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Is Caudalie Cruelty Free and Vegan? (2022 Update)

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Caudalie is not cruelty free. This means that their products are tested on animals.

Most Caudalie products are vegan. However, some of their products do contain animal-derived ingredients, so Caudalie 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!

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

Let’s dive right in!

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

Caudalie is NOT cruelty free.

Let’s look at the animal testing policy posted on their website (I’ve bolded the important part):

Ever since it was founded, Caudalie has been against animal testing. None of our products or the ingredients we use are tested on animals, in accordance with European regulations. We use alternative methods to test our ingredients and finished products. 

That said, in China, where our products are distributed, authorities may impose random animal testing. We are of course committed to the abolition of this testing and our philosophy is to take action rather than criticise. This is why we fund the IIVS association, which is currently pressuring the Chinese government to practise alternative methods. IIVS is optimistic about the development of testing in China. You can find more information at

In addition, we do not use animal-derived ingredients, with the exception of beehive products such as honey or beeswax.

Finally, since 2012, founder Mathilde and Bertrand Thomas have decided to donate 1% of Caudalie’s turnover to environmental associations for the protection of the planet, thus protecting millions of animals.</span>

Source: Caudalie

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

However, as you can see in the animal testing policy quoted above, Caudalie products are tested on animals in China.

Therefore, Caudalie is not a cruelty free brand.

Also, please note that Caudalie is on PETA’s list of companies that test on animals.

Keep on reading for more information!

Is Caudalie sold in China?

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

Caudalie is not owned by a parent company.

Is Caudalie vegan?

Caudalie is not 100% vegan as a brand.

The vast majority of products are vegan because we do not use animal-derived ingredients. The only non-vegan products are those containing beeswax or honey, such as the Crushed Cabernet Scrub, French Kiss, Gentle conditioning Shampo, Lip Conditioner and the Gentle Buffing Cream.

Source: Caudalie

As mentioned in the quote above, some Caudalie products contain beeswax and honey, so Caudalie is not a vegan brand.

Additionally, please note that since Caudalie products are tested on animals in China and are therefore not cruelty free, I wouldn’t consider them vegan-friendly.

Cruelty free and vegan alternatives to Caudalie

Caudalie is a skincare brand, famous for their serums and creams.

There are so many skincare 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 Caudalie are:

The Ordinary


Youth to People

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 skincare brands?

Let me know in the comments below!

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