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Is Dr. Jart Cruelty Free and Vegan? (2022 Update)

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Dr. Jart is not cruelty free because their products are tested on animals where required by law (in mainland China).

Additionally, Dr. Jart is not 100% vegan as a brand as some of their products contain animal-derived ingredients or by-products. 

To learn more about this brand and find out why they’re not cruelty free, keep on reading!

And if you’re looking for new K-beauty products to add to your skincare routine, make sure to check out the last section of this post where you’ll find some of the best Dr. Jart cruelty free alternatives.

Let’s dive right in!

Is Dr. Jart cruelty free? Are Dr. Jart products tested on animals?

Dr. Jart is NOT cruelty free.

In order to be cruelty free, brands:

  • Must not test their finished products or ingredients on animals
  • Must make sure that their suppliers don’t test on animals
  • Must not commission third parties to test their products on animals
  • Must not sell their products in stores in mainland China, or other countries where animal testing is still required by law

Dr. Jart doesn’t have an official animal testing policy.

However, during my research I discovered that Dr. Jart products are sold in mainland China where animal testing is still required by law.

Selling products in mainland China is in contradiction with the cruelty free brand requirements.

Even though China has relaxed their animal testing requirements, brands that sell in China still can’t be cruelty free because they have to agree to have their products tested on animals.

Additionally, Dr. Jart is on PETA’s list of companies that test on animals.

Therefore, Dr. Jart is not cruelty free.

Keep on reading for more information!

Is Dr. Jart sold in China?

Dr. Jart is sold in mainland China where animal testing is still required by law.

South Korean “cosmeceutical” brand Dr. Jart opened its first flagship store in China in Shanghai, it announced Aug. 19.

Located on the first floor of Super Brand Mall, the largest shopping complex in the city, it showcases about 45 major items, including brightening cream, mask sheets and its best-selling range Ceramidin.

Dr. Jart had been available only at multi-brand cosmetics store Sephora’s branches in China. The 11-year-old brand has expanded to 17 countries, including the US and Japan.

Source: The Korea Herald

Why can’t cruelty free brands sell in mainland China?

Animal testing is still happening for products sold in physical stores in mainland China.

Pre-market animal testing is required for all special-use imported products, and non-routine post-market testing on animals may also be done in cases of customer complaints.

However, please keep in mind that this doesn’t apply to products sold in stores at the airports, or in Hong Kong.

Also, products can be sold online and shipped to mainland China without being tested on animals.

Is Dr. Jart owned by a parent brand? If yes, is it cruelty free?

Dr. Jart is owned by Estée Lauder, a company which is not cruelty free.

Is Dr. Jart vegan?

Dr. Jart is not 100% vegan. Some of their products contain animal-derived ingredients or animal by-products.

Additionally, please note that since Dr. Jart products may be tested on animals in China and are therefore not cruelty free, I wouldn’t consider them vegan-friendly.

Cruelty free and vegan alternatives to Dr. Jart

Dr. Jart is a popular K-Beauty brand, mostly popular for their skincare products.

There are so many beauty brands that are cruelty free!

That’s why, in my opinion, there’s really no excuse for supporting brands that test on animals.

Some of the best cruelty free alternatives to Dr. Jart are:





If you want to discover more cruelty free Korean beauty skincare brands, check out my post on Cruelty Free Korean Skin Care: 7 Best K-Beauty Brands (2021 Update).

Now it’s your turn!

What are your favorite cruelty free brands?

Let me know in the comments below!

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