After several days of waiting, I received a delightful response from an Yves Rocher representative.
We were very interested in your question concerning our position on using animals in testing beauty products and thank you for your enquiry.
We hope we can enlighten and reassure you on this matter.
The Yves Rocher Brand entered the fight against using animals in testing beauty products at a very early stage.
As a pioneer in this fight, in 1989, and by replacing testing on animals with alternative methods, Yves Rocher encouraged other important players in the economy to follow suit.
In 1992, the S.P.A. (Society for the protection of animals) awarded us the gold medal for our action towards animals.
Yves Rocher is also listed with the association ‘One Voice’, which is a reference in the fight against experiments on animals .The French association One Voice is the French representative in the « European Coalition against experiments on animals » whose international standards (Human Cosmetics Standard) are totally respected.
The One Voice label, which certifies products which are not tested on animals, is recognised as one of the most demanding. It is the guarantee that none of our formulas or product’s ingredients involves experiments on animals.
In line with our commitment, we openly admit to never using or encouraging animal testing whether it concerns our finished products or their ingredients.
If we develop a plant extract which requires testing on animals in order to prove its safety, then we guarantee that this extract will never be used in our products however beneficial it may be.
Moreover we invest in research programmes on alternative methods to testing on animals. We are working closely with a National research institute on two new methods for measuring allergies in vitro as an alternative form of testing.
Our Internal charter on the ingredients in our products is extremely strict: we refuse to use any raw materials of animal origin.
For example, we refuse to use a pigment frequently found in eyeshadows called cochineal coming from an insect with the same name which produces carmine acid to protect it from its predators and is used as a scarlet dye.
Yves Rocher has been committed for 50 years and will continue to fight for nature in all its forms through its Brand and its Foundation.
We hope that this information has answered all your questions.
Let me just say that a) I am extremely impressed, and b) I’ve looked up the One Voice association, and it is legit. Here‘s some more information about One Voice, for anyone who is interested.
Now that we’ve got the question of animal testing out of the way (and I plan to respond to her and recommend they promote this information more in stores, because if I don’t see anything on an individual product about a policy against animal testing, I tend to assume animal testing is part of their policy.
Also, while I am more likely to give their products a chance (I did end up picking up a travel size coconut perfume for about $6 that smells lovely), I do still feel the quality is lacking in a lot of their products, especially their make up. If anyone has had a positive experience with Yves Rocher’s products, particularly their makeup, please let me know, I would love to hear about it!