Estée Lauder Brands – Which Ones are Cruelty-Free or Sold in China?

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Is Estée Lauder cruelty-free?


No. Estée Lauder is not a cruelty-free corporation as some of their brands are sold in Mainland China where animal testing is required by law for all imported cosmetics.

However it should be noted that 6 of Estée Lauder brands are PETA certified cruelty-free: Aveda, Becca Cosmetics, Bumble and Bumble, Le Labo, Smashbox, and Too Faced Cosmetics.

Estee Lauder’s Animal Testing Statement (2018)

Source: Estee Lauder

Estee Lauder states that they do not test on animals or ask others to do it for them unless “a regulatory body demands it for its safety or regulatory assessment.” 

This implies that Estee Lauder is selling their products in countries that require animal testing, most likely in Mainland China, where animal testing is required for all imported cosmetics.

Interestingly, Estee Lauder omitted a lot of information from their current animal testing statement compared to what they had on their website 3 years ago. Thank goodness for screenshots, because I have a copy of what was written on Estee Lauder’s website in 2015 which explains a lot more about their stance on selling in China and testing on animals.

Estee Lauder’s Animal Testing Statement (2015)

Below is a screenshot I took on November 13, 2015 of Estee Lauder’s animal testing policy:

Estee Lauder's Animal Testing Statement

China’s animal testing laws that require all imported cosmetics to be tested on animals still applies in 2018 so not much has changed but it’s interesting that Estee Lauder has updated their animal testing statement and removed all of the details about China.

As explained by Estée Lauder, they are a global company and therefore some of their brands and products are sold internationally, including in China where it is required by law to test all imported cosmetics on animals.

Therefore, I would not consider Estee Lauder or any of their brands that are sold in Mainland China to be cruelty-free.

It should be noted that throughout the years, Estee Lauder has acquired 6 cruelty-free brands: Aveda, Becca Cosmetics, Bumble and Bumble, Le Labo, Smashbox, and Too Faced. These 6 brands are not sold in China and are not required to be tested on animals. These 6 brands are in fact, certified cruelty-free by PETA.

When a corporation, as large as Estee Lauder, has over 30+ brands in its portfolio, it’s sometimes hard to tell which brands are selling in China, or certified cruelty-free, or brands that naturally inherit their parent company’s animal testing policy.

List of Estee Lauder Brands

I wanted to list out all of Estee Lauder’s brands to help with:

  • Figuring out which of Estee Lauder’s brands are cruelty-free
  • Knowing which of Estee Lauder’s brands are sold in Mainland China
  • If you don’t want to support anything associated with Estee Lauder, then use this list as a reference as you should avoid all the brands on this list

Sold in China – This brand distributes its products in China where animal testing is required by law

PETA Certified – This brand is PETA Certified Cruelty-Free

No notes – It has not been confirmed whether this brand sells in China, buy or boycott at your own discretion.

Makeup Brands

  • Becca Cosmetics – PETA Certified *acquired in 2016
  • Bobbi BrownSold in China
  • Estée LauderSold in China
  • MAC Cosmetics – Sold in China
  • Smashbox – PETA Certified *acquired in 2010
  • Tom FordSold in China
  • Too Faced – PETA Certified *acquired in 2016

Skin & Hair Care Brands

  • AvedaPETA Certified *acquired in 1997
  • Bumble and Bumble – PETA Certified *acquired in 2007
  • Clinique – Sold in China
  • GLAMGLOWSold in China
  • La MerSold in China
  • Lab Series – Sold in China
  • OriginsSold in China


  • Aramis – Sold in China
  • Darphin
  • DYNY Fragrances – Sold in China
  • Donna Karen Cosmetics – Sold in China
  • Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle
  • Ermenegildo Zegna – Sold in China
  • Jo Malone London – Sold in China
  • Kilian
  • Kiton Fragrances
  • Le Labo – PETA Certified *acquired in 2014
  • Michael Kors – Sold in China
  • RODIN olio lusso
  • Tommy Hilfiger Fragrance – Sold in China
  • Tory Burch – Sold in China

What do you think?

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  • Marlene Boston
    July 31, 2019

    I have. Used Estes lauder double wear makeup for years but no more. I feel your company
    Is only interested in money. Shame on you. I have told many of my friends who also has
    Used your makeup but will switch immediately. So let the Chinese use lab created skin. And
    Not innocent animals. Go ahead and publish my remarks, more people need to know.

    • Marlene Boston
      August 1, 2019

      OK, I have all the answers below do not tell me if EL doublewear makeup is animal tested or
      Not. Regardless of where you sell it, is the double wear makeup I buy at Dillard’s here in
      town tested on animals or not? Please just a yes or no answer. Thank you, Marlene Boston

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