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Brands That Test on Animals

I don’t usually talk about the brands that are NOT cruelty free, because there are so many good brands that ARE!

brands that test on animals

Brands’ cruelty free statuses change all the time (so check this cruelty free beauty list for current updates). But I wanted to mention some of the brands that I avoid and it makes me sad. Some of them test on animals outright, but many do it because they want to sell in countries that REQUIRE animal testing (like China). They usually say things about testing, “only when required by law.” This is a PR spin, because basically, no one is forcing them to sell in China. It’s all about the money baby.

(Date: this list is as of July 31, 2014 and subject to change): So here’s my list of brands that I want to buy, and as soon as they stop animal testing, selling in China, or working with suppliers who test on animals, I’d love to buy them again. Until then – no deal!

Please note – if I am wrong about any of these and you have proof, please let me know. To the best of my knowledge and research, these are brands that are currently involved in animal testing in some form or fashion.

Brands that Test on Animals:

  • Maybelline
  • Cover Girl
  • Rimmel
  • Almay
  • Revlon
  • Sally Hansen
  • OPI
  • Essie
  • Oil of Olay
  • Suave
  • Gilette
  • Aveeno
  • Neutrogena
  • Zest
  • Dial
  • Tressemme
  • L’Oreal
  • Makeup Forever
  • MAC
  • Shiseido
  • Avon
  • Bumble & Bumble
  • Benefit
  • Amazing Makeup
  • Bobbi Brown
  • Clinique
  • Philosophy
  • Fresh
  • Rembrandt
  • Crest
  • Colgate
  • Clarisonic
  • Biore
  • Clairol
  • Clearasil
  • Eucerin
  • Finesse
  • Fusion Beauty
  • Jo Malone
  • H2O
  • Jurlique
  • La Mer
  • Lanvin
  • L’Occitane
  • Ojon
  • Prescriptives
  • Stila
  • Guerlain
  • Coach
  • Donna Karen
  • Chanel
  • Dior
  • YSL
  • Caudalie
  • Yves Rocher
  • Boscia
  • Korres
  • Origins
  • Sephora’s House Collection (NOT including Tokidoki, Kat Von D, etc.)
  • Anything from Proctor & Gamble
  • Anything form Estee Lauder

There are plenty more animal testers – this is just a sampling. Check here for a list of brands that ARE cruelty free. Also check out the gold standard of cruelty free beauty – Leaping Bunny for a list of brands that have been audited and approved.

One way to check which brands are selling in mainland China (Hong Kong is safe), is to look up Sephora China and then have Google translate the page (if you don’t speak Chinese!). Here’s a link to a list of brands sold in Sephora China stores. Let me point out that Sephora carries many cruelty free brands. I don’t stay away from stores like Sephora and ULTA that carry multiple brands, but I do avoid the brands that are involved in animal testing.

Press samples have been provided for review. Opinions are the author’s own. Article may contain affiliate links.

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44 comments

  1. I do and if I have to give something I give what is right, But regretfully if the people around you don’t care you cant make them.

  2. OMG OPI? Didn’t they swear they won’t start testing after they were bought out by L’oreal? Yves Rocher also makes me sad :(

  3. And I would love to buy Pure Ice and Sinful Colors nail polish, but Revlon has ruined that for me. I will not give my money to companies who say they don’t test but are owned by those who do. And the same is with OPI.

  4. Ooh, I didn’t know about Clarisonic! So glad I donated my Mia 2 :) But Kat Von D is okay?

  5. Jen, why must you be the bearer of bad news!!! I could have sworn Boscia was cruelty-free.

    I do like the idea of this list though. We often focus on companies that are in the grey, but not necessarily pointing out the ones that are for sure in the bad.

  6. I am is sad as well. I’ve been buying Cover Girl for years thinking they were non animal tested. I have been using their powder foundation and Mink Vison eyeliner for so many years, they’ve become part if my face! But I have to remember what the picture above says, “Do what is right. Not what is easy.”

  7. Jen, thanks so much for doing the leg work and keeping us informed and updated with this information…i do research as well and make better decisions with all the information that’s out there. thanks again :)

  8. Philosophy says on their website that they do not test on animals?? http://www.philosophy.com/faqs/frequently-asked-questions,en_US,pg.html

  9. But Philosophy is owned by Cody which does test on animals.

  10. Yes Kat Von D is cruelty free.

  11. Ugh it’s so hard to read this list and see some of my favourite brands on there! The truth is that there are so many good non-testing on animal companies that if we stopped shopping at the guys that do they would be forced to make a decision. I think the realistic problem lies in the cost. For example, Butter nail polish can run about $17, compares to a cheap Revlon one for $8. Not everyone has the disposable cash. It’s the same issue with eating organic vs. not. There needs to be something that changes at the core of this problem for people to really make the switch.
    http://www.thecrushworthy.com

  12. They also say ‘they’ don’t do it. Nothing about any other parties they may outsource testing to, or test on their behalf. You need to read between the lines with companies when it comes to animal testing.

