Is Kiehl’s cruelty-free in 2021?

Is Kiehl's cruelty-free?

I usually prepare these posts and schedule them on Sunday. Since last week I requested for my domain to be transferred to the same provider as my new hosting, the site was not available for me until the transfer was through. As today is Carnival, my German school gave us Carnival holidays, so I could use the opportunity to write my blog post on the same day that I am supposed to publish it. Today I will be investigating Kiehl’s cruelty-free status.

Does Kiehl’s test on animals?

  • “We at Kiehl’s do not conduct animal testing on our products or ingredients, nor ask others to test on our behalf, except when required by law.”
    As usual the “except when required by law” part convinces me that Kiehl’s does test on animals.

Is Kiehl’s owned by a parent that is not cruelty-free?

Kiehl’s is owned by L’Oréal. PETA lists L’Oréal as an animal testing company. I also explained why I also consider L’Oréal not cruelty-free.

Is Kiehl’s certified cruelty-free?

No, not only it is not cruelty-free but also, PETA lists Kiehl’s an animal testing company.

Is Kiehl’s cruelty-free?

From the first question, we already know that Kiehl’s is not cruelty-free. PETA confirmed it even more. Let’s get a hint of why it is not cruelty-free.

Does Kiehl’s sell in Mainland China?

Yes, Kiehl’s cosmetics sells in Mainland China. They have a Chinese official website with a Chinese registration number. Recently, I discovered that a brand can avoid animal testing when selling in China. However, it seems that Kiehl’s did not or else PETA won’t list them as animal testing

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: Kiehl’s Mainland China website and Kiehl’s animal testing policy as at 24.2.2020 


(a.k.a. Fiona Henschel) 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.