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I’ve been getting a lot of questions and, well, opposition to Mary Kay being on my list of brands that test on animals.

After looking into this company, I can see that they’re very vocal about them “not testing on animals”, so this might come as a shock to some: Mary Kay tests on animals where required by law. And unfortunately, they do sell in mainland China.

At A Glance

  • Finished products tested on animals: NO
  • Ingredients tested on animals: NO
  • Third party animal testing: NO
  • Tested on animals where required by law: YES
  • Sold in mainland China: YES
  • Certifications: NONE (On PETA’s “do test” list)
  • Parent company: N/A

Cruelty-Free Pioneers

From Wikipedia, we learn that Mary Kay was among the first beauty brands to drop animal testing:

In 1989 the company announced a moratorium on animal testing of its products, after pressure from animal rights groups. They were among the first in their industry to do so and to sign the PETA pledge.

This might explain why being cruelty-free is a part of the company’s ethos and culture, but the sad fact is that Mary Kay went back to animal testing in 2012 when they joined the Chinese market.

Not accurate since 2012.
Not accurate since 2012.

Presence in China

Mary Kay currently has a presence in more than 35 countries, including China.

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Because animal testing is required by law for foreign cosmetics selling in China, they forfeited their cruelty-free status in 2012. They’ve also been removed from PETA’s cruelty-free list.

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Current Animal Testing Policy

Here’s a statement from Beth Lange, Mary Kay’s Chief Scientific Officer, which confirms Mary Kay’s “unless required by law” position:

“Mary Kay does not conduct animal testing on its products or ingredients, nor ask others to do so on its behalf, except when absolutely required by law. There is only one country where the company operates – among more than 35 around the world – where that is the case and where the company is required by law to submit products for testing – China.”

The source can be found here.

It’s too bad that a company who was among the first to put an end to animal testing decided to take a step back. Mary Kay isn’t cruelty-free, and I won’t be supporting this company.

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Isobel Bruning
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Really informative post, I am currently become cruelty free! 🙂
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Suzi Scheler
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That’s awesome, glad it helped! 🙂

Cydney
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I knew it, thanks for sharing! I was recently demonstrated some Mary Kay products by a rep, first of all not impressed they use microbeads as exfoliant and saw they’re in China, very informative though so thank you ?

Suzi Scheler
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Plastic microbeads?! o_o Hah, you’re welcome and I’m glad it was helpful!

Jennifer
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Hi!As of January 2017 CANADA’S MARY KAY DOES NOT CONTAIN ANY MICROBEADS IN ANY OF THE PRODUCTS SOLD IN CANADA! 😉

Alyssa
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the “microbeads” in the product is actually earth clay. So safe for wildlife and effective.

Suzi Scheler
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They were doing so great!

Suzi Scheler
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I don’t really get that logic haha. Thanks Danielle! 🙂

Brianna
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bummer

Suzi Scheler
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I appreciate your input, but this article just shows that Mary Kay tests on animals in China.

Elizabeth Faulkingham Alteri
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Elizabeth Faulkingham Alteri
Mk is working with China to share our science with them so maybe one day china won’t feel the need to test on animals. Maybe one day rather than saying oh Mary Kay how dare they allow their product to be tested on animals by a country that requires it you’ll be praising them for helping bring an end to all testing on animals in China. Also, it is important to keep in mind the human impact MK has on China such as women being able to support their families enough to have more than one child. It may not… Read more »
Jeanne Clayton
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maybe “one day” means testing is being done now. I would love to see women succeed in China but not on the backs of suffering and abuse. Building a business by abusing others, no matter what species, is unacceptable. Period

Suzi Scheler
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Not to mention that Mary Kay is multi-level marketing.

