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La Roche-Posay is NOT Cruelty-Free!
La Roche-Posay allows its products or ingredients to be tested on animals when required by law including when selling in stores in mainland China.
In addition, La Roche-Posay is owned by L’Oreal, a parent company that is also not cruelty-free.
La Roche-Posay’s Animal Testing Statement
On La Roche-Posay’s website, they claim they don’t test on animals but they make an exception if regulatory authorities required it. And they also provide a link to their parent company, L’Oreal’s, animal testing policy.
See below for a screenshot of what’s currently stated on La Roche-Posay’s website:
Policies stating, “unless required by law,” 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 La Roche-Posay Sold in China?
In my research, I discovered that La Roche-Posay products are indeed sold in stores in mainland China.
Below is a screenshot of La Roche-Posay’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 La Roche-Posay 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 La Roche-Posay) are still required by law to be tested on animals in 2022.
Because La Roche-Posay 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 La Roche-Posay 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 La Roche-Posay to be cruelty-free by our standards.
Many truly cruelty-free brands have chosen not to sell their products in China because of its animal testing laws. Unfortunately, La Roche-Posay 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 La Roche-Posay already does not meet the last two, we cannot classify the brand as being cruelty-free.
Is La Roche-Posay Certified Cruelty-Free?
La Roche-Posay is not certified cruelty-free by any third-party cruelty-free certifications like Leaping Bunny or PETA.
Because La Roche-Posay is not certified cruelty-free by a third party, no one is looking into or substantiating La Roche-Posay’s cruelty-free commitments and claims.
Is La Roche-Posay Owned By A Non-Cruelty-Free Parent Company?
Yes. La Roche-Posay is owned by L’Oreal, 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 go cruelty-free eventually.
But in this case, La Roche-Posay is NOT cruelty-free and neither is its parent corporation, L’Oreal.
Is La Roche-Posay Cruelty-Free?
To sum up, by choosing to sell in mainland China, La Roche-Posay must have its products tested on animals. Therefore, we would NOT consider La Roche-Posay to be a cruelty-free brand.
Currently, La Roche-Posay is on our List of Brands to Avoid – Animal Tested.
Is La Roche-Posay Vegan?
La Roche-Posay does not claim or market itself to offer any vegan-friendly options. And since La Roche-Posay engages in animal testing, we wouldn’t consider anything sold or produced by La Roche-Posay to be vegan anyways.
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.
Cruelty-Free Alternatives to La Roche-Posay
Looking to switch to cruelty-free products? Here are some cruelty-free brands to check out: