Origins

Last Updated: May 21, 2021

Is Origins Cruelty-Free and Vegan?

Origins is a US-based, natural skincare, makeup and bath & body brand founded by son of Estee Lauder, Leonard Lauder but is Origins cruelty-free or vegan in 2021?

Ethical Analysis

Is Company cruelty-free or vegan? We’ve got the answers here! Read below for more details on Company’s policies.
Origins is NOT Cruelty-Free. Origins engages in animal testing by allowing its products to be animal-tested.
Yes, Origins sells its products in stores in mainland China under conditions where animal testing is still legally required.
Since Origins’ products are animal-tested, we wouldn’t consider anything sold or produced by Origins to be vegan.

Origins

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Is Origins Cruelty-Free?
Is Origins Cruelty Free?

Origins is a US-based, natural skincare, makeup and bath & body brand founded by son of Estee Lauder, Leonard Lauder. We wanted to know, is Origins cruelty-free?

Is Origins Cruelty-Free?

Origins is NOT Cruelty-free. Origins pays and allows their products to be tested on animals when required by law. Origins also sells its products in stores in mainland China where animal testing is mandatory for most imported cosmetics.

In addition, Origins is owned by Estee Lauder, a parent company that is also not cruelty-free.

Origins Animal Testing Policy

Origins’ website states that they don’t believe in testing on animals for product safety and claims “so we don’t do it.”

However, Origins admits that “some countries where Origins is sold require animal testing on all imported cosmetics as part of their regulator safety process.”

Below is a screenshot of what is currently stated on Origins’ website:

Origins Cruelty-Free Claims
Origins Animal Testing Policy

The general disclaimer that “some countries where Origins is sold require animal testing” usually implies cosmetic companies are selling their products in mainland China where animal testing is required by law for most imported cosmetics.

So, is Origins selling in China?

Is Origins Sold in China?

I found evidence of several stores and retailers throughout mainland China selling Origins products, confirming Origins’ statement that their products are required by law to be tested on animals in China.

Below are a couple screenshots from origins.com.cn website:

Origins sold in China; required by law to test on animals and not cruelty-free.
Origins sold in China; required by law to test on animals
Origins sold in several stores in mainland China
Origins sold in several stores in mainland China

Because of Origins’ decision to sell its products in-stores in mainland China, they must consent and pay the Chinese government to test their products on animals. That’s why most cosmetics brands selling in mainland China retail stores cannot be considered cruelty-free in 2021.

Although Origins 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.

Origins state they do not agree with these procedures and they’re doing everything they can to put an end to animal testing worldwide through science, including their partnership with The Institute for In Vitro Sciences, but at the same time, Origins is knowingly agreeing to have their products tested on animals just so they can sell in China.

It sounds to me like Origins believes in making money more than ending animal testing for cosmetics.

Many truly cruelty-free companies have chosen not to sell in China for this very reason or until China changes their animal testing requirements for imported cosmetics, so why can’t Origins do the same if they feel so strongly that animal testing for cosmetics is unnecessary?

Summary: Origins is NOT Cruelty-Free!

By choosing to sell in mainland China, Origins must have their products tested on animals. Therefore I would not consider Origins to be a cruelty-free brand.

Origins is on our List of Brands to Avoid – Animal Tested.

Is Origins Vegan?

Origins claims they are 100% vegetarian (they use beeswax and honey in some of their products). However, because we would not consider Origins to be cruelty-free as their products are tested on animals when required by law, we also wouldn’t consider anything sold or manufactured by Origins to be vegetarian or vegan.

Below is what’s currently stated on Origins’ website in regards to their vegan product claims:

Origins vegan product claims but Origins it not even cruelty-free

I also noticed Sephora listing some of Origins products in their “Vegan Skincare” category but note that Origins is NOT cruelty-free. Origins products are tested on animals.

I’m assuming Sephora is labeling products as “vegan” when they’re formulated without any animal ingredients or by-products. But “Vegan” Cosmetics should also consider whether the products or its ingredients were tested on animals, anywhere in the world.

Cruelty-Free Alternatives

Looking for a cruelty-free alternative to Origins? We recommend the following cruelty-free skincare brands:


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25 thoughts on “Origins”

  1. I love this sight, but am not taken in by ANY company that has any excuse for testing on animals EVER!! What, you do not make enough millions selling in countries who are more aware and understand that testing on animals has no relevance. This is why our world does not improve…you have to actually care….

  2. Hi Vicky,

    I am shocked that origins is not cruelty free. I love the face cream with SPF.

    Do you have a recommendation for a cream similar to the origins products and with SPF?

    Where would I get it?

  3. I love the Origins Plantscriptions line, but now after learning they aren’t cruetly free, would like an alternative. Any suggestions? Thank you!

  4. Thanks for the information. I can’t believe that anything is tested on animals in this day and age. I can’t imagine the ethics behind the person who actually does it. It’s easy to be ignorant when you are not in front of it, even as a company. I just don’t understand how an ‘ethical’ company would sell in a place where they know unethical things are happening.

  5. I don’t really know Origins brand. I remember once a girl from Denmark gave me some products of this company. I didn’t know it was owned by Estee lauder and back then knew anything about vegan /cruelty free products. Now it will be blacklisted permanently, the products I used weren’t worthy anyway.

    This site seems very accurate and trustworthy. I will save it for product research.

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