CeCi.
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Hi Suzi! Actually, Mary Kay is duo-marketing. For instance, if I recruit you onto my team, I make no money just because you say yes. It’s only when you’re successful and purchasing your products from the company for your customers, that Mary Kay sends me a recruiting check of 4-13% of what you ordered, from their half of the dollar; not yours. Consultants do not make money by getting warm bodies “under” them. 🙂

Jennifer
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In China it is required BY CHINESE LAW to test on animals.Also Please be fair that Since Mary Kay went to China (&yes it us controversial), Many Other Cosmetic AND Skincare Companies followed them. These other companies chose to NOT share publicly they were there. I believe it was a journalist who figured it out & subsequently published that information.

Cathy broadway
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Everyone is all upset about animals getting some lipstick but on their paw but no one is posting about China FORCING women to have abortions and limiting their children to one. Seems our priorities are messed up

Meagan
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It’s way more than “lipstick put on their paw”. You should do some research about animal testing. However, I am bias towards animals verses humans.

Pawfect
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I find it difficult to believe that a cosmetic company like Mary Kay is so concerned about the Chinese population that it allows animal testing on their products. However, I do believe that they permit this uncalled for cruelty to boost their profit margin by expanding their line into a country that requires this – especially when there are other markets that do not.

Anita
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China requires products handed over for CHINA to test not Mary Kay.

Jodie Martin Cordell
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Mary Kay didn’t “go back” to animal testing. The truth is Mary Kay stayed out of China for many years while trying to battle the use of animal testing from the outside. However, the Chinese government was less interested in an outside company that didn’t have a stake in their market. So, in 2012 they made the decision to go into the Chinese market to help change the legislation and thinking of the Chinese government and scientists, showing them alternative methods to animal testing. Mary Kay will again be 100% cruelty-free once the Chinese stop their practices of animal cruelty.… Read more »
David
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and sadly, in the meantime, MK will earn a profit from doing business in China. These profits will be delivered on the backs of innocent animals sacrificing their lives with no choice in the matter. Sorry MK, you’re done in my household.

Tracy Frechette
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Thank you Jodie! Still trying to set the record straight with customers who refuse to listen to the positive and important work that Mary Kay is doing in China.

PJ
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Thank you for this information. I was planning to order from a friend / consultant but Sadly now I won’t.

Jennifer
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Why not order? At they are telling you the truth! Also be aware China’s MK is a closed market. No import nor export!

There are MANY USA based companies that are also there that have attempted to keep that information secret.

Nikhi Janae
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Jeanne Clayton
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read it and it clearly says testing is done for countries that require it. What did I miss?

Teresa
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Thank you for this post. I thought they were 100 percent cruelty free so I bought some makeup a few months ago. I will NOT be purchasing any more. I will be emailing the company also. I’ll be going to Ulta with my list of cruelty free beans and buying from them.

Trisha Idleno Morey
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Never buying Mary Kay again. Anywhere in my life that I can cut the support of this practice out, I am doing so. Bad move Mary Kay.

Ann Brown
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They sell to China which animal tests. DO NOT buy from this company.

Nicola Marie Jackson
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So not doing for themselves?

Suzi Scheler
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They’re literally allowing animal testing to be done on their products, and FUNDING it. Just because it’s happening in China, doesn’t mean it’s not happening.

Suzi Scheler
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Mary Kay is listed on Wikipedia under “Multi-level marketing companies” here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_multi-level_marketing_companies

Dani
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Wikipedia is not a credible source of information, and the previous comment on how MaryKays career side works was accurate. A consultant does not gain from just simply adding someone to their team the consultant only receives the established 4-13% commission if that person is selling therefor producing. Also, about the issue on animal testing as wrong as it is maybe instead of bashing the company you should consider the work they are doing in order to eliminate it throughout a whole country and try to be a little more supportive towards that cause since saving the animals is the… Read more »
Cathy broadway
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I’ve been with mary kay for 28 years. I looked at amway and a few others before I joined mary kay Mary kay herself designed her marketing method. Her lawyer told her it would never work. She did it anyway.

Natasha Hedlund
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It’s really easy to say “I’m not going to sell in your country because of X” but a lot harder to be in a market where it is required by law and say, “Hey look, you do don’t have to test on animals. Look what we have done.” and change how things are done in other countries. It’s a slow process but has been effective. Mary Kay with other cosmetic companies have been the change they want to see in the world. They could easily not sell in China’s market but then nothing would change.

