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Is Aquaphor cruelty free? Are they Vegan?

If you’re a Aquaphor user, I encourage you to know this information. The active ingredient in Aquaphor is petrolatum. This type of skincare ingredient is categorized a skincare “occlusive”. Aquaphor is made by Eucerin, which is a subsidiary of Beiersdorf. Is Aquaphor cruelty free? Read on.

Some like to use Aquaphor for slugging skincare.

What is slugging skincare?

Is Aquaphor cruelty free?

It’s important to understand that even though the companies don’t conduct any animal testing in their private facilities, some of them pay third parties to do it for them. It is also quite common for brands to use ingredients from third party suppliers who conduct tests on animals independently.

The main questions to ask to determine is Aquaphor cruelty free?

Does Aquaphor test on animals?

No, Aquaphor is not cruelty-free, they test their products and/or ingredients on animals. 

Does Aquaphor sell products in China?

Aquaphor is sold in countries that have mandatory animal testing regulations. Knowing this, Aquaphor cannot claim to be cruelty free. They wont be cruelty free until they stop from selling their products in China and other countries with similar laws. China is not the only country that tests on animals.

Is Aquaphor owned by a parent company?

Aquaphor is owned by parent company Beiersdorf, a German company that is not cruelty-free.

Are they vegan?

Aquaphor isn’t vegan because it contains animal based ingredients.

Aquaphor contains lanolin, which is a substance made from secretions (sebum) from the skin glands of sheep to condition their wool. 

If you’re a diehard Aquaphor user, I encourage you to switch! There is certainly no shortage of cruelty-free options out there that are equally as effective. In fact I’m surprised how many there are! You may have used one already.

Cruelty free Aquaphor alternatives

I’ve listed some good Aquaphor alternatives here. Most of them are fragrance free.


Desert Essence 100% PURE JOJOBA OIL

elf All the Feels Facial Oil

elf Daily Hydration Moisturizer


Naturium Plant 100% Squalane Face Oil

Honest Company Hydrogel Cream

Shea butter

Earth’s Care  Shea Butter (100% Pure)

Shea Terra Organics Shea Nilotik’ Cold-Pressed Virgin Shea Butter


Holy Hydration! Hydro-Gel Moisturizer

elf SuperHydrate Moisturizer

Vitamin E

Derma E Vitamin E Skin Oil 

Derma E Vitamin E Fragrance-Free Sensitive Skin Shea Body Lotion


NOW Solutions – Avocado Oil

Earth’s Care  Avocado Oil Non-GMO

ATTITUDE   Sensitive Skin Care Natural Body Lotion – Avocado & shea butter

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