If you love Dermalogica and living a cruelty free life it’s your lucky day!
Using and supporting Dermalogica skin care is aligned with an ethical lifestyle.
We’ll show you why we consider Dermalogica cruelty free, and also point out any small concerns in their animal testing policy you’ll need to monitor overtime if you want to only use cruelty free makeup brands.
… so let’s dive in.
Is Dermalogica Cruelty Free?
Unilever owns Dermalogica and is a company that does test on animals.
Does Dermalogica Test on Animals?
No, Dermalogica does not test on animals and is very clear about it in their testing policy.
…But will this change being owned by a parent company who tests on animals?
…Will they continue to resist the urge to re-enter the huge China market… or avoid it to remain cruelty-free?
…this part gets interesting… but before we dive into this issue – let’s explore their actual testing policy.
Dermalogica Animal Testing Policy
Here is the full Dermalogica Animal Testing policy from their website:
More on this in a bit… first we need to talk about testing in China.
Does Dermalogica Sell in China?
No, Dermalogica currently does not sell in Mainland China.
If Dermalogica chose to sell in Mainland China they would be required to have their products tested on animals to meet China’s product safety laws.
Let’s hope they remain committed to their cruelty-free commitment and resist the urge to sell in China.
Does Dermalogica Cosmetics Certify as Cruelty Free?
Yes! Dermalogica is certified with PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) as cruelty free.
PETA certification requires a brand to provide a Statement of Assurance attesting that it “does not and shall not conduct, commission, or pay for animal testing of any cosmetics and/or household products, nor will it conduct, commission, or pay for animal testing of ingredients used in, or formulations of, such products…. including, without limitation, formulations and ingredients of such products”
Does Dermalogica Certify with Leaping Bunny?
Yes. Dermalogica does not certify under the more strict Leaping Bunny certification requirements as cruelty free.
Leaping Bunny certification requires a brand to provide a Statement of Assurance attesting that:
- “The Company does not and shall not conduct, Commission, or be a party to Animal Testing of any Cosmetic and/or Household Products including, without limitation, formulations and Ingredients of such products.
- The Company does not and shall not purchase any Ingredient, formulation, or product from any Third Party Manufacturer or Supplier that conducted, Commissioned, or had been party to Animal Testing on said Ingredient, formulation, or product after the Company’s Fixed Cut-off Date. If a formulation, Ingredient, or product is found not to comply with the Standard, the Company will replace it with an alternative that complies with the Standard’s criteria or remove it from the product range.
- The Company must implement a Supplier Monitoring System.
- The Company shall not allow Animal Testing to be performed by or for submission to regulatory agencies in foreign countries.”
Do Dermalogica’s Ingredient Suppliers Test on Animals?
So… the next step in our investigation dives into Dermalogica’s ingredient testing policies.
BTW… in case you didn’t know… most animal testing occurs at the ingredient level, and not the product level.
What we really want to know is if any animal testing happens on Dermalogica ingredients…
Does the Dermalogica animal testing policy prohibit the testing of ingredients and raw materials on animals?
Here is what we found on supplier testing
Dermalogica’s animal testing policy prohibits the testing of ingredients and raw materials on animals.
Dermalogica certifies with both PETA and Leaping Bunny which require supply chain monitoring of animal testing.
What disclosure is missing
Though Dermalogica is silent on their website with respect to animal testing of their ingredients or raw materials by third parties or suppliers, they are certified with PETA and Leaping Bunny as cruelty-free. Both certifications require that no ingredients are tested on animals… so we are giving them the benefit of the doubt they are honoring their PETA and Leaping Bunny certification statement.
Is Dermalogica Vegan Friendly?
Most of Dermalogica’s products are vegan; however, they do use animal derived ingredients in 5 of their formulations. Most brands are not vegan because it’s much more expensive to source and manage vegan raw materials through supply chains.
Dermalogica is not fully vegan. They are not certified as vegan with either Leaping Bunny or Peta, and nor do they claim to be 100% vegan. On their website they do confirm that they do have some formulations do contain animal derived ingredients and they disclose these products for your information.
