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!

View Comments (22)
  • Thank you so much for posting this. It is very important that animals don’t suffer on my behalf and I do love Clinique. I know we can’t save the world alone, but we can try a bit at a time.

  • This makes me so happy! I have used Clinique for so long due to acne prone skin and can’t find something like it. The fact that your post is recent and the information on this site might need a little update gives me hope that Clinique is in fact cruelty-free.
    Thanks again!

    • Clinique is unfortunately not cruelty-free. 🙁 They share Estee Lauder’s policy which is not to test on animals UNLESS REQUIRED BY LAW. Since Clinique products are sold in mainland China, they do test their finished products on animals.

  • Hold up.. No company likes to willingly admit they aren’t fully animal cruelty free, so they twist the around their words in such a way that makes some people think they are cruelty free, but they’re not. I’ll explain. Estée Lauder does not use animal testing for their products in America, but they sell their products in China, where it’s required by law to have animal testing, which means that they basically sold out to what they claim to strongly believe is wrong. If you think it’s okay to spend money on Clinique which is a sister company of Estée Lauder, because the products you are buying in places that aren’t China are cruelty-free, do you, but hopefully you’ll know all the facts. I feel like I can’t buy from anyone who has sold out their “morals” to get more money by selling in a non-animal-cruelty place. When you buy from any of Estée Lauder’s products, you are helping them get more money which they will use to make more products, which they are selling in China and testing on animals. That’s the blunt way of saying what Clinique can’t say.

  • I’m so confused. Urban Decay is considered CF even though their owner sells products in China that are tested on animals. Urban Decay’s profits are still going into the owner’s pocket. Clinique should round up their popular products, create a new brand (CliniqueCF), not sell to China, and then they can be CF like UD? … I would prefer they work with China to ban animal testing ( which they are doing) than to play games.

  • According to the law No 1223/2009 Article 17, testing cosmetic products on animals is prohibited. I doubt any company tests on animals anymore. At least not in europe.

  • My thoughts exactly, Sarah! They’re a little confused about how committed they are. Their makeup & perfumes are wonderful, and I miss those ‘bonus gifts’. But sorry, Clinique & Estee Lauder… I’m too committed to animal welfare to buy your stuff anymore.

    And thanks for the info about Paul Mitchell- good to know!

  • What you’ve described is the very definition of ‘selling out’. Sorry if that inconveniences your agenda.

  • Animals were put on this earth for companionship and to be loved. My family hunts for food in the winter months, but this is different. Maybe clinique should test the products on the runway models first and then let the animals wear the products

  • Most people don’t understand that a lot of companies that sell themselves as being cruelty free actually sell to China. It is the law in China to test on animals so the companies that claim to be cruelty free are in the same position as companies like Clinique. They don’t test themselves on animals but sell to a country where the law states they must test on animals. China then tests on animals themselves. Ive only found 2 companies that only sell in the EU and America so products are not tested on animals. The best people can hope for is that the laws in China change but considering they’ve only changed the pedophile law in the last couple of years it’s not happening any time soon!

  • I’m trying so hard to go cruelty free, the last thing I really can’t find a substitute of is the take the day off balm by Clinique, does anyone know something similar? I already tried the coconut butter but it is too oily for my skin and it causes comedones and black spots on me! ????

  • Please do not make innocent animals suffer to make humans beautiful. It is not the true beauty. True beauty comes from within. I don’t know how can some humans Spend so much money on these so called branded products just to make some innocents suffer. You’re spending money for cruelty. And these so called companies earn not dollars but the sorrow and tears of those innocent animals. Please stop this atleast now. Hope humans who have brains will wake up !!

  • Hi, is there any other product similar to Clinique that is vegan, for sensitive skin? I don’t know what to do as my skin gets dry and my pores get clogged very easily. At this point I’m desperate ?

  • Que clinique y estee lauder se retire del mercado chino entonces. Yo uso clinique sobre todo los productos de cuidado para la piel, maquillaje tambien pero menos y me gusta pero estoy comenzando a probar productos naturales para el cuidado del pelo por el momento, si me gusta cambiaré todo de a poco.
    Espero que seamos mas consumidores que hagamos presión a estas marcas y podamos preferir aquellas libres de crueldad animal

  • Is the Clinique “Cruelty Free” lines made in the USA? If so, I see no issue w/ purchasing the USA made ONLY as to not be supporting the foreign produced & cruel version of the line.

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