Dermalogica (Unilever)

Last Updated: January 5, 2022

Is Dermalogica (Unilever) Cruelty-Free and Vegan?

Make a positive impact by supporting companies with the same values and ethics as what matters most to you. To navigate and find ethical brands, here’s a summary of Dermalogica’s ethics and initiatives.

Ethical Analysis

Is Dermalogica cruelty-free, vegan, or sustainable? We’ve got the answers here! Read below for more details on Dermalogica’s policies.
Dermalogica is cruelty-free, but Dermalogica is owned by Unilever, a parent company that is NOT cruelty-free.
Not all of Dermalogica’s products are vegan but they have some vegan options.
Dermalogica claims 90% of their packaging is recyclable and going forward, all paper and cartons will be FSC-certified.
Dermalogica has been non-responsive when I asked if their mica is ethically-sourced without the use of child labor.
Dermalogica claims by the end of 2020, 90% of their packaging will be recyclable or biodegradable, and some of which are made of post-consumer resin.

About Dermalogica (Unilever)

Dermalogica specializes in targeting breakouts, blackheads, and shine to help you achieve your healthiest skin.
PRODUCTS: Skincare, Bath & Body Care, Sun Care
CERTIFICATIONS: Leaping Bunny, Cruelty Free International, PETA-Certified

Dermalogica (Unilever)

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You can find Dermalogica cruelty-free products at and Sephora.

Dermalogica is *Cruelty-Free

Dermalogica has confirmed they do not test their products or ingredients on animals or ask others to test on their behalf. Their suppliers also do not test on animals, nor do they allow their products to be tested on animals when required by law. And finally, their products are not sold in stores in mainland China or any other country that may require animal testing.

By our standards, we would consider Dermalogica to be *Cruelty-Free.

*Dermalogica is owned by Unilever, a corporation that is NOT cruelty-free because they allow some of their other brands to test on animals.

It’s your choice whether you want to support or boycott cruelty-free brands owned by a parent company that is not cruelty-free. There is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ answer to this. I encourage you to do what you’re comfortable with, but I think it’s important to disclose that Unilever owns Dermalogica.

Below is a screenshot of what’s currently stated on Dermalogica’s website:

Is Dermalogica Cruelty-Free?

What About China’s Animal Testing Laws?

As of May 1, 2021, some imported ordinary cosmetics can be exempt from animal testing under certain conditions. However, for the most part, animal testing is still legally required for most imported cosmetics in 2022.

But Dermalogica has confirmed they do not sell their products in retail stores in mainland China; therefore, they are not required to test on animals.

Cruelty-Free Policies

Note that there is no legal definition for the label ‘Cruelty-Free.’ It can mean different things to different people. But Cruelty-Free is generally used to imply no animal testing. More specifically, the ingredients, formulation, or finished product are not tested on animals at any stage of product development.

At ethical elephant, we always assess a company’s cruelty-free policy using our Cruelty-Free Checklist. This ensures no animal testing was performed by the brand itself, its suppliers, and by any third parties.

Also, note that Cruelty-Free and Vegan don’t always mean the same thing.

Dermalogica is Not 100% Vegan

‘Vegan’ in cosmetics can refer to an entire brand that is 100% Vegan or a specific product is vegan.

In the case of Dermalogica, not all of their products are vegan. But they have some products that are suitable for vegans.

How to know which of Dermalogica products are vegan?

All of Dermalogica’s vegan products are clearly marked on their website. They also claim all but three of their products are vegan.

Dermalogica Non-Vegan Product List

The following three Dermalogica products are not suitable for vegans:

  • Sheer Tint SPF20 (contains hydrolyzed pearl and silk amino acids) – not vegan
  • Skin Perfect Primer SPF30 (contains hydrolyzed pearl and silk amino acids) – not vegan
  • MultiVitamin Power Serum (contains beeswax) – not vegan

Vegan Policies

Similar to ‘Cruelty-Free,’ there is no standard or legal definition for the label ‘Vegan.’ But it’s usually used in the context to describe something that doesn’t contain any animal-derived ingredients or animal by-products.

Some common animal products used in cosmetics include carmine, lanolin, snail mucus, beeswax, honey, pearl or silk-derived ingredients, animal-based glycerin, keratin, and squalene.

There are plant-based and synthetic alternatives to animal-derived ingredients. But it’s sometimes difficult to know with certainty whether a product is vegan just by reading the ingredient list.

So it’s best to ask the company and manufacturers to ensure the ingredients they’ve chosen to use were from non-animal sources.

Ethical Mica Mining Policy

Mica is a mineral that’s used in cosmetics to add a shimmery effect. But the mining of natural mica has been linked to child labor and human rights violations.

Unless the company discloses its mica mining policy, we have no way of knowing whether its mica is ethically sourced without child or forced labor.

So I asked Dermalogica if their mica is ethically sourced without the use of child labor, but they never responded to any of my emails or messages.

I hope this article helped you to understand Dermalogica’s cruelty-free and vegan status and by choosing cruelty-free together, we can help end animal testing for cosmetics once and for all!

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0 thoughts on “Dermalogica (Unilever)”

  1. Not tested on animals, really? You state you don’t then you mention you do test on animals where required. This is hypocrisy, sorry, but I will not use or sell your products. BIG disappointment. What away to trick your clients. As an skin specialist I am very disappointed. Don’t say crulty free, it is.
    Thank you

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