Dr. Jart (Estee Lauder)

Last Updated: June 20, 2022

Is Dr. Jart (Estee Lauder) Cruelty-Free and Vegan?

Dr. Jart+ is a Korean skincare brand offering a range of skincare treatment products but is Dr. Jart cruelty-free or vegan in 2022?

Ethical Analysis

Is Dr. Jart+ cruelty-free or vegan? We’ve got the answers here! Read below for more details on Dr. Jart+’s policies.
Dr. Jart+ is NOT Cruelty-Free. Dr. Jart+ engages in animal testing by allowing its products to be animal-tested.

Dr. Jart is also owned by Estee Lauder, a parent corporation that does engage in animal testing.
Yes, Dr. Jart+ sells its products in stores in mainland China under conditions where animal testing is still legally required.
Dr. Jart does not claim or market itself to offer any vegan-friendly options. And since Dr. Jart engages in animal testing, we wouldn’t consider anything sold or produced by Dr. Jart to be vegan anyways.

Dr. Jart (Estee Lauder)

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Is Dr Jart Cruelty-Free?

Dr. Jart is NOT Cruelty-Free!

Dr. Jart allows its products or ingredients to be tested on animals when required by law including when selling in stores in mainland China.

In addition, Dr Jart is owned by Estee Lauder, a parent company that is also not cruelty-free.

Dr. Jart’s Animal Testing Policy

On Dr. Jart’s website, they claim to believe that animal testing is not necessary, however, they continue to state their parent company, Estee Lauder’s animal testing policy. Estee Lauder states they allow their products to be tested on animals in countries where animal testing is required by law.

See below for a screenshot of what’s currently stated on Dr. Jart’s website:

Policies stating “countries where animal testing is conducted on our products as required by law” usually imply the company is selling its products in mainland China. That’s because cosmetics sold in stores in mainland China are required by law to be tested on animals.

Is Dr. Jart Sold in China?

Over the years, several sources have reported Dr. Jart’s expansion into the Chinese market and the company’s decision to open multiple stores in China, confirming the brand is indeed selling in China.

In addition, Dr. Jart is sold in Sephora stores in mainland China. See below for a screenshot of Dr. Jart sold at Sephora China:

Dr. Jart Sold in China - Required to test on animals and NOT cruelty-free
Dr. Jart Sold in China – Required to test on animals

But Doesn’t China No Longer Tests on Animals?

Companies can bypass China’s pre-market animal testing by choosing to manufacture their ordinary or general cosmetics in China, but it’s not stated anywhere that Dr. Jart has taken this route.

Additionally, the possibility of post-market animal testing is not completely ruled out and may be conducted on some cosmetics sold in physical stores in China.

As of May 1, 2021, cosmetic companies can also export and sell their ordinary or general cosmetics in China without animal testing only if they meet a set of preconditions first. However, meeting these conditions has proven difficult, and it’s still unclear what exactly is accepted according to the new regulations. So there’s no word yet of any company that has successfully done so.

Follow the highlighted lines in the graphic below to see why most cosmetics sold in China (like Dr. Jart and Estee Lauder) are still required by law to be tested on animals in 2022.

Because Dr. Jart has decided to sell in mainland China stores, they must consent and pay to have their products tested on animals. That’s why most cosmetics brands selling in mainland China cannot be considered cruelty-free in 2022.

Although Dr. Jart may not be conducting these animal tests themselves, they knowingly allow Chinese authorities to test their products on animals to sell in China.

For those reasons, we would not consider Dr. Jart to be cruelty-free by our standards.

Cruelty-Free Policies

Many truly cruelty-free brands have chosen not to sell their products in China because of its animal testing laws. Unfortunately, Dr. Jart refuses to do the same and therefore cannot be considered cruelty-free.

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, and by any third parties, including when required by law.

See below for our complete cruelty-free checklist. Since Dr. Jart already does not meet the last two, we cannot classify the brand as being cruelty-free.

Complete Cruelty-Free Checklist

Is Dr. Jart Certified Cruelty-Free?

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

Because Dr. Jart is not certified cruelty-free by a third party, no one is looking into or substantiating Dr. Jart’s cruelty-free commitments and claims.

Is Dr. Jart Owned By A Non-Cruelty-Free Parent Company?

Yes. Dr. Jart is owned by Estee Lauder, a parent corporation that still engages in animal testing in 2022.

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, Dr. Jart is NOT cruelty-free and neither is its parent corporation, Estee Lauder.

Is Dr. Jart Cruelty-Free?

To sum up, by choosing to sell in mainland China, Dr. Jart+ must have its products tested on animals. Therefore, we would NOT consider Dr. Jart to be a cruelty-free brand.

Currently, Dr. Jart is on our List of Brands to Avoid – Animal Tested.

Is Dr. Jart Vegan?

Dr. Jart does not claim or market itself to offer any vegan-friendly options. And since Dr. Jart engages in animal testing, we wouldn’t consider anything sold or produced by Dr. Jart to be vegan anyways.

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 Dr Jart:

Looking to switch to cruelty-free brands? Here are some cruelty-free and vegan-friendly options that are similar to Dr. Jart+:

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