Is Marc Jacobs Beauty Tested On Animals or Cruelty Free?

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Is Marc Jacobs Tested On Animals?

I’m sad to say that Marc Jacobs Beauty should not be considered a cruelty-free brand; their ingredients may have been tested on animals.

It is true that Marc Jacobs Beauty is certified cruelty-free by PETA’s Beauty Without Bunnies Program however PETA doesn’t require companies to show any proof of documents or agreements between their ingredient suppliers that any materials supplied by them were also not tested on animals.

is Marc Jacobs Beauty cruelty free?


In an email response, Marc Jacobs Beauty claims that none of their ingredients or products are tested on animals but cannot comment on whether the ingredients supplied from third parties are tested on animals.

“We do not test on animals, whether it be the product or ingredients. If we use any ingredients from a third party, we cannot comment on what their policies or practices are. We do not have stores located in China. Sephora is an authorized dealer for Marc Jacobs and they also do not have stores located in China.”

I also want to note that the rep who emailed me is misinformed because Sephora does have several stores located in China.

Sephora has Several Stores located in China

I checked Sephora China’s website and they only carry a selection of Marc Jacobs Fragrances which are required under current laws to be tested on animals in order to be sold in China.

Marc Jacobs Fragrances are Sold at Sephora China

However, I am unable to prove whether or not any of Marc Jacobs Beauty products (like their nail polish or makeup) are sold in China but as seen in the above screenshot, their fragrance line is available for sale on Sephora’s China online site. Right now, it doesn’t look like any of their beauty products are sold in China.

Marc Jacobs Beauty is Not Cruelty-Free

The fact that Marc Jacobs Beauty cannot confirm whether or not the ingredients supplied from a third party are tested on animals is enough for me to warrant their products and brand not cruelty-free. 

To be a 100% cruelty-free brand, companies must ensure that not only is the final product not tested on animals, but also each and every raw ingredient that goes into the end product were also not tested on animals. It’s like buying a 100% organic body lotion, you would only consider the product to be organic if all the ingredients are proven to meet the same organic standards as well.

I’m not sure why or how Marc Jacobs Beauty has failed to verify their ingredient suppliers’ animal testing policy but until they have taken the necessary steps, I wouldn’t consider them to be a cruelty-free brand.

Photo by Miranda Cabiladas, used under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 

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  • mizuki
    May 3, 2016

    Marc jacobs beauty is little bit complicate.
    Infact, Marc jacobs parfum and Marc jacobs beauty(who made cosmetics, makeup product) is not the same company.
    The company who bought the right of “cosmetic with name of marc jacobs” is not the same company who made the parfum.
    It’s why Peta proof the marc jacobs beauty is cruelty free company.

    I’m not goo in english, but i hope you can understand what i want to talk to you ^^

    I’m happy whit your blog, so i want to give you the right information.

  • Margaret
    March 12, 2016

    Disappointing, but nearly all of the companies on Peta’s list have the same disclaimer. Finding truly cruelty-free products (never mind vegan!), can be really hard, especially if you’re like me and have developed a taste for slick designer packaging. Thanks so much for your hard work contacting these companies!

    • Vicky Ly
      March 13, 2016

      It is certainly disappointing! =( and you’re absolutely right about the companies that are certified by PETA.

      But there’s a handful of companies that can prove their ingredient suppliers don’t test on animals, any company certified by Leaping Bunny (which is over 600 brands!) have already done so. It’s time Marc Jacobs Beauty steps it up! =)

  • Khristina
    January 29, 2016

    It’s wonderful to see how thoughtful you are into verifying whether a company or brand is cruelty-free or not. Thanks, Vicky! Quite disappointed on PETA’s list, though. It’s already been several cases in which they are not accurate enough, and engage well-intentioned customers into buying products that have been tested on animals 🙁

    • Vicky Ly
      January 29, 2016

      Certainly! It’s weird how there are so many cases of caring consumers proving PETA’s list is inaccurate and yet they haven’t done anything or released a public statement or apology. It amazes me how they continue to be a main resource for people beginning their cruelty-free journey!

  • Gemima
    January 28, 2016

    Great post Vicky! I love how you show your research and make it really clear for readers to understand why the brand isn’t cruelty-free. I really dislike Peta’s list as I think it probably creates more confusion for people than actually doing any good.

    • Vicky Ly
      January 28, 2016

      Thanks Gemima! =)

      I know, the more research I’m doing.. the more I’m losing my trust with PETA’s list. I really don’t understand how their work is getting so ‘sloppy’ as so many people rely on their CF database. It’s making me wonder if they are getting paid to endorse these brands now…

“Make ethical choices in what we buy, do, and watch. In a consumer-driven society our individual choices, used collectively for the good of animals and nature, can change the world faster than laws.”― Marc Bekoff

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