Is Elizabeth Arden Cruelty-Free? (What You Need to Know!)

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Is Elizabeth Arden Cruelty-Free?

Elizabeth Arden is a major American cosmetics, skin care and fragrance company but is Elizabeth Arden cruelty-free or vegan-friendly?

Is Elizabeth Arden Cruelty-Free?

Elizabeth Arden is NOT Cruelty-free. Elizabeth Arden pays and allows their products to be tested on animals when required by law. Elizabeth Arden also sells its products in stores in mainland China where animal testing is mandatory for all imported cosmetics.

Elizabeth Arden is also owned by Revlon, a parent company that is also not cruelty-free.

Elizabeth Arden Animal Testing Policy

Elizabeth Arden’s website states they:

“do not perform any animal tests on our product formulations or ingredients, nor ask others to test on our behalf, except in the rare instances where required by law. These laws apply to every company in the beauty industry that sells products globally, and Elizabeth Arden, like all other global beauty companies, must comply with any applicable local laws.”

The animal testing laws Elizabeth Arden is referring to is China’s mandatory animal testing requirements for all imported cosmetics.

All imported cosmetics sold in stores in mainland China are required by law to be tested on animals. Elizabeth Arden’s animal testing statement is misleading because although they may not be conducting these animal tests themselves, they are consenting and paying Chinese officials to test their products on animals for them.

Below is a screenshot of what’s currently stated on Elizabeth Arden’s website:

Elizabeth Arden's Cruelty-Free Statement

Is Elizabeth Arden Sold in China?

How do I know that Elizabeth Arden is selling in China and required to test on animals?

I found Elizabeth Arden’s Chinese website with a store directory of several beauty counters in mainland China that stock and sell Elizabeth Arden products.

The following is a couple of screenshots I took from Elizabeth Arden’s Chinese website showing that their products are indeed sold in China and required to be tested on animals:

Elizabeth Arden Selling in Several Stores in China = NOT Cruelty-Free
Elizabeth Arden Selling in Several Stores in China
Elizabeth Arden's Chinese Website = Elizabeth Arden is NOT Cruelty-Free!
Elizabeth Arden’s Chinese Website

Elizabeth Arden’s animal testing policy is also misleading because they try to justify that it’s OK that they allow Chinese authorities to test their products on animals because all brands wanting to sell their products in China must do the same. But many cruelty-free brands have chosen not to sell in stores in mainland China for this very reason or until China changes their animal testing requirements.

Unfortunately, Elizabeth Arden has failed to do the same and has chosen to put profits before the welfare of animals.

TL; DR: Elizabeth Arden is NOT Cruelty-Free!

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

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

Is Elizabeth Arden Vegan?

Since we would not consider Elizabeth Arden 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 Elizabeth Arden to be vegan.

Cruelty-Free Alternatives to Elizabeth Arden

Looking to switch to cruelty-free brands? Here are some cruelty-free and vegan-friendly options that are similar to Elizabeth Arden:


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7 Comments
  • S. Faria
    November 16, 2018

    Deleting Elizabeth Arden products from my use. Eliminating pain and suffering from Animals is more important to me than affording $’s from China to a cruel, non-caring company.

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