Vanicream is a skincare brand. Vanicream is quite popular in the US as the ingredients of Vanicream are free of common irritants.

Vanicream is manufactured in Rochester and sold in various stores in the US and some other countries.

But is Vanicream cruelty-free? Do they sell in countries where animal testing is required? Are the products of Vanicream Vegan i.e do they have animal ingredients in their products or not? 

We have tried to answer all of the queries you might have about the ethics, morals, and policy of Vanicream. Read on to find out!

About Vanicream

Vanicream is a skincare brand for people with sensitive skin. It was founded by Conrad Thompson and Ed Mansfield in 1980.

The main purpose of starting this was to make lotions that are suitable for people who have sensitive skin i.e their idea was to make lotions that are free of chemical irritants.

The reason that Vanicream is popular in the US is that it is free of common chemical irritants. Vanicream does not contain dyes, lanolin, formaldehyde, paraben, and fragrances in its products.

Vanicream has a seal of acceptance from the National Eczema Association on some of its products.

Vanicream has deodorant, moisturizers, cleansers, anti-itch lotion, and shaving cream in their body products. They also have products to take care of your face.

They also have hair products such as shampoo, conditioner, hair gel, and hair spray. 

The suncare products include sunscreens with SPF35 and 50+, facial moisturizer with SPF30, and lip protectants. These sun protectants protect from both UVA and UVB rays.

Vanicream claims that its sunscreen has ingredients that are reef-friendly.

The products of Vanicream are sold in various stores in US such as Walmart, Target, CVS pharmacy, Rite Aid, Walgreens, etc. 

Online retailers of Vanicream are Amazon, Coolibar, Mayo clinic, Lovely skin, etc.

Vanicream also sells in other countries such as Canada, the UK, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Taiwan, the Philippines, etc.

Is Vanicream cruelty-free?

Before we get into whether QuickFX is cruelty-free or not, let’s define a cruelty-free brand.

The literal meaning of cruelty-free is;

“(of a cosmetic or other product) developed without being tested on animals”

So a cruelty-free brand is the one that does not test its finished products on animals, nor do they allow or ask third-party companies to conduct animal testing on their behalf.

A cruelty-free brand also does not sell in countries where animal testing is required by law.

While testing, most animals are killed. According to PETA, more than 100 million animals are killed in US laboratories every year for research purposes

Although there are various alternative ways to check the effectiveness of a product, still many companies conduct animal testing.

To find out, whether Vanicream is a cruelty-free brand, it should meet the following criteria;

  • It should not test its products on animals.
  • The parent company of the brand should not conduct animal testing.
  • Brand should not allow or ask other companies or its suppliers to conduct animal testing on their products.
  • It should not sell its products in countries like China where animal testing is required by law.
  • The brand should be certified as a cruelty-free brand by any respectable organisation such as PETA or Leaping Bunny.

Vanicream has not provided much information on this topic. They have only stated on their website that;

“Pharmaceutical Specialties Inc. does not test our products on animals.”

This statement only shows that the parent company (Pharmaceutical Specialties Inc.) does not test the products of Vanicream on animals. This only fulfils one criterion.

Many questions still need to be answered such as do they allow their suppliers to conduct animal testing? Do they sell in Mainland China where animal testing is required?

Vanicream was emailed with some of the questions that still needed to be answered. Their response to the email was unclear. 

Their response showed that;

  • They don’t test on animals.
  • Vanicream does not sell its products in China.
  • They discourage (but do not stop) third parties/suppliers to conduct animal testing on their products.

The parent company of Vanicream is Pharmaceutical Specialties Inc. which is often not considered a cruelty-free company.

Also, Vanicream is not certified as a cruelty-free brand.

Vanicream does not openly and clearly explain its policy regarding animal testing so;

Vanicream is in the grey area i.e. it is not completely certain whether they are cruelty-free or not.

Is Vanicream Vegan-friendly?

A brand is completely vegan-friendly the products do not contain any sort of animal ingredients.

Vanicream is not a 100% vegan brand as some of its products have animal ingredients such as honey.

Is Vanicream eco-friendly?

Vanicream claims that its sunscreens have ingredients that are reef-friendly.

Products of Vanicream are eco-friendly.

Is Vanicream ethical?

An ethical brand operates in an ethical business environment i.e. it should care about the ethics and morals of the society. 

It should be environmentally friendly, cruelty-free, and vegan-friendly.

Vanicream is not a completely ethical company when it comes to cruelty-free and vegan products.


Vanicream is an American skincare brand whose products are designed for people with sensitive skin. Products of Vanicream do not contain common chemical irritants.

Vanicream does not openly share its animal testing policy. Hence, their cruelty-free status is uncertain.

Some of the products of Vanicream have animal derivatives so it is not a 100% vegan-friendly brand. Sunscreen of Vanicream has reef-friendly ingredients that make it an eco-friendly brand.

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