Is Clinique cruelty-free?

Is Clinique cruelty-free?

Today I am investigating a popular skincare brand called Clinique. In this post, we will find out if Clinique is cruelty-free and how I came to my conclusion.

Does Clinique test on animals?

  • “We do not conduct animal testing on our products or ingredients, nor ask others to test on our behalf, except when required by law.”
    This means that Clinique tests on animals when required by law.

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

Estée Lauder owns Clinique. PETA lists Estée Lauder on their companies who test on animals list.

Is Clinique certified cruelty-free?

No Clinique is not certified cruelty-free.

Is Clinique cruelty-free?

From the first question, it is already assumed that Clinique is not cruelty-free. However, I also sometimes investigate further. Just in case they don’t sell in Mainland China so the “required by law” part is there just in case but never really needed.

Does Clinique sell in Mainland China?

Unfortunately, Clinique sells what we consider cosmetics in China. I have managed to find their Mainland China website. It’s not an international online shop that sells to China. It’s a China-based online shop. If they were selling to China but not being based inside China, they would have been considered as cruelty-free. However, it is not the case. Let’s give them another chance and see if the products they sell are considered cosmetics in China.

Are Clinique products in Mainland China are cosmetics?

China has a different definition of cosmetics. From what I learnt oral care and soaps are not cosmetics for the Chinese. So if Clinique is selling just these product types, there is still hope to consider it as cruelty-free. I have found skincare, makeup products, etc on their China website. This means that unfortunately, I can’t consider it as 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: Clinique Mainland China website and Clinique animal testing policy as at 9.2.2020 


(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.