Is Nivea Vegan?

Nivea, a line of bath and beauty products, long known for their signature blue and white packaging, is a common brand in the US. Nivea is actually owned by the German based Beiersdorf.

In researching whether or not Nivea products are vegan, I did find out that Beiersdorf does not test on animals, which is a good sign. However, many of the products still contain animal ingredients. It is best to check the ingredients on the package yourself.

The response to my email to the company is as follows:

Thank you for your E-mail about the ingredients used in NIVEA.  We understand how important this information is for you.

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

Lanolin alcohol from sheep’s wool
Sodium tallowate from bovine (cow) fat

A listing of the ingredients used in our products can be found on our product packaging.  We want to make sure you have the most current and correct information about the ingredients in our products. Because formulas change and someone may refer to outdated, incorrect information, we do not send out product ingredient lists.

If you have any other questions or comments, please call us at 1-800-227-4703.  Our phone lines are open Monday to Friday, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm EST.

We appreciate your interest in NIVEA.


Consumer Relations
Beiersdorf Inc.

There you have it. Check for those (easy to find) and avoid them. And feel free to contact them letting them know you want more vegan choices.

10 comments for “Is Nivea Vegan?

  1. KEW
    August 7, 2011 at 7:01 am

    Chemical-producing companies that test on animals themselves or pay researchers to carry out animal tests on their behalf e.g.


  2. Sandra
    August 30, 2012 at 10:35 am

    Nivea is not vegan. Beiersdorf has animal tests carried out on its product ingredients.

    • @isitvegan
      August 31, 2012 at 8:41 am

      Did you follow that link? It clearly says, “we don’t test on animals.” If you have other information, please forward it to us. We’d love to know.

  3. Eddie
    September 5, 2012 at 10:18 am

    If they have a different line of products that use animal derived products it’s the same situation of buy a Vegetarian McDonald’s sandwich: The product that you bought doesn’t use animal ingredients, but the company still using animals in a different line of products and … you still supporting them by buying their products.

  4. September 25, 2012 at 5:58 am


    When you buy vegan products, you support a company in the right way and you encourage them to produce more vegan products.

    To boycott every company which produces nonvegan things (instead of encouragement to produce more vegan products) is hardly practical, as it would remove vegans from modern society completely.

  5. Ana
    October 12, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    Everyone, check out Arbonne International. If they are in your country, use that. Only 3rd-party certified vegan line – not one part of the company ever tests or uses any part of animals ever.

  6. October 14, 2012 at 3:09 am

    MOST of the brand St. Ive’s products *used to* carry labels claiming no animal testing and no animal-based ingredients, but, for some reason(s), the “no animal-based ingredients” line has been removed from ALL their products ~ even though they claim that none of the ingredients have changed. I’m confused as to why, exactly, the labels changed, but I do believe that most of their products are vegan; those containing sea minerals may have some sea animal ingredients, albeit trace amounts, and those listed as containing silk are not vegan…

    • susan g
      April 20, 2013 at 9:03 pm

      @rl darden because they were bought out by a company that performs animal testing so they ad to remove that from their labeling…..

  7. February 10, 2017 at 11:15 pm

    Thanks for finding this out! I’ve been trying to avoid all animal products and specifically animal fat. I’ve been using Nivea since I was a kid so I really needed to know whether it had animal fat.

  8. ncmsglobal
    March 26, 2017 at 12:47 am

    Is the Glycerin used from Animal fats?

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