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Our cosmetics are not tested on animals

Consumers often want to know whether we test our cosmetic products on animals. We would therefore like to explain our approach and the general legal framework:

Animal testing is not carried out on any of the products from our entire range of cosmetics, including products for home use that are available in the market and professional products used in hair salons.

We have not carried out any tests on animals for our cosmetic products since the late 1980s, around 15 years before a respective EU ban came into effect in 2004. What is more, since March 2013, no cosmetic ingredient may be tested on animals in the EU. Naturally, we comply with this obligation.

Regardless of the EU, China still tests certain cosmetic products on animals to obtain market registration. We are working with national and European associations to convince the authorities in China to cease testing cosmetic products on animals.

We use recognized, alternative testing methods or existing data to demonstrate the safety of our cosmetic ingredients. For almost 40 years, we have been committed to the development and recognition of alternative methods in many different ways. We engage our own research expertise to develop alternative testing methods, for example within the context of Phenion, or in relevant research collaboration initiatives at national or international association level, such as Cosmetics Europe.

General information as well as questions and answers on animal testing and cosmetic products can be found on the website of CTPA, the UK cosmetics trade association at: https://www.thefactsabout.co.uk/animal-testing-facts

Frequently asked questions:

  • Does Henkel Beauty Care test its cosmetic products on animals?
  • What is the situation in countries outside the EU such as China?
  • Does Henkel Beauty Care sell cosmetic products produced in China in Germany or the EU?

No. Animal testing is not carried out on any of the products from our entire range of cosmetics, including products for home use that are available in the market and professional products used in hair salons. In the EU and on the EU market, testing cosmetic products and cosmetic ingredients on animals has been completely banned since 2013. Furthermore, for almost 40 years, we have been committed to the development and recognition of alternative testing methods to guarantee the safety of our products.

China still tests certain cosmetics on animals to obtain market registration. We are working with national and European associations to convince the authorities in China to cease testing cosmetic products on animals. We are fortunately starting to see signs of acceptance of alternative methods. For example, the Chinese authorities are allowing a simplified registration procedure without animal testing for locally manufactured cosmetic products, such as shampoos or shower gels. This change has already helped our locally produced products and we welcome it greatly, seeing it as confirmation of our efforts.

No. We do not import cosmetic products to Germany or the EU that have been manufactured for the Chinese market in accordance with applicable local legislation.

Criteria for our vegan product formulations

Our vegan product formulations are completely free from animal-based ingredients, such as milk or honey. Nor do we use ingredients derived from animal raw materials such as crustacean shells (chitin), keratin, silk, or beef tallow in our vegan product formulations. 

Our vegan cosmetic ingredients must therefore meet stringent requirements. Compliance with these criteria must be confirmed in writing by our suppliers.

Many of our cosmetic products already have a vegan product formulation, which is indicated on the product or packaging. Please don't hesitate to contact our Customer Service at https://www.henkel.com/contact-us