Caudalie is NOT a cruelty-free company. They test their products on animals in China.

Don’t be fooled by the cruelty-free claim on their official website:

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.

…unless it’s required by chinese law. Caudalie’s founder, Mathilde Thomas, on Caudalie 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.

In other words, Caudalie does test on animals when the law requires it, which makes their cruelty-free claim meaningless. The brand even lost its Leaping Bunny logo over this matter.

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I’ve been trying ti find a cruelty free cleansing water for (what feels like) forever. Can you recommend one?


Jessica Wong

Update: Micellar water from Marcelle is incredible. I think it’s only available in Canada though (I’m unaware of your location). It’s expensive but it’s cruelty free and it takes off makeup incredibly well without drying out the skin


Correction: the Chinese government buys the products from Caudalie in order to conduct the tests. Caudalie themselves do not conduct the tests. This is clear in their statement and this is common practice for many cruelty free brands that sell in China.

Suzi Scheler

Val, the Chinese government does not “buy” the products, and it’s the company itself that has to finance the tests. It might be common practice, but it doesn’t change that it’s animal cruelty.


I just bought their product thinking that it was cruelty-free, as they’ve claimed.. Now I am disappointed.


This post was from 2.5 years ago. Has Caudalie not changed their practices?

Aly Laughlin

As far as I know this policy has not changed. They are still selling their products in China (where animal testing is mandatory for foreign cosmetics) and they are on PETA’s list of companies that DO test on animals.


Well that stinks, I got their serum/face mousse pack from Sephora for the May birthday gift…it works great so had to check after the fact if they’re CF. Anyone have recommendations for a face cream that’s good for uber-sensitive combination skin? Tried a few and they just make my face look like an oil slick a couple hours later!

I have good luck with Paula’s Choice products, and I like their Skin Balancing Oil Reducing Cleanser. My t-zone is very oily and the rest of my face is pretty dry, and this cleanser makes a very noticeable difference on the dry parts without leading to breakouts on the oily parts. I like it a lot and you can order samples from PC for .50 (though I don’t know what the shipping situation would be in that case). Good luck finding something that works – it was a real headache for me to find something that wouldn’t dry out my… Read more »
Sian Stray

Charlotte tilbury magic cream is literally amazing!


Liz Earle is brilliant


Hi Mel – try Liz Earle’s skin care range. I used to swear by Cauldalie however; after finding out they sell in mainland China (which requires 2 separate lots of animal testing if I’m not mistaken) I switched to the Liz Earle and I have been highly impressed by the results after just one month! I didn’t think my skin could look any better than when using Caudalie however Liz Earle’s products are far superior and cruelty free!!


If it’s chinese law then shouldn’t your problem be with the chinese government, not the brand? They are a business and probably can’t afford to cut their connections with china just because they have this law? I don’t know personally I don’t feel I can judge them too harshly for that. It’s bad but it’s kind of out of their hands if they want money and ties in that country.