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Laura Mercier is No Longer Cruelty Free

Laura Mercier is No Longer Cruelty Free

Sadly, another brand has decided to change their stance on animal testing. Laura Mercier, a brand that as recently as two weeks ago was telling consumers they were against animal testing, is now testing on animals when “required by law”. Recently there was some confusion over the brands status as consumers were receiving unclear responses. Then people started to realize that the question in Laura Mercier’s FAQ section about animal testing was removed as well.

After hearing that people were receiving various responses from the brand, and after Gayle from Cruelty Free Kit contact me about the response she received, I wrote to Laura Mercier myself asking to hear more about their stance on animal testing. In my email, I specifically asked about testing on finished products, during production, and testing done on behalf of the brand. I also asked about the use of animal ingredients. The response that I received was –

Good Morning,

Thank you for contacting us with your question. We do not test our products on animals. We do however use animal derived products such as lanolin, beeswax, carmine, and cultured pearls in some of our products. We do use some natural animal derived hairs in some of our brushes. The hairs are obtained as a byproduct.

For a complete list of ingredients for any of our products, please visit our website and click on the “ingredients” tab on the product’s detail page. Thank you for your interest in Laura Mercier Cosmetics!

Since the email focused mostly on animal ingredients and did not answer most of my questions, I wrote to them again. My email said that I thought it was great that they do not test on animals, but was confused about if that applied to just the finished items or also during production and the ingredients. I also specifically asked if Laura Mercier items tested on animals in markets where it is required by law. This is the response that I received from Laura Mercier –

We oppose animal testing and our products are not tested on animals unless required by government regulations. We actively lead initiatives to create alternatives to required animal tests.

As many involved in the vegan and cruelty free beauty scene are aware, testing on animals as required by law is still an unnecessary and cruel practice. There are few markets that require cosmetics to be tested on animals. Brands who test on animals, to sell where required to by law or not, are still unnecessarily choosing to test their items on animals.

This situation is especially frustrating since recently Laura Mercier was assuring other cruelty free bloggers that they did not test on animals. The brand is on many cruelty free lists as, sadly, this is a very recent change in their stance on animal testing. However, the brand has not been endorsed by Leaping Bunny as being cruelty free. They were also unresponsive when NAVS (the National Anti-Vivisection Society) and PETA both inquired about their stance on animal testing.

It’s unfortunate that Laura Mercier has decided to start testing on animals where it’s required by law. However, there are still plenty of vegan brands out there that are worth supporting! Check out the full list of cruelty free and vegan brands supported by Logical Harmony to view some alternatives!

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  • Reply Katariina Wednesday - April 27, 2016 at 2:20 am

    Hi Tashina! Have you seen this blog post from Cruelty Free Kitty? Laura Mercier said that they did not go to China at all. What do you think about this?

    I love your blog and I trust your cruelty free list more than any other one 🙂

    • Reply Tashina Combs Saturday - May 21, 2016 at 7:03 pm

      I have, but I don’t think it changes anything with Laura Mercier. They have had that stance on testing for well over a year now.

      When they first started to say that these statements were removed from their package, I asked if this meant that their stance on required by law testing had changed. They told me that it had not, and they do still test when required by law, but had just removed the statement from their packaging. 🙁 I’ve talked to them as recently as a month or so ago and was told the same thing. I’ll have to update the post on LH about this.

      I wish I had better news and could say that they are cruelty-free. But I simply don’t trust that they are.

  • Reply Melissa Wednesday - March 9, 2016 at 9:30 am

    Hi Tashina! This is so unfortunate. I am a vegan and have been a long-time user of Laura Mercier hydrating foundation primer. I have dry skin, so it keeps it from flaking while also keeping my makeup on! Some makeup for dry skin is too oily and so the makeup melts off throughout the day. Can you recommend a vegan cruelty-free alternative? Thanks!!

    • Reply Tashina Combs Saturday - May 21, 2016 at 7:05 pm

      I haven’t tried their primer, so I’m not exactly sure of what could be an identical dupe. That said, these are some great hydrating primers that I have used – Cover FX Calming Primer, Too Faced Hangover Primer, Hourglass Priming Viel, BECCA Backlight Primer, Pacifica Rose Gold Primer and the Pacifica Jasmine Iris Primer. I hope one of these will work for you!

  • Reply meg Monday - March 30, 2015 at 4:55 pm

    Their website FAQ is back to saying they do not test so now I’m confused again.

    17. Does Laura Mercier Cosmetics test on animals?

    We do not, nor have we ever, tested our products on animals. We also do not contract outside companies to test on animals for us.

    • Reply Tashina Combs Monday - July 6, 2015 at 12:31 pm

      Hi Meg!

      I have been told several times by Laura Mercier that they do test when required by law. This isn’t listed in their FAQ, but is a consistent response myself and others have received for a long time.

  • Reply Natasha Monday - January 6, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    Hi Tashina, first of all, thank you so much for all the cruelty-free updates!
    I contacted Laura Mercier customer support through email recently and asked them to clarify their statement about “required” testing. I asked them, “Does this statement mean that you currently allow your products to be tested on animals in certain places?”, and they just answered “no”. I’m not sure if I phrased the question in a way that allowed them to honestly say “no”, so I’m a bit confused!

  • Reply Holly Tuesday - September 24, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    Ugh! How did I not know this. Well! Yet ANOTHER company I have removed from my cruelty-free list.

    Thank you so much for being a great resource 🙂

  • Reply Christine Thursday - May 16, 2013 at 6:26 am

    It seems like so many brands make the switch to testing on animals and using animal derived ingredients because it’s easier and/or results in a higher profit margin! How sad!

    Do you have any personal insight as to why once vegan brands make the switch?

  • Reply Betty Thursday - May 9, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    The love of money is the root of all evil. Thanks for letting us know – they are going to lose some customers for sure.

  • Reply Ainslee Thursday - May 9, 2013 at 4:01 am

    This is so disappointing! I was actually planning on buying a couple of raved products from them, but thanks for the heads up. I’m definitely removing Laura Mercier on my personal list of cruelty-free cosmetics.

  • Reply Moxie Tuesday - May 7, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    It is so disappointing!!! Thank you for letting everyone know.

  • Reply Sophie Tuesday - May 7, 2013 at 8:14 am

    This is a sad change, they actually started selling in The Netherlands a while back and me, thinking I’d done enough research to believe they were cruelty-free, actually bought an overpriced item of theirs. I won’t be recommending them anymore nor will I buy from them again obviously!

  • Reply legseleven7 Tuesday - May 7, 2013 at 7:09 am

    LM is a shit and overpriced brand anyway. No loss there really not being able to buy from it anymore

  • Reply Icequeen81 Tuesday - May 7, 2013 at 5:52 am

    Again, money talks, unless required by the law in which country?

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