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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
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 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:
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:
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.
Looking for a cruelty-free alternative to Origins? We recommend the following cruelty-free skincare brands:
- Juice Beauty – some vegan options
- Dermalogica *owned by Unilever – some vegan options
- OSEA – 100% Vegan
- Skyn Iceland – 100% Vegan
- 100% Pure – some vegan options