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Are Cosmetics Made in China Cruelty Free?

Are Cosmetics Made in China Cruelty Free?

One of the questions that I get asked most frequently is about cosmetics that are made in China. Many are aware that China currently requires animal testing on cosmetics that are sold there. However, it is often unclear to consumers if cosmetics that are made in China fall under those regulations as well.

Many brands who are cruelty free carry “made in China” labels on their packaging and products. I often get asked if, just as when selling in China, this means the brand does take part in animal testing.

Thankfully, the answer is no. Products that are made in China can be cruelty free. They are not subject to the same animal testing laws. Brands who produce their items in China can stay cruelty free so long as they do not sell these items in China.

Often times brands that sell in China continue to state that they are cruelty free. These brands usually say that they are cruelty free, except when required to test on animals due to local or regional laws. This is because animal testing in China is conducted by the Government or a 3rd party agency. The brand still knowingly submits their products to animal testing and pays for any necessary fees associated with the testing. However, since they do not conduct the testing themselves, the typically state that they are still cruelty free.

To learn more about the animal testing laws in China, and how they may be changing, I suggest reading the following posts from Logical Harmony:


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  • Reply blayne Monday - April 20, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    Well by having any products that are made in China – is still contributing to the problem of harming animals. If we continue to purchase products including cosmetics made in China and the animal testing is government mandated- we are not helping to end this horrible practice. It’s sad. I wish there were more cosmetics made in America that are totally Cruelty Free :(((

  • Reply Kelly Nicola (@kellynicola) Thursday - May 15, 2014 at 10:44 am

    I heard recently that China will stop requiring animal testing as of Summer 2014… since you’re really my authority on this subject, do you know if this is true?

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