L’Occitane 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.
“L’OCCITANE does not and has never tested its products, its active ingredients or its raw materials on animals at any point in the product development or manufacturing process.
L’OCCITANE is fundamentally committed to the abolition of animal testing of beauty products worldwide. In China, where our products are retailed, the local Chinese authorities request testing on some cosmetic products sold on the Chinese market, as they view it as the best way to safeguard their consumers’ safety. Our company does not conduct those tests; they are done by Chinese laboratories, approved by local authorities on a limited animal panel.
To move forward we decided to develop our relationship with the Chinese authorities to pledge the case for the end of animal testing for beauty products, through open dialogue. Since 2010 we have therefore engaged with the relevant authorities, as well as animal rights NGOs. Our goal has been to highlight alternatives techniques used in Europe where animal testing has been banned. This constructive dialogue has led to a series of advances in Chinese regulation including a decision to end this type of test as of June 2014, on so-called ordinary cosmetics that are manufactured and packaged locally (shampoo, perfume etc.), as well as on imported hygiene products (soap, toothpaste etc.). On the 11th Nov 2016, the Chinese authorities announced the first alternative animal test (AAT) in cosmetic raw material. This is another milestone step. Currently, more alternative tests are under development by NIFDC (National Institute for Food and Drug Control) L’Occitane cares about every small movement on AATs in China.
We remain of the firm opinion that it is by working from inside China that we will be best placed to further influence Chinese regulation and put an end to animal testing. L’Occitane will continue proactive work with cosmetic industrial organizations in China, to push forward more and more alternatives tests to be implemented in cosmetics.”
Although L’Occitane as a company do not test their finished products or ingredients on animals, they nevertheless pay others to test their products on animals “where required by law”. This means that L’Occitane is not cruelty-free.
To learn more about animal testing laws in China, click here.
Even though L’Occitane is encouraging the Chinese authorities to seek alternatives to animal testing, they’re complying with the laws. Companies that are cruelty-free seek alternatives to selling their products in China. For examples, they can choose to sell their products online only, which bypasses any animal testing.
L’Occitane is not owned by a parent company that tests on animals.
Yes, L’Occitane is available for sale in stores in mainland China. This means that their products were likely tested on animals in mainland China.
No, L’Occitane is not certified by any organizations.
L’Occitane 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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