Cetaphil

Last Updated: May 19, 2021

Is Cetaphil 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 2021?

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.
Yes, Cetaphil sells its products in stores in mainland China under conditions where animal testing is still legally required.
Since Cetaphil’s products are animal-tested, we wouldn’t consider anything sold or produced by Cetaphil to be vegan.

Cetaphil

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Is Cetaphil Cruelty-Free?

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

Is Cetaphil Cruelty-Free?

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

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

Cetaphil Animal Testing Policy

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

However, this is hardly 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 or allowing others to test on their behalf? Additionally, are any of Cetaphil’s suppliers testing on animals? Are they selling any of their products in countries that may require animal testing?

These are all of points we consider when verifying a brand’s cruelty-free status and Cetaphil’s underwhelming animal testing statement is incomplete.

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

Cetaphil Cruelty-Free Claims
Cetaphil Cruelty-Free Claims

So I emailed the brand asking if any of their ingredients or formulations are tested on animals by the company itself or commissioned to a third party to test on their behalf, or by any of their suppliers. They never responded.

It should also be noted that Cetaphil is owned by Galderma, a pharmaceutical company. All pharmaceutical products are required by law to test on animals. Therefore, Galderma is not a cruelty-free corporation.

Is Cetaphil Sold in China?

Since Cetaphil never responded to any of my inquiries. I did some further research and discovered that Cetaphil products are sold in China, where most imported cosmetics are required by law to be tested on animals.

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

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

Since Cetaphil products are clearly being sold in mainland China, the brand must allow and consent Chinese officials to test their products on animals before they can sell within their country.

Many truly cruelty-free brands have chosen not to sell their products in China because of the country’s animal testing laws. Unfortunately, it looks like Cetaphil refuses to do the same and has decided to put profits before the welfare of animals. ~ No wonder they didn’t want to respond back to me.

Summary: Cetaphil is NOT Cruelty-Free!

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

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

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:

Is Cetaphil Vegan?
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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