Chanel is not cruelty-free. They may test on animals, either themselves, through their suppliers, or through a third party. Brands who fall under this category could also be funding animal testing by selling products in mainland China, where it's required by law.
“Chanel does not use animals for product testing.
Product testing on animals may be carried out by ingredient suppliers in the case of some raw materials (that are used in other industries as well as the cosmetics industry), but only when there are no other, so-called alternative, substitute methods available that could guarantee consumer safety.
This is why the prohibitions listed in the European Cosmetics Directive are planned to come into force in 2013 at the very latest, the date on which suppliers will have to stop such tests.
This prohibition will therefore become effective gradually as ECVAM, the European Centre for the Validation of Alternative Methods, validates alternative methods to replace testing on animals.
We are, of course, in favour of these measures, and are, moreover, very involved within the perfume and cosmetics industry in financing major research projects that examine alternative testing methods to replace testing on animals.”
Chanel is not owned by a parent company that tests on animals.
Yes, Chanel is available for sale in stores in mainland China. This means that their products were likely tested on animals in mainland China.
No, Chanel is not certified by any organizations.
Chanel might offer some vegan products, however because this company is not cruelty-free, we recommend avoiding any products they offer even if they are vegan.
Most brands don't publicly display their full animal testing policies. We contact brands directly with our questions in order to get their complete policy. If any brand states that they, their suppliers, or any third party test on animals, the brand is listed as "not cruelty-free."
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