RESEARCH: Regarding animal testing
ANSWERS: They do not test on animals and use alternative methods instead
RESULT: Classified as cruelty-free
Avène is a French company that is known for their great skincare products. My friend who has pretty severe eczema would use their Thermal Water Spray to help relieve the pain on her face from dehydrated skin. I wanted to check out their products to help with the dry patches on my face but first went to their website to check what their position on animal testing was. Here is their statement.
The European cosmetic legislation (directive 76/768/CEE amended the 1th March 2003) requires manufacturers to use alternatives methods to test new raw cosmetic material and finished products.
In compliance with this directive, we stopped tests on animals many years ago.
In practice, to test our products to ensure that they meet our high quality and safety standards, we use existing data concerning the safety of the specific ingredients used in the products. The tolerance of our finished products is then verified by tests on healthy volunteers.
Finally, we carry out physico-chemical and bacteriological tests to verify the identity on each batch of raw material delivered to our factories. This ensures the purity and quality of the ingredients entering our formulas.
These types of tests are also carried out on each batch of finished products to guarantee the safety and quality of each and every product.”
Source: Avene’s UK website on their FAQ page
Date obtained: Feb, 2013
For a list of animal testing policies by companies I’ve contacted, check out the list here: List of Animal Testing Policies by Companies.