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Palmer’s 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.


At a Glance

Finished products tested on animals Yes, where required by law
Ingredients tested on animals No
Suppliers test on animals Uncertain
Third party animal testing Yes, where required by law
Sold in mainland China Yes

Palmer’s's Official Animal Testing Policy

“At Palmer’s, we love animals as much as you do and are proud to be an animal testing/cruelty- free company. We do not test any of our finished goods products on animals. We also have implemented a verification policy to ensure that our raw ingredient vendors have not tested any of the ingredients in our formulas on animals past an industry-standard fixed date.

Palmer’s sells products to distributors around the globe including South East Asia who in turn sells to countries in Asia- including China.

We do not allow any third parties to test on animals in the US.

What This Means

Although Palmer’s as a company do not test their finished products or ingredients on animals, they nevertheless distribute their products to mainland China, which means they pay others to test their products on animals where required by law. Palmer’s is not cruelty-free.

To learn more about animal testing laws in China, click here.

Why We Classify Brands Like Palmer’s 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 (2)
  • Yeah, it’s baffling. It seems like there’s a pattern of companies claiming “cruelty-free” and “not tested on animals”, yet at the same time these very brands are being sold in countries that mandates animal testing.

    In Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula’s website, the phrase “does not conduct product tests on animals” is actually taken from the phrase “We do not allow any third parties to test on animals in the US.”

    Lol, they literally just left out the “in the US” part!!! So actually, the full phrase is “does not conduct product tests on animals IN THE US.” This means that Palmer’s is still doing animal testing overseas. Smh!

  • They actually say on their website that they are cruelty-free and specifically that they do not test on animals! WTH are you on about

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