Are your products tested on animals?
Please take time to read and understand our position on this important subject below
L’OCCITANE does not and has never tested its products, its active ingredients or its raw materials on animals at any point in the product development or manufacturing process.
L’OCCITANE has always been committed to the suppression of animal testing for beauty products, along with associations including One Voice and PETA. L’OCCITANE was one of the first companies to be in the positive list of the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) in 1997.
Nevertheless, in December 2011 the BUAV decided to remove their accreditation from all companies operating in China. PETA followed suit in 2012. This was decided because Chinese authorities still request testing on all cosmetic products sold on the Chinese market, as they view it as the best way to safeguard their consumers’ safety. Our company does not conduct those tests; they are done by Chinese laboratories, approved by local authorities on a restricted animal panel.
L’OCCITANE is fundamentally committed to the abolition of animal testing of beauty products worldwide. Unfortunately given the limited economic and political weight of L’OCCITANE, ceasing to sell our products in China will not change local regulations. Instead, to move forward, we decided to develop our relationship with the Chinese authorities to pledge the case for the end of animal testing for beauty products, through open dialogue.
Since December 2010, L'OCCITANE has met with representatives from the Chinese authorities to promote alternative tests to animal testing. L'OCCITANE continues to work alongside the BUAV as one of the main beauty brands represented on its dedicated taskforce called “China Cosmetics Cooperative Group.” This entity works with European and Chinese officials to promote alternative testing methods. The first meeting took place in May 2012 and regular meetings are organized in London, Paris and Brussels.
On their side, the Chinese laboratories certified by authorities have recently launched a program to investigate alternative testing protocols. On sun care, animal tests have been stopped and our method on humans has been accepted. This is a first step. L'OCCITANE will continue to work proactively for these alternatives to be implemented as soon as possible for all of our products.