Is Vichy cruelty-free in 2021?

Is Vichy cruelty-free?

There is no real order on how I decide which brand I evaluate. On rare occasions, I evaluate brands which I recently looked up myself or which you have asked me to check. However, today I chose a random brand which probably most of you have known its cruelty-free status for years. The brand is the L’Oréal-owned cosmetics brand Vichy.

Does Vichy test on animals?

  • Vichy does not test any of its products or any of its ingredients on animals, anywhere in the world nor does Vichy delegate this task to others.
    Till here I would say Vichy does not test on animals.
  • The only possible exception is if regulatory authorities required it for safety or regulatory purposes.
    Although cases might be rare, they are ready to test on animals if required by law. So yes, it is most likely that Vichy does test on animals. Until now the only country we know that still relies on animal testing in China, let’s see further if Vichy tests in China.

Is Vichy owned by a parent that is not cruelty-free?

Yes, Vichy is owned by L’Oréal which we already found out that it’s not cruelty-free. If you don’t trust my evaluation, check L’Oréal on PETA’s list

Is Vichy certified cruelty-free?

No. Vichy is not certified cruelty-free. PETA lists Vichy as a brand that does test on animals.

Is Vichy cruelty-free?

From the first question, I could already tell that Vichy is not cruelty-free. The answer I found on the PETA list confirmed it even more. Let’s get a hint of why Vichy is not cruelty-free.

Does Vichy sell in Mainland China?

Usually, I look for the country selector on the website and switch to China if available. However, Vichy does not offer this feature on their websites so I asked Google. First website I get when I Google Vichy China is Vichy’s Chinese website. Although it looks like the website it is an e-shop, it looks like Vichy are operating within China as they are registered in Shanghai. So selling in China might be the cause of Vichy not being cruelty-free. There are ways to be cruelty-free while selling in China but it seems Vichy did not choose that path.

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: Vichy Mainland China website and Vichy USA animal testing policy webpage as at 27/1/2020 


(a.k.a. Fiona Henschel) 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.