Is YSL Cruelty Free?


For today's Is (BLANK) Cruelty Free? I'm going to be focusing on the brand YSL or Yves Saint Laurent, which is a luxury beauty brand. I already did a post on their parent company L’Oréal, and originally I was debating on just leaving it at that since technically I already covered their policy. But after, I was like "No, each brand gets it's own post regardless if I mentioned it in their parent company." And since I'm offline for the entire month of September, I am doing one of these almost every day. Afterwards these will drop down to only occurring on Saturdays. I normally don't purchase from luxury brands as they are just out of my price range and budget all together, but there are others who love those brands. So it just wouldn't be right to do this series without including them.

The criteria I use to determine if a brand is cruelty free are the following:

  • Don't test finished products or ingredients on animals.
  • Don't have suppliers who test on animals.
  • Don't allow any third parties to test on animals on their behalf.
  • Don't sell cosmetics in physical store in mainland China.
  • Don't test on animals where required by law.

Animal Testing Policy

On YSL Beauty FAQ page, their animal testing policy redirects you to L’Oréa l's page which I already stated in the previous post. But just for transparency, I'm going to repeat it here.

Our consumers’ health and safety have always been an absolute priority for L’Oréal. As is the support of animal welfare.

L’Oréal has developed a very rigorous safety evaluation procedure of its products, backed by Research. Well before the question of animal testing was raised by civil society or within a regulatory framework, L’Oréal has been committed to new methods of assessing safety that don’t involve animals. A true pioneer, L’Oréal has been reconstructing human skin models in laboratories to elaborate in vitro safety tests since 1979, as an alternative to animals. In 1989, L’Oréal completely ceased testing its products on animals, thus 14 years before the regulation required so. Today, L’Oréal no longer tests its ingredients on animals and no longer tolerates any exception to this rule.

Certain health authorities may nevertheless decide to conduct animal tests themselves for certain cosmetic products, as it is still the case in China. L’Oréal has been the most active company working alongside the Chinese authorities and scientists for over 10 years to have alternative testing methods recognized, and permit the cosmetic regulation to evolve towards a total and definite elimination of animal testing. Thanks to this, since 2014, certain products manufactured and sold in China like shampoo, body wash or make-up are no longer tested on animals.
— L'Oreal

At a Glance

  • Finished products tested on animals: No
  • Ingredients tested on animals: No
  • Third party animal testing: No
  • Tested on animals where required by law: Yes
  • Sold in mainland China: Yes
  • Certifications: None
  • Parent company: L’Oréal
  • Parent company status: Not Cruelty Free.

Bottom Line

YSL or Yves Saint Laurent is not cruelty free.

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