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Is Tom Ford Cruelty-Free and Vegan?

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Tom Ford Products

Is Tom Ford Cruelty-Free?

Tom Ford is NOT cruelty-free.

Is Tom Ford Vegan?

Tom Ford might have some vegan products, but I don’t consider any of their products vegan since they test on animals.

Is Tom Ford PETA Certified?

No, Tom Ford is not PETA certified, and PETA lists Tom Ford as a company that tests on animals.

Is Tom Ford Leaping Bunny Certified?

No, Tom Ford is not Leaping Bunny certified.

Is Tom Ford Owned By A Parent Company That Tests On Animals?

Yes, Tom Ford is owned by Estée Lauder, a company that tests on animals.

Estée Lauder’s Animal Testing Policy

Estée Lauder has a page on their website about animal testing with the following paragraph:

Estee Lauder's Cruelty-Free Claims

“Cruelty-free” has no legal definition. Any brand can claim “cruelty-free” even if they do test on animals.

Some brands like to say that they are “cruelty-free” because it is a marketing buzzword to sell more products.

The only way to find out is to ask the company. One important question to ask is if their products are sold in China.

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 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.

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.

Is Tom Ford Sold in Mainland China?

Using the store locator on Tom For’s website, I discovered that Tom Ford does sell their beauty products in mainland China.

Tom Ford Beauty Products Sold in China

Vegan and Cruelty-Free Alternatives to Tom Ford

Bite Beauty

Bite Beauty is a vegan and cruelty-free makeup brand, mostly known for its lip products, but they sell many types of cosmetics products. All of Bite Beauty’s products are made with food-grade ingredients that are infused with resveratrol.

Cover FX

Cover FX is a cruelty-free and vegan brand that was founded on the belief that people can have both clean ingredients and high performance in one brand.

Rare Beauty

Rare Beauty is a vegan and cruelty-free cosmetics line started by Selena Gomez. Rare Beauty is breaking down unrealistic standards of perfection. ​ This is makeup made to feel good in, without hiding what makes you unique.

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

Here is how Tom Ford responded:

TOM FORD BEAUTY has a strong belief that cosmetic animal testing is not necessary and should be eliminated worldwide. We do not test on animals and our Company is helping to bring about change in countries where cosmetics animal testing is conducted on our products as required by law. Read more:

Additionally, while we don’t maintain a comprehensive list of products that contain or don’t contain certain ingredients if you’d kindly share specific product names (and shades if applicable) you’re interested in, we’d be happy to look into their formulas further, and greatly appreciate your patience as we consult the appropriate teams.

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