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Brands That Test on Animals

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.

My Beauty Bunny does not accept compensation for any product reviews; Press samples have been provided for this purpose. Opinions are the author’s own. Article may contain affiliate links.


About chiefbunny

Jen Mathews is the Chief Bunny and social media maestro for My Beauty Bunny. She is also the President of Top Tier Media, a social media agency for beauty, fashion, health and lifestyle brands.
  • Icequeen81

    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.

  • Dora

    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 :(

  • Teresa Gardner

    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.

  • Sarah S.

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

  • http://jaguarzinnias.blogspot.com/ Jas

    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.

  • Sabrina

    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.”

  • Jerilyn Dejesus

    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 :)

  • Kelly

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

  • Teresa Gardner

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

  • http://www.mybeautybunny.com Jen Mathews

    Yes Kat Von D is cruelty free.

  • http://www.thecrushworthy.com/ Mahsa (The Crushworthy)

    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

  • mysteries1984

    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.

  • ashley

    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.

  • barb

    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.

  • Sara

    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.

  • http://www.mybeautybunny.com Jen Mathews

    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.

  • http://www.mybeautybunny.com Jen Mathews

    Never heard of that app but it’s incorrect.

  • Katie

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

  • http://www.mybeautybunny.com Jen Mathews

    Sorry I don’t know!

  • Lucy

    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?

  • http://www.mybeautybunny.com Jen Mathews

    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.

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