Animal Cruelty / Beauty

Email Response from Coty Inc. (Animal Testing)

I am currently compiling a list of companies that still conduct tests on animals. During the research into certain companies, I found the information on their websites to be misleading or inconclusive. Where I found this, I tried to contact the companies in question.

I emailed Coty Inc. to get the full extent of their testing policy. This is what they had to say:

20/02/2014

Hi Stephanie,

Thank you for contacting us about our use of animals in safety testing.

Coty Inc does not perform, nor do we ever commission any third parties on our behalf to perform, testing of our products or ingredients on animals. Attached please find our full Animal Testing Policy Statement.

Thank you for taking the time to write to us.

Wishing you a scent-sational day,

Molly Barba
Product Care Specialist
Coty Inc Global Consumer Affairs
1-800-715-4023
WWW.COTY.COM
Reference Number 010422923A

Coty Inc. Statement on Animal Testing
Coty Inc. is a leader in the global beauty industry and one of the world’s largest fragrance companies. We have developed a portfolio of notable brands and offer innovative products of outstanding quality for which we are committed to maintaining the highest possible standards of consumer safety.
Coty voluntarily ceased testing finished cosmetic products on animals in 1991, long before the official European ban on such testing in 2004. Coty has been actively involved for many years in the research and development of alternatives to animal testing.
Before we place a product on the market, we assess it thoroughly to ensure that it is safe for human use and for the environment and that it is compliant with all applicable laws, rules and regulations. Our safety assessment of cosmetic ingredients is based on the use of recognized alternatives to animal testing, the use of existing safety data and, increasingly, the sharing of such data with other industries. We do not perform, nor do we ever commission any third parties on our behalf to perform, testing of our products or ingredients on animals.
The only exceptions are the very few countries where, by law, the regulatory authorities require us to submit our products or ingredients to them for testing on animals as a mandatory part of their regulatory protocols in compliance with their local regulations. In these countries we regularly communicate directly with the authorities and try to convince them to accept the validity of the results of alternative non-animal testing methods. We accede to mandated testing by the authorities on animals only as a last resort.
We continue to strive for the development and acceptance of additional reliable non- animal testing methods and will continue to vigorously support the research, implementation and improvement of alternatives to animal testing, especially for those more complex tests for which no alternative methods have been established. For this purpose we actively participate in research programs in Europe and the USA by dedicating funding, time, resources and scientific expertise. The common goal of all these efforts is to completely eliminate animal testing.
April 19, 2012

So according to their policy, they don’t test their products or ingredients themselves nor do they commission (or pay) other companies to perform animal testing except when required by law. Meaning that because they sell in China, Chinese officials have full authority to conduct any tests they like with Coty’s products. (Including any other country’s laws with animal testing.)

Other Products Made By Coty:
· Astor
· Balenciaga
· Beyonce
· Bottega Veneta
· Calvin Klein Fragrances
· Celine Dion
· Cerruti
· Chloe
· Chopard
· CK One Color
· David Beckham
· Davidoff
· Elite Models
· Esprit
· Faith Hill
· Guess
· Halle Berry
· Heidi Klum
· Jennifer Lopez
· Jil Sander
· Joop!
· Jovan
· Kate Moss
· Katy Perry
· Kylie Minogue
· Lady Gaga
· Lancaster
· Madonna
· Manhattan
· Marc Jacobs
· Miss Sporty
· N.Y.C. New York Color
· Nautica
· Nicole by OPI
· Nikos
· OPI
· Philosophy
· Pierre Cardin
· Playboy
· Rimmel
· Roberto Cavalli
· Sally Hansen
· Sarah Jessica Parker
· Stetson
· Tim McGraw
· Tjoy
· Tonino Lamborghini
· Vera Wang
· Vivienne Westwood

There are definitely quite a few parent companies like Coty that own a bunch of smaller brands. Even if one of these brands doesn’t test on animals, if the parent company does, that brand is no longer cruelty-free because they are supporting animal testing. The full list of companies that test on animals will be posted shortly as well as a few other company responses. Look for these posts under ‘BEAUTY’ at the top of this blog.

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9 thoughts on “Email Response from Coty Inc. (Animal Testing)

  1. I would like to remind “Coty” that there are no “last resorts” as far as cosmetics are concerned, these are luxury/vanity products for humans! Not a necessity. It would be Compassionate not to sell brands in China until their practice of animal testing/cruelty ceases. Thank you

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  3. I am ABSOLUTELY AGAINST any testing on animals for non essential products, how can we call ourselves dignified human beings when we are prepared to let animals suffer for our vanity!!
    I have not used my two favourite perfumes since I took this pledge and I do miss their beautiful fragrances but hey, I’ll live.

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  4. Avon has the same policy. WTH! Who else is sneaking this policy by us, and then claiming “cruelty free”? I think the policy should be that these companies do not sell their products to China until China changes the policy. These cosmetics companies are not fooling anyone. They make enough money, and don’t need to sell to a country that has no value on sentient beings (animals, and human rights).

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  5. Thank you for writing this. I saw a similar message about not testing on animals except when required by law on Clinique’s website. Does that mean that Clinique tests on animals in China too?

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    • Technically yes, they are also owned by Estee Lauder which has basically the same policy – no animal testing except required by law. Because Estee Lauder does sell in China they must abide by Chinese regulation where they must conduct animal tests on cosmetic products. But they could also use a specific ingredient that, required by law, must be tested on animals. So even though “they don’t test on animals,” they do, they just sneak in “required by law”.

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      • Thanks for letting me know. That’s a shame because I really liked their products. I feel like I haven’t looked up what companies have tested on animals in quite a while. Between that and these sneaky policies, I feel like a lot of the info I have is hopelessly outdated. I really look forward to reading your new list of cruelty free and not cruelty free companies.

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