Kimberly
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How about this… Mary Kay shouldnt do business with China! China isn’t forcing Mary Kay to so business with them. Mary Kay chooses to and acts like they are being forced to animal test. Its ridiculous. No more Mary Kay for me.

Dmanches
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I work with a woman who sells MK and tried arguing with me about how they don’t animal test and to “trust me I just went to a seminar.” Then she proceeded to tell me they only test where it’s required by law. Doh! Apparently animals in China aren’t real animals.

Dmanches
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I’m cringing at the comments saying that Mary Kay only sells in China knowing animals will suffer because in the grand scheme of things Mary Kay is trying to stop animal testing. Umm, what? Considering the dog meat trade and the merciless beatings and torturing of live dogs while fully conscious because they think it improves the taste of meat…I don’t think a cosmetic company is going to have much pull behind closed doors while dogs are hanging in the street in broad daylight and being skinned alive for all to see.

CeCi.
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Did you know Mary Kay is working directly with the Chinese government to stop animal testing there, and show them a better, more humane way? http://www.marykay.com.au/MKPressReleases
Also, since Mary Kay started in China, the number 1 National Sales Director spoke at a summit, saying the reason for Mary Kay’s success there is due to the money the women make, and their ability to be able to afford more than one child because of that. Just wanted you to have all of the updated facts <3

Paula Smith
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What many fail to see is that most make-up companies here in America test on animals yet are still used by some of you hypocritical people saying “don’t use Mary Kay their not cruelty free they still test on animals” Yet y’all have read the testing is happing in China now while Mary Kay could drop China that doesn’t solve the problem lastly everyone needs to wake up and think do I live in China no I live in America and in America. Guess what everybody any Mary Kay products bought here in the USA come straight from the Mary… Read more »
Ricardo Hernandez
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I believe that if they test products which are safe to use elsewhere, there would be less danger for the animals themselves. It’s like a customer buying water demanding they test the water first on another person to see if they don’t have an adverse reaction; as a seller, would you refuse to this ludicrous requirement, knowing that it wouldn’t hurt anyone and at the same time try to show the customer it wasn’t necesary in the first place?

Anita
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Any Mary Kay products purchased in the United States of America ARE CRUELTY FREE!!!

Hamlin
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So? Buying MK products in the US is still putting money into the pockets of a company profiting from cruelty. While I applaud MK’s efforts to end animal testing in China, I will only buy from companies that do not sell in China.

Jessica F Schondel
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I was working with my MK guy at my home and yes, he told my daughter and I that they don’t test on animals but…..after MK guy and I were looking at some other products that friends were recommending on FB for whether or not they test on animals, we found beautypedia or something like that which lists all the companies who do and don’t test on animals. Let me back track, while he was talking about MK and the business end of it, he said that Mary Kay is in China to lobby against animal testing and showing them… Read more »
Amy wong
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humane society puts out list of beauty products made without testing on animals

Jessica F Schondel
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Also, sorry there is more. I used to sell Mary Kay.When I say that my MK guy is above and beyond knowledgeable about ingredients and the info he is providing, I am coming from the angle that I sold it and I was not at all on his level of knowing what he knows. He is so dedicated to providing a skin care product to women but also toward helping women to improve how they feel about themselves that he has thoroughly educated himself. Yeah, I was into improving the way women felt about themselves but he will take a… Read more »
Missy
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Thank you for this very informative article. I just attended a Mary Kay party a few weeks ago. When I asked the consultant about the animal testing process, I got a mostly honest answer. She told me that they only test on animals where required by law and when I asked if Mary Kay sold to mainland China, I was told that they do. I was also given their line stating “we are trying to change the animal testing laws in China” but that “China is an up and coming market”. So I took that to mean it’s a country… Read more »
Deanna
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Just fyi because I was curious. Even on Mary Kay’s website they talk about their efforts working with China to stop animal testing. https://www.peta.org/blog/china-approve-first-non-animal-cosmetics-test/

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