Oriflame, an MLM (Multi-Level Marketing) company has recently entered our market. At first, Oriflame was claiming to be cruelty-free. However, when I grabbed the attention of one of their representatives about why they should not say that Oriflame is cruelty-free, they no longer claimed it. Today, I will explain to you what I explained to her but more in detail, as usual.
Does Oriflame test on animals?
- “Oriflame does not conduct or request animal testing to substantiate the safety or efficacy of any of its products or ingredients at any stage of the product development process”
At first, they claim that not to test or ask anyone to test for them on animals, BUT…
- “Oriflame must abide by the laws and regulations of the countries in which it operates and some countries require test data gained through animal testing in order to legally register the products in that market.”
They point out that they sell in some countries that require data extracted from animal testing. It hints more that Oriflame tests on animals.
- “Where we cannot do so, we must reluctantly submit the products for additional testing, which may include animal testing.”
Here they claim that they try to convince authorities not to force them to test on animals but when the authorities don’t agree with alternatives, they have to test on animals “against their will”. They make us think that there was no other way when I could think of two other ways how to avoid this. One is to avoid selling in countries that require animal testing. The second option is to sell to such countries without being based there. However, they prefer the fast and more profitable way rather than the slow and ethical way.
A cruelty-free blogger I follow considers all MLM companies as not cruelty-free as they are mainly focused on fast profits. However, since every company’s goal is to eventually make money, for now, I currently treat MLM the same as I treat other companies.
Is Oriflame owned by a parent that is not cruelty-free?
It seems that Oriflame owns itself.
Is Oriflame certified cruelty-free?
No, Oriflame is not certified cruelty-free.
Is Oriflame cruelty-free?
PETA lists Oriflame as a brand that supports animal testing. So no Oriflame is not cruelty-free. We could get a possible hint of why in the next question.
Does Oriflame sell cosmetics in Mainland China?
Yes, Oriflame sells cosmetics in Mainland China. Most probably they did not avoid pre-market tests which currently require animal tests.
Which brands should I support instead?
If you are looking for a brand who is serious about its anti-animal-testing policy. Check my list of brands that are against animal testing.