Is Murad Cruelty-Free and Vegan?

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Is Murad Cruelty-Free and Vegan?

Murad is known as a dermatologist-developed skincare brand with science-backed professional products for acne, anti-aging, and other skin treatments but is Murad cruelty-free and vegan?

Is Murad Cruelty-Free?

Murad is Cruelty-free! None of Murad’s ingredients, formulations, or finished products are tested on animals, anywhere in the world.

However, it should be noted that Murad is owned by Unilever, a parent corporation that does test on animals when required by law.

Murad has confirmed they do not test their products or ingredients on animals, they do not allow others to test on their behalf, their suppliers also do not test on animals, and their products are not sold in stores in mainland China or any other country that may require animal testing by law.

Murad’s Animal Testing Policy

On Murad’s website, they state that “Murad never tests any products on animals & uses only ingredients that have not been animal tested. We only test on humans. We do sell our products in Hong Kong but not mainland China so we are not required to test on animals.”

Below is what’s currently stated on Murad’s website:

Read Also: Guide to Understanding China’s Animal Testing Laws

Is Murad Sold in China?

As explained in Murad’s animal testing statement, their products are only sold in Hong Kong and not in mainland China.

Hong Kong does not follow the same animal testing laws as mainland China, so just as long as Murad is selling only in Hong Kong and not in mainland China, they are not required to test on animals.

Murad Acquired by Unilever

In 2015, Murad was acquired by Unilever, a corporation that does test on animals when required by law.

Although Murad is owned by Unilever, the brand has remained committed to being a cruelty-free brand.

See Also: Is Unilever Cruelty-Free? And Which Brands Does Unilever Own?

Murad is included on our List of Cruelty-Free Brands.

You can find Murad’s cruelty-free products at murad.com, Sephora, Amazon, and Nordstrom.

Is Murad Vegan?

Not all of Murad’s products are vegan as some of their products contain beeswax, honey, marine-derived components, or other animal-derived ingredients or by-products. However, Murad does have some vegan options.

Please reference below for a list of Murad vegan products.

Which of Murad Products is Vegan?

Below is a list of Murad products that are suitable for vegans and do not contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products.

You can also find out which of their products are vegan as they’re labeled accordingly on their website as “formulated without animal-derived ingredients.”

Cleansers & Toners – Murad Vegan

Serums & Treamtents – Murad Vegan

Moisturizers – Murad Vegan

Eyes – Murad Vegan

Masks & Peels – Murad Vegan


This vegan product list is updated as frequently as possible, please be aware that formulations may have changed since the publication of this post. If you have new information to suggest one of the above products isn’t vegan, please email me at info@ethicalelephant.com to let me know.


Is Murad Ethical?

Based in: US

Products manufactured in: the US and France.

Murad explains, “the vast majority of our products are produced within the U.S. We have another manufacturer on France for europe and asia distribution.”

Eco-Friendly Packaging Initiatives: Murad claims they no longer use Styrofoam and have switched to using completely biodegradable, corn-based peanuts in their packages and they use the smallest possible shipping box for each shipment.

“In addition, we’ve moved to sustainable solutions for our direct mailers (“cradle to cradle” certified); our plastic trays have been changed from PVC to PET, we recycle corrugate containers at our warehouse, and we print all packaging on FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified stock.”

Giving Back Initiatives: For every purchased from their limited edition Hydration Collection, Murad donated up to 20,000 SPF products and $40,000 donation to City of Hope, a world leader in the research and treatment of cancer, diabetes, and other serious diseases.

Just recently, Murad donated 15% percent of all sales from their website to No Kid Hungry to help feed kids affected by school closures due to COVID-19.

Ingredients and Formulations Claims: Some of Murad products claim to be Paraben-Free and Gluten-Free but not all. Check their website’s product description to view each product’s claims.


I hope this article helped you to understand Murad’s cruelty-free and vegan status and you discovered another cruelty-free brand to support because together, we can help end animal testing for cosmetics once and for all!

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1 Comment
  • The Pain Behind the Beauty
    October 8, 2018

    Hi Vicky, we’ve been following your posts for a while now and we really appreciate the amount of research and effort you put into these types of informative blog posts! It makes it really easy for us conscious consumers to stay updated, which is so necessary these days when brands can change their Animal Testing Policies without telling us.

“Make ethical choices in what we buy, do, and watch. In a consumer-driven society our individual choices, used collectively for the good of animals and nature, can change the world faster than laws.”― Marc Bekoff

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