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Is Avene Cruelty-free? (2019)

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Eau Thermale Avène offers all types of products for unique and sensitive skin. They are mostly known for their Thermal Spring Water Spray which is also the main ingredient in most of their products. But I wanted to know, is Avene cruelty-free or vegan?

Is Avene Cruelty-Free in 2019?

Avene is not cruelty-free; Avene products are tested on animals and sold in mainland China where all imported cosmetics are required by law to be tested on animals.

Avene’s Animal Testing Statement (2019)

On their website, Avène claims their products and ingredients are not tested on animals, complying with the EU marketing and sale ban of animal-tested cosmetics.

But AvΓ¨ne 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 by law to be tested on animals.

Avene Animal Testing Statement (2019)

In a recent email response, Avene has stated and confirmed:

“At the moment, Avene does sell it’s products in China. We know that China is updating and improving their laws in regards to testing so we look forward to the changes and implementations they will be making in the next couple of years.” (July 2019)

This means that Avene’s animal testing policy has remained unchanged since the original publication of this post in 2016. Avene products are still being sold in mainland China where is it still required that all imported cosmetics be tested on animals.

Avene’s Animal Testing Statement (2016)

In a previous email response in 2016, they confirmed that their productsΒ 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.” (Feb 2016)

Avene's Response To Their Animal Testing Policy

If Avene does not agree with China’s mandatory animal testing requirements, then they shouldn’t be selling their products in China until those laws are changed.

Although AvΓ¨ne mentions in the email that they are working to “persuade Chinese authorities to suspend these tests on animals and to use alternative methods,”Β 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, willΒ pay others to test their own products on animals on their behalf.

AvΓ¨ne unfortunately is not cruelty-free; they test on animals when required by law. 

Is Avene Vegan?

To my surprise, I noticed Avene claims their Thermal Spring Water Spray is vegan in which it doesn’t contain animal products or by-products. However, because Avene’s products/ingredients are tested on animals, we would not consider anything produced by Avene to be vegan when they’re not even cruelty-free.

Avene Vegan Statement (2019)

Cruelty-Free Alternatives to Avene:

There are plenty of cruelty-free skincare alternatives to Avene, here are some of my personal cruelty-free recommendations:

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  • Maddie
    January 19, 2019

    Alba Bontanica is a great brand. For sensitive skin. And it does not test on animals and is vegan. And I’ve looked at the ingredients and it does not have anything bad.

  • Aspen
    June 15, 2018

    I wish I had read this before I bought 2 products from them. I definitely will not be buying from them again. I don’t know how they can say they are against it and continue to do it, makes no sense! If they really meant that, they would have there products made and tested in another country, simple!

  • 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 πŸ™

  • 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 πŸ™

    • Vicky Ly
      February 22, 2016


β€œMake ethical choices in what we buy, do, and watch. In a consumer-driven society our individual choices, used collectively for the good of animals and nature, can change the world faster than laws.”― Marc Bekoff

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