Is Sebamed Cruelty free?

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Is Sebamed cruelty free? Sebamed Vegan product list
Souce: Sebamed

Sebamed is a pharmaceutical brand which once was Leaping Bunny certified. And then lost their certification when it started selling in China.
Perhaps a misstatement must have been floating around in some of my posts that Sebamed is cruelty-free. And I purchased few products to try under the same pretext. Sebamed Clear Face Cleansing Bar and Clear Face Cleansing Foam works amazing for my acne vulgaris. Though a little drying on my combination skin.
But I did read that Sebamed is Cruelty-free. I was convinced until I read their FAQs.

Are Sebamed Products Vegan?

Sebamed products do not consist animal-derived ingredients. Except for Sebamed Visio Gentle Toner and Sebamed Hand & Nail Balsam.
Sebamed Visio Gentle Toner contains hydrolyzed silk that is derived from silkworm cocoons. And Sebamed Hand & Nail Balsam has hydrolyzed keratin which is derived from sheep.

Beeswax is used in the listed products:

Sebamed Healing & Protection Cream
Sebamed Lip Defense SPF 30
Sebamed Baby Diaper Rash CreamSebamed Extreme Dry Skin 10% Urea Repair Lotion
All Sebamed Soap Free Cleansers

Sebamed is vocal about their regulations they follow and does not brand themselves as 'Cruelty-free'.
Animal testing is not involved in the manufacturing process of the products. But they are unsure of the ingredients and their testing on animals and hence no relevant statement could be provided. The manufacturing process follows the German Cosmetics Regulation which has banned finished products test on animals.

Sebamed sells in China

Sebamed acquired the Leaping Bunny Certification in 2014 and lost soon after they started selling in China. Here is the link to the website:
Animal Testing on Finished Products is mandatory in China.

Parent Company: Sebapharma GmbH&Co.

Conclusion: The finished products are not tested on animals but the ingredients used are perhaps tested on animals which conclude Sebamed as Non-Cruelty-free.

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  1. I've never heard of this company before, but I do find this information interesting. My question is how could they be "unsure of the ingredients and their testing on animals and hence no relevant statement could be provided."? Either you know or you don't, right?

    1. Usually because a manufacturer doesn't ask their supplier their practices. Don't ask, don't tell.

  2. I actually like Seba Med products for my son. I didn't know they were non-cruelty free though.

  3. I have never heard of these products before. They should know if their products are vegan or cruelty-free though, that's for sure.

  4. Interesting article I've never heard of these products before but as others have pointed out either you know what ingredients are in them or not! A little bit strange

  5. I've never heard of these products before. Really interesting

  6. I love that these products are vegan and cruelty free. I have to check them out.

  7. This is such sad news. I use SebaMed both for my face and body and I love it, but I was sure it was 100% cruelty-free :(

  8. I heard many good feedbacks about this product. Anyway if its good for you then why not. If it doesnt irritates your skin then go for it.

  9. I'm reading about this product for the first time through this post. Good to know about it.

  10. Never heard of this brand before! Glad to know that they are vegan and cruelty free!

  11. I've actually never heard of this brand! There are so many products on the market nowadays. It's good to know about their practices.

  12. Thanks so much for this. As a natural product consumer, I truly appreciate this post.

  13. I haven't heard of this company.. but it's good to know all this info!

  14. So my boyfriend just purchased this from Costco and I'm trying to figure out if it is or is not cruelty free. The bottle very clearly says cruelty free but when I scan it with my BFP app it comes up as not cruelty free. Is this because it's sold on China?

    1. The products that are sold anywhere except for China may not be tested on animals. But when a brand enters the Chinese market, Animal testing is mandatory on the finished products.
      But then it narrows down to the point where the brand no longer remains cruelty-free.
      Sebamed is sold in China and have lost their cruelty free certifications in 2016.
      I hope that clarifies your query.


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