Caudalie is NOT cruelty-free.
This means that this brand either tests on animals, pays for animal testing, or sells in mainland China. Some brands that fall under this category test on animals where required by law, which means they're not cruelty-free.
At a Glance
|Finished products tested on animals||Yes, where required by law|
|Ingredients tested on animals||Uncertain|
|Suppliers test on animals||Uncertain|
|Third party animal testing||Yes, where required by law|
|Sold in mainland China||Yes|
Caudalie's Official Animal Testing Policy
“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.”
What This Means
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.
Why We Classify Brands Like Caudalie As “Not Cruelty-Free”
The term “cruelty-free” is unregulated. This means any brand can claim to be cruelty-free without breaking the law, even if they test on animals.
Because of this, we communicate with brands directly to gather information about their full animal testing policy.
Brands who are classified as “not cruelty-free” break one or more of the Cruelty-Free 5:
- Their company engages in animal testing
- Their suppliers engage in animal testing
- They allow third-parties to test on animals on their behalf
- They test on animals where required by law
- They knowingly sell cosmetics in stores in mainland China, where animal testing could be performed
A supplier is any company that sells the brand raw materials, ingredients, or finished products. A third-party is an outside company or entity, whether or not it’s hired by the brand.
What’s The Deal With China?
Many beauty brands choose to sell their products in China. It’s important to note that these companies can not be considered cruelty-free.
As of 2020, China still requires most cosmetics to be tested on animals in order to be sold in the country.
As for products which can bypass these mandatory tests, the Chinese authorities may still pull these products from the shelves and have them tested on animals. Although the chance is small, we believe that companies can not be considered “cruelty-free” while taking this risk.