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Yves Rocher is a French botanical-based skincare and beauty brand but is Yves Rocher cruelty-free and vegan in 2021? We’ve got the answers here!
Is Yves Rocher Cruelty-Free?
Yves Rocher is NOT Cruelty-free. Yves Rocher sells its products in stores in mainland China where animal testing is mandatory for most imported cosmetics. As a result, Yves Rocher pays and allows its products to be tested on animals when required by law.
Yves Rocher Animal Testing Policy
Yves Rocher states on its website that they have decided to stop testing on animals since 1989. However, this is not enough information for us to classify any brand as being cruelty-free to our standards.
Below is a screenshot of what’s currently stated on Yves Rocher’s website:
So I emailed the brand asking if any of its products or ingredients are tested on animals. Either by the company itself, commissioned to a third party to test on its behalf, or by any of its suppliers. And I also asked Yves Rocher if they sell in any country that requires animal testing. They responded saying,
“Your request for information on our position regarding testing cosmetic products on animals is extremely important to us.
The brand made an early commitment to the fight against animal testing well before regulation banned it in 2004. In fact, in 1989, Yves Rocher opted, in a pioneering move within the cosmetics industry, to halt animal testing for its finished products, and to replace it with alternative methods, which earned us, in 1992, the Gold Medal of the SPA (Society for the Protection of Animals in France).
In keeping with our commitment, we also confirm that:
– We do not test and never promote animal testing, either of our finished products or of the ingredients that they contain. Likewise, we have banned the acquisition of raw materials from suppliers when they have been tested on animals for exclusively cosmetic purposes.
– Our internal charter on the ingredients of our products is very strict. We reject any animal raw material (with the exception of beeswax, which is a secretion). For example, we ban the use of a pigment commonly used in the cosmetics industry for eyeshadow, cochineal carmine (a small insect that produces carminic acid to protect itself from its predators, from which a red colored dye, carmine, is issued).
– Finally, we encourage the development of research programs on alternative methods to animal testing in order to promote and popularize them. For example, our work focuses on new in vitro allergy assessment models for natural ingredients.
By pioneering in this process, Yves Rocher has brought with it numerous economic actors.
Beyond the scope of its products, Yves Rocher pays special attention to the animal kingdom in each of his actions. For example, in addition to being the first cosmetic brand to obtain triple Quality, Safety and Environment certification (ISO 9001, SAS 18001, ISO 14001) for its production sites in La Gacilly (in Brittany/France), they also serve as refuges certified by the Bird Protection League (LPO), French representative of the Bird Life International network.
As an international brand, Yves Rocher distributes some of its products in China with a partner. Chinese authorities may decide, completely unilaterally, to test cosmetic products themselves, regardless of the brand, prior to distribution in their territory. On this point, China is the sole decision maker. Rather than to distract us from the problem, we take advantage of our contacts with the highest Chinese authorities concerned to convince them that alternative methods are reliable, which are now proving to be true. Many customers’ and organisations’ mobilizations are currently happening in order to improve these practices. Recently, the National Institute for Surveillance of Food and Drugs indicated that the search of alternative tests on animals were a priority. This sign of opening is very encouraging.”
There’s a lot of information in Yves Rocher’s animal testing policy. But the part I want to focus on is the section I highlighted above where Yves Rocher mentions distributing its products in China.
Because most imported cosmetics sold in stores in mainland China are required by law to be tested on animals.
Is Yves Rocher Sold in China?
Yves Rocher admits in their policy that they are selling in China. And, as a result, “Chinese authorities may decide, completely unilaterally, to test cosmetic products themselves, regardless of the brand, prior to distribution in their territory.”
Because of Yves Rocher’s decision to import and sell in mainland China stores, they must consent and pay to have their products tested on animals. That’s why most cosmetic brands selling in mainland China cannot be considered cruelty-free in 2021.
Although Yves Rocher may not be conducting these animal tests themselves, they are knowingly allowing Chinese authorities to test their products on animals in order for them to sell in China.
Many truly cruelty-free brands have chosen not to sell their products in China because of the country’s animal testing laws. Unfortunately, Yves Rocher refuses to do the same and has decided to put profits before the welfare of animals.
Summary: Yves Rocher is NOT Cruelty-Free!
To sum up, by choosing to sell in mainland China, Yves Rocher must have their products tested on animals. Therefore I would not consider Yves Rocher to be a cruelty-free brand.
Currently, Yves Rocher is on our List of Brands to Avoid – Animal Tested.
Is Yves Rocher Vegan?
Since we would not consider Yves Rocher 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 Yves Rocher to be vegan.
Below is a screenshot of what’s currently stated on Yves Rocher’s website about its vegan products. But beware, Yves Rocher is not a cruelty-free brand!
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, and also must not contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products.
Cruelty-Free Alternatives to Yves Rocher
Looking to switch to cruelty-free brands? Here are some cruelty-free and vegan-friendly options that we would recommend:
- 100% Pure – some vegan options
- Juice Beauty – some vegan options
- Weleda – some vegan options
- Herbivore – 100% Vegan
- Odacité Skincare – some vegan options, check labels