  13. theres an app called cruelty cutter and i scanned my philosophy and benefit items and its saying they ARE cruelty free. im not sure if the app is updated as well as brands when they change. this is just want i found through that app.

  14. Since visiting your blog the ads have been for companies that test on animals…they make their presence felt everywhere. Urban Decay sells in China now. NYX as well…you’re right when you say that a company’s status can change…and all for profit.

  15. Hello My Beauty Bunny!
    Do you know if By Terry test their product on animals or have any other parties do it for them? I couldn’t find them anywhere on your lists.
    Thank you.

  16. Urban Decay and NYX don’t sell in mainland China. And all of my ads right now are Google AdSense which are based on your browsing history.

  17. Never heard of that app but it’s incorrect.

  18. Hi there! Do you know if the Walgreens brand “studio 35 beauty” is cruelty free?

  19. I just realised that The Body Shop is owned by L’Oreal! But The Body Shop is on the cruelty free list. How does that work?

  20. The Body Shop was acquired by L’Oreal under the condition that they would maintain their cruelty free status. See our cruelty free brands page for more on parent companies who do test.

  21. I use most of these brands. I always assumed they were cruelty free but I guess not. :( It’s especially messed up that a lot of them USED to be cruelty free but decided to sell out to China. From this point on I will only buy cruelty free products. Thanks so much for making these lists!

  22. Benifit do test in animals unfortunately

  23. Hello!
    Your website says Avon still does animal testing. They stopped animal testing in 1989.

    A direct quote from the Avon website:
    “In June 1989 Avon announced a permanent end to animal testing of our products, including testing done in outside laboratories. Avon was the first major cosmetic company in the world to end animal testing. For more than 20 years Avon has independently substantiated the safety of its products without animal testing.”

    http://avoncompany.com/corporatecitizenship/corporateresponsibility/resourcecenter/policies_and_procedures/animal_welfare.html

  24. Avon sells in China, a country that requires animal testing. They are not cruelty free now, and won’t be until they pull out of China or China changes its laws (wishful thinking!)

  25. I would just like to say that loccitane do not test on animals and never have.

  26. I currently use Eucerin as it has helped my slightly problem prone skin. Can you recommend a skincare/cleanser brand that is cruelty free?? [and available in South Africa?!]

  27. Anything with shea butter will be a good equivalent to Eucerin!

  28. I am SO disappointed to learn that Burt’s Bees, Aveda and Tom’s are part and party to animal testing, being as how they are “guilty by association.” Recently I bought a new makeup line that the sales person assured me was NOT tested on animals…NARS, but since I am unable to find them on ANY list, I am suspicious. Do you have any information on this brand? Thanks.

  29. Beauty Without Cruelty is a great brand. Check them out, their cleanser is superb.

    http://www.beautywithoutcruelty.com/

  30. Nars is Cruelty free but they are owned by Shiseido, who is not cruelty free.

  31. Thank you for this information, disappointing as it is! Seems everyone has “sold their soul” to the almighty dollar, and that just infuriates me! So, the “hunt” continues!

  32. Very confused since Benefit explicitly states in its FAQ that it IS cruelty-free and doesn’t support it.

  33. Burt’s Bees is cruelty-free.

  34. This page seriously needs to be updated. I’m telling you right now that philosophy is cruelty-free. Chanel & Dior do not test their beauty products on animals.

    As for the rest of the commentators, a company, like Victoria’s Secret, can own another company, like Bath & Body Works, where one tests on animals and the other company is completely cruelty-free.

  35. I was told that Burt’s sold out to the Chinese market, thereby insuring there WILL be testing done in/for that country, much as others have done.

  36. Unfortunately, the companies you mentioned sell their products in China, a country that requires animal testing by law.

  37. Benefit has never been cruelty free. These companies often “spin” their animal testing policy verbiage to make it sound as if they are cruelty free. For example, “finished products not tested on animals” does not mean the ingredients used weren’t tested. Some companies don’t test, but they choose to sell in China, where the gov’t mandates testing. There are many other ways to spin it – those are just a couple of examples.

  38. As far as I know, Burt’s Bees does not sell in China. If you have proof, please email me or post it here.

  39. Unfortunately, they are sold in China, a country that requires animal testing.

  40. I haven’t heard of them, sorry. But, you should write and ask what their animal testing policy is, if their ingredients suppliers test on animals, and if they are sold in countries that require animal testing (like mainland China – Hong Kong is an exception).

  41. Okay, a year later, I realize that’s the Beagle Freedom Project app – hopefully they have updated it since then.

  42. There are some great inexpensive cruelty free brands like Milani, Wet N Wild, Flower, Nuance, Zoya, 100% Pure, Pacifica, and many more – check my list of cruelty free brands (at the top and on the right side of the page) for more drugstore brands.

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