The short answer: No, Vichy Laboratories is not entirely cruelty free.
The long answer: Vichy Laboratories is a French dermo-cosmetic brand that promises to give its users hydrated and healthy skin using Vichy volcanic water. It is owned by the L’Oréal Group, a company which also distributes Redken, La Roche-Posay, and Kiehl’s. On its official US website, Vichy informs its customers, “Vichy does not test any of its products or any of its ingredients on animals, anywhere in the world nor does Vichy delegate this task to others. The only possible exception is if regulatory authorities required it for safety or regulatory purposes.”
The last statement pertains to Vichy Laboratories being sold in China. The brand needs to follow the rules and regulations set by the country to be able to sell its products there. China is known for testing imported beauty products on animals, before and after it is distributed in the market. It can also authorise third parties to conduct random tests when items are on the shelves, or if someone files a complaint. Because of these facts, Vichy Laboratories cannot be considered completely cruelty free.