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Garnier Ambre Solaire

How ethical and sustainable is Garnier Ambre Solaire?

Garnier Ambre Solaire is included in The Good Shopping Guide‘s Sun Protection Ethical Ratings Table. Garnier Ambre Solaire has yet to meet our ethical standards, but we believe that in the future, the brand will make the necessary changes to function as a more ethical organisation. Garnier Ambre Solaire might increase consumer trust by applying for Ethical Accreditation, which would include a more complete examination and suggestions for ethical development.

What does Garnier Ambre Solaire do?

Garnier was made in 1904 with a range of beauty and skincare products, the brand released a range of sun care called Garnier Ambre Solaire. This brand has a sensitive range, kids range as well as natural bronzer and super UV face protection. Garnier is owned by the beauty brand L’oreal.

For which criteria does Garnier Ambre Solaire perform poorly? 

Garnier Ambre Solaire received a low rating for Genetic Modification, Animal Welfare, Vegan products, Irresponsible Marketing and Political Donations. The brands parent company L’oreal signed a deal to develop a biosynthetic ingredient and despite claiming that the brand does not test on animals L’oreal features on PETA’s list of companies that do test on animals.

L’oreal donated over $200k in recent election cycles and was recently criticised for selling skin lightening products.

Past Criticisms of Garnier Ambre Solaire’s ethical record

Garnier Ambre Solaire came under fire as a result of parent company L’oreal receiving a low rating of 14.1/100 on the Corporate Transparency Index, which assesses a company’s supply chain policies.

The company have also been criticised in relation to the brutality with which women were treated in the palm oil plantations of Malaysia and Indonesia.

In what areas does Garnier Ambre Solaire score well for its ethics?

Garnier Ambre Solaire receives a high score for its Environmental Report as the ‘L’oreal for the future’ booklet contains a range of targets for 2030 and 2025 such as climate change, water and biodiversity. L’oreal also receives a high rating for Organic, Armaments and Nuclear power issues.

How can Garnier Ambre Solaire improve its ethical rating?

The Ethical rating of a brand is divided into three categories by The Good Shopping Guide: the Environment, People and Animals. Find out more about how we rate.

Garnier Ambre Solaire might apply for Ethical Accreditation for more detailed guidance on how to improve. Garnier Ambre Solaire may improve its rating and fulfil our fundamental ethical requirements by releasing a range of Organic sun care and ceasing all Political Donations.

Why not check out The Good Shopping Guide‘s Ethical Accreditation if you work for or with a sun protection company that places ethics high on its priority list? This Ethical Accreditation has already benefited brands such as Tropic Skincare, and Green People.

Contact us to learn more, or complete our short form for a Free Initial Assessment.

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  • 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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