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Jo Malone fragrances and gift boxes are seen everywhere, so I wanted to know whether Jo Malone test any of their products or ingredients on animals? Or if they sell in foreign markets that may require animal testing.
Is Jo Malone Cruelty-Free?
Jo Malone is NOT Cruelty-free. Jo Malone pays and allows their products to be tested on animals when required by law. Jo Malone also sells its products in stores in mainland China where animal testing is mandatory for most imported cosmetics.
In addition, Jo Malone is owned by Estee Lauder, a parent company that is also not cruelty-free.
Jo Malone’s Animal Testing Statement
On Jo Malone’s website, they claim, “We do not conduct animal testing on our products or ingredients, nor ask others to test on our behalf, except when required by law.”
Policies stating, “exceptions are made if the law requires it”, usually implies the company is selling its products in mainland China. Most imported cosmetics sold in stores in mainland China are required by law to be tested on animals.
Is Jo Malone Sold in China?
I eventually found several Jo Malone store locations in mainland China. This confirms that Jo Malone is indeed selling its products in China.
Below is a screenshot I took from Jo Malone’s Chinese website, clearly showing several boutiques carrying Jo Malone products in mainland China:
Because of Jo Malone’s decision to sell in mainland China stores, they must consent and pay to have their products tested on animals. That’s why most cosmetic brands selling in mainland China cannot be considered cruelty-free in 2021.
Although Jo Malone 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.
Many truly cruelty-free brands have chosen not to sell their products in China because of the country’s animal testing laws. Unfortunately, Jo Malone refuses to do the same and has decided to put profits before the welfare of animals.
Summary: Jo Malone is NOT Cruelty-Free!
To sum up, by choosing to sell in mainland China, Jo Malone must have their products tested on animals. Therefore I would not consider Jo Malone to be a cruelty-free brand.
Currently, Jo Malone is on our List of Brands to Avoid – Animal Tested.
Is Jo Malone Vegan?
Since we would not consider Jo Malone 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 Jo Malone to be vegan.
Cruelty-Free Alternatives to Jo Malone:
Instead of Jo Malone, try one of these cruelty-free fragrance brands instead: