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So-called “Cruelty-free” products have become increasingly popular in the last couple of years, but let’s take a step back and ask, what exactly does it mean when cosmetics, personal care, and household cleaning products are labeled as “cruelty-free”?
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Products that are labeled as “Cruelty-Free” generally means they weren’t tested on animals, however, there is no standard or legal definition as to what is and isn’t allowed to be labeled as “cruelty-free”. So companies can call themselves and their products “cruelty-free” and it can mean whatever THEY want.
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Misleading? — Yes.
Illegal? — No.
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The FDA, responsible for regulating cosmetics labeling in the US, states on its 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.”
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Unrestricted Use. No Legal Definition. — “Cruelty-Free” is now being used as a buzzword by marketers wanting to cash in on the trend.
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But not ALL cruelty-free companies are liars and imposters. Some brands are genuinely committed to not testing their finished products and ingredients on animals, anywhere in the world.
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But HOW do we know which cosmetic brands are telling the truth and are truly cruelty-free in 2020?
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❶ Ask brands if their products or ingredients are tested on animals either by the company, their ingredient suppliers or commissioned to a third party and if they allow animal testing when required by law.
❷ Look for @leapingbunnyprogram brands --the most trusted cruelty-free certification program available!
❸ Check @ethicalelephant’s Cruelty-Free Brand Directory List where we have verified each and every brand's cruelty-free status before we list them (link in bio!)
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 Together, we can end animal testing for cosmetics once and for all!
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Is Cetaphil Cruelty-Free in 2019? | Does Cetaphil Test on Animals?

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Cetaphil is a skincare brand specializing in products for sensitive, dry and/or acne-prone skin but is Cetaphil cruelty-free in 2019?

Is Cetaphil Cruelty-Free?

Cetaphil is not cruelty-free in 2019; Cetaphil products are tested on animals when required by law and Cetaphil products are also sold in China where animal testing is mandatory for all imported cosmetics.

It should be noted that Cetaphil is owned by Galderma, a pharmaceutical company (owned by L’Oreal and Nestle) and are required by law to test on animals in 2019.

Cetaphil Animal Testing Policy (2019)

Cetaphil’s website states, “Cetaphil does not test any of its products on animals.”

And on Cetaphil’s Canadian website, it states “In Canada, Cetaphil products are not tested on animals.”

However, this is not enough information for us to classify Cetaphil to be cruelty-free. Cetaphil products may not be tested on animals, but what about their ingredients? Cetaphil may not be testing their products on animals, but are they asking others to test on their behalf? And finally, Cetaphil products may not be tested on animals in Canada, but are Cetaphil products tested on animals elsewhere in the world?

Below is a screenshot of what is currently stated on Cetaphil’s US and Canada’s website:

Cetaphil Cruelty-Free Claims in 2019
Cetaphil Cruelty-Free Claims in 2019

It should be noted that Cetaphil is owned by Galderma, a pharmaceutical company where all pharmaceutical products are required by law and regulations to be tested on animals. Galderma is not a cruelty-free corporation.

In addition, when I tried asking Cetaphil if their ingredients are tested on animals, if they ask others to test on their behalf, and if their products are tested on animals anywhere in the world? Cetaphil had no response.

Is Cetaphil Sold in China?

I did some research and discovered that Cetaphil products are sold in China, where all imported cosmetics are required by law to be tested on animals.

Below is a screenshot taken from Cetaphil’s China website:

Cetaphil products sold in China, required by law to test on animals
Cetaphil’s Chinese Website

Because of Cetaphil’s decision to sell its products in China, they must consent and pay the Chinese government to test their products on animals before Cetaphil is allowed to sell in their country.

Therefore we would not consider Cetaphil to be cruelty-free in 2019.

Is Cetaphil Vegan?

Cetaphil claims some of their products are vegan in which they don’t contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products. However, since we do not consider Cetaphil to be cruelty-free as their products are tested on animals when required by law, we would also not consider anything produced or manufactured by Cetaphil to be vegan.

In order for products to be vegan by ethical elephant’s standards, the finished products and ingredients must not be tested on animals and do not contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products.

Below is a screenshot of what is currently stated on Cetaphil’s website about their vegan status:

Cetaphil claims to be vegan but they're not cruelty-free
Cetaphil claims to be vegan but they’re not cruelty-free

Unfortunately, because Cetaphil is not cruelty-free, we also would not consider Cetaphil products to be vegan.

Cruelty-Free Alternatives

Looking for cruelty-free alternatives to Cetaphil? We recommend the following cruelty-free skincare brands:

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