Is La Roche-Posay cruelty-free?

Is La Roche-Posay cruelty-free?

Happy New Year! Since today happened to be also a public holiday in Germany, I was thinking of coming back from my “Christmas shutdown” on Wednesday. However, having the Monday post missing bugged me a bit. So I have decided to start my 2020 blog year with a Monday post. In my first blog post for 2020, I will be investigating whether La Roche-Posay is cruelty-free. You might know already my answer as until now I have investigated the brands which I don’t consider to be cruelty-free. However, I am planning to mix in some cruelty-free brands and show you how I decide to believe that a brand is cruelty-free.

Does La Roche-Posay test on animals?

  • Our Research & Innovation teams have developed a pioneering method, which means we avoid the need for animal testing.
    I could find a lot of opinions from cruelty-free bloggers about this brand. However, I could not find clear answers on the brand’s websites. So for this question, the closest I could get was that they avoid the need for animal testing. However, it’s still not clear as it’s not a definite “we don’t” or “we never”, they are saying that they “avoid”, so it could be that there are cases where they have to test as its unavoidable. Would you see it in this way?

Is La Roche-Posay owned by a parent that is not cruelty-free?

Yes, they are owned by L’Oréal. Some months ago I explained why I don’t consider L’Oréal to be cruelty-free.

Is La Roche-Posay certified cruelty-free?

La Roche-Posay is on the animal testing brands list on the PETA website.

Is La Roche-Posay cruelty-free?

Being on the animal testing brands list on the PETA website does not make it cruelty-free. However, they could say that PETA wrongly listed them on that list. So let me check further.

Does La Roche-Posay sell in Mainland China?

To find out this, unless the brand specifies it, I usually go on the official website of the brand and select China on the website’s country selector. Either because many do this or for other reasons, La Roche-Posay did not put a country selector on their website. So I googled the brand name and China, in this case, La Roche-Posay China and the first result was the Mainland China website for La Roche-Posay. So, yes La Roche-Posay sells in Mainland China.

Are La Roche-Posay products in Mainland China are cosmetics?

Oral care, soaps and essential oils are not considered to be cosmetics in Mainland China. So if La Roche-Posay sells ONLY one or more of these products, their products are not at risk of being tested on animals. However, on the La Roche-Posay China website, I could find moisturisers and other products that are considered as cosmetics in China. So I agree with PETA, for me, La Roche-Posay is not cruelty-free.

Which brands should I support instead?

If you are looking for a brand who is serious about their anti-animal-testing policy. Check my list of brands that are against animal testing.

Source: La Roche-Posay Website as at 5/1/2020 and La Roche-Posay Mainland China website


(a.k.a. Fiona Vella) Malta-born blogger. I have been blogging during these last 6 years on my cruelty-free lifestyle including recipes, beauty and makeup products that I discover, receive, buy and try.