Common animal-derived ingredients
Ingredients that are often sourced from animals include:
- Hyaluronic Acid – often found in serums and moisturizers
- Retinol – found in some night creams
- Carmine – often found in blush and lipstick
- Stearic Acid – found in skin creams
- Glycerin – a humectant found in many moisturizers
- Lanolin – in some moisturizers
- Lactic Acid – found in some Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs)
- Beeswax – often found in lipstick and lip balms
- Animal hair – used in makeup brushes
- Guanine – can be used in nail polish and eye shadow
- Keratin – in hair and nail products
- Squalene – in moisturizers, eye creams and facial oils
The bottom line with vegan skin care is it’s really difficult to tell from the ingredient list if the source is animal or synthetic versions. As shoppers we can only rely on vegan labelling, certification and other disclosures offered by the brand.
Our Vegan Cosmetics Shopping Advice
If a product is not advertised and labelled as 100% vegan you should assume it contains animal-derived ingredients.
For ethical reasons many people only use vegan products from a brand that is 100% vegan and free of animal ingredients.
Who owns Dermalogica Cosmetics?
Dermalogica is a large skin care brand owned by Unilever who is a large personal care, cosmetics and household product conglomerate. Unilever is not cruelty-free.
It will be interesting to see if Dermalogica changes its cruelty-free position over time being owned by a parent company that sells most of its brands in China where animal testing is required by law… time will tell.
Unilever hopes for alternatives to animal testing, but essentially admits they test on animals in countries where they sell and animal testing is required by law.
More Dermalogica Cosmetics Cruelty-Free FAQS
Is Dermalogica Cruelty Free in the US?
Yes, but they do not verify on their website if ingredient suppliers test on animals. Dermalogica is certified as cruelty free with Peta and Leaping Bunny. Both certifications require that no ingredients are tested on animals
Is Dermalogica on Peta’s Cruelty Free List?
Yes, Dermalogica has certified with Peta as cruelty-free.
Is Dermalogica on Leaping Bunny Approved cruelty-free list?
Yes, Dermalogica has certified with Leaping Bunny as either cruelty-free or vegan.
Is Dermalogica Animal Friendly?
No, Dermalogica is not 100% animal friendly as it uses animal-derived ingredients in 5 of its formulations.
Is Dermalogica Cruelty-Free and Vegan?
No, Dermalogica is cruelty-free, but not 100% vegan and uses animal-derived ingredients in 5 of its products.
Dermalogica Cosmetics Cruelty-Free Summary
Here is a summary of Dermalogica’s cruelty-free assessment. Dermalogica is a cruelty-free brand at this time.
|Tests finished products on animals?||No|
|Tests ingredients on animals?||No|
|Suppliers test on animals?||No|
|Leaping Bunny Certified?||Yes|
|Uses animal-derived ingredients?||Yes|
|Sold in Mainland China?||No|
|Are all parent company brands cruelty-free?||No|
Why we consider Dermalogica a cruelty-free brand
To start with, there is no legal definition for the claims of “cruelty-free” or “not tested on animals” that are used by cosmetic brands.
The most common definition for “cruelty-free” is that a product or its ingredients were not tested on animals.
Where this gets murky is when brands only talk about their direct testing activities, and omit facts about 3rd party animal testing that may take place on their products or ingredients.
Is Dermalogica cruelty free? We consider Dermalogica Cosmetics to be a cruelty-free brand because they do not allow their products or ingredients to be tested on animals.
Our Cruelty-Free Standard
At Beauty + Kind our standard for “cruelty-free” and “not tested on animals” is very simple. We require brand disclosure that no animal testing has occurred during any part of bringing their product to market by any party. This includes testing on raw materials, ingredients, finished products or selling in countries where animal testing is required by law.Beauty + Kind
Dermalogica Cruelty-Free and Vegan Alternatives
If your looking to switch to more ethical brands, here are some cruelty-free and vegan options to consider:
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Should You Switch to Kinder Beauty Brands?
Our philosophy and Beauty + Kind is that TRUE CRUELTY-FREE BEAUTY means that no harm to animals has happened during the entire manufacturing and testing process. This includes the source and harvest of ingredients, ingredient testing, and testing of the final product.
Unfortunately, Dermalogica currently does not meet our Beauty + Kind highest standards due to their use of animal-derived ingredients (which involve animal suffering).
How to make the Switch to Animal-Friendly Brands
Making the switch is easier than you think once you have the right information. If you want to switch to more ethical and animal-friendly beauty brands check out the ultimate list of vegan and cruelty-free brands.