Origins 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.
“Our belief is that science can end animal testing.
We don’t believe in testing on animals. We believe in the power of nature and the proof of science. And we know science has proven it’s unnecessary to test products for safety on animals. So we don’t do it. Instead, we use volunteers to test out our products. And they help us make sure everything is totally safe for you.
Some countries where Origins is sold require animal testing on all imported cosmetics as part of their regulator safety process. As a brand rooted in science, we’re doing everything we can to put an end to animal testing worldwide through science. That’s why we’re partnering with The Institute for In Vitro Sciences (http://wwww.iivs.org) in their mission to ensure alternative testing becomes the global standard.”
Origins is starting their statement with bold and positive claims, but unfortunately they’re meaningless. Even though they “believe” that science can end animal testing, and that animal testing is “unnecessary”, they also admit to allowing their products to be tested on animals in China. This also means that they financed these animal tests. If a brand truly believes that animal testing is unnecessary, they don’t fund animal testing in China. Instead, they either stay out of the market, or sell to China through e-commerce, which bypasses any animal testing. Many successful cruelty-free brands opt for those instead.
Although Origins claims to be rooted in science and against animal testing, we found these claims to be only partly true based on their actual policy. They also don’t mention whether or not ingredients are tested on animals, or whether or not their suppliers test on animals.
We can find Origins’ animal testing policy directly on their website by looking at their FAQ. This is what they claim under the “Animal Testing” section:
Origins was founded in 1990 by the Estée Lauder group. They offer skincare, makeup, and body care products that are “plant-based” (although they’re not vegan since they contain honey and beeswax). They are committed to planting trees in partnership with nonprofits.
Origins is owned by Estée Lauder, a company that tests on animals. Not only is Origins not cruelty-free but neither is their parent company.
Yes, Origins is available for sale in stores in mainland China. This means that their products were likely tested on animals in mainland China.
No, Origins is not certified by any organizations.
Origins 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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