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.