An Update on All Estee Lauder Brands and Animal Testing

An Update on All Estee Lauder Brands and Animal Testing

So far Logical Harmony has let people know that popular Estee Lauder brands MAC and Smashbox are no longer cruelty free and now test on animals. With this change happening with two popular brands, I wanted to check with all of the other Estee Lauder brands to see if their stance has changed as well. Estee Lauder has openly tested on animals for a long time. A lot of the cosmetics brands owned by them did not used to test on animals. However, these brands have undergone a recent policy change.

In total, Estee Lauder owns 25 brands. Aveda, Bobbi Brown, Bumble and bumble, Clinique, Estee Lauder, La Mer, MAC, Ojon, Origins and Smashbox are all popular brands owned by Estee Lauder. What my research into all Estee Lauder brands has found is that they all either openly state that they now test on animals or, as is the case with the fragrances, they make it very difficult to get an answer from them at all.

While many of these brands have never claimed to be cruelty free, many were once free of animal testing and also offered products suitable for vegans (free of both animal testing and ingredients). Please note that when the term “cruelty free” is used here on Logical Harmony, it means that the products were not tested by any company at any point during production and do not contain any ingredients that were tested by any company. In cases where all but the finished product is tested on animals or the testing is required by law, those brands will not be endorsed by Logical Harmony and will not be deemed cruelty free.

In this post, Logical Harmony will provide An Update on All Estee Lauder Brands and Animal Testing.

Since there are so many brands to cover, please click “read more” to read the entire post.

The full list of Estee Lauder brands is below. Information about each brands stance on animal testing was taken from either a company FAQ page or a representative of the brand. The following brands are all owned by Estee Lauder and engage in some form of animal testing.

  1. American Beauty
  2. Amaris
  3. Aveda
  4. Bobbi Brown
  5. Bumble and bumble
  6. Clinque
  7. Coach
  8. Darphin
  9. Donna Karan
  10. Ermenegildo Zegna
  11. Estee Lauder
  12. Flirt! 
  13. Goodskin Labs
  14. Grassroots Research Labs
  15. Jo Malone
  16. Kiton
  17. La Mer
  18. Lab Series Skincare For Men
  19. MAC
  20. Michael Kors
  21. Missoni
  22. Ojon
  23. Origins
  24. Prescriptives
  25. Sean John
  26. Smashbox
  27. Tom Ford
  28. Tommy Hilfiger

29 comments for “An Update on All Estee Lauder Brands and Animal Testing

  1. Wednesday - March 6, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    I’ve been browsing online more than 3 hours as of late, yet I never found any attention-grabbing article like yours. It’s pretty value sufficient for me.
    In my view, if all website owners and bloggers made good content as you probably did, the net will probably be much more useful than ever before.

  2. Sandra
    Monday - May 28, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    This just makes me want to throw up and cry. These companies have NO compassion and certainly no heart. I look at my six kitties and thank G-d that they did not end up in a lab (they were all rescues). The bottom line is apparently more important for these companies than anything else. They have disappointed their clients, and offended the beauty world as a whole, IMO. Especially Origins, with Dr. Andrew Weil, with his emphasis on beauty from nature and the earth.
    I hope: 1. that these companies come to their senses and reverse their horrific policies; 2. That they lose many, many customers and that it effects their profits:
    3. That NO ANIMAL has to suffer or die EVER AGAIN for something as frivolous as “Beauty.” That’s surely not my definition of beauty. Thank you for this very important information.

  3. Wednesday - May 16, 2012 at 10:47 am

    Dear Tashina

    Have you heard anything from Tommy Hilfiger yet?

    I hope that he ! is cruelty free!

    Thank yoy for making a change in the world


  4. Monday - April 30, 2012 at 9:27 am

    I actually read the same article yesterday about Estee Lauder brands. Now I found interest of buying of this products right now.. Thanks for the update!

  5. Monday - April 30, 2012 at 4:00 am

    Tashina, I’ve looked everywhere and can’t seem to locate any information about third party testing. Does Chanel test on animals?

    • Saturday - June 9, 2012 at 10:52 am

      Hi Tiffany,

      Chanel is owned by L’Oreal. L’Oreal does test on animals. When I contacted Chanel before about their stance on animal testing, it was worded in a way that makes me not consider them cruelty free.

      • dave
        Sunday - November 4, 2012 at 2:22 pm

        Chanel is not owned by L’oreal but owned by Chanel .. one of the last stading brands. L’oreal ownes brands like Keratine, Lancome, YSL and Biotherm.

