Is Kiehl’s Cruelty-Free? | Kiehl’s Cruelty-Free Status

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Does the popular, natural skincare brand, Kiehl’s test their products or ingredients on animals? or is Kiehl’s cruelty-free?

Is Kiehl’s Cruelty-Free?

Kiehl’s is not cruelty-free; Kiehl’s products are currently sold in-stores in mainland China where animal testing is required by law for all imported cosmetics.

It should also be noted that Kiehl’s is owned by L’Oreal, a parent corporation that continues to test on animals.

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Kiehl’s Animal Testing Policy

Since the original publication of this post in 2017, nothing has changed in regards to Kiehl’s animal testing policy.

Kiehl’s still claims they do not conduct animal testing on their products or ingredients or ask others to test on their behalf, except when required by law.

Here is a screenshot of what it says on Kiehl’s website:

Kiehl’s Animal Testing Statement

The disclaimer “except when required by law” is the catch.

When is it required by law to test cosmetics and its ingredients on animals? All imported cosmetics in mainland China are required to be tested on animals.

So this leads us to ask, is Kiehl’s selling their products in Mainland China?

Kiehl’s Selling in China?

Kiehl’s has a website dedicated to Chinese consumers and on this website is where I discovered a store directory where Kiehl’s products are sold within China.

This, sadly, is proof that Kiehl’s is indeed selling their products in China, therefore, Kiehl’s must consent and pay to have their products or its ingredients tested on animals before they’re allowed to sell in these Chinese stores.

Kiehl’s is NOT Cruelty-Free!

At this time, since current Chinese laws require all imported cosmetics to be tested on animals before being allowed to sell in their country, and any company agreeing to this practice should not be considered cruelty-free. Sadly, this is the case for Kiehl’s and they are not cruelty-free.

Kiehl’s claims to have some “vegan” products

Is Kiehl’s Vegan?

Kiehl’s claims some of their products are “vegan” in which they don’t contain any animal ingredients, however, since we do not consider Kiehl’s to be “cruelty-free” as their products are sold in-stores in mainland China and are required by law to be tested on animals, we do not consider anything produced or manufactured by Kiehl’s to be vegan to our standards.

In order for products to be considered “vegan” by ethical elephant’s standards, the product and its ingredients must be cruelty-free and not tested on animals, in addition, it cannot contain animal ingredients or by-products.

Cruelty-Free Alternatives:

For cruelty-free alternatives to Kiehl’s skincare products, we recommend the following cruelty-free skincare brands:

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22 Comments
  • Nancy Levesque
    November 24, 2019

    First Aid Beauty is owned by P&G, so technically not cruelty-free either.

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