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Does Avene Test On Animals? Not Cruelty-Free!

Does Avene Test On Animals? Not Cruelty-Free!

Are Avène products tested on animals?

Eau Thermale Avène offers a range of products for all types of unique and sensitive skin. They are most notably known for their Thermal Spring Water Spray which is also the main ingredient in most of their products.

Avène claims to have stopped testing on animals many years ago as stated on their company’s FAQ page.

Avene's Animal Testing Policy; Not Cruelty-Free!

But Avène failed to mention one specific detail on their website. They sell their products in China. Under China’s current laws, all imported cosmetics are required to be tested on animals. In an email response, they’ve confirmed that their products are indeed marketed in China and therefore must undergo animal testing as required by China’s laws.

“we market our products in China and tests imposed by local regulations are performed by laboratories accredited by the Chinese authorities. Some of these tests are performed on animals. We do not agree to this practice; however we cannot oppose it.” ~Avène

Avene's Response To Their Animal Testing Policy

I’m not taking this bull from Avène. If they do not agree with China’s mandatory animal testing requirements, then they shouldn’t be selling their products in China until those laws are changed.

Just last year, we’ve seen some changes to China’s mandatory animal testing laws where domestically produced ordinary cosmetics that are made and sold in China are no longer required by law to be tested on animals. Change is possible! 

Related: Guide to Understanding China’s Mandatory Animal Testing Laws 

Although Avène mentions in the email that they are working to “persuade Chinese authorities to suspend these tests on animals and to use alternative methods,” I personally don’t trust or feel comfortable supporting or buying from a company that claims to be against animal testing but at the same time, will pay third parties to test on their behalf.

Avène unfortunately is not cruelty-free where they test on animals when required by law. 

Vicky Ly

I'm Vicky! I've been a vegan for 4 years and want to do my small part in making the world a kinder place. When I'm not on my laptop creating or designing, I enjoy running, vegan chocolate chip cookies + ice cream, and the occasional Simpsons marathon.

4 Comments
  • Elizabeth Dreyer
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    October 6, 2016

    I am glad to find out the truth about Avene testing on animals of which I am not happy.
    I was going to try it and brought a brochure home from the chemist who stock these products. .There is no mention of “..tested on animals .” Hence my looking on the internet for more correct information.
    THANK GOODNESS I found out the truth.
    AVENA. .YOU ARE A DISGRACE ..YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED AND I HOPE YOU HAVE NIGHTMARES OF ALL THE SUFFERING AND PAIN YOU PUT ALL OUR BEAUTIFUL ANIMALS THROUGH.
    PATHETIC LOT…..😈

  • August 25, 2016

    I appreciate your article about AVENE. Do you know if URIAGE test on animals to or uses animal ingredients?

  • February 20, 2016

    A few people have offered I try Avene because I have very sensitive eyes and many products cause me issues.
    But please, if they wanted to persuade China to stop testing they could pressure them BEFORE entering that market. The damage to bunnies will already be done by that point 🙁

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