Cosmetics animal testing is a horribly cruel practice in which animals such as beagles and most often rabbits, are subject to allergy tests in the mucous membranes such as eyes, nose and mouth. These chemicals can cause irritation, burning, and corrosion of the eyes and skin such as in the infamous Draize test. What’s more, 50 percent of all animals die in lethal dose tests. That’s how horrible it is.
There are a host of non-animal and more humane ways to conduct the same sorts of research, and many readily available.
CeraVe is a brand of L’Oréal. L’Oréal, the cosmetics company, owns Lancôme, Kiehl’s, Clarisonic, Garnier, Maybelline and It Cosmetics in addition to its own line, L’oreal shelled out $1.3 billion to buy skin care brands CeraVe, AcneFree, and Ambi.
CeraVe is known for producing products that are gentle enough to use on sensitive skin and is often recommended by dermatologists. The Cerave site claims they don’t’ test on animals but if they sell in China, they do. It’s the law there. The CeraVe site lists that they sell here:
- GREATER CHINA
- MAINLAND CHINA
In China, the health authorities still require and carry out animal testing for some products.
So no, CeraVe is not cruelty free. They are testing some products on animals in China and Brazil. CeraVe says ‘Certain health authorities may nevertheless decide to conduct animal tests themselves for certain cosmetic products, as it is still the case in China.’ CeraVe is choosing to sell where animal testing is mandatory for their products.
What alternatives are there to CeraVe?
Some brand alternatives to Cerave
- Andalou Naturals
- Acure 100% Vegan
- Alba Botanica
- Babo Botanicals avoids parabens, phthalates and synthetic fragrances that could potentially cause an allergic reaction to sensitive skin
- Derma E Free shipping on $35 order
- Desert Essence Skin Care
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