Clinique is NOT a cruelty-free brand. Clinique is owned by Estee Lauder and its official animal testing policy is not to test on animals except when required by law.

The following statement can be found on Clinique’s official website:

The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. is committed to the elimination of animal testing. We are equally committed to consumer health and safety, and bringing to market products that comply with applicable regulations in every country in which our products are sold.

We do not conduct animal testing on our products or ingredients, nor ask others to test on our behalf, except when required by law. We evaluate our finished products in clinical tests on volunteer panels.

Estée Lauder fully supports the development and global acceptance of non-animal testing alternatives. To this end, the Company works extensively with the industry at large and the global scientific community to research and fund these alternatives.

Policy Details

Since 2012, all Estee Lauder brands have changed their animal testing policy to include their recent expansion to the Chinese market.

Because China requires foreign cosmetics to be tested on animals, any foreign company retailing in Chinese stores must pay to have third party animal testing of their products. Other brands owned by Estee Lauder that are subjected to this policy are:

  • MAC
  • Bobbi Brown
  • Tom Ford
  • Origins
  • Prescriptives
  • La Mer
  • Bumble & Bumble
  • Jo Malone
  • Michael Korrs
  • Good Skin Labs
  • Grassroots
  • Flirt
  • American Beauty
  • Osiao

Estee Lauder doesn’t test on animals at any point during the production of their products, except when required by law.

  • Eveline Hecklinger

    Thank you so much for posting this. It is very important that animals don’t suffer on my behalf and I do love Clinique. I know we can’t save the world alone, but we can try a bit at a time.

  • Trevor McClaughlin

    So are you saying that this is not accurate?

    “Because China requires foreign cosmetics
    to be tested on animals, any foreign company retailing in Chinese stores
    must pay to have third party animal testing of their products.

  • Samantha Bustamante

    This makes me so happy! I have used Clinique for so long due to acne prone skin and can’t find something like it. The fact that your post is recent and the information on this site might need a little update gives me hope that Clinique is in fact cruelty-free.
    Thanks again!

    • Clinique is unfortunately not cruelty-free. 🙁 They share Estee Lauder’s policy which is not to test on animals UNLESS REQUIRED BY LAW. Since Clinique products are sold in mainland China, they do test their finished products on animals.

  • Maura

    Hold up.. No company likes to willingly admit they aren’t fully animal cruelty free, so they twist the around their words in such a way that makes some people think they are cruelty free, but they’re not. I’ll explain. Estée Lauder does not use animal testing for their products in America, but they sell their products in China, where it’s required by law to have animal testing, which means that they basically sold out to what they claim to strongly believe is wrong. If you think it’s okay to spend money on Clinique which is a sister company of Estée Lauder, because the products you are buying in places that aren’t China are cruelty-free, do you, but hopefully you’ll know all the facts. I feel like I can’t buy from anyone who has sold out their “morals” to get more money by selling in a non-animal-cruelty place. When you buy from any of Estée Lauder’s products, you are helping them get more money which they will use to make more products, which they are selling in China and testing on animals. That’s the blunt way of saying what Clinique can’t say.

  • Becky

    I’m so confused. Urban Decay is considered CF even though their owner sells products in China that are tested on animals. Urban Decay’s profits are still going into the owner’s pocket. Clinique should round up their popular products, create a new brand (CliniqueCF), not sell to China, and then they can be CF like UD? … I would prefer they work with China to ban animal testing ( which they are doing) than to play games.

  • Chris

    According to the law No 1223/2009 Article 17, testing cosmetic products on animals is prohibited. I doubt any company tests on animals anymore. At least not in europe.

  • Valerie Prather-Stricherz

    My thoughts exactly, Sarah! They’re a little confused about how committed they are. Their makeup & perfumes are wonderful, and I miss those ‘bonus gifts’. But sorry, Clinique & Estee Lauder… I’m too committed to animal welfare to buy your stuff anymore.

    And thanks for the info about Paul Mitchell- good to know!

  • Valerie Prather-Stricherz

    What you’ve described is the very definition of ‘selling out’. Sorry if that inconveniences your agenda.