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Is Aquaphor Cruelty Free?

The short answer: No, Aquaphor is not cruelty free. The long answer: Developed in 1925, Aquaphor is a skin care brand known for its “healing” properties. The ointment supposedly creates a semi-occlusive barrier on the skin that allows the outflow of excess fluid and the inflow of oxygen. Presently, the brand carries four categories: body Read More...

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The short answer: No, Aquaphor is not cruelty free.

The long answer: Developed in 1925, Aquaphor is a skin care brand known for its “healing” properties. The ointment supposedly creates a semi-occlusive barrier on the skin that allows the outflow of excess fluid and the inflow of oxygen. Presently, the brand carries four categories: body care, baby care, lip care, and minor wound care.

Aquaphor is owned by Beiersdorf, Inc., a German multinational company that also owns NIVEA. The brand does not state its stance on animal testing on its official website. Nevertheless, a quick check on its parent website reveals that Beiersdorf is committed to making animal testing obsolete worldwide. It says, “We are convinced that animal testing is not necessary to prove the skin tolerability and effectiveness of our cosmetic products. This is why we do not conduct any animal testing for our cosmetic products and their ingredients, and do not have any animal testing done on our behalf—unless, in the very rare case, this is specifically required by law.”

The last phrase points to Aquaphor being sold in countries that have mandatory animal testing regulations to guarantee user safety. With this in mind, Aquaphor cannot claim to be cruelty free unless they refrain from selling their products in China and other countries with similar laws. 

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Is NIVEA Cruelty Free?

The short answer: No, NIVEA is not entirely cruelty free. The long answer: Beiersdorf Global AG, the company that owns NIVEA, states that it does not conduct product tests on animals. When you visit its Australian website, it states, “We believe animal testing is not required to prove the safety and effectiveness of our products.” Read More...

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The short answer: No, NIVEA is not entirely cruelty free.

The long answer: Beiersdorf Global AG, the company that owns NIVEA, states that it does not conduct product tests on animals. When you visit its Australian website, it states, “We believe animal testing is not required to prove the safety and effectiveness of our products.”

However, because NIVEA is being sold worldwide, the company needs to comply with each country’s rules and regulations. Beiersdorf Global AG explains, “In China, however, animal testing is mandated by law for the official registration and certification of the safety of certain product categories. In this case, the tests are conducted by local institutions authorised by the state [and] not by the companies selling the product. Our goal is to convince these authorities that animal testing for cosmetic products is unnecessary and to advocate for the international acceptance of alternative testing methods.”

To replace animal testing, Beiersdorf Global AG claims it is working towards the development and recognition of alternative testing methods with external partners such as the European cosmetics association, Cosmetics Europe, and the European Partnership for Alternative Approaches to Animal Testing. It elaborates on its UK website: “In the past 35 years, important advancements in the development of new alternative methods have already been achieved. Some of these methods gained international acceptance by the OECD – and the development of further methods are in the process. For example, Beiersdorf fosters the development of so-called ‘organ-on-a-chip’ technologies. These systems integrate several human cell and tissue types and emulate the human biology at a small scale, extending the options to assess possible effects on the human body in vitro to ultimately ensure safe products.”

Until NIVEA stops selling its personal care products in countries that allow animal testing, we cannot fully consider it as a cruelty free brand since third parties can perform random tests of their finished products on animals. 

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