October 17, 2020

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Is La Mer Cruelty-Free?

La Mer is NOT cruelty-free. La Mer sells products in China where animal testing is required by law.

Is La Mer PETA Certified?

No, La Mer is not PETA Certified. PETA also lists La Mer as a company that tests on animals.

Is La Mer Leaping Bunny Certified?

No, La Mer is not Leaping Bunny Certified.

Animal Testing 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 their 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.

This does NOT include products that are made in China, only if they are sold in China. 

The only way to know if a brand sells products in China is to ask them directly. Make sure to note that Hong Kong is not included in this policy, and neither are products only sold online to Chinese consumers.

You can see from the image below that La Mer sells products in stores in China:

La Mer sells in China

Is La Mer Vegan?

La Mer did not answer my question as to if they have any vegan products. However, I do not consider any La Mer products to be vegan since they test on animals.

Cruelty-Free and Vegan Alternatives to La Mer

Kypris

Kypris is a 100% cruelty-free and vegan brand. Kypris is a high-end brand that sells body care and skincare products. It launched in 2011 in the natural medical market serving physicians, their practitioners, and their patients before transitioning into traditional spa and retail in 2014. Kypris products are organic, wild-crafted, and sustainably grown.

Herbivore Botanicals

Herbivore Botanicals is a 100% cruelty-free and vegan brand. The brand was created by a husband and wife duo in their attempt to create plant-based, food-grade skincare from scratch.

Biossance

Biossance is a 100% cruelty-free and vegan brand. It is a mid-range skincare brand that believes in pioneering sustainable beauty through biotechnology.

Shop the full list of 100% vegan and cruelty-free brands.

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 Hong Kong)?
  6. Are you owned by a parent company that tests on animals?

This is how La Mer responded to my email:

La Mer does not test our products on animals & we don’t ask others to test for us. If a regulatory body demands it for its safety assessment, an exception can be made. The Company is proud to collaborate with organizations that advocate for practical solutions and acceptance of animal testing alternatives. Learn more here: https://estee.cm/2OPYeQt.

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