Some of these companies refuse to reveal their animal testing policies. These companies should not be considered cruelty-free until they make a clear statement on animal testing. Many of these companies are blatantly lying to their customers through their sales reps and websites regarding their animal testing policies – skin and eye irritation tests must be conducted on animals in order for cosmetic products to be sold in China, which are paid for by manufacturers.
For more info, you can read my post regarding Animal Testing.
As long as China will not entirely lift its mandatory animal testing law, it’s important not to support brands that take part in animal testing in order to sell their products in China: if a company “only tests on animals when required by law”, it’s not cruelty-free! Also, it’s equally important to support brands that refuse to partake in the suffering of animals even if that decision is detrimental to their profits.
Almay (owned by Revlon)
Avon – Their reps and websites will tell you otherwise, but after extensive investigating by PETA it has come to light that Avon has been paying for tests on animals in order to sell their products in China—and they did not inform their consumers that their policies had changed.
Bobbi Brown – (owned by Estee Lauder) On Bobbi Brown’s website list of FAQs, the very first question is “does your company test on animals?” The answer? A firm “no”. “Bobbi Brown is committed to the elimination of animal testing.” Except that this is followed by: “We do not conduct animal testing on our products or ingredients, nor ask others to test on our behalf, except when required by law.” In other words, in order for them to continue marketing their cosmetics line in China, they have to test on animals.
Clinique (owned by Estee Lauder)
Dolce & Gabbana
MAC – (owned by Estee Lauder) They have been paying for tests on animals in order to sell their products in China and they did not inform their consumers that their policies had changed.
Revlon – They have been paying for tests on animals in order to sell their products in China—and they never informed their consumers that their policies had changed.
The Body Shop – There has been some confusion regarding The Body Shop, and whether they test on animals. The Body Shop has always been very vocal in their anti-testing stance, and many consumers continue to buy their products due to the perceived animal friendliness of the brand. However, it was acquired by L’Oreal in 2006. L’Oreal is notorious for its extensive animal testing over the years, and outcry followed. Many protesters demanded a boycott of The Body Shop, not because it was testing, but because any money spent on its products is going to a parent company that does test. Click here to read How L’Oreal Is Misleading Their Customers About Being Cruelty Free
Yves Saint Laurent
Cetaphil (owned by Galderma)
Clean & Clear
La Roche Posay
Nu Skin International
Head & Shoulders
Nice ‘n Easy
Soft & Beautiful
SOAP & BATH
Shower to Shower
Christina Aguilera Perfumes
Ralph Lauren Fragrances
Viktor & Rolf
TOOTHPASTE AND ORAL CARE
Lady Speed Stick
Soft & Dri
RAZORS & HAIR REMOVAL
Don’t let this list put you down – Click here for a list of products that are animal cruelty free!
* This is not an comprehensive list, no product that is not endorsed by Beauty Without Cruelty or Leaping Bunny is Cruelty Free. *
*Please note, this post is NOT sponsored by anyone – If any of the products listed are not Cruelty Free and have been listed in error, please contact me and we will remove them or motivate my reasoning* Information obtained from PETA, Beauty Without Cruelty, Beauty Without Cruelty South Africa, Leaping Bunny Program, Vida Compassion, Nuffield Bioethics, http://www.navs.org/