SkinCeuticals (L’Oreal)

Last Updated: June 2, 2022

Is SkinCeuticals (L’Oreal) Cruelty-Free and Vegan?

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Ethical Analysis

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

SkinCeuticals is also owned by L’Oreal, a parent corporation that does engage in animal testing.
Yes, SkinCeuticals sells its products in stores in mainland China under conditions where animal testing is still legally required.
SkinCeuticals claims to offer some “vegan” options that are free of animal-derived ingredients, but because SkinCeuticals engages in animal testing, we wouldn’t classify anything sold or produced by SkinCeuticals to be vegan.

SkinCeuticals (L’Oreal)

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SkinCeuticals is NOT Cruelty-Free!

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

In addition, SkinCeuticals is owned by L’Oreal, a parent corporation that isn’t cruelty-free.

SkinCeuticals’ Animal Testing Policy

On SkinCeuticals’ website, they claim they do not test any of their products or ingredients on animals except if regulatory authorities required it.

See below for a screenshot of what’s currently stated on SkinCeuticals’ website:

Policies stating, “the only possible exception is if regulatory authorities required it” 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 SkinCeuticals Sold in China?

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

Below is a screenshot of SkinCeuticals’ 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 SkinCeuticals 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 SkinCeuticals & L’Oreal)) are still required by law to be tested on animals in 2022.

Because SkinCeuticals 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 SkinCeuticals 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 SkinCeuticals 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, SkinCeuticals 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 SkinCeuticals already does not meet the last two, we cannot classify the brand as being cruelty-free.

Complete Cruelty-Free Checklist

Is SkinCeuticals Certified Cruelty-Free?

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

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

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

Yes. SkinCeuticals 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, SkinCeuticals is NOT cruelty-free and neither is its parent corporation, L’Oreal.

Is SkinCeuticals Cruelty-Free?

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

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

Is SkinCeuticals Vegan?

SkinCeuticals does not claim or market itself to offer any vegan-friendly options. And since SkinCeuticals engages in animal testing, we wouldn’t consider anything sold or produced by SkinCeuticals 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 SkinCeuticals

Looking to switch to cruelty-free skincare? Here are some cruelty-free brands to check out:

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