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Weleda is Cruelty-Free
Weleda has confirmed they do not test their products or ingredients on animals or ask others to test on their behalf. Their suppliers also do not test on animals, nor do they allow their products to be tested on animals when required by law.
By our standards, we would consider Weleda to be Cruelty-Free.
Below is a screenshot of Weleda’s official animal testing statement:
What About China’s Animal Testing Laws?
As of May 1, 2021, some imported ordinary cosmetics can be exempt from animal testing under certain conditions. However, for the most part, animal testing is still legally required for most imported cosmetics in 2021.
Weleda states they only sell their toothpaste and soap bars in China. But toothpaste and soap bars are not defined as “cosmetics” in China and therefore Weleda is not required to test on animals.
Weleda explains its position on selling its toothpastes and soaps in China on their UK website, stating:
I also asked them about post-market animal testing which is where Chinese officials will pull a beauty product off store shelves and test it on animals. This is often done without the company’s knowledge or consent. Weleda kindly responding by saying,
“First of all, there is no reason to believe that our soaps and dental care products would be subject to after-market testing in shops, since they are in no way classified as products (such as cosmetics) for which animal testing is seen as necessary by the Chinese authorities. We know that these products are not subject to testing based on our local contacts, and this has also been confirmed to us by a representative of Humane Society International working in China, as well as the Institute for In Vitro Sciences, which collaborates with PETA. We follow regulatory developments in China closely, and we react immediately to any developments. If the current situation should change, any affected products would immediately be withdrawn from the Mainland Chinese market.Our presence in China has always been small, but we do think that it is worth being there if it means that we can spread awareness of the benefits of natural cosmetics, and meet the needs of Chinese consumers for this type of product. We would not be selling any product in China if we had reason to believe that animals would be hurt because of this.”
Note that 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, and by any third parties.
Also, note that Cruelty-Free and Vegan don’t always mean the same thing.
Weleda is Not 100% Vegan
‘Vegan’ in cosmetics can refer to an entire brand that is 100% Vegan or a specific product is vegan.
In the case of Weleda, not all of their products are vegan. But they have some products that are suitable for vegans.
How to know which of Weleda products are vegan?
All of Weleda’s vegan products are clearly marked on their website.
The following is a screenshot of what’s currently stated on Weleda’s official website about its vegan products:
Weleda Vegan Product List
The following Weleda products are suitable for vegans and do not contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products.
Face Creams & Oils
- Awakening Day Cream – Pomegranate
- Awakening Eye Cream – Pomegranate
- Awakening Night Cream – Pomegranate
- Awakening Serum – Pomegranate
- Sensitive Care Calming Oil – Almond
- Skin Revitalizing Day Cream – Evening Primrose
- Citrus Hydrating Body Lotion
- Evening Primrose Age Revitalizing Body Lotion
- Replenishing Hand Cream – Pomegranate
- Sea Buckthorn Replenishing Body Lotion
- Wild Rose Pampering Body Lotion
- Awakening Body & Beauty Oil – Pomegranate
- Cellulite Body Oil – Birch
- Hydrating Body & Beauty Oil – Sea Buckthorn
- Muscle Massage Oil – Arnica
- Refreshing Body & Beauty Oil – Citrus
- Relaxing Body & Beauty Oil – Lavender
- Revitalizing Body & Beauty Oil – Evening Primrose
- Almond Soothing Body Wash
- Arnica Sports Shower Gel
- Citrus Creamy Body Wash
- Evening Primrose Revitalizing Body Wash
- Lavender Creamy Body Wash
- Men Active Shower Gel
- Pomegranate Creamy Body Wash
- Sea Buckthorn Creamy Body Wash
- Wild Rose Creamy Body Wash
- Citrus 24H Deodorant
- Citrus 24h Roll-On Deodorant
- Men 24h Roll-On Deodorant
- Pomegranate 24h Roll-On Deodorant
- Sage 12H Deodorant
- Wild Rose 24H Deodorant
Baby & Mommy Care
- 2in1 Gentle Shampoo + Body Wash – Calendula
- Calendula Soap
- Baby Tummy Oil
- Comforting Baby Oil – Calendula
- Comforting Cream Bath – Calendula
- Stretch Mark Massage Oil
- Millet Nourishing Shampoo
- Oat Replenishing Conditioner
- Oat Replenishing Shampoo
- Oat Replenishing Treatment
- Rosemary Conditioning Hair Oil
- Wheat Balancing Shampoo
Not Vegan – Weleda
The following products from Weleda are not vegan as they contain beeswax, lanolin, milk, or some other animal-derived ingredient:
- After Shave Balm – not vegan
- Age Revitalizing Concentrate – not vegan
- Age Revitalizing Eye and Lip Cream – not vegan
- Age Revitalizing Night Cream – not vegan
- Baby Tummy Oil – not vegan
- Birch Body Scrub – not vegan
- Calendula Body Cream – not vegan
- Calendula Body Lotion – not vegan
- Calendula Cream Bath – not vegan
- Calendula Face Cream – not vegan
- Cold Cream – not vegan
- Diaper Care Cream with Calendula – not vegan
- Evening Primrose Age Revitalizing Hand Cream – not vegan
- Everon Lip Balm – not vegan
- Foot Cream – not vegan
- Hydrating Day Cream – not vegan
- Hydrating Facial Lotion – not vegan
- Hydrating Night Cream – not vegan
- Moisture Cream for Men – not vegan
- Nail Care Pen – not vegan
- One Step Cleanser & Toner – not vegan
- Renewing Eye Cream – not vegan
- Renewing Facial Lotion – not vegan
- Renewing Night Cream – not vegan
- Rose Soap – not vegan
- Salt Toothpaste – not vegan
- Sea Buckthorn Hand Cream – not vegan
- Sensitive Skin Cleansing Lotion – not vegan
- Sensitive Skin Facial Cream – not vegan
- Sensitive Skin Facial Lotion – not vegan
- Shaving Cream – not vegan
- Skin Food – not vegan
- White Mallow Body Lotion – not vegan
- White Mallow Diaper Care Cream – not vegan
- White Mallow Face Cream – not vegan
- Wild Rose Oil – not vegan
Similar to ‘Cruelty-Free,’ there is no standard or legal definition for the label ‘Vegan.’ But it’s usually used in the context to describe something that doesn’t contain any animal-derived ingredients or animal by-products.
Some common animal products used 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 it’s sometimes 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’ve chosen to use were from non-animal sources.