The following list consists of companies that DO test on animals. Its main source is PETA, and I’ve supplemented it with my own research. I’ve organized the brands by category but you’ll notice that most of these brands are owned by a few big corporations. These corporations are L’Oreal, Estee Lauder, Procter & Gamble, Clorox, Johnson & Johnson, S.C. Johnson, Colgate-Palmolive, Reckitt Benckiser, Church & Dwight, Unilever, and Dial/Henkel.
These companies all have poor ethics when it comes to animal testing, and are making no efforts to change their policies. There are however two exceptions, the first one being Colgate-Palmolive, which have agreed to gradually change their policy. PETA currently lists Colgate-Palmolive as “working toward regulatory changes to reduce the number of animals used for testing”. This does NOT mean the company is or will be cruelty-free in the near future! It’s only a small step in the right direction, and the company still DOES test on animals at this point.
The second exception consists of a few select brands. While in most cases, brands that are owned by companies that test on animals are not cruelty-free, L’Oreal is one of the few companies to own brands that have kept their ethical stances and have remained cruelty-free under the ownership. The same goes for Burt’s Bees (now owned by Clorox but still cruelty-free) and Tom’s of Maine (Colgate-Palmolive).
All the brands mentioned on this list, however, do test on animals. Please note that this list is not exhaustive. This list only includes companies that claimed they test on animals at some point, or sell in China; there are many other companies who remained silent about their animal testing policy. Makeup To find brands that aren’t tested on animals, please refer to my Guide To Cruelty-Free Makeup Brands (link opens in a new window).
Almay Artistry (Amway) Avon Benefit Bobbi Brown Borghese Burberry Calvin Klein Chanel Chapstick Cle de Peau Clinique CoverGirl Demeter Dior Dolce & Gabbana Estee Lauder Flirt Giorgio Armani Givenchy Guerlain Helena Rubinstein L’Oreal Lancôme MAC Make Up For Ever Mary Kay Max Factor Maybelline OPI Pat McGrath Prescriptives Rimmel London Revlon Shiseido Shu Uemura Sinful Colors Sephora (brand) Tom Ford Tony Moly Yves Saint Laurent Skincare Algenist Ambi American Beauty Aveeno Avene Avon Bain de Soleil Bioderma Biotherm Bliss Boscia Caudalie Cetaphil Clarins Clarisonic Clean & Clear Clearasil Coppertone DDF DHC Dermablend Dr.
Brandt Dr. Jart Dr Sebagh EOS Eucerin Fresh Garnier Gatineau Glamglow Good Skin Labs Grassroots Jurlique Kiehl’s L’Occitane La Mer La Roche Posay Lab Series for Men Lubriderm Mederma Neutrogena Nivea Noxzema Nu Skin International Nuxe Ojon Olay Origins Oriflame Osiao Peter Thomas Roth Piz Buin Ponds ROC Rembrandt Sephora brand Simple SK-II Skin ID St. Ives Vaseline Vichy Walgreens Yves Rocher Hair Products Alberto V05 Aussie Bumble and Bumble Clairol Fekkai Got2b Head & Shoulders Herbal Essences Hoyu Joico John Frieda Just for Men Kao USA Kerastase Matrix Essentials Mizani Natural Instincts Nexxus Nice ‘n Easy Pantene Physique Redken Rogaine Schwarzkopf Sebastian Professional Soft & Beautiful SoftSheen Suave Sunsilk TRESemmé Vidal Sasson Soap and Bath Dial Dove H2O Plus Irish Spring Ivory Johnson’s Lux Purpose Shower to Shower Softsoap Wella Fragrance Acqua Di Parma Aramis Balenciaga Bvlgari Cacharel Christina Aguilera Perfumes Cire Trudon Coach Donna Karan Dunhill Fragrances Elizabeth Arden Escada Fragrances Gucci Fragrances Hugo Boss Jo Malone Lacoste Fragrances Marc Jacobs Fragrances Michael Kors Missoni Odin Ralph Lauren Fragrances Tommy Hilfiger Viktor & Rolf Kenzo Toothpaste & Oral Care To find dental care brands that aren’t tested on animals, please read my post HERE (link opens in a new window).
Aim Aquafresh Close-up Colgate Crest Listerine Mentadent Pearl Drops Reach Scope Sensodyne Signal Deodorant Arrid Axe Dry Idea FDS Lady Speed Stick Mitchum Deodorant Old Spice Right Guard Secret Soft & Dri Speed Stick Teen Spirit Ultrabrite Feminine Hygene Always Carefree Femfresh o.b Tampons Stayfree Razors and Hair Removal Bic Corporation Braun Gillette Co. Nair Schiek Veet Other/Personal/Household 3M Acuvue Arm & Hammer Band-Aid Hill’s Mead Off Pampers Puffs ReNu Savlon Vaseline Vicks Pet food For more information about animal testing in the pet food industry and to find brands that aren’t tested on animals, read my post HERE (this opens in a new window).
Blue Buffalo Iams Hill’s Science Diet Pedigree Purina Friskies Natural Balance Whiskas Eukanuba Sheba Bakers Complete K.Y. Cleaning Air Wick Ajax Armor All Calgon Clorox Dermassage Drano Easy-Off Ever Clean Fabuloso Fantastik Febreze Finish Formula 409 Fresh Step Glad Glade Green Works Joy Kaboom Liquid Plumr Lysol Melaleuca Mr. Clean Murphy Oil Soap Nature’s Source Old English Oomph! Oust OxiClean Palmolive Pine-Sol Pledge Raid Renuzit Resolve Rid-X S.
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I’ve recently received a question about L’Oreal’s cruelty-free status. A reader told me they heard that L’Oreal no longer tests on animals. Is there any truth to this? Let me start with a quote from L’Oreal newly-created animal testing FAQ: “L’Oréal no longer tests any of its products or any of its ingredients on animals, anywhere in the world. Nor does L’Oréal delegate this task to others.
” No wonder misleading rumors about L’Oreal being cruelty-free are spreading. The above statement would imply that L’Oreal doesn’t test finished products or ingredients on animals at any stage of production, that their suppliers don’t test raw materials on animals, and that they have pulled out of China. False! Read the following sentence: “An exception could be made if authorities required it for human safety or regulatory purposes.
” In order words, they do fund animal testing of their finished products in China, where the practice is required by law. But wait! There’s more deception! The whole change in L’Oreal’s animal testing policy took place with March 2013 as a cut-off date. The company now claims not to test its finished products or raw materials on animals after this date. They claim: “When a supplier proposes us an ingredient, we ask to examine its safety dossier.
If the dossier contains data generated by means of animal testing before March 2013, L’Oréal can retain the ingredient. If the data was generated after March 2013 and was for a cosmetics application, L’Oréal cannot retain the ingredient. If the data was generated after March 2013 but was for a usage other than cosmetics, then L’Oréal can retain the ingredient.” Basically, L’Oreal claims not to use any ingredients that have tested on animals IF those ingredients have been tested on animals after March 2013 AND IF they have been tested for cosmetic reasons only.
Dear readers, THIS IS THEIR LOOPHOLE. This is what allows L’Oreal to use animal-tested ingredients in their formulations for new products. These new products consist of anti-wrinkle products, acne treatments, sunscreens, and other skin-correcting or skin-protecting “miracle” products; L’Oreal surely knows what strings to pull to have these products fall under the “medicated ingredients” list.
L’Oreal actually has a history of disguising its cosmetics as drugs, and has been sued by the FDA over misleading ads regarding this. The FDA claimed that L’Oreal products “were intended to affect the structure or any function of the human body, rendering them drugs under the Act (Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act).” This is proof that some of L’Oreal’s products were indeed marketed as drugs.
Whether or not there’s a link, one thing’s for sure: the company clearly states to be using ingredients that have been tested on animals for medical reasons, even after their cut-off date of March 2013. There’s also this statement: ” Also, in response to questions raised by the scientific community and by civil society, local authorities could choose to reexamine the safety data of a known family of ingredients, and could require new safety data.
” This is meant to cover their asses, but it also means: If an ingredient that has a proven safety records needs to be re-tested, they will gladly comply by testing it on animals, which is unacceptable for a truly cruelty-free company. All in all, L’Oreal is not and has never been cruelty-free. L’Oreal doesn’t claim not to test new ingredients on animals. L’Oreal still sells in China. L’Oreal still kills and tortures animals every day by funding animal testing, be it in China or, presumably, for new ingredients.
This is one of the the biggest lies relating to animal testing that I’ve seen. Out of all the companies that have masqueraded as being cruelty-free — and the list is long — L’Oreal wins the grand prize.