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Garnier is NOT cruelty-free.

This means that this brand tests on animals or finances animal testing. 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 tests on animals.

Garnier's Official Animal Testing Policy

“Thank you for your interest in Garnier, a brand of The L’Oréal Group.

Our consumers’ health and safety have always been an absolute priority for L’Oréal. As is the support of animal welfare.

L’Oréal has developed a very rigorous safety evaluation procedure of its products, backed by research. Well before the question of animal testing was raised by civil society or within a regulatory framework, L’Oréal has been committed to new methods of assessing safety that don’t involve animals. A true pioneer, L’Oréal has been reconstructing human skin models in laboratories to elaborate in vitro safety tests since 1979, as an alternative to animals. In 1989, L’Oréal completely ceased testing its products on animals, thus 14 years before the regulation required so. Today, L’Oréal no longer tests its ingredients on animals and no longer tolerates any exception to this rule.

Certain health authorities may nevertheless decide to conduct animal tests themselves for certain cosmetic products, as it is still the case in China. L’Oréal has been the most active company working alongside the Chinese authorities and scientists for over 10 years to have alternative testing methods recognized, and permit the cosmetic regulation to evolve towards a total and definite elimination of animal testing. Thanks to this, since 2014, certain products manufactured and sold in China like shampoo, body wash or make-up are no longer tested on animals.”

What This Means

Because they have likely paid for their products to be tested on animals in order to sell in China, Garnier is not a cruelty-free brand. Even though they try to shift the blame to “certain health authorities”, the brand itself must agree to these tests.

In order to avoid losing their cruelty-free status, brands can either stay out of the Chinese market, or choose to sell to mainland China online-only. This option removes the risk of animal testing, while allowing the brand to enter the growing Chinese market.

Don’t be fooled by clever phrasing from brands. Even though Garnier and its parent company L’Oréal claim to be “committed to new methods of assessing safety that don’t involve animals”, they nevertheless allowed their products to be tested on animals.


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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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