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Is Clarins an ethical sun protection brand?

Founded in Paris in the 1950s, Clarins is a well-known cosmetics company.

Unfortunately, Clarins receives a below-benchmark score and as a result, does not yet meet our minimum Ethical Benchmark within The Good Shopping Guide’s Ethical Sun Protection sector.

Despite not quite reaching our minimum Ethical Benchmark, we still encourage Clarins to get in touch and apply for Ethical Accreditation. If it applied, The Good Shopping Guide would be able to offer Clarins an assessment and some advice on how to work on its bottom scores so it could become a more ethical brand.

Do you want to find out how other popular brands compare against Clarins within the Ethical Sun Protection sector? Visit the Sun Protection Ethical Ratings Table. The Good Shopping Guide’s Ratings Table can teach you more about the criteria that our top-rated brands have met to reach our minimum Ethical Benchmark.

The Good Shopping Guide encourages all brands to follow in the footsteps of our top-rated brands and introduce more sustainable policies.

Does Clarins have an Environmental Report?

On its website, Clarins has a page which outlines its sustainability targets for 2050. These include 100% recyclable packaging and a 30% reduction of its carbon footprint.

As a result, it receives a top score for The Good Shopping Guide’s Environmental Report category.

Does Clarins produce organic and cruelty-free sun cream?

Unfortunately, Clarins does not produce any organic sun cream or vegan sun cream.

Clarins is on the PETA list of companies which experiment on animals. It is also listed as a non-cruelty-free brand on the websites of other organisations that are fighting against animal cruelty such as Cruelty-Free Kitty.

Because of this, Clarins receives a bottom rating for our Animal Welfare, Organic and Vegetarian/Vegan categories.

What can Clarins do to improve its score? 

Clarins’ below-benchmark score within The Good Shopping Guide’s Ethical Sun Protection sector is the outcome of a calculation of multiple ethical criteria.

Because it has a low score in the Ethical Sun Protection sector we recommend that Clarins get in touch and apply for Ethical Accreditation. After we received its application, The Good Shopping Guide would offer Clarins some advice on how to work on its bottom scores. By following our advice, Clarins could see itself becoming one of our most ethical sun protection brands.

Did you know that your Sun Protection brand could benefit from Ethical Accreditation? Our accredited brands proudly display our Ethical Mark which highlights to consumers that its products are ethical purchases to make. The Good Shopping Guide’s Ratings Tables can show you which other brands within the Ethical Sun Protection sector have achieved our ethics and sustainability certification. If you would like some more information, contact us or complete a rapid initial assessment form.

Ethical performance in category


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GSG category benchmark


Ethical Rating


  • Environmental Report


  • Genetic Modification


  • Organic


  • Nuclear Power


  • Fossil Fuels



  • Animal Welfare


  • Vegetarian/Vegan Verified



  • Armaments


  • Irresponsible Marketing


  • Political Donations



  • Ethical Accreditation


  • Public Record Criticisms


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