        • Monday - November 5, 2012 at 3:26 pm

          Hi Dave!

          When you email Chanel cosmetics, the response that you get does state that they are owned by L’Oreal.

  6. tt
    Thursday - April 12, 2012 at 4:11 am

    What defines “unless required by law” when it comes to animal testing? Many of these companies may have to write this in their disclaimers but in terms of cosmetic testing and new product development would not require animal testing unless they are making products which are taken internally which may require toxicity studies. I am not condoning animal testing in any way, however, reading one sentence does not mean we should all jump to conclusions. Bear in mind that nearly every single product ingredient in cosmetics was at some point, long before the bans on animal testing were in place, were tested on animal skin models. Since Europe have now banned animal cosmetics testing, perhaps the focus should be on preventing this unnecessary screening on animals in the US and China. Personally I would like to see more evidence-based product efficacy in peer-reviewed journals demonstrating in vitro testing and human testing trials to substantiate the claims and less of these patents and secrecy. If a product has claims at being anti-pigmentation, I dont want to see a painted over speckled egg but rather some anti-tyrosinase evidence or other experimental evidence.

  7. Monday - April 2, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Please sign and share this petition and boycott the companies until they stop all animal testing!

  8. Monday - April 2, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    It’s really a shame since they’ve bought up half the brands. I always thought that people could count on Smashbox and MAC.

  9. Mike
    Monday - April 2, 2012 at 11:16 am

    So they all add “unless required by law” to their policy now? Bc a lot of those brands never had that.. why did all this suddenly change? Most of these brands wont be hard to give up for me except MAC.. I have such an attachment like many others..

    • Monday - April 2, 2012 at 3:43 pm

      Benefit had the whole “except where required by law” bit included in their info for-ev-er. Between that and the lead content of their benetint gloss (read here or just Google) I dropped them a long time ago, but to see that kind of slick wording appearing on the pages of other formerly cruelty free brands is sickening and disheartening.

      It’s s shame the way these companies move their wording around to make it seem perfectly reasonable that they test on animals (after all, it’s the law, right?) but the fact is that these tests are cruel and unnecessary and there are so MANY wonderful cruelty free brands that there’s no excuse to even bother with the animal testing ones.

      I’m a dedicated cruelty free MUA and hair stylist in NYC, and just posted a list of cruelty free products on my FB page in a note for some clients and friends asking for one.
      Check it out on and “LIKE” my page if you find this info useful!

    • Bonnie
      Friday - August 23, 2013 at 2:39 pm

      “Unless required by law” statement. That is due to they sell in China!! Where all cosmetics, skincare, hair care are required by China law to test(harm and or kill) animals!!!
      Which makes the brand no longer CF!! I know, am very saddened by these brands that “sold out” & opted greed over what’s right!!
      The same products sold in China are the same ones sold everywhere else. Branding
      them NOT CRUELTY FREE!!
      There are some really great ones still though. Just be sure before you purchase, do your own research. Also, check out some CF channels on you tube!

  10. Monday - April 2, 2012 at 9:10 am

    Ugh, it is such a horrendous situation. Im so upset how so many of these companies have had such strong cruelty-free stances and just so easily flip. It is disgusting. And even more so that they care so little about their consumers and did not alert us on the change.

    Especially brands like Aveda and Origins, users have some sort of expectation that the organic, natural products are also cruelty-free. And all these brands are still selling all their products with cruelty-free printed right on there.

    • Sam
      Monday - April 2, 2012 at 9:14 am

      agreed, this is SUCH a bummer. I’ve loved lots of these companies for their cruelty-free stance in the past, but now… trying to find vegan makeup can be so tricky, luckily there’s blogs like this to help!!! I’ve still got E.L.F. for makeup and Yes to Carrots for skincare, here’s to more companies following suit and going completely cruelty-free in the future!

    • Monday - April 2, 2012 at 3:46 pm

      Aveda is no longer the earthy brand it used to be–I was Aveda trained at a share school run by a friend of the original owner/founder of Aveda Horst Rechelbacher. If you turn that bottle around, you’ll see all kinds of sulfates and paraben content that didn’t used to be there before the company sold to Aveda. My old school has now opted out of the Aveda share system and is carrying Horst’s new line, Intelligent Nutrients.

      If you like(d) Origins and Aveda, I strongly suggest you try out IN.

      • T. Gold
        Monday - April 2, 2012 at 8:42 pm

        Thanks for the info about the new line. I was an Aveda fan, but they’ve changed a lot over the years.

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