Is Uriage cruelty-free and vegan in 2021?

Is Uriage cruelty-free?

Till last year I had considered Uriage as a brand that does not support animal testing. As it is not certified cruelty-free, I sent them an email to verify my assumption. So let’s see together if it is.

Does Uriage test on animals?

  • “Uriage Dermatological Laboratories© in accordance with the European Cosmetic Products Regulation # 1223/2009 DO NOT perform any animal testing, neither on the finished products nor on the ingredients.”
    No, Uriage does not test on animals.

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

Uriage seems to be owned by Puig. PETA does not list Puig as an animal testing brand. However, it does test some of its brands as brands that do test on animals.

Is Uriage certified cruelty-free?

  • “On the one hand, the claim “cruelty free” is prohibited in Europe because the regulations do not allow the simple respect of a regulatory requirement to be presented as an ethical commitment. On the other hand, claiming “cruelty free” is meaningless if it is not attached to a label (e.g. one voice, leaping bunny). Indeed, the requirements of these labels cover more or less extensive aspects and do not only concern animal testing.”
    I was explained when the term cruelty-free can be used and which organisations certify brands as cruelty-free. However, it was not specified whether Uriage is certified cruelty-free. I checked the main lists and even the ones they mentioned. However, Uriage was not on the list. So no, Uriage is not certified cruelty-free.

Does Uriage sell cosmetics in China?

I asked but it was not answered. In Uriage’s list of countries, Mainland China was not listed. So I don’t know why I was not given an answer about this. I can think of many possible reasons but they might not be facts.

Is Uriage cruelty-free?

I am going to use Uriage’s explanation above to give an answer to this. As it is not certified by Leaping Bunny, One Voice, etc, Uriage is not cruelty-free. However, I have a new label for brands that are not certified but still don’t support animal testing. Unfortunately, Uriage doesn’t fall under this category as most of my questions like whether they buy from or use third parties that test on animals was not answered. Also, as mentioned no answer was given when I asked whether they sell in countries that require animal testing like Mainland China.

I tried to ask these questions again but no reply was received. In my opinion, this shows that these questions were not answered, not because they were missed or forgotten but because they were meant not to be answered. So Uriage is a grey area brand, meaning it is a brand to avoid when you are trying to support brands that avoid animal testing. The reason is that it is unclear whether Uriage supports animal testing or not. Just claiming that the brand itself does not test on animals is not enough as a brand can be supporting animal testing in other ways.

Is Uriage vegan?

This is another question that Uriage did not answer. However, since I consider them as a grey area brand, it would not matter. Logically vegans avoid brands that might be supporting animal testing.

Which brands should I support instead?

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

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Source: Uriage’s reply as at 27.05.2021

“Thank you for your interest in our products. Uriage Dermatological Laboratories© in accordance with the European Cosmetic Products Regulation # 1223/2009 DO NOT perform any animal testing, neither on the finished products nor on the ingredients. On the one hand, the claim “cruelty free” is prohibited in Europe because the regulations do not allow the simple respect of a regulatory requirement to be presented as an ethical commitment. On the other hand, claiming “cruelty free” is meaningless if it is not attached to a label (e.g. one voice, leaping bunny). Indeed, the requirements of these labels cover more or less extensive aspects and do not only concern animal testing.
Yours sincerely
The Uriage team”
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(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.