The short answer: No, Lancôme is not entirely cruelty free.
The long answer: Lancôme is a French luxury perfume and cosmetics house that belongs to the L’Oréal Luxury Products division. It offers high-end skin care, fragrances, and makeup products that are sold internationally. One of the countries it is sold in is China, which has mandatory laws about testing imported beauty goods on animals.
On their US website, the brand states, “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. As we continue to expand globally and reach our customers around the world, it is our practice to do our part towards advancing the science of safety and validated alternative methods that eliminate the need or requirement for any animal testing globally.”
The phrase “except when required by law” pertains to China’s requirements. The brand’s products were tested by Chinese health authorities before they could be sold in the country. As per the government’s regulations, this can also mean that third parties may or may not continue to test the brand’s finished products. Because of these conditions, Lancôme cannot claim to be 100% cruelty free.
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