Dermalogica (Unilever)

Last Updated: December 7, 2023

How Ethical Is Dermalogica (Unilever)?

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Ethical Analysis

Is Dermalogica cruelty-free, vegan, or sustainable? We’ve got the answers here! Read below for more details on Dermalogica’s policies.
Dermalogica is cruelty-free, but Dermalogica is owned by Unilever, a parent company that is NOT cruelty-free.
All of Dermalogica’s products are 100% vegan and don’t contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products.
Dermalogica claims 90% of their packaging is recyclable and going forward, all paper and cartons will be FSC-certified.
Dermalogica claims by the end of 2020, 90% of their packaging will be recyclable or biodegradable, and some of which are made of post-consumer resin.

About Dermalogica (Unilever)

Dermalogica specializes in targeting breakouts, blackheads, and shine to help you achieve your healthiest skin.
PRODUCTS: Skincare, Bath & Body Care, Sun Care
CERTIFICATIONS: Leaping Bunny, PETA-Certified

Dermalogica (Unilever)

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Is Dermalogica Cruelty-Free?

🐰 Dermalogica is a *cruelty-free brand. None of Dermalogica’s ingredients or products are tested on animals. Dermalogica has met all the criteria in our Cruelty-Free Checklist and is included in our Cruelty-Free Directory.

Does Dermalogica Test on Animals?

When asking, does Dermalogica test on animals? We must look beyond to ensure none of Dermalogica’s ingredients or suppliers test on animals. And they don’t sell in any country or under conditions that may require animal testing by law.

In our research, we discovered the following:

  • ✓ Dermalogica confirmed they do not test their products or ingredients on animals or ask others to test on their behalf.
  • ✓ Dermalogica confirmed all their ingredient suppliers do not test on animals
  • ✓ Dermalogica confirmed they do not allow or sell their products under conditions where animal testing is required by law

By meeting all of our Cruelty-Free Criteria, Dermalogica is a *cruelty-free brand by our standards.

*Dermalogica is owned by Unilever, a corporation that is NOT cruelty-free because they allow some of their other brands to test on animals.

The decision is yours whether you want to support or boycott cruelty-free brands owned by a parent company that is not cruelty-free. There is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ answer to this. Do what you’re comfortable with. I just thought it was important to disclose that Unilever owns Dermalogica.

What About China’s Animal Testing Laws?

Dermalogica has confirmed they do not sell their products in retail stores in mainland China; therefore, they are not required to test on animals.

With the current changes to China’s animal testing laws, some cosmetics sold in China can be exempt from animal testing under certain conditions. However, without meeting those conditions, animal testing is still legally required for most cosmetics sold in China in 2024.

Is Dermalogica Certified Cruelty-Free?

Dermalogica is certified cruelty-free by Leaping Bunny and PETA.

Cruelty-Free Policies 2024

Just because a brand claims it is ‘Cruelty-Free,’ doesn’t always mean that’s the case.

That’s because there is no legal definition for the label ‘Cruelty-Free.’ It can mean different things to different people. But Cruelty-Free is generally used to imply no animal testing. More specifically, the ingredients, formulation, or finished product are not tested on animals at any stage of product development.

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, or any third parties.

How We Assess Cruelty-Free Policies

Since 2015, the start of my blog, I’ve been emailing companies asking about their animal testing policies and cruelty-free commitments.

And based on the responses I receive from companies, I’ll research to find any supporting facts needed before concluding whether the brand should be classified as “Cruelty-Free,” “Animal-Tested,” or “Grey Area – Unclear Policies.”

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What about Vegan?

Just because something is called Cruelty-Free, doesn’t always mean it’s Vegan. And vice versa.

Cruelty-Free only refers to no animal testing, while Vegan means formulated without animal products.

Some brands are Cruelty-Free, but not Vegan.

And some are Vegan, but not Cruelty-Free.

Another important distinction to know is, Vegan in cosmetics can refer to an entire brand is 100% Vegan or a specific product is Vegan.

Is Dermalogica Vegan?

⭐️ Dermalogica is a 100% vegan brand. All their products are vegan, and are formulated without any animal-derived ingredients or by-products.

Where to buy Dermalogica? Check out and Sephora!

Vegan Policies

Similar to ‘Cruelty-Free,’ there is no standard or legal definition for the label ‘Vegan.’ But Vegan is generally used to mean formulated without animal-derived ingredients or animal by-products.

Some common animal products in cosmetics include carmine, lanolin, snail mucus, beeswax, honey, pearl or silk-derived ingredients, animal-based glycerin, keratin, and squalene.

There are plant-based and synthetic alternatives to animal-derived ingredients. But unless a brand explicitly labels its ingredients or product as Vegan, it’s often difficult to know with certainty whether a product is vegan just by reading the ingredient list.

So it’s best to ask the company and manufacturers to ensure the ingredients they chose were from non-animal sources.

Where are Dermalogica’s products made?

I asked Dermalogica where their products are manufactured and they told me:

“They are manufactured in the United States in California.”

I hope this article helped you to understand Dermalogica’s cruelty-free and vegan status and by choosing cruelty-free together, we can help end animal testing for cosmetics once and for all!

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0 thoughts on “Dermalogica (Unilever)”

  1. Not tested on animals, really? You state you don’t then you mention you do test on animals where required. This is hypocrisy, sorry, but I will not use or sell your products. BIG disappointment. What away to trick your clients. As an skin specialist I am very disappointed. Don’t say crulty free, it is.
    Thank you

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