|Caudalie Premier Cru Cream|
When I wrote my review of Caudalie Paris Premier Cru Cream, I was under the impression that Caudalie was a cruelty-free company that does not test on animals. Jen Mathews of My Beauty Bunny quickly notified me that Caudalie had been removed from the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetic's Leaping Bunny Directory, which is widely regarded as the gold standard for evaluating whether a company is cruelty-free.
Jen had a hunch that Caudalie was removed because they sell their products in China, which requires companies to conduct skin and eye irritation tests on animals for certain cosmetic products. Estee Lauder, Mary Kay, and Avon all lost their cruelty-free status in order to comply with this regulation. I contacted Caudalie Client Services to find out if this was the case with Caudalie. After a series of emails, I am still unclear about the company's cruelty-free status.
The Caudalie representative informed me that she "confirmed that ALL brands that are currently sold in China have been removed from the leaping bunny. We are very against animal testing in the formulation of our products, as well as the origin of our ingredients."
I thought this answer was pretty vague. Being "against" animal testing is not the same as refusing to do it! I then asked if Caudalie tests any of its ingredients or finished products on animals in order to comply with China's regulations.
The representative responded that "In the manufacturing of our products and ingredients, we do not test on animals. This is extremely important to Mathilde [creator of Caudalie] as she would like to keep the brand as environmentally sustainable as possible."
I'm still not sure what to make of this answer. If Caudalie don't test on animals, how are able to be sold in China? Is it possible that their products are not subject to the animal testing requirement? Or is Caudalie undertaking animal tests that the Client Services representative is unaware of or unwilling to share with me?
I have asked for further clarification and will notify you of the results. I truly hope that Caudalie has not caved to animal testing in order to access Chinese markets!
[UPDATE] I have confirmation that Caudalie Paris is no longer cruelty-free.