Is Lancôme cruelty-free?

Is Lancôme cruelty-free

Last week I saw a comment from someone on a Maltese beauty group asking whether Lancôme is cruelty-free. She could not believe that her favourite brand is not cruelty-free. Since my first cruelty-free experience, I started assuming big and popular brands to be not cruelty-free. To avoid disappointment, I advise you to start doing the same. The reason is that most of the time it turns out to be true. So let’s see why Lancôme is not cruelty-free.

Does Lancôme test on animals?

  • “We at Lancôme do not conduct animal testing on our products or ingredients, nor ask others to test on our behalf, except when required by law.
    Whenever I go through a brands’ animal testing policy, I filter out the wordplay and fluff and go straight to the answer I need. Here Lancôme is saying that from the ingredients till the development of the final product they do not test on animals, nor do they ask anyone to do it for them. Till here might be a relief for Lancôme fans that want to live cruelty-free. However, the sentence has still another part which is “except when required by law”. 

    We could either say that Lancôme does not test on animals however, the last part of their sentence above shows us that there are some cases where they have to and agree. So just because of that last part, I will have to say that yes, they do tests on animals or ask others to test on their behalf. Nowadays there is no middle way on this subject, either you test on animals or you don’t.

Is Lancôme owned by a parent that is not cruelty-free?

Yes, Lancôme is owned by L’Oréal which is not considered to be cruelty-free. However, there are rare cases where the parent brand is not cruelty-free while a child brand is. That is why I want to investigate Lancôme further with you.

Is Lancôme certified cruelty-free?

No, none of the popular animal welfare organisations certified Lancôme as cruelty-free.

Is Lancôme cruelty-free?

The first question answered also this question. However, let’s assume for a moment that it did not. Let’s also assume that the “except when required by law” is only there just in case they ever need it but it might be possible that it was not needed. Why did some companies decide to add “except when required by law” in their animal testing policy? Just in case you have no clue, this phrase started to appear when companies started selling in Mainland China, where you have the risk of your products to be tested on animals by the authorities.

Does Lancôme sell in Mainland China?

On their website, they offer the option to switch to Chinese. I was going to stop there and assume that they do. However, it could be there for areas such as Hong Kong where animal testing is not required. Since I could not find the option to change country, I typed on my browser’s address bar. I was redirected to a Chinese website of Lancome which is registered in Shanghai. According to Google, Shanghai seems to be inside Mainland China where cosmetics are at risk of animal testing. So yes, Lancôme sells in Mainland China.

Are Lancôme products Mainland China considered to be cosmetics?

I have recently found out that essential oils are considered as food in China. Also, soaps and oral care products are not considered to be cosmetics for Mainland China. This means that essential oils, soaps, and oral care products are not at risk of being tested by animals in Mainland China. So before assuming that all brands that sell in Mainland China are not cruelty-free. I started investigating even further by checking what the brands are selling in Mainland China. Taking a random product which is not soap, oral care or essential oils, such as makeup. Just like for us, for Mainland China, makeup is considered to be cosmetics. Lancôme is selling makeup in Mainland China. So yes Lancôme is selling cosmetics in Mainland China. This confirms that in my books, Lancôme is not cruelty-free.

Which brands should I support instead?

If you are looking for a brand who is serious about their anti-animal-testing policy. Check my list of brands that are against animal testing.

Source: Lancôme Animal Testing Policy as at 25/11/2019


(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.