Garnier (L’Oreal)

Last Updated: June 7, 2021

Is Garnier (L’Oreal) Cruelty-Free and Vegan?

Make a positive impact by supporting companies with the same values and ethics as what matters most to you. To navigate and find ethical brands, here’s a summary of Garnier’s ethics and initiatives.

Ethical Analysis

Is Garnier cruelty-free, vegan, or sustainable? We’ve got the answers here! Read below for more details on Garnier’s policies.
Garnier is cruelty-free but Garnier is owned by L’Oreal, a parent company that is NOT cruelty-free.
Not all of Garnier’s products are vegan, but they have some vegan options.
Garnier’s ‘Green Beauty Initiatives’ include:
  • Eliminate virgin plastic in all of its packagings by 2025
  • By 2025, all packaging will be reusable, recyclable, or degradable
  • All plant and renewable ingredients will be from sustainable sources by 2022
  • All Garnier factories will be CO2 neutral by 2025

  • Garnier will report their progress in reaching these sustainability goals in their Sustainability Progress Report, which is available to the public and can be found on their website.

    Additionally, Garnier launched its Product Impact Labelling System to provide consumers with clear information on their products’ environment and social impact. The impacts are measured at every stage of a product’s life cycle and calculated by looking at sourcing, production, transportation, consumer usage, packaging recyclability, and then presenting it in a clear way.
    Garnier has been non-responsive when I asked if their mica is ethically sourced without child or forced labor.
    Garnier’s products come in plastic packaging, and some are made with recycled plastic. And as part of Garnier’s Green Beauty Initiative, they’re working to eliminate all virgin plastic in their packaging by 2025. And to have all of their packaging be reusable, recyclable, or degradable.

    About Garnier (L’Oreal)

    Explore top-rated hair care, hair styling, hair color & skin care products for both men and women by Garnier for your own custom hair and skin care routines.
    COMPANY BASED IN: France
    PRODUCTS MADE IN: France, USA
    PRODUCTS: Hair Care, Skincare
    CERTIFICATIONS: Cruelty Free International

    Garnier (L’Oreal)

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    2021 Update! I am SO happy to announce that Garnier has been granted approval to become Leaping Bunny certified!

    Last year, I posted my analysis of Garnier’s animal testing policy and it was confirmed that Garnier was no longer selling in China. However, I wasn’t able to get a clear answer from Garnier about the details of its animal testing policy.

    But that’s all been resolved now as they have gone through the process to become certified cruelty-free via Cruelty Free International Leaping Bunny Program! In order to grant approval, “Garnier had to secure declaration from more than 500 suppliers, who source more than 3,000 different ingredients, from across the world”.

    This is a HUGE win for the cruelty-free movement and I’m hoping to see more L’Oreal brands follow Garnier’s footsteps.

    Garnier is *Cruelty-Free

    Garnier has confirmed they do not test their products or ingredients on animals or ask others to test on their behalf. Their suppliers also do not test on animals, nor do they allow their products to be tested on animals when required by law. And finally, their products are not sold in stores in mainland China or any other country that may require animal testing.

    By our standards, we would consider Garnier to be Cruelty-Free.

    *Garnier is owned by L’Oreal, a corporation that is NOT cruelty-free because they allow some of their other brands to test on animals.

    It’s your choice whether you want to support or boycott cruelty-free brands owned by a parent company that is not cruelty-free. There is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ answer to this. I encourage you to do what you’re comfortable with, but I think it’s important to disclose that L’Oreal owns Garnier.

    What About China’s Animal Testing Laws?

    As of May 1, 2021, some imported ordinary cosmetics can be exempt from animal testing under certain conditions. However, for the most part, animal testing is still legally required for most imported cosmetics in 2021.

    But Garnier has confirmed they do not sell their products in retail stores in mainland China; therefore, they are not required to test on animals.

    Cruelty-Free Policies

    Note that there is no legal definition for the label ‘Cruelty-Free.‘ It can mean different things to different people. But Cruelty-Free is generally used to imply no animal testing. More specifically, the ingredients, formulation, or finished product are not tested on animals at any stage of product development.

    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.

    Also, note that Cruelty-Free and Vegan don’t always mean the same thing.

    Garnier is Not 100% Vegan

    ‘Vegan’ in cosmetics can refer to an entire brand that is 100% Vegan or a specific product is vegan.

    In the case of Garnier, not all of their products are vegan. But they have some products that are suitable for vegans.

    Below is a screenshot I took from their website of Garnier’s vegan claims.

    Garnier Vegan Claims

    How to know which of Garnier products are vegan?

    All of Garnier’s vegan products are clearly marked on the product packaging. Spot the ‘Vegan Formula’ logo or stamp on packaging.

    Vegan Policies

    Similar to ‘Cruelty-Free,’ there is no standard or legal definition for the label ‘Vegan.’ But it’s usually used in the context to describe something that doesn’t contain any animal-derived ingredients or animal by-products.

    Some common animal products used in cosmetics include carmine, lanolin, snail mucus, beeswax, honey, pearl or silk-derived ingredients, animal-based glycerin, keratin, and squalene.

    There are plant-based and synthetic alternatives to animal-derived ingredients. But it’s sometimes difficult to know with certainty whether a product is vegan just by reading the ingredient list.

    So it’s best to ask the company and manufacturers to ensure the ingredients they’ve chosen to use were from non-animal sources.

    Ethical Mica Mining Policy

    Mica is a mineral that’s used in cosmetics to add a shimmery effect. But the mining of natural mica has been linked to child labor and human rights violations.

    Unless the company discloses its mica mining policy, we have no way of knowing whether its mica is ethically sourced without child or forced labor.

    So I asked Garnier if their mica is ethically sourced without the use of child labor, but they never responded to any of my emails or messages.


    I hope this article helped you to understand Garnier’s cruelty-free and vegan status and by choosing cruelty-free together, we can help end animal testing for cosmetics once and for all!


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    1. Your information is flawed for starters Garnia are indeed cruelty free 2020 they are not tested anywhere the world and they are not sold in China
      Secondly your rebuttal being the parent company L’Oréal makes it not cruelty free , true however the brands YOU recommend above as CF alternatives, are also parent owned by L’Oréal. Derma E is owned by Skinceuticals who’s parent company is L’Oréal- as for Acure Organics they were investigated for child labour in 2018 Not ideal to be shouting out “as holier than thou “ethnical brands – I thought I’d just mention as many I like to shop ethically but do you think it’s reasonable to discriminate one brand yet praise another when they are owned by the same affiliates ?

    2. Hi, thanks for your work, I appreciate it very much.
      I have a few questions and I would be very grateful if you could help me.
      I started this cruelty free and vegan journey a while ago, and it’s not always the easiest thing considering where I live and the price point of some brands, so you could imagine how happy I was when I heard the news about garnier. But my concern is that it’s owned by L’Oréal, I’ve seen in this community that when some brand is cruelty free but it’s owned by a company that isn’t, it’s not considered 100% cruelty free and your still giving money and supporting a company like L’Oréal to keep their unethical ways. So I would like to see your views on this, I would be very grateful if you could help me figure out where I stand concerning garnier.
      Thank you very much 😊
      P. S I’m sorry for some mistake in my English it’s not my first language.

    3. So pleased to read this. Hopefully many other High Street and high end brands will take note that products can be produced without involving the archaic practice of animal testing.

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