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Does Avene Test On Animals? Not Cruelty-Free!

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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. 

10 Responses
  • Kelly
    April 19, 2018

    I think it’s fantastic to name the companies who try to bend the truth, I went through similar with Kelloggs on their use of palm oil, many companies are out for profit and not morals unfortunately 🙁

  • Carol
    March 29, 2018

    Do you know a brand that is vegan that is good for eczema and sensitive skin (and also good for babies and kids)?

  • Lizzie
    January 15, 2018

    Avene uses a lot of waffle on their website in the frequently asked questions about if they test their products on animals. Its meant to be ambiguous and mislead in my opinion.the very fact that they are trying to mislead customers with vague answers speaks volume

  • Moragh
    November 16, 2017

    Thank you for this. I was just about to buy some Avene products, but I won’t now. It is disgraceful that they can even put profit before kindness.

  • Rose Tan
    May 3, 2017

    I certainly agree on how avene shouldn’t have to sell their products to China. It’s an excuse for revenue like majority of large brands. I’ve been a loyal avene customer for more than 11 years using cleansers, lotions & treatments. I love their products & don’t mind spending a lot of money for good products. But to finally realise how blind I’ve been for all these years how they can get away with cruelty to animals has made me leave this brand – cold. I am now in search of a brand that is against animal testing & will support & give profit to brands who have a conscience.

    • Vicki Lanzo
      May 5, 2017

      I have had good luck with Andalou Naturals, specifically the 1000 Roses line, I also like Pacifica and Cocokind and am going to be trying some Drunk Elephant products once the heat and humidity of summer starts.

  • Elizabeth Dreyer
    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.

  • Ananda Gomez
    August 25, 2016

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

  • Vivi M
    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 🙁

    • Vicky Ly
      February 22, 2016


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