Which brands still test on animals? You might be surprised…

Animal testing for cosmetics like mascara and lip gloss seems so archaic that it must be a thing of the past, right? Unfortunately no. Many of us are surprised to learn just how many well known companies are still testing on animals. Crude and painful experiments continue to be carried out globally on thousands of animals to test new cosmetics and household products or their ingredients. This is despite the fact that over 8,000 ingredients are widely available for commercial application without the need for any further testing.

Some companies are even claiming to be cruelty-free but test on animals in countries that require it by law. One such country is China. Although China has now banned testing on animals for cