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.
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:
- Bobbi Brown
- Tom Ford
- La Mer
- Bumble & Bumble
- Jo Malone
- Michael Korrs
- Good Skin Labs
- American Beauty
Estee Lauder doesn’t test on animals at any point during the production of their products, except when required by law.