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?
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
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:
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:
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.
Looking for a cruelty-free alternative to Origins? We recommend the following cruelty-free skincare brands:
- Juice Beauty
- Dermalogica (owned by Unilever)
- First Aid Beauty (owned by P&G)
- Skyn Iceland – 100% Vegan