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Is La Roche-Posay Cruelty-Free?

Does La Roche-Posay test on animals or sell in China?

La Roche-Posay is a French skincare brand that uses healing thermal spring water in all their formulas. But is La Roche-Posay 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 La Roche-Posay 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 La Roche-Posay 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.

La Roche-Posay is not found on any of these organizations’ cruelty-free lists. However, they are found on Peta’s list of brands to avoid

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Does La Roche-Posay Test on Animals?

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

“La Roche-Posay does not test any of its products or any of its ingredients on animals, anywhere in the world nor does La Roche-Posay delegate this task to others. The only possible exception is if regulatory authorities required it for safety or regulatory purposes.”

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La Roche-Posay’s animal testing policy contradicts itself. It states that they do not test on animals. However, they will make an exception to satisfy a country’s regulatory authorities. Therefore, La Roche-Posay does allow animal testing on their products.

Is La Roche-Posay Sold in China?

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

la roche posay chinese 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, {La Roche-Posay 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 La Roche-Posay Owned By a Parent Company?

Yes, La Roche-Posay 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 La Roche-Posay Vegan?

La Roche-Posay 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 La Roche-Posay?

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

Wrap Up: Is La Roche-Posay Cruelty-Free?

No, La Roche-Posay 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, La Roche-Posay is not considered to be cruelty-free. They will be added to my list of brands that test on animals

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