Estée Lauder

Last Updated: May 21, 2021

Is Estée Lauder Cruelty-Free and Vegan?

Estée Lauder is the flagship brand of The Estée Lauder Companies Inc and produces skincare and makeup, but is Estee Lauder cruelty-free or vegan in 2021?

Ethical Analysis

Is Estee Lauder cruelty-free or vegan? We’ve got the answers here! Read below for more details on Estee Lauder’s policies.
Estee Lauder is NOT Cruelty-Free. Estee Lauder engages in animal testing by allowing its products to be animal-tested.
Yes, Estee Lauder sells its products in stores in mainland China under conditions where animal testing is still legally required.
Since Estee Lauder’s products are animal-tested, we wouldn’t consider anything sold or produced by Estee Lauder to be vegan.

Estée Lauder

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Is Estee Lauder Cruelty-Free?

Estee Lauder is NOT Cruelty-free. Estee Lauder sells its products in stores in mainland China where animal testing is still legally required for some imported cosmetics. As a result, Estee Lauder pays and allows its products to be tested on animals when required by law.

Estee Lauder Animal Testing Policy

Below is a screenshot of what’s currently stated on Estee Lauder’s website:

Policies stating “except where required by law” usually imply the company is selling its products in mainland China. Some imported cosmetics sold in stores in mainland China are still required by law to be tested on animals in 2021.

Estee Lauder also implies its selling in countries where animal testing is required by their statement, “There are, however, still some countries that believe they need to conduct or require animal testing in order to validate the safety of cosmetic ingredients or products.”

Is Estee Lauder Sold in China?

I found evidence of Estee Lauder selling its products throughout several stores in mainland China. The following is a screenshot of their beauty counters located in China:

Because Estee Lauder decided to sell in mainland China stores, they must consent and pay to have their products tested on animals. That’s why most cosmetic brands selling in mainland China cannot be considered cruelty-free in 2021.

Although Estee Lauder may not be conducting these animal tests themselves, they are knowingly allowing Chinese authorities to test their products on animals in order to sell in China.

Many truly cruelty-free brands have chosen not to sell their products in China because of its animal testing laws. Unfortunately, that is not the case with Estee Lauder.

Summary: Estee Lauder is NOT Cruelty-Free!

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

Currently, Estee Lauder is on our List of Brands to Avoid – Animal Tested.

Is Estee Lauder Vegan?

Since we would not consider Estee Lauder 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 Estee Lauder to be vegan.

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.


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  1. I have been going to an Aveda Hairdresser for the past 20 years, since I have found out that Estee Lauder now owns Aveda I have stopped going and have to find an alternative brand that really does not test on animals themselves or by others, no easy task.The excuse that they have to supply to their customers all over the world is unadulterated eye wash. To not sell to such a vast Chinese population would affect their profit and it is obvious they put that before the welfare of animals. Heaven knows animals in China already have such a cruel life I have vowed not to buy one single thing that is made in China, ever again a mammoth task, but I would rather go without. Currently I would like a new radio to replace a broken one, a hand mixer, to replace a broken one and a toaster, again to replace a broken one (never rains but it pours) but as of yet I have had no luck. How is it possible that no-one manufactures these items other than China?

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