. Darphin pays and allows its products to be tested on animals when required by law.
In addition, Darphin is owned by Estee Lauder, a parent company that is also not cruelty-free.
Darphin Animal Testing Policy
On Darphin’s website, they state their parent company, Estee Lauder’s animal testing policy.
Estee Lauder and Darphin claim they don’t test their products or ingredients on animals, except where required by law.
Below is what’s currently stated on Darphin’s website, I highlighted in pink some of the important points:
Policies stating, “except where required by law”, usually implies the company is selling its products in mainland China. Because most imported cosmetics sold in stores in mainland China are required by law to be tested on animals.
So when they say, some countries believe they need to conduct or require animal testing, they’re talking about China here.
Is Darphin Sold in China?
However, I couldn’t find any evidence or reports of Darphin products being sold in stores in mainland China.
In my research, I found they currently have three stores in Hong Kong and Macau, but animal testing is not required by law in those countries as they’re not part of mainland China.
So, it doesn’t appear that Darphin products are currently, being sold in stores in mainland China.
But, the French skincare brand still states they allow its products to be tested on animals “where required by law”.
I believe this ties into how they’re owned by Estee Lauder.
Darphin Owned By Estee Lauder
We know that Estee Lauder and a few of its subsidiaries sell their products in China, including MAC Cosmetics, Tom Ford Beauty, Clinique, Bobbi Brown. As a result, all of these brands are required by law to have their products tested on animals in China.
But Estee Lauder also owns several cruelty-free brands that I have confirmed do not test on animals or sell in China. For example, Aveda, Too Faced, Smashbox, and BECCA Cosmetics are all cruelty-free brands owned by Estee Lauder.
What differentiates these cruelty-free brands from Estee Lauder and its animal-tested subsidiaries is that these cruelty-free brands have their own animal testing policies and none of them have the disclaimer “except where required by law”.
Unlike Darphin who has the same animal testing policy as Estee Lauder.
It could also be the case that Darphin may not be selling its products in mainland China currently, but may decide to do so in the near future. And if that’s the case, they are willing to allow its products to be tested on animals.
Summary: Darphin is NOT Cruelty-Free!
Because Darphin inherits its parent company, Estee Lauder’s animal testing policy, and state they allow its products to be tested on animals “where required by law”. I would not consider Darphin to be cruelty-free, at this time.
Currently, Darphin is on our List of Brands to Avoid – Animal Tested.
Is Darphin Vegan?
Since we would not consider Darphin 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 Darphin to be vegan.
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, and also must not contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products.
Cruelty-Free Alternatives to Darphin
Looking to switch to cruelty-free brands? Here are some cruelty-free and vegan-friendly options that are similar to Darphin:
- Perricone MD – some vegan options
- Omorovicza – some vegan options
- Sunday Riley – some vegan options
- Tata Harper – some vegan options
- Dr. Dennis Gross – some vegan options
or check out our list of cruelty-free & vegan luxury high-end skincare brands!
If you liked this cruelty-free resource, then please subscribe to our monthly newsletter for more resources and guides to living your BEST cruelty-free and vegan life! You can also find us on Instagram and Facebook.