Caudalie is NOT cruelty-free.
This means that this brand tests on animals or finances animal testing. Some brands that fall under this category test on animals where required by law, which means they're not cruelty-free.
From the FAQ: “Since its creation, Caudalie has always been opposed to animal testing and does not test on animals in compliance with EU regulations. We use alternative methods to test our compounds and our finished products. Moreover, we do not use animal ingredients.
All the tests we perform are only carried out on volunteers in a clinic environment and are conducted by an independent laboratory, accredited by the French Ministry of Health, for total objectivity.
We are against animal testing and favour suppliers who use alternative methods for our raw materials.
Our first requirement is to ensure perfect safety for our products.
Also, please be aware that we continue to defend our Cosm’ethics and are always seeking to go one step further in our commitments. Hence, in 2012, Mathilde and Bertrand Thomas, the founders, decided to donate 1% of Caudalie’s turnover to ecological associations for the protection of the planet and the preservation of plant and animal species.”
On being sold in China: “Caudalie’s position has not changed. We remain against animal testing and we don’t test our ingredients and formulas on animals. We are now selling our products in China and Chinese government reserves the right to conduct tests with cosmetic products but I have hope this situation will change soon by outside pressure.”