Is L’Occitane cruelty-free?

L'Occitane cruelty-free

It’s Monday again. This means it’s time to examine the animal testing policy of another beauty brand. By popular demand, I thought of examining L’Occitane’s animal testing policy today. So let’s start.

Does L’Occitane test on animals?

  • L’OCCITANE does not and has never tested its products, its active ingredients or its raw materials on animals at any point in the product development or manufacturing process.
    As stated in L’Occitane’s animal testing policy, L’Occitane has never tested on animals. I believe that this is true. Till some years ago before the China issue was exposed, L’Occitane was one of the pioneers of cruelty-free beauty products. So no, L’Occitane does not test on animals.

Is L’Occitane cruelty-free?

  • In China, where our products are retailed, the local Chinese authorities request testing on some cosmetic products sold on the Chinese market, as they view it as the best way to safeguard their consumers’ safety.
    I wish I could say yes, but in their animal testing policy, L’Occitane is confirming that they are selling their products in China.
  • Our company does not conduct those tests; they are done by Chinese laboratories, approved by local authorities on a limited animal panel.
    L’Occitane is also confirming that their products could go through animal testing by the Chinese authorities. In this line, they seem to be trying to put the blame on the authorities for testing on animals. L’Occitane could have sacrificed some profits and not bother to sell in China until the China issue is solved. However, money seems to be more important for them, so they are choosing to make more profits and point fingers. So no, in my books L’Occitane is no longer cruelty-free.

As you might have noticed, I have started to differentiate between whether a brand test on animals and whether a brand is cruelty-free. By EU law, a brand cannot sell in the EU if it tests on animals. So any brand you find in EU countries, if it’s not illegally smuggled, is not tested on animals. Some of these brands that do not test on animals, sell their products in China, so they become not cruelty-free. The reason being that by selling in China they agreed to take the risk of their products being tested on animals by the authorities. This part does not clash with the EU animal-testing ban, so the EU still considers these brands as cruelty-free. However, since I know about China’s requirements, I prefer not to support such brands.

That is all for today. I hope that you have learnt something from this post. If you have questions or you do not agree on something, please leave a comment below.

Source: L’Occitane Animal Testing Policy as at 1/9/2019


(a.k.a. Fiona Vella) Malta-born blogger. I have been blogging during these last 6 years on my cruelty-free lifestyle including recipes, beauty and makeup products that I discover, receive, buy and try.