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Is COSRX Cruelty-Free and Vegan?

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Is COSRX Cruelty-Free?

COSRX has confirmed that they are 100% cruelty-free.

They don’t test their ingredients or final products on animals, and they don’t sell their products where animal testing is required by law.

Is COSRX Vegan?

COSRX is not a 100% vegan brand, but they have many vegan products.

Here are all of their vegan products:

If you only want to shop at 100% cruelty-free and vegan brands, click here.


Is COSRX Certified Cruelty-Free?

No, COSRX is not certified cruelty-free by any third-party organizations.

Is COSRX Owned By A Parent Company That Tests On Animals?

No, COSRX is not owned by a parent company that tests on animals.

Is COSRX Sold in Mainland China?

No, COSRX is not sold in China.

Animal Testing is required by law in China for all foreign cosmetics companies. All American and European cosmetic brands that are sold in China must undergo animal testing.

Any brand that chooses to sell its products in China cannot be considered cruelty-free.

Even products that can bypass mandatory tests may still be pulled from the shelves by Chinese authorities to be tested on animals.

Products that are sold only online in mainland China are exempt from these animal testing laws.


COSRX combines Cosmetics + RX (prescription) to address everyday skin concerns. This high-performance Korean beauty brand delivers optimal and visible results. Their simple yet efficacious approach to skincare continues to resonate with customers across Asia and the United States.

Email to the Company

Before classifying any brand as cruelty-free and vegan, I send them an email with the following questions. 

  1. Are your products vegan? If only some are vegan, which ones?
  2. Are any of your products or ingredients tested on animals?
  3. Do you have a Leaping Bunny or PETA certification?
  4. Do your suppliers or any third parties test animals on your behalf?
  5. Does your company sell products in mainland China (except for Hong Kong and online sales)?
  6. Are you owned by a parent company that tests on animals?

This is how COSRX responded to my email:

Animal testing is prohibited for cosmetics released in Korea according to Korean cosmetic regulations.

We do not conduct animal testing because we have brand values that are oriented toward the Cruelty-free brand, and it is also prohibited to express ‘Cruelty-free’ because animal testing is prohibited in Korea. However, it is not possible to check whether animal testing is conducted by the ingredient suppliers and product distributors.

And we don’t have a Leaping Bunny or PETA certification. We are only distributing our products through in China. 

For your reference, we’ve attached the product list, not including the animal-derived ingredients.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

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