Caudalie is not cruelty-free. They may test on animals, either themselves, through their suppliers, or through a third party. Brands who fall under this category could also be funding animal testing by selling products in mainland China, where it's required by law.
“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 claims:
“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.”
Since Caudalie has started selling in China, they now allow third parties to test their products on animals in mainland China. In order to sell cosmetics in the Chinese market, brands like Caudalie must comply with mandatory animal testing. This means that they likely paid for their products to be tested on animals in China.
Caudalie also claims to be “against animal testing”, which is an empty claim. Brands can be “against” animal testing while still testing on animals.
As for their suppliers, Caudalie claims that “favour suppliers who use alternative methods”. This does not mean that they ensure their suppliers don’t test on animals.
Because of all these reasons, Caudalie is not a cruelty-free brands.
Caudalie is a French skincare brand. Their products use extracts from grapes and grapevines, and they also own “Vinotherapie” Spas. Their products are available in drugstores, retailers, and department stores worldwide.
Caudalie is not owned by a parent company that tests on animals.
Yes, Caudalie is available for sale in stores in mainland China. This means that their products were likely tested on animals in mainland China.
No, Caudalie is not certified by any organizations.
Caudalie might offer some vegan products, however because this company is not cruelty-free, we recommend avoiding any products they offer even if they are vegan.
Most brands don't publicly display their full animal testing policies. We contact brands directly with our questions in order to get their complete policy. If any brand states that they, their suppliers, or any third party test on animals, the brand is listed as "not cruelty-free."
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