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Is La Roche Posay Cruelty Free and Vegan? (2021 Update)

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

Additionally, La Roche Posay is not 100% vegan as a brand because their products contain animal-derived ingredients or by-products. 

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

And 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 La Roche Posay cruelty free alternatives.

Let’s dive right in!

Is La Roche Posay cruelty free? Are La Roche Posay products tested on animals?

La Roche Posay 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 take a look at La Roche Posay’s official animal testing policy (I’ve highlighted the important part):

La Roche-Posay does not test any of its products or any of its ingredients on animals, anywhere in the world nor does La Roche-Posay delegate this task to others. The only possible exception is if regulatory authorities required it for safety or regulatory purposes.

Source: La Roche Posay

In the highlighted point, La Roche Posay is referring to mainland China, where animal testing is still required by law.

Since La Roche Posay does sell their products in mainland China, their products may be subjected to animal testing there.

Therefore, La Roche Posay is not cruelty free.

Additionally, La Roche Posay is listed on PETA’s list of companies that do test on animals.

Keep on reading for more information!

Is La Roche Posay sold in China?

La Roche Posay is sold in mainland China where animal testing is still required by law.

Check out this post by L’Oreal (La Roche Posay’s parent company) where they proudly share their success in the Chinese market.

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 La Roche Posay owned by a parent brand? If yes, is it cruelty free?

La Roche Posay is owned by L’Oréal, a company that tests on animals.

I have an entire post dedicated to L’Oréal’s cruelty free status and animal testing policy, so if you want to learn more, check it out.

Is La Roche Posay vegan?

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

Also, please keep in mind that since La Roche Posay 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 La Roche Posay

La Roche Posay is a skincare brand focused on dermatologically tested products suitable for sensitive skin. 

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 La Roche Posay are:

The Ordinary
Paula’s Choice
Krave Beauty
Pacifica
Youth to the People
Drunk Elephant

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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