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Is CeraVe Cruelty-Free?

Does CeraVe test on animals or sell in China?

CeraVe is a well-known skincare company that can be found all over the world. But is CeraVe cruelty-free or do they test on animals?

For a company to be considered cruelty-free they have to meet all of the following criteria:

  • Do not test any of their products or ingredients on animals
  • Don’t allow others to test on their behalf 
  • Do not sell in a country where animal testing is required. 

After doing a bit of research, I found that CeraVe doesn’t meet the above cruelty-free requirements and is not considered to be a cruelty-free skincare brand. 

Let’s look into what all of that really means and what you can do about it.

Is CeraVe Certified Cruelty-Free?

When researching a brand’s cruelty-free status my first stop is the certified cruelty-free list. There are three organizations that give official certifications to brands around the world: Leaping Bunny, Peta, and Choose Cruelty-Free.

CeraVe is not found on any of these organizations’ cruelty-free lists. 

Does CeraVe Test on Animals?

The next step in my research is going directly to the company’s animal testing policy to see where they stand. CeraVe’s policy can be found in the ‘FAQ’ section of their website. Here is what it states:

“No, CeraVe products are not tested on animals.”

cerave animal testing policy

CeraVe’s animal testing policy is short but doesn’t come close to answering my questions on their cruelty-free status. I can either reach out to the company for more information on dig a bit deeper to see if they sell in China. Let’s go with the latter and see what comes up.

Is CeraVe Sold in China?

Yes, CeraVe does sell in China. After doing a quick Google search I was able to locate CeraVe’s Chinese website. A brand doesn’t create a website for another country unless it is serving those customers. I’ve included an image of the website below. 

cerave china website

What About China’s New Animal Testing Laws?

China has announced that as of May 1, 2021, general cosmetics such as shampoo, body wash, lipstick, lotion, and makeup can be sold without being tested on animals. However, a company is required to jump through various hoops for this to happen. As of now, CeraVe has not been exempt and their products can still be tested on animals by the Chinese health authority. Even if an exemption happens it is still possible that the products can be subjected to post-market testing

Is CeraVe Owned By a Parent Company?

Yes, CeraVe is owned by L’Oreal, a company that tests on animals. You can view a full list of brands that they own to see which other companies you should avoid. 

Is CeraVe Vegan?

CeraVe is not considered to be vegan because they test their products or ingredients on animals or allow others to do so on their behalf. So, until this changes, we choose not to look into whether they may or may not have products that don’t contain animal ingredients.

What are Cruelty-Free Alternatives to CeraVe?

There are several cruelty-free skincare alternatives to CeraVe. Check out the list below:

Wrap Up: Is CeraVe Cruelty-Free?

No, CeraVe is not a cruelty-free skincare brand. Even though they claim to not test on animals, they choose to sell in a country that requires imported cosmetics to be tested on animals.

Therefore, CeraVe is not considered to be cruelty-free. They will be added to my list of brands that test on animals

Now I’d like to hear from you…What are your thoughts about CeraVe? Please leave your comments below!

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