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Is Bioderma Cruelty Free and Vegan? (2022 Update)

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Bioderma is not cruelty free because their products are tested on animals where required by law (in mainland China).

Additionally, Bioderma is not 100% vegan as a brand. 

To learn more about this brand and find out why they’re not cruelty free, keep on reading!

By the way, if you’re looking for new luxury cruelty free products to add to your beauty routine, make sure to check out the last section of this post where you’ll find some of the best Bioderma cruelty free alternatives.

Let’s dive right in!

Is Bioderma cruelty free? Are Bioderma products tested on animals?

Bioderma is NOT cruelty free.

In order to be cruelty free, brands:

  • Must not test their finished products or ingredients on animals
  • Must make sure that their suppliers don’t test on animals
  • Must not commission third parties to test their products on animals
  • Must not sell their products in stores in mainland China, or other countries where animal testing is still required by law

Let’s look at Bioderma’s official animal testing policy (I’ve highlighted the important part):

At NAOS, we strictly adhere to the regulations and do not perform any animal testing in the development of our products.

Do you claim the absence of animal testing on the packaging of your products?

Since animal testing and products that have been tested on animals are prohibited for all cosmetic products in the European Union, it is not permitted to make this claim. So you won’t see the claim of no animal testing on our products.

Are your products cruelty free?

We do not certify our products as “Cruelty free”. As required by European cosmetic regulations since 1993, our products are not tested on animals. However, some of our products contain ingredients of animal origin, such as beehive products like royal jelly or propolis from the beehive or marine plankton. For each of these ingredients, we make sure of the perfect traceability, the responsible and ethical character of the supply chains and check their quality, their reproducibility, and their purity. To complete these requirements, we do not use any raw material that comes from animal or plant species protected by the Washington Convention (CITES) or that have caused the death of an animal.

How do you react to animal testing in China?

We commercialize our products on the Chinese market and are very careful to respect local regulations. Today, the Chinese authorities carry out additional tests in Chinese state laboratories on a random basis. We have no handle on these additional testing practices that do not exist in any other country in the world and that we consider unnecessary, our Safety Assessments being state-of-the-art, extremely detailed and complete, and performed by competent and fully qualified Toxicologists.

These assessments have been waiving the need for animal testing since more than 25 years in the European Union, paving the way to many other countries in the world that have taken-up the EU Cosmetic regulation as their regulatory model.

Currently, China is completely revamping their Cosmetic regulations and the nearly final CSAR (Cosmetic Supervision and Administration Regulation) provides that products with a compliant Safety Assessment – very close to the European standard – will not require animal testing anymore.

We are confident that soon, our Safety Assessments will be sufficient in the sight of the Chinese authorities to completely eliminate their need to randomly test our products on animals.

source: Bioderma

So, since Bioderma does sell their products in mainland China, their products may be subjected to animal testing there.

Therefore, Bioderma is not cruelty free.

Keep on reading for more information!

Is Bioderma sold in China?

Bioderma is sold in mainland China where animal testing is still required by law.

Why can’t cruelty free brands sell in mainland China?

Animal testing is still happening for products sold in physical stores in mainland China.

Pre-market animal testing is required for all special-use imported products, and non-routine post-market testing on animals may also be done in cases of customer complaints.

However, please keep in mind that this doesn’t apply to products sold in stores at the airports, or in Hong Kong.

Also, products can be sold online and shipped to mainland China without being tested on animals.

Is Bioderma owned by a parent brand? If yes, is it cruelty free?

Bioderma is owned by NAOS, a company that can’t be considered as cruelty free because they own brands that test on animals.

Is Bioderma vegan?

Bioderma is not 100% vegan. Some of their products contain animal-derived ingredients or animal by-products. 

Also, please keep in mind that since Bioderma products may be tested on animals in mainland China, I definitely wouldn’t consider them as a vegan-friendly brand.

Cruelty free and vegan alternatives to Bioderma

Bioderma is a beauty brand focused on skincare. 

There are so many beauty brands that are cruelty free!

That’s why, in my opinion, there’s really no excuse for supporting brands that test on animals.

Some of the best cruelty free alternatives to Bioderma are:

The Ordinary



Youth to People


Mario Badescu

Drunk Elephant

Herbivore Botanicals

Paula’s Choice

If you want to discover more cruelty free skincare brands, check out my post on The 7 Best Cruelty Free Skin Care Brands in 2021 That Are Also 100% Vegan and Sustainable.

Now it’s your turn!

What are your favorite cruelty free brands?

Let me know in the comments below!

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