CeraVe is not cruelty-free

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CeraVe is not cruelty-free

CeraVe 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 selling products where animal testing is required by law.

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  • Finished products tested on animals

    Yes, where required by law

  • Ingredients tested on animals

    No, with possible exceptions

  • Suppliers test on animals


  • Third party animal testing

    Yes, where required by law

  • Sold where animal testing is required by law


Official Animal Testing Policy:

“The L’Oréal Group, which includes CeraVe, has always made our consumers’ health and safety an absolute priority. As is the support of animal welfare.

The majority of all of our products are vegan. We will be 100% vegan in 2021.

L’Oréal has developed a very rigorous safety evaluation procedure of its products, backed by research. Well before the question of animal testing was raised by civil society or within a regulatory framework, L’Oréal has been committed to new methods of assessing safety that don’t involve animals. A true pioneer, L’Oréal has been reconstructing human skin models in laboratories to elaborate invitro safety tests since 1979, as an alternative to animals. In 1989, L’Oréal completely ceased testing its products on animals, 14 years before the regulation required so.

Today, L’Oréal no longer tests its ingredients on animals and no longer tolerates any exception to this rule. Certain health authorities may nevertheless decide to conduct animal tests themselves for certain cosmetic products, as it is still the case in China. L’Oréal has been the most active company working alongside the Chinese authorities and scientists for over 10 years to have alternative testing methods recognized, and permit the cosmetic regulation to evolve towards a total and definite elimination of animal testing. Thanks to this, since 2014, certain products manufactured and sold in China like shampoo, body wash or make-up are no longer tested on animals.”

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The Truth About CeraVe's Animal Testing Policy

This animal testing policy may be confusing at first, but it’s clear that CeraVe tests on animals where required by law. L’Oréal is purposely using language that minimizes their involvement in animal testing, and trying to mislead their customers.

For example, they state that “L’Oréal no longer tests its ingredients on animals and no longer tolerates any exception to this rule”. However, the very next sentences mentions an exception to their rule: “Certain health authorities may nevertheless decide to conduct animal tests themselves for certain cosmetic products.”

Even though L’Oréal and CeraVe claim that it’s the “health authorities” and not their company that test their products on animals, it’s important to note that L’Oréal and CeraVe had to pay for these tests to be performed. Companies that are truly cruelty-free refuse to sell in stores in mainland China, and you can find hundreds of examples in our cruelty-free list.

From Their FAQ

Unfortunately, CeraVe do not give us the full story on their website. If you go to their FAQ, this is their answer when asked if they test on animals:

However, when contacted directly, the brand gave us their full animal testing policy (see above). CeraVe does test on animals where required by law, and they do have a presence in China. CeraVe states that they’re vailable in the following countries: The Americas, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay, Europe, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom, Asia and Middle East, Australia, China, Hong Kong, Russia and Taiwan.

About CeraVe

CeraVe is a budget-friendly drugstore skincare brand. Their products contain ceramides, which helps the skin barrier stay hydrated and free or irritation. Their products specifically target eczema, psoriasis, and dry or itchy skin. In 2017, L’Oréal acquired the brand.

Is CeraVe owned by a parent company that tests on animals?

CeraVe is owned by L'Oréal, a company that tests on animals. Not only is CeraVe not cruelty-free but neither is their parent company.

Is CeraVe sold where animal testing is required by law?

Yes, CeraVe is available for sale in countries with mandatory animal testing. This means that their products were likely tested on animals.

Is CeraVe certified cruelty-free by any organizations?

No, CeraVe is not certified by any organizations.

Is CeraVe vegan?

CeraVe 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.

How do you determine that brands like CeraVe are not cruelty-free?

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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