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Is CeraVe Cruelty Free?

Is CeraVe cruelty free? No.

Is CeraVe Cruelty Free?

I recently decided to contact all of the brands on my grey area list to see if anything had changed. I reached out to CeraVe to ask, is CeraVe Cruelty Free?

Here’s their response:

Hi Courtney!

CeraVe, a brand of L’Oreal, does not test any of its products or ingredients on animals and has been at the forefront of alternative methods for over 30 yrs. For more information, please click here:

In China, the health authorities still require and carry out animal testing for some products. CeraVe a brand of L’Oréal, is the most active company working with the Chinese authorities towards a total elimination of animal testing.

As a result, the vast majority of products we sell in China are no longer tested on animals. For more information, please click here:

Cosmetic & personal care products may contain ingredients derived from animal sources such as lanolin & honey. Our products do not contain ingredients derived from bovine (beef) or porcine (pork) sources; we may use ingredients derived from fish & insects.

A review of the ingredients that are listed on all of our products or packages will alert you to the presence of this type of ingredient.

My Thoughts:

To me, CeraVe is not cruelty free. They are testing some products on animals in China.

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  • From the CeraVe website: “CeraVe is currently sold in the US, Canada, Spain, Portugal, UK, Greece, Poland, Germany, Brazil, Chile, Italy, Belgium, Romania, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Uruguay, Hong Kong, Mexico and Turkey.”

    They are not sold in China. While their parent brand (L’Oreal) is not cruelty free because they sell in China, CeraVe still technically is. I suspect you received a stock L’Oreal response.

  • Oof. I have had some issues with this brand – primarily their moisturizers creating a burning sensation on my skin. Won’t be re-purchasing!

  • Just a heads up as someone who’s previously lived in China: I’ve seen CeraVe in supermarkets, along with supposedly cruelty-free brands such as Avalon Organics.

  • I can’t tell you how much I appreciate the hard work you do keeping track of the cruelty-free status of beauty brands. It’s impossibly helpful.

  • WOW I don’t know how you all keep all this straight! Sometimes I will pick up and lay back down product because I am not sure. I need to check into this app somebody mention.

  • last night i went to buy some of their products and i scanned the bar code with my cruelty cutter app and it came up “not cruelty free”. this really surprised and disappointed me.

  • If you read the email again carefully, this statement “As a result, the vast majority of products we sell in China are no longer tested on animals” is not speaking of CeraVe, but of the Parent brand Loreal. This is also why the associated link takes you to the Loreal web page rather than Cerave. You can see that the email switched to the writer speaking directly about Loreal in this statement which came right before. “CeraVe a brand of L’Oréal, is the most active company working with the Chinese authorities towards a total elimination of animal testing.”

    CeraVe is not sold in China or even in European countries. I know some people do not consider a brand cruelty free if the Parent company tests, but CeraVe is not tested on animals anywhere is the world because it is not sold in China

      • answered my own question – as of today, CeraVe is only sold in the US and Canada, and does not test on animals.

        Before shopping, always check everything you buy (all brands), because things can change from day-to-day (for example NARS was cruelty free and now they are not – could not resist the lure of China).

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