Is Nivea Lip Balm Vegan and Cruelty-Free?


Nivea is a very popular brand for lip balm, but no, their products are not vegan (at least not currently).

The biggest issue is that they likely test on animals, which is a deal-breaker.

Many of their products also contain beeswax.

For example, here’s an extract from their moisture lip care lip balm ingredients:

… Beeswax, Glycerin, Water, Fragrance

And beeswax is clearly not vegan.

The rest of their products have glycerol in them. Now, glycerol can be vegan, and often is, but when a company doesn’t specifically label it, I’d rather be on the safe side and assume it’s not vegan.

In summary: Nivea’s lip balms are not vegan due to testing products on animals, and having beeswax in most products. Some of their lip balms may be vegan, but why take the chance when there are many better vegan lip balms to choose from.

About the author

Dale Cudmore

Your friendly neighborhood vegan from Toronto. Chemical engineer turned semi-professional soccer player and freelance nutrition writer. I've been vegan for years and try to make life easier for others by sharing what I've learned.


  • As Biersdorf is located in the EU, where animal testing has been against the law since 2004, and using ingredients tested on animals illegal since 2013, can you say truthfully that Nivea products are “likely tested on animals “?

    • Hi Sheila, I linked the article that I based that statement off of, take a look at it if you missed.

      Particularly the conclusion:

      “Although NIVEA and their parent company, Beiersdorf, is not conducting the animal tests themselves, they’re still condoning and paying others to do it for them. Therefore I am sad to say that NIVEA is not a cruelty-free brand.”

    • Do you have a source for that? I couldn’t find one, and I linked to a source of my own that shows they probably do (or did recently) test on animals.