Cetaphil (Galderma)

Last Updated: June 8, 2022

Is Cetaphil (Galderma) Cruelty-Free and Vegan?

Cetaphil is a skincare brand specializing in products for sensitive, dry, and/or acne-prone skin but is Cetaphil cruelty-free or vegan in 2022?

Ethical Analysis

Is Cetaphil cruelty-free or vegan? We’ve got the answers here! Read below for more details on Cetaphil’s policies.
Cetaphil is NOT Cruelty-Free. Cetaphil engages in animal testing by allowing its products to be animal-tested.

Cetaphil is also owned by Galderma, a parent corporation that does engage in animal testing.
Yes, Cetaphil sells its products in stores in mainland China under conditions where animal testing is still legally required.
Cetaphil claims to offer some products made without animal-derived ingredients, but because Cetaphil engages in animal testing, we wouldn’t classify anything sold or produced by Cetaphil to be vegan.

Cetaphil (Galderma)

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Cetaphil is NOT Cruelty-Free!

Cetaphil allows its products or ingredients to be tested on animals when required by law including when selling in stores in mainland China.

In addition, Cetaphil is owned by Galderma, a pharmaceutical company (owned by L’Oreal and Nestle) that does test on animals.

Cetaphil’s Animal Testing Policy

On Cetaphil’s website, they claim their parent company, Galderma does not test Cetaphil products or ingredients on animals, however, “some health authorities may conduct animal testing for certain cosmetic products prior to approval for sale on the market, as is the case in China.”

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

Cetaphil Cruelty-Free Claims

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 Cetaphil Sold in China?

In my research, I discovered that Cetaphil products are indeed sold in stores in mainland China.

Below is a screenshot of Cetaphil’s Chinese website:

Cetaphil Sold in China - Cannot Be Cruelty-Free
Cetaphil’s Chinese Website

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 Cetaphil 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 Cetaphil & Galderma) are still required by law to be tested on animals in 2022.

Because Cetaphil 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 Cetaphil 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 Cetaphil to be cruelty-free by our standards.

Cruelty-Free Policies

Many truly cruelty-free brands have chosen not to sell their products in China because of its animal testing laws. Unfortunately, Cetaphil 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 Cetaphil already does not meet the last two, we cannot classify the brand as being cruelty-free.

Complete Cruelty-Free Checklist

Is Cetaphil Certified Cruelty-Free?

Cetaphil is not certified cruelty-free by any third-party cruelty-free certifications like Leaping Bunny or PETA.

Because Cetaphil is not certified cruelty-free by a third party, no one is looking into or substantiating Cetaphil’s cruelty-free commitments and claims.

Is Cetaphil Owned By A Non-Cruelty-Free Parent Company?

Yes. Cetaphil is owned by Galderma, a parent corporation that still engages in animal testing in 2022.

Some cruelty-free consumers may choose to purchase and support cruelty-free brands owned by animal-tested parent corporations as they hope it will convince the parent company to become cruelty-free.

But in this case, Cetaphil is NOT cruelty-free and neither is its parent corporation, Galderma.

Is Cetaphil Cruelty-Free?

To sum up, by choosing to sell in mainland China, Cetaphil must have its products tested on animals. Therefore, we would NOT consider Cetaphil to be a cruelty-free brand.

Currently, Cetaphil is on our List of Brands to Avoid – Animal Tested.

Is Cetaphil Vegan?

Cetaphil claims most of its products are free from animal-derived ingredients but since we do not consider Cetaphil 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 Cetaphil to be vegan.

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.

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

Cruelty-Free Alternatives to Cetaphil:

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

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