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Caudalie is NOT Cruelty-Free!
Caudalie allows its products or ingredients to be tested on animals when required by law including when selling in stores in mainland China.
Caudalie’s Animal Testing Policy
On Caudalie’s website, they claim none of their products or ingredients are tested on animals. However, in China, where their products are sold, may impose random animal testing.
See below for a screenshot of what’s currently stated on Caudalie’s website:
Policies stating China’s animal testing laws usually imply the company is selling its products in mainland China. That’s because cosmetics sold in stores in mainland China are required by law to be tested on animals.
Is Caudalie Sold in China?
In Caudalie’s animal testing statement, they confirmed their products are indeed distributed and sold in China where animal testing is mandatory and unavoidable.
But Doesn’t China No Longer Tests on Animals?
Companies can bypass China’s pre-market animal testing by choosing to manufacture their ordinary or general cosmetics in China, but it’s not stated anywhere that Caudalie has taken this route.
Additionally, the possibility of post-market animal testing is not completely ruled out and may be conducted on some cosmetics sold in physical stores in China.
As of May 1, 2021, cosmetic companies can also export and sell their ordinary or general cosmetics in China without animal testing only if they meet a set of preconditions first. However, meeting these conditions has proven difficult, and it’s still unclear what exactly is accepted according to the new regulations. So there’s no word yet of any company that has successfully done so.
Follow the highlighted lines in the graphic below to see why most cosmetics sold in China (like Caudalie) are still required by law to be tested on animals in 2022.
Because Caudalie has decided to sell in mainland China stores, they must consent and pay to have their products tested on animals. That’s why most cosmetics brands selling in mainland China cannot be considered cruelty-free in 2022.
Although Caudalie may not be conducting these animal tests themselves, they knowingly allow Chinese authorities to test their products on animals to sell in China.
For those reasons, we would not consider Caudalie to be cruelty-free by our standards.
Many truly cruelty-free brands have chosen not to sell their products in China because of its animal testing laws. Unfortunately, Caudalie refuses to do the same and therefore cannot be considered cruelty-free.
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, including when required by law.
See below for our complete cruelty-free checklist. Since Caudalie already does not meet the last two, we cannot classify the brand as being cruelty-free.
Is Caudalie Certified Cruelty-Free?
Caudalie is not certified cruelty-free by any third-party cruelty-free certifications like Leaping Bunny or PETA.
Because Caudalie is not certified cruelty-free by a third party, no one is looking into or substantiating Caudalie’s cruelty-free commitments and claims.
Is Caudalie Cruelty-Free?
To sum up, by choosing to sell in mainland China, Caudalie must have its products tested on animals. Therefore, we would NOT consider Caudalie to be a cruelty-free brand.
Currently, Caudalie is on our List of Brands to Avoid – Animal Tested.
Is Caudalie Vegan?
Caudalie claims to offer some “vegan” options that are free of animal-derived ingredients, but because Caudalie engages in animal testing, we wouldn’t classify anything sold or produced by Caudalie to be vegan.
See below for a screenshot of what’s currently stated on Caudalie’s website about its “vegan” claims:
In order for products to be considered vegan by ethical elephant’s standards, the products and their ingredients must not be tested on animals anywhere in the world. Also, they must not contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products.
I also noticed Sephora listing some of Caudalie products in their “Vegan Skincare” category but note that Caudalie is NOT cruelty-free. Caudalie products are tested on animals.
I’m assuming Sephora is labeling products as “vegan” when they’re formulated without any animal ingredients or by-products. But “Vegan” Cosmetics should also consider whether the products or its ingredients were tested on animals, anywhere in the world.
Cruelty-free Alternatives to Caudalie:
There are plenty of cruelty-free and natural skincare alternatives to Caudalie, here are some of my personal cruelty-free recommendations: