My Favorite Moisturizer Has Vegan Ingredients But…

UPDATED ON January 19th, 2019

UPDATE: If you are looking for Eucerin Skin Calming Daily Moisturizing Creme, they changed the formula and some users like it and some don’t.

The color of the cap is different and so is the product. I contacted Eucerin and they wrote back on May 18, 2017:

We are sorry to disappoint you, but at this time there are no plans to go back to the old formula.  All comments are important to us and are shared with the appropriate departments.

I compared the ingredients from both formulas. The new moisturizing creme no longer contains sodium hydroxide, DMDM hydantoin, methylparaben, or ethylparaben. Instead it has added 1-2 Hexanedoil, Piroctone Olamine, Polyglyceryl-2 caprate, decylene glycol. Make of that what you will.

Here is the current version of the moisturizer: Eucerin Skin Calming Natural Oatmeal Enriched Creme.


Too Long Didn’t Read

Eucerin Skin Calming Daily Moisturizing Creme uses vegan ingredients. But it’s sold in China where animal testing is mandatory on some products sold there.

My Favorite Moisturizer

The only non-prescription moisturizer that works for my eczema is Eucerin Skin Calming Daily Moisturizer Cream. I was pretty nervous to put it into the DCV search engine. I’ve been buying this stuff in bulk and I purchased the last batch before I became vegan. I’m about halfway through my last tube and realized I need to make sure this is something I want to buy in the future.

The Search Results

Running a search of the ingredients on Eucerin’s website came back with 5 flagged ingredients, yikes! Two of these (Cetyl Alcohol and Cetyl Palmitate) are “probably vegan” because they are likely derived from Palm Oil – a whole other issue! Eucerin’s website says they are trying to go 100% sustainable with their palm oil by 2020, meaning they do use palm oil as a source. But the remaining ingredients- Glycerin which can come from animal fat, plants or synthetic sources – and Glyceryl Stearate and PEG-40 Stearate which use Stearic Acid which can come from animal or plant sources- were more iffy.

Parent Company Animal Testing Stance

I had hope, because Eucerin’s parent company Beiersdorf has a webpage dedicated to their stance against animal testing. They claim to have been committed to developing alternative methods of research even before the ban in the EU. That means animals were probably not used to test this product during its development.

Customer Service Reply

I received this information from the a Eucerin customer service agent on May 9 and 10, 2016:

Most of the ingredients used in Eucerin products are synthetic or plant derived. The following ingredients are animal derived:

Lanolin alcohol from sheep’s wool

There are no animal derived ingredients in the Eucerin Skin Calming Crème


I’ll probably keep buying this cream until I find a product that works just as well from an all-vegan 100% cruetly-free company. Hopefully I’ll find one before this tube runs out. If you have any suggestions, please post in the comments!

I’m still on my last bottle of Eucerin but I won’t be buying it again. After reading up on selling products in China that might be tested on animals I’ve decided not to buy from companies who sell there.

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