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Does Cetaphil Test on Animals?

Kristie Leong M.D. is a family practitioner who believes in the power of nutrition and a healthy lifestyle to prevent and fight illness.

Does Cetaphil test on animals? Cetaphil is a line of skincare products with a long history. The first Cetaphil product line was developed by a pharmacist in 1947. Since then, the company has expanded its line of products and sells its products internationally.

The Cetaphil line is made by Galderma Laboratories, a Swiss pharmaceutical company, and is available in over 70 countries. The brand name "Cetaphil" comes from the word "cet," meaning cetearyl alcohol, alcohol with hydrating properties, and "phil," which means love.

The Cetaphil line of skincare products is designed for people who have dry or sensitive skin and develop skin irritation when they use harsh skincare products. Its products are oil and scent-free, making the line safe for people who have sensitive skin and develop dryness or itching from standard skincare formulations.

Cetaphil And Animal Testing

One concern people have is whether skincare products are tested on animals. According to Cetaphil and information on its website, the company does not test its products on animals.

However, Cetaphil is not a cruelty-free product because it sells its skincare products to countries that perform animal testing, including China.

By law, China requires cosmetic and skincare products sold in their country to be tested on animals. So, China has the authority to test Cetaphil products in their country post-production.

To be cruelty-free, a brand must not test on animals at any stage in the production process and must not sell its products to countries that test their products on animals.

Therefore, Cetaphil isn't a cruelty-free brand and isn't certified as such by animal welfare organizations such as PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) since it sells to countries that do third-party testing on its products.

Cetaphil manufactures its products in Canada but after it ships its products to other countries, including China, the country can do its own animal testing, as required by law in that country.

Are Cetaphil Products Free Of Animal Products?

If you're concerned about the welfare of animals, you may also wonder whether Cetaphil products contain animal products. While the company claims their products are mostly vegan free, they use tallow, derived from meat.

Tallow serves as a source of raw fats for soapmaking, but there are now alternatives available, including oils and synthetic soaps but Cetaphil doesn’t use these alternatives.

If you eat a vegan diet or use only vegan products, Cetaphil isn't a cruelty-free or vegan alternative. Fortunately, there are skin care products for sensitive skin that are cruelty-free and contain no animal ingredients.

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Do Your Research

It's important to research the brands you use before purchasing them and ensure they meet vegan and cruelty-free standards.

In response to customer demand, more and more companies are choosing not to do animal testing. More than 400 companies have committed to stop testing on animals, including a growing number of household names.

Therefore, the number of cruelty-free and vegan products is expanding and you have more choices than ever.

Look For Certified Cruelty-Free Brands

One way to find such companies is to look for ones certified by animal welfare organizations like PETA’s Beauty Without Bunnies and The Leaping Bunny program.

The Leaping Bunny Program is the only international program to independently verify that cosmetics, personal care, and household products are free of animal testing.

Consumers can use the Leaping Bunny Program as a guide to choose products that have not been tested on animals by any third party during any stage of development by the manufacturer, nor do they contain ingredients or finished goods which were tested on animals.

PETA's Beauty without Bunnies program is a partnership with more than 600 companies that have committed to not testing on animals and not selling in countries that require cosmetics animal testing.

The program works with companies who want to ensure their products are safe and effective before they hit store shelves, while also respecting the rights of animals and consumers.

Does Cetaphil Test On Animals?

  • Cetaphil is not cruelty-free.
  • Cetaphil is not a vegan brand.
  • Cetaphil sells its products to countries that may test their products on animals.
  • If you’re opposed to animal testing and animal cruelty, there are certified options.


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