Laneige 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.
Laneige is owned by AmorePacific, a company that is not cruelty-free.
At a Glance
|Finished products tested on animals||Uncertain|
|Ingredients tested on animals||Uncertain|
|Suppliers test on animals||Uncertain|
|Third party animal testing||Yes (where required by law)|
|Sold in mainland China||Yes|
Laneige's Official Animal Testing Policy
“As an enterprise seeking peaceful coexistence between nature, human beings and businesses, AMOREPACIFIC pledges elimination of unnecessary animal testing for cosmetics to respect all living creatures. We have voluntarily discontinued animal testing on cosmetic ingredients and finished goods since 2008. And as of May 1, 2013, will expand the non-animal testing policy to our suppliers. Through continuous cooperation with academia, AMOREPACIFIC will further enhance our efforts to develop alternative testing methods. *Exceptions to this principle will apply however, if animal testing is required or bound by local governments or laws.”
What This Means
Laneige is owned by AmorePacific, and the policy above is listed on Laneige’s website.
First, AmorePacific states that the company “pledges elimination of unnecessary animal testing for cosmetics”. The word “unnecessary” is important, as this doesn’t mean that the company pledges to eliminate animal testing. If animal testing for cosmetics is deemed “necessary” according to the company, they could perform these tests.
Second, the company clearly states at the end of their statement that there’s an exception to be made if animal testing is required by local governments or laws. This means that Laneige does test on animals where required by law.
Why We Classify Brands Like Laneige 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.