Mugler (L’Oreal)

Last Updated: April 5, 2023

How Ethical Is Mugler (L’Oreal)?

Mugler is NOT cruelty-free in 2023. Mugler has the same animal testing policy as its parent company, L'Oreal, where both state they allow their products to be tested on animals when required by law. We also wouldn’t consider any Mugler products vegan at this time.

Ethical Analysis

Is Mugler cruelty-free or vegan? We’ve got the answers here! Read below to learn more about Mugler’s policies.
Mugler is NOT Cruelty-Free. Mugler engages in animal testing by allowing its products to be animal-tested.
Mugler does not claim or market itself to offer any vegan-friendly options. And since Mugler engages in animal testing in some capacity, we wouldn’t consider any Mugler products vegan anyways.

Mugler (L’Oreal)

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Is Mugler Cruelty-Free?

☠️ Mugler is NOT cruelty-free in 2023. Mugler allows its products to be tested on animals when required by law.

Mugler’s Animal Testing Policy

When asking, does Mugler test on animals? We must look beyond to ensure none of Mugler’s ingredients or suppliers test on animals. And they don’t sell in any country or under conditions that may require animal testing by law.

To assess whether brands are cruelty-free, I always start with the company’s official animal testing policy on their website.

Mugler claims on its website that their labs do not conduct animal tests and that their products are tested only on human volunteers. However, this is not enough information for us to classify Mugler or any other brand as being cruelty-free to our standards.

See below for a screenshot of what’s currently stated on Mugler’s website:

Animal testing can happen at various stages of product development, including at the ingredient level, and is often done by others and not the cosmetic company itself.

This is why we always assess a company’s cruelty-free policy using our Cruelty-Free Checklist. This ensures no animal testing was performed by the brand, its suppliers, or any third parties.

So I reached out to Mugler to ask for more information. More specifically, I wanted to know if they commission or allow others to test, not just their finished products but their ingredients on animals, including when selling in countries that require animal testing (like mainland China).

And the company responded by saying,

“Thank you for contacting Mugler.

Here at Mugler, a brand of L’Oréal, we care for animal welfare and do not test on animals. We are for a world without animal testing.  The L’Oréal Group, which includes {Brand}, has always made our consumers’ health and safety an absolute priority. Since 1989, we have not tested the safety of our products on animals, 14 years before regulations required us to do so.

There are effective non-animal ways to ensure the safety of cosmetic products. For example, over 40 years ago we led the development of human reconstructed skin that is more accurate for analyzing how cosmetic ingredients and products will behave on human skin. We continue to pioneer new non-animal methods and technologies.

For more information, please visit:″

Based on their statement, Mugler has the same animal testing policy as L’Oreal.

But what’s not included in Mugler’s response is L’Oreal’s full animal testing policy which also includes the following:

Certain health authorities may nevertheless decide to conduct animal tests themselves for certain cosmetic products, as it is still the case in China. L’Oréal is the most active company working alongside the Chinese authorities and scientists for over 10 years to have alternative testing methods recognized, and permit the cosmetic regulation to evolve towards a total and definite elimination of animal testing. Thanks to this, since 2014, certain products manufactured and sold in China like shampoo, body wash or certain make-up products are no longer tested on animals.”

L’Oreal allows some of its products to be tested on animals when certain health authorities require it.

Truly cruelty-free brands will never allow their products or ingredients to be tested on animals. Cruelty-free companies have a policy where if the law requires them to test on animals then they will refuse to sell their products under those conditions.

For example, some imported cosmetics sold in stores in mainland China are required by Chinese laws to be tested on animals upon registration. Therefore, truly cruelty-free brands have chosen not to sell in China in order to remain committed to their no animal testing policy.

Unfortunately, L’Oreal state it will allow its products and ingredients to be tested on animals when the law requires it. And since Mugler has the same animal testing policy as L’Oreal, Mugler is also NOT cruelty-free.

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Is Mugler Certified Cruelty-Free?

Mugler is not certified cruelty-free by any third-party cruelty-free certifications like Leaping Bunny or PETA.

Since Mugler is not certified cruelty-free by a third party, no one is substantiating or auditing Mugler’s cruelty-free commitments and claims.

Is Mugler Owned By A Non-Cruelty-Free Parent Company?

Yes. Mugler is owned by L’Oreal, a parent corporation that still engages in animal testing in 2023.

Some cruelty-free consumers may choose to purchase and support cruelty-free brands owned by animal-tested parent corporations as they hope it will convince the parent company to become cruelty-free.

But in this case, Mugler is NOT cruelty-free, and neither is its parent corporation, L’Oreal.

Does Mugler Test on Animals?

To wrap up, Mugler allows its products to be tested on animals when required by law. Therefore, we would NOT consider Mugler to be a cruelty-free brand.

Currently, Mugler is on our List of Brands to Avoid – Animal Tested.

Is Mugler Vegan?

Mugler is NOT vegan. Mugler does not claim or market itself to offer any vegan-friendly options. And since Mugler engages in animal testing in some capacity, we wouldn’t consider any Mugler products vegan anyways.

Cruelty-Free Alternatives to Mugler

Looking to switch to cruelty-free fragrance products? Check out our list of Cruelty-Free & Vegan Perfumes at Sephora!

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