Is Origins Cruelty Free? | Does Origins Test on Animals?

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Is Origins Cruelty Free in 2019?
Is Origins Cruelty Free in 2019?

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 products are sold in China and are required by law to be tested on animals.

In addition, Origins is owned by Estee Lauder, a parent corporation that is also not cruelty-free; Estee Lauder tests on animals when required by law.

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 Animal Testing Policy in 2019
Origins Animal Testing Policy

The disclaimer that “some countries where Origins is sold require animal testing” implies Origins may be selling their products in mainland China where animal testing is required by law for all imported cosmetics.

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
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 their products in-stores in mainland China, they must consent and pay the Chinese government to test their products on animals as part of the registration process before they can sell in their country.

Origins states 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 more money than ending animal testing for cosmetics.

Many 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?

Unfortunately, we would not consider Origins to be cruelty-free because their products are sold in mainland China and required by law to be tested on animals.

Cruelty-Free Alternatives

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

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24 Comments
  • Kari
    October 9, 2019

    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.

  • Gail
    August 15, 2018

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

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