If you love Laneige products and living a cruelty free life you now have an ethical dilemma to resolve.
You now need to find Laneige makeup and skin care alternatives to live a cruelty free life.
We’ll show you why along with the questionable disclosure gap in their animal testing policy.
We’ll also show you how to overcome this dilemma with the best Laneige cruelty free alternatives.
… so let’s dive in.
is Laneige cruelty free?
AmorePacific owns Laneige and is also a company that tests on animals.
Does Laneige test on animals?
Yes, Laneige cosmetics are tested on animals in Mainland China. Laneige is clear in their animal testing policy – they do test on animals where required by law.
…But is the testing more wide-spread?
What’s not so clear is if ingredients are tested on animals. How they phrase the Laneige animal testing policy does not fully answer this question.
…this part gets interesting… but before we dive into this issue – let’s explore the actual testing policy.
Laneige animal testing policy
So this is the spot where their disclosure gets a little less clear around ingredient testing.
BTW… in case you didn’t know… most animal testing occurs at the ingredient level, and not the product level.
More on this in a bit… first we need to talk about testing in China.
Does Laneige sell in China?
Yes, Laneige does does sell in China and has many locations across Mainland China. Brands that sell in mainland China are subject to animal testing laws which require their products to be test on animals.
As you can see from the Laneige China website, they have several stores across mainland China.
As you can see, Laneige is also sold in China by Sephora:
Laneige has chosen to put profits ahead of ethical practices. Laneige is willing to allow testing of their products in China to access this marketplace. China is one of their fastest and largest growing consumer markets.
Do Laneige’s Ingredient Suppliers Test on Animals?
So… the next step in our investigation dives into Laneige’s ingredient testing policies.
What we really want to know is if any animal testing happens on Laneige ingredients…
Does the Laneige animal testing policy prohibit the testing of ingredients and raw materials on animals?
Here is what we found on supplier testing
What we discovered is Laneige has the intention to apply their no animal testing policy to ingredient suppliers… but what is strange is they do not confirm this policy is actually in force.
This part of Laneige’s animal testing policy leaves the door open for using ingredients tested on animals by suppliers:
“We have voluntarily discontinued animal testing on cosmetic ingredients and finished goods since 2008. And as of May 1, 2013, will expand the non-animal testing policy to our suppliers.”
Is this simply a web page that is many years outdated?
…or are they misleading us with an intention they never plan to enforce?
What disclosure is missing
We would like to see Laneige disclose if any 3rd parties or suppliers test on their ingredients or raw materials, and if this policy is now actually enforced.
…Is this really too much to ask?
Many cruelty free brands now choose to take an ethical stand and ensure no animals are tested on anywhere in their supply chain.
Unfortunately, Laneige is not a brand that has committed 100% to eliminating all animal testing across their supply chain, or alternatively, providing more explicit disclosure on this controversial topic.
Is Laneige Vegan Friendly?
Laneige is not vegan. They do not provide vegan labelling on products, nor are they certified as vegan with either Leaping Bunny or Peta. It is likely some of their products contain animal-derived ingredients, as these are often less expensive to source as cosmetic ingredients.
It’s safe to assume that if a brand has not declared vegan status they allow the use of animal-derived ingredients in their formulations. Most brands are not vegan because it’s much more expensive to source and manage vegan raw materials through supply chains.
Common animal-derived ingredients
Ingredients that are often sourced from animals include:
- Hyaluronic Acid – often found in serums and moisturizers
- Retinol – found in some night creams
- Carmine – often found in blush and lipstick
- Stearic Acid – found in skin creams
- Glycerin – a humectant found in many moisturizers
- Lanolin – in some moisturizers
- Lactic Acid – found in some Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs)
- Beeswax – often found in lipstick and lip balms
- Animal hair – used in makeup brushes
- Guanine – can be used in nail polish and eye shadow
- Keratin – in hair and nail products
- Squalene – in moisturizers, eye creams and facial oils
The bottom line with vegan cosmetics is it’s really difficult to tell from the ingredient list if the source is animal or synthetic versions. As shoppers we can only rely on vegan labelling, certification and other disclosures offered by the brand.
If a product is not advertised and labelled as 100% vegan you should assume it contains animal-derived ingredients.
We also want to understand if the entire brand is vegan… or just select products.
For ethical reasons many people now only use vegan products from a brand that is 100% vegan and free of animal ingredients.
Who owns Laneige?
Laneige is a large cosmetics brand owned by AmorePacific Group who is a large cosmetics conglomerate. AmorePacific is not cruelty-free.
More Laneige Cruelty-Free FAQS
Is Laneige on Peta’s Cruelty Free List?
No, Laneige has not certified with Peta as either cruelty-free or vegan.
Is Laneige on Leaping Bunny Approved cruelty-free list?
No, Laneige has not certified with Leaping Bunny as either cruelty-free or vegan and is not on the list of cruelty free brands.
Is Laneige Animal Friendly?
No, Laneige cosmetics is not animal friendly as it tests on animals in China and may use animal-derived ingredients in its formulations.
Is Laneige Cruelty-Free and Vegan?
No, Laneige is not cruelty-free or vegan because it tests on animals in China, uses animal-derived ingredients, and does not label products as vegan.
So, Is Laneige Cosmetics cruelty-free and a Kind Beauty Brand?
Here is a summary of Laneige’s cruelty-free assessment. Laneige is not a cruelty-free brand at this time. To become cruelty-free Laneige would have to stop selling in countries that require animal testing and only use ingredients from suppliers that do not test on animals.
|Tests finished products on animals?||Yes, when required by law|
|Tests ingredients on animals?||No|
|Suppliers test on animals?||Unclear|
|Leaping Bunny Certified?||No|
|Uses animal-derived ingredients?||Likely|
|Sold in Mainland China?||Yes|
|Parent company?||AmorePacific Group|
|Are all parent company brands cruelty-free?||No|
Why we don’t consider Laneige a cruelty-free brand
To start with, there is no legal definition for the claims of “cruelty-free” or “not tested on animals” that are used by cosmetic brands.
The most common definition for “cruelty-free” is that a product or its ingredients were not tested on animals.
Where this gets murky is when brands only talk about their direct testing activities, and omit facts about 3rd party animal testing that may take place on their products or ingredients.
We don’t consider Laneige to be cruelty-free at this time because they allow their products to be tested on animals in China. They are also silent on ingredient testing by others in their animal testing disclosure.
Our Cruelty-Free Standard
At Beauty + Kind our standard for “cruelty-free” and “not tested on animals” is very simple. We require brand disclosure that no animal testing has occurred during any part of bringing their product to market by any party. This includes testing on raw materials, ingredients, finished products or selling in countries where animal testing is required by law.Beauty + Kind
Laneige Cruelty-Free and vegan Alternatives
If your looking to switch to more ethical brands, here are some cruelty-free and vegan options to consider:
Certified Cruelty Free
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Easily find brands that certify they don’t use animal-derived ingredients on the list of vegan makeup and skin care brands.
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DIY Clean Beauty
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Should You switch to kinder beauty brands?
Our philosophy and Beauty + Kind is that TRUE CRUELTY-FREE BEAUTY means that no harm to animals has happened during the entire manufacturing and testing process. This includes the source and harvest of ingredients, ingredient testing, and testing of the final product.
Unfortunately Laneige cosmetics does not meet our Beauty + Kind standards due to their China animal testing and lack of vegan formulations.
How to make the Switch to Animal-Friendly Brands
Making the switch is easier than you think once you have the right information. If you want to switch to more ethical and animal-friendly beauty brands check out the ultimate list of vegan and cruelty-free brands.