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Is Mamonde Cruelty Free?
Mamonde is NOT Cruelty-free. Mamonde sells its products in stores in mainland China where animal testing is mandatory for most imported cosmetics. As a result, Mamonde pays and allows its products to be tested on animals when required by law.
In addition, Mamonde is owned by AMOREPACIFIC, a corporation that owns several other beauty brands that sell in China (like Laneige and Sulwhasoo) and also required to test on animals by law.
Mamonde Cruelty Free Claims
I had a hard time finding anything that mentions Mamonde’s animal testing policy or cruelty-free claims on their website. The only thing I found was that Mamonde claims some of their products are vegan-certified by Vegan Action.
Some of Mamonde’s products do carry the Certified Vegan logo to indicate that these products do not contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products. But I first wanted to know whether Mamonde’s products or ingredients are tested on animals, anywhere in the world?
So I emailed Mamonde to inquire about their animal testing policy and below is their response:
“Thank you for taking the time to contact Mamonde Online.
As an enterprise seeking peaceful coexistence between nature, human beings, and business, AMOREPACIFIC pledges the elimination of unnecessary animal testing for cosmetics to respect all living creatures. We have voluntarily discontinued animal testing on cosmetic ingredients and finished goods since 2008. And as of May 1, 2013, we will expand the non-animal testing policy to our suppliers.
Through continuous cooperation with academia, AMOREPACIFIC will further enhance our efforts to develop alternative testing methods.
*Exceptions to this principle will apply, however, if animal testing is required or bound by local governments or laws.”
It has been verified that Mamonde is owned by AMOREPACIFIC, a parent corporation that owns several other beauty brands that test on animals when required by law.
Mamonde has the exact same animal testing policy as AMOREPACIFIC, which states they have discontinued animal testing on cosmetic ingredients and finished products since 2008 and have expanded that policy to their suppliers, however, “exceptions to this principle will apply, however, if animal testing is required or bound by local governments or law.”
I know that some AMOREPACIFIC subsidiary beauty brands are sold in China (like Laneige and Sulwhasoo) and those brands must consent and pay to have their products tested on animals by the Chinese government before they’re allowed to sell in their country.
Based on Mamonde’s response, it’s suggested that Mamonde may be selling in China as well.
Is Mamonde Sold in China?
In another email response, Mamonde has confirmed that their products are sold in China and upon further investigation, I found evidence of several retailers in China carrying Mamonde products.
Because of Mamonde’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 Mamonde 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, Mamonde refuses to do the same and has decided to put profits before the welfare of animals.
Summary: Mamonde is NOT Cruelty-Free!
By choosing to sell in mainland China, Mamonde must have their products tested on animals. Therefore I would not consider Mamonde to be a cruelty-free brand.
Currently, Mamonde is on our List of Brands to Avoid – Animal Tested.
Unfortunately we haven’t had much luck in verifying many K-Beauty brands as being cruelty-free but some other cruelty-free skincare brands that we recommend are: