Ole Henriksen (LVMH)

Last Updated: May 24, 2021

Is Ole Henriksen (LVMH) Cruelty-Free and Vegan?

Make a positive impact by supporting companies with the same values and ethics as what matters most to you. To navigate and find ethical brands, here’s a summary of Ole Henriksen’s ethics and initiatives.

Ethical Analysis

Is Ole Henriksen cruelty-free, vegan, or sustainable? We’ve got the answers here! Read below for more details on Ole Henriksen’s policies.
Ole Henriksen is cruelty-free, but Ole Henriksen is owned by Kendo. And Kendo is part of the LVMH Group, a parent company that is NOT cruelty-free.
Not all of Ole Henriksen’s products are vegan but they have some vegan options.
Ole Henriksen does not claim or market itself as a sustainable company.
Ole Henriksen has been non-responsive when I asked if their mica is ethically-sourced without the use of child labor.
Ole Henriksen products come in plastic packaging. I couldn’t find anything stating they’re working on reducing their use of virgin plastic in their product packaging.

About Ole Henriksen (LVMH)

The OLEHENRIKSEN brand started in a spa, and they’ve carried that indulgence in every formula they’ve created by offering a line of natural and anti-aging skin care.
COMPANY BASED IN: USA
PRODUCTS MADE IN: USA, Around the World
PRODUCTS: Skincare
CERTIFICATIONS: PETA-Certified

Ole Henriksen (LVMH)

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You can find Ole Henriksen products at olehenriksen.com, Sephora, and Amazon.

Ole Henriksen is *Cruelty-Free

OleHenriksen has confirmed they do not test their products or ingredients on animals or ask others to test on their behalf. Their suppliers also do not test on animals, nor do they allow their products to be tested on animals when required by law. And finally, their products are not sold in stores in mainland China or any other country that may require animal testing.

By our standards, we would consider Ole Henriksen to be *Cruelty-Free.

*Olehenriksen is owned by Kendo and LVMH, a corporation that is NOT cruelty-free because LVMH allows some of their other brands to test on animals.

It’s your choice whether you want to support or boycott cruelty-free brands owned by a parent company that is not cruelty-free. There is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ answer to this. I encourage you to do what you’re comfortable with, but I think it’s important to disclose that LVMH owns Olehenriksen.

What About China’s Animal Testing Laws?

As of May 1, 2021, some imported ordinary cosmetics can be exempt from animal testing under certain conditions. However, for the most part, animal testing is still legally required for most imported cosmetics in 2021.

But Ole Henriksen has confirmed they do not sell their products in retail stores in mainland China; therefore, they are not required to test on animals.

Cruelty-Free Policies

Note that there is no legal definition for the label ‘Cruelty-Free.‘ It can mean different things to different people. But Cruelty-Free is generally used to imply no animal testing. More specifically, the ingredients, formulation, or finished product are not tested on animals at any stage of product development.

At ethical elephant, we always assess a company’s cruelty-free policy using our Cruelty-Free Checklist. This ensures no animal testing was performed by the brand itself, its suppliers, and by any third parties.

Also, note that Cruelty-Free and Vegan don’t always mean the same thing.

Ole Henriksen is Not 100% Vegan

‘Vegan’ in cosmetics can refer to an entire brand that is 100% Vegan or a specific product is vegan.

In the case of Ole Henriksen, not all of their products are vegan. But they have some products that are suitable for vegans.

How to know which of Ole Henriksen products are vegan?

All of Ole Henriksen’s vegan products are labeled as such on their website. Or you can search “vegan” on their site.

Which of Ole Henriksen Products is Vegan?

Below is a list of Ole Henriksen products that do not contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products and were labeled as “vegan” on their website or came up when I did a search for “vegan” products.

Serums & Treatments

Moisturizers

Cleansers & Scrubs

Toners

Masks

Vegan Policies

Similar to ‘Cruelty-Free,’ there is no standard or legal definition for the label ‘Vegan.’ But it’s usually used in the context to describe something that doesn’t contain any animal-derived ingredients or animal by-products.

Some common animal products used in cosmetics include carmine, lanolin, snail mucus, beeswax, honey, pearl or silk-derived ingredients, animal-based glycerin, keratin, and squalene.

There are plant-based and synthetic alternatives to animal-derived ingredients. But it’s sometimes difficult to know with certainty whether a product is vegan just by reading the ingredient list.

So it’s best to ask the company and manufacturers to ensure the ingredients they’ve chosen to use were from non-animal sources.

Ethical Mica Mining Policy

Mica is a mineral that’s used in cosmetics to add a shimmery effect. But the mining of natural mica has been linked to child labor and human rights violations.

Unless a company publicly addresses its mica mining policy, we have no way of knowing whether its mica is ethically sourced without child or forced labor.

So I asked Olehenriksen if their mica is ethically sourced without the use of child labor, but they never responded to any of my emails or messages.

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