1. Hi!
    Thank you so much for this article. Is REALLY helpful.

    I do have a question regarding L’Oreal. How can you tell that they pay for third parties to do animal testing? also, China doesn’t require animal testing anymore, so that shouldn’t be a reference.

    (I don’t use L’Oreal, but I’ve read many people claiming that they’re actually cruelty-free. I don’t believe that either since they don’t have any certification; but I also haven’t been able to find information that proofs that they do).

    1. Hi Ana! Most of the time, you can tell that they pay for third parties to do animal testing when their statement is something like, “we don’t test our products on animals. However, an exception can be made when required by law” – this basically means that they don’t do the testing themselves, but they know that if they want to sell their products in a country like China, they have to perform animal tests so they often pay third parties to do this.

      You’re right when it comes to China, they’ve been slowly relaxing their animal policies and this is a huge breakthrough BUT sadly, animal testing is still possible in both the pre-and post-market environments in China. Leaping Bunny said: “Brands now have the possibility to enter China and avoid animal testing, but not every brand can qualify. Certain ingredients, products, and claims may still trigger animal tests during the registration process, and post-market testing involving animals, while rare, is still a possibility.”

      We’ve come to a difficult point where it’s quite tough to know if a brand sold in China is cruelty-free or not. I personally don’t really trust brands that are being sold in stores in mainland China to be cruelty-free (yet) because of the Leaping Bunny statement. It does look like L’Oreal is working towards a better future, with no animal testing, by offering scientific research approaches etc. But we can’t just believe their words sadly. I can imagine that people are claiming them to be cruelty-free, because if you read their website, it sounds like they don’t perform animal tests. But they also state, “Certain health authorities may nevertheless decide to conduct animal tests themselves for certain cosmetic products, as it is still the case in China.” Very contradicting. It’s vague at this point honestly, but I’m still avoiding them to be sure.

  2. Thank you Simone for clarifying L’Oreal’s stance on animal testing.
    I was confused because their company web site leads one to believe they don’t period, but yet they are on PETA’s list of companies that still use animal testing to validate their products.

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