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Vanicream 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, under certain circumstances
Ingredients tested on animals Yes, under certain circumstances
Suppliers test on animals Uncertain
Third party animal testing Uncertain
Sold in mainland China Uncertain

Vanicream's Official Animal Testing Policy

“Pharmaceutical Specialties Inc. [parent company of Vanicream] does not test our products on animals nor do any of our products contain any animal ingredients. The ingredients used in our products are either produced synthetically or derived from vegetable sources. That’s not to say some manufacturer won’t use animal source in times of shortage, although most of these ingredients can’t be extracted from animal sources. It is our policy to avoid animal testing of our products unless there is no satisfactory alternative method to assure product safety, or if it is required by a government agency such as the Food and Drug Administration or Consumer Product Safety Commission. When such tests are required, they are conducted by an outside laboratory that has appropriate credentials and is licensed and regulated by governmental agencies.”

What This Means

Although Vanicream and Pharmaceutical Specialties Inc. do not test on animals themselves, they nonetheless delegate this task to others, in this case to an “outside laboratory”. This means that they allow their finished products or ingredients to be tested on animals by suppliers, third parties, or both. Vanicream is not cruelty-free.

Why We Classify Brands Like Vanicream 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.

View Comments (2)
  • The statement from the company doesn’t say that they test on animals. It states that they only would if required by a government agency. As no agency requires this, I reached out to the company to ask, and they stated that they do not test any of their products on animals.

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