Caudalie

Last Updated: May 21, 2021

Is Caudalie Cruelty-Free and Vegan?

Caudalie is a French skincare company known for their nourishing skincare products harnessing extracts from the grape and grapevine, but is Caudalie cruelty-free or vegan?

Ethical Analysis

Is Caudalie cruelty-free or vegan? We’ve got the answers here! Read below for more details on Caudalie’s policies.
Caudalie is NOT Cruelty-Free. Caudalie engages in animal testing by allowing its products to be animal-tested.
Yes, Caudalie sells its products in stores in mainland China under conditions where animal testing is still legally required.
Since Caudalie’s products are animal-tested, we wouldn’t consider anything sold or produced by Caudalie to be vegan.

Caudalie

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Caudalie is a French skincare company known for their nourishing skincare products harnessing extracts from the grape and grapevine, but is Caudalie cruelty-free?

Is Caudalie Cruelty-Free?

Caudalie is NOT Cruelty-free. Caudalie pays and allows their products to be tested on animals when required by law. Caudalie also sells its products in stores in mainland China where animal testing is mandatory for most imported cosmetics.

Caudalie’s Animal Testing Policy

It seems as though Caudalie has made some changes to their animal testing statement since the original publication of this post (Jan 2018). But please note that Caudalie’s animal testing policy has not changed, they have just worded their statement differently.

Caudalie is still not considered to be a cruelty-free brand because their products are still tested on animals when required by law in mainland China.

Below is what’s currently stated on Caudalie’s company’s website:

Caudalie claims “in China, where our products are distributed, authorities may impose random animal testing.”

This means that Caudalie confirms their products are indeed sold in mainland China where animal testing is mandatory and unavoidable for most imported cosmetics.

Therefore, Caudalie was required to submit and register their products to be tested on animals in China before they could sell in their country.

Caudalie has always sold its products in China with the full understanding and knowledge that its products had to be tested on animals. Don’t believe me? See below a screenshot I took from Caudalie’s company website in 2018 stating,

We do not deny that our products are actually sold in China. Sadly, nowadays no cosmetic brand exporting to China can obtain any certificate from Chinese authorities that guarantees no animal testing.”

I also reached out to Caudalie in 2018 to inquire about their animal testing policy and was provided with the following statement:

“Caudalie is against animal testing. Therefore, we have never tested and will never test any ingredient or product on animals.

Since it was founded in 1995 Caudalie has always observed the founding principles of its « Cosm’ethics », which include respecting the skin and protection of the environment and the animals, while at the same time offering effective formulas.

It is indeed true that we sell our products in China. Unfortunately, no cosmetic brand selling its products in China can obtain a certificate from the Chinese authorities guaranteeing that tests have not been performed on animals in China by the Chinese government.”

Because of Caudalie’s decision to sell its products in-stores in mainland China, they must consent and pay the Chinese government to test their products on animals. That’s why most cosmetics brands selling in mainland China retail stores cannot be considered cruelty-free.

Although Caudalie may not be conducting these animal tests themselves, they are knowingly allowing Chinese authorities to test their products on animals in order to sell in China.

Many truly cruelty-free brands have chosen not to sell their products in China because of the country’s animal testing laws. Unfortunately, Caudalie refuses to do the same and has decided to put profits before the welfare of animals.

Summary: Caudalie is NOT Cruelty-Free!

By choosing to sell in mainland China, Caudalie must have their products tested on animals. Therefore I would not consider Caudalie to be a cruelty-free brand.

Caudalie is on our List of Brands to Avoid – Animal Tested.

Is Caudalie Vegan?

Since we would not consider Caudalie to be cruelty-free as their products are tested on animals when required by law, we also wouldn’t consider anything sold or manufactured by Caudalie to be vegan.

Because Caudalie products and ingredients are tested on animals, when required by law, Caudalie is not considered to be vegan by our standards.

Since there is no standard or legal definition for the “vegan” label for cosmetics, Caudalie can claim that most of their products are “vegan” and do not contain any animal-derived ingredients. This is misleading because Caudalie is not even cruelty-free as they do test on animals when required by law and therefore, they shouldn’t be classifying their products as being vegan.

This is another example of a brand claiming their products are “vegan” when they’re not actually cruelty-free.

There is a difference between cosmetics labeled as “cruelty-free” and “vegan” which you can find more information and a thorough explanation about the difference in this post.

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:


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6 thoughts on “Caudalie”

  1. By PETAs standards, the brand would not be considered cruelty free, however the brand itself is cruelty free. By legally being allowed to state on their boxes ‘DO NOT TEST ON ANIMALS’ this makes them cruelty free. There are many forms of what defines cruelty free and you are misleading in this post.

    1. Actually, the FDA warns the general public to be aware of products that claim to be “cruelty-free” and “not tested on animals” because the FDA does NOT regulate or have a LEGAL definition for products that claim to be “cruelty-free” and “not tested on animals”

      Here’s a snippet of what’s on the FDA’s website:

      “Consumers sometimes ask about use of claims such as “Cruelty-Free” or “Not Tested on Animals” on cosmetic labeling.

      Some cosmetic companies promote their products with claims of this kind in their labeling or advertising. The unrestricted use of these phrases by cosmetic companies is possible because there are no legal definitions for these terms.”

      Source: https://www.fda.gov/cosmetics/labeling/claims/ucm2005202.htm

      So, Caudalie can legally label and call their products “CRUELTY-FREE” or “NOT TESTED ON ANIMALS” or “WE DON’T TEST OUR PRODUCTS ON ANIMALS” or any other “forms” you’re referring to that is suggesting a brand to be cruelty-free… but the FDA has no jurisdiction or legal obligation to say who can and cannot use “NOT TESTED ON ANIMALS” on their packaging.

      I’m stating the facts in this post. Caudalie has admitted their products ARE sold in mainland China and even Caudalie themselves, are stating the fact that, “no cosmetic brand selling its products in China can obtain a certificate from the Chinese authorities guaranteeing that tests have not been performed on animals in China by the Chinese government.“

      If, after reading my post and knowing these facts, you still wish to call Caudalie “cruelty-free” under your own definitions, then that’s totally fine. You can define “cruelty-free” however YOU like but to our standards, Caudalie cannot be considered cruelty-free.

      EDITED: Typo

  2. Brands should stop selling to China. They can survive without selling to a country that animal testing is mandatory by the low.

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