Clinique is NOT a cruelty-free brand. Clinique is owned by Estée Lauder and its official animal testing policy is not to test on animals except when required by law. Clinique is sold in mainland China, where animal testing is required by law.

The following statement can be found on Clinique’s official website:

The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. is committed to the elimination of animal testing. We are equally committed to consumer health and safety, and bringing to market products that comply with applicable regulations in every country in which our products are sold.

We do not conduct animal testing on our products or ingredients, nor ask others to test on our behalf, except when required by law. We evaluate our finished products in clinical tests on volunteer panels.

Estée Lauder fully supports the development and global acceptance of non-animal testing alternatives. To this end, the Company works extensively with the industry at large and the global scientific community to research and fund these alternatives.

Clinique In China

Clinique products are sold in mainland China, where animal testing is required by law. The following screenshot shows us that Clinique is sold at Chinese Sephora stores.

Policy Details

Since 2012, all Estée Lauder brands have changed their animal testing policy to include their recent expansion to the Chinese market.

Because China requires foreign cosmetics to be tested on animals, any foreign company retailing in Chinese stores must pay to have third party animal testing of their products. Other brands owned by Estée Lauder that are subjected to this policy are:

  • MAC
  • Bobbi Brown
  • Tom Ford
  • Origins
  • Prescriptives
  • La Mer
  • Bumble & Bumble
  • Jo Malone
  • Michael Korrs
  • Good Skin Labs
  • Grassroots
  • Flirt
  • American Beauty
  • Osiao

Estée Lauder doesn’t test on animals at any point during the production of their products, except when required by law.

Write To Clinique!

If you want Clinique to go cruelty-free, contact Estée Lauder and ask them to pull out of mainland China and stop testing on animals where required by law!

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Suzana Rose
By Suzana Rose|
Suzana is the founder of Cruelty-Free Kitty. She believes in ethical businesses and wants to see a global ban on animal testing. She loves cats, debunking myths, and shoegaze music.