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La Prairie is a world-renowned Swiss beauty brand known for their anti-aging luxury skincare products but is La Prairie cruelty-free?
Is La Prairie Cruelty-Free?
La Prairie is NOT Cruelty-free. La Prairie sells its products in stores in mainland China where animal testing is mandatory for most imported cosmetics. As a result, La Prairie pays and allows its products to be tested on animals when required by law.
In addition, La Prairie is owned by Beiersdorf, a parent company that is also not cruelty-free.
La Prairie Animal Testing Policy
On La Prairie’s website, they claim they don’t test on animals except where required by law.
Unfortunately, I later discovered that La Prairie products are sold in China where they are required to test on animals by law.
Below is a screenshot of what’s currently stated on La Prairie’s company website:
Policies stating, “except where required by law”, usually implies the company is selling its products in mainland China. Most imported cosmetics sold in stores in mainland China are required by law to be tested on animals.
La Prairie is Sold in China
Sadly, La Prairie products are indeed sold in stores in mainland China. I found evidence through their Chinese website and using their store locator feature.
Below are a couple of screenshots I took from La Prairie’s Chinese website. Clearly showing the brand has retailers selling its products in mainland China.
Because of La Prairie’s decision 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 La Prairie 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 the country’s animal testing laws. Unfortunately, La Prairie refuses to do the same and has decided to put profits before the welfare of animals.
Summary: La Prairie is NOT Cruelty-Free!
To sum up, by choosing to sell in mainland China, La Prairie must have their products tested on animals. Therefore I would not consider La Prairie to be a cruelty-free brand.
Currently, La Prairie is on our List of Brands to Avoid – Animal Tested.
Is La Prairie Vegan?
Since La Prairie is not cruelty-free, we also wouldn’t consider anything sold or manufactured by La Prairie to be vegan.
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. They also must not contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products.
Cruelty-Free Alternatives to La Prairie
Looking to switch to cruelty-free brands? Here are some cruelty-free and vegan-friendly options that are similar to La Prairie:
- Tata Harper – some vegan options
- Omorovicza – some vegan options
- Chantecaille – some vegan options
- Dr. Barbara Sturm – some vegan options
- Perricone MD – some vegan options