Garnier

Suzana Rose

Garnier is NOT cruelty-free.

This means that this brand either tests on animals, pays for animal testing, or sells in mainland China. Some brands that fall under this category test on animals where required by law, which means they're not cruelty-free.

Garnier is owned by L'Oréal, a company that is not cruelty-free.

Garnier

Garnier's Official Animal Testing Policy

“L’Oréal has been committed to working alongside the Chinese authorities and scientists to have alternative testing methods recognized, and enable the cosmetics regulation to evolve towards a total and definite elimination of animal testing. Thus, today the product manufactured and sold in China called “non-functional” such as shampoo, body wash or make-up are already no longer tested on animals. We have opened an Episkin Center in Shanghai is 2014 enabling us to produce reconstructed skins. These skins are used to safety tests in vitro that do not involve animals and are made available for the Chinese authorities. In regard to animal testing, L’Oréal does not test any of its products or any of its ingredients on animals and has been at the forefront of alternative methods for over 30 years.”

What This Means

As of 2020, Garnier is sold in China according to their Customer Service. We were given L’Oreal’s animal testing policy above when we contacted Garnier. For this reason, we can’t consider them to be cruelty-free although they’re approved by PETA.

I found several articles stating that Garnier has pulled out of mainland China in 2014 due to low sales. However, when I contacted the brand, they gave me their L’Oreal’s full animal testing policy. When I followed up and asked them if Garnier products are sold in China, they stated:

“Today the products manufactured and sold in China called “non-functional” such as shampoo, body wash or make-up are already no longer tested on animals.”

As of 2020, Garnier claims that they do sell products in mainland China based on the answer above. This contradicts Garnier UK’s website statement, where they claim not to sell in China. The statement on their website might be outdated, and therefore misleading.

Garnier Claims To No Longer Be Sold In China: Fact or Fiction?

In their updated FAQ, Garnier now claims that they no longer sell products in mainland China, where animal testing is required by law. However, after reaching out to them on April 27, 2020, the brand claims that they still sell “non-functional” products in China. This would mean that Garnier is still not a cruelty-free brand.

Our Conversation With Garnier

Cruelty-Free Kitty: Hello, I noticed that you claim not to sell in China in your FAQ. Garnier’s animal testing policy was to allow animal testing where required by law the last time I contacted you. Could you please tell me what changed? Were your products never available in mainland China, or did Garnier pull out of China? May I also have your current, updated and full animal testing policy? Thank you!

Garnier: L’Oréal has been committed to working alongside the Chinese authorities and scientists to have alternative testing methods recognized, and enable the cosmetics regulation to evolve towards a total and definite elimination of animal testing. Thus, today the product manufactured and sold in China called “non-functional” such as shampoo, body wash or make-up are already no longer tested on animals. We have opened an Episkin Center in Shanghai is 2014 enabling us to produce reconstructed skins. These skins are used to safety tests in vitro that do not involve animals and are made available for the Chinese authorities. 

Cruelty-Free Kitty: Thank you for getting back to me. Does this mean Garnier does sell products in China, however they are classified as “non-functional”?

Garnier: Today the products manufactured and sold in China called “non-functional” such as shampoo, body wash or make-up are already no longer tested on animals.

What This Really Means

While “non-functional” products (such as shampoo, body wash, and makeup) are no longer required to be tested on animals if they’re manufactured within China, these products could still be tested on animals during a “post-market” safety inspection. This is why we can not consider Garnier to be a cruelty-free brand.

For more information on post-market animal testing, please visit this page.

Is Garnier cruelty-free?

No, Garnier is not a cruelty-free brand. Their animal testing policy is misleading customers.

Why We Classify Brands Like Garnier As “Not Cruelty-Free”

The term “cruelty-free” is unregulated. This means any brand can claim to be cruelty-free without breaking the law, even if they test on animals.

Because of this, we communicate with brands directly to gather information about their full animal testing policy.

Brands who are classified as “not cruelty-free” break one or more of the Cruelty-Free 5:

  • Their company engages in animal testing
  • Their suppliers engage in animal testing
  • They allow third-parties to test on animals on their behalf
  • They test on animals where required by law
  • They knowingly sell cosmetics in stores in mainland China, where animal testing could be performed

A supplier is any company that sells the brand raw materials, ingredients, or finished products. A third-party is an outside company or entity, whether or not it’s hired by the brand.

What’s The Deal With China?

Many beauty brands choose to sell their products in China. It’s important to note that these companies can not be considered cruelty-free.

As of 2020, China still requires most cosmetics to be tested on animals in order to be sold in the country.

As for products which can bypass these mandatory tests, the Chinese authorities may still pull these products from the shelves and have them tested on animals. Although the chance is small, we believe that companies can not be considered “cruelty-free” while taking this risk.

View Comments (6)
  • I will not purchase any Garnier products. If it isn’t clearly stated on the packaging I can’t spend time researching each item and wonder what they mean by 100@% vegan even tho the COMPANY TESTS ON ANIMALS!

  • So wouldn’t their statement declare it as cruelty free since 2014? I bought a garnier moisturiser and looked up if it was vegan but I’m seeing mixed answers everywhere.

  • I was gifted a Garnier facial mist and it said it has a Vegan formula yet they’re not cruelty free?? This is a first one for me seeing a brand that tests on animals yet has a “vegan” product.

    • They claim that it’s vegan since it contains no animal-derived ingredients, but it’s only a marketing term. Garnier is not cruelty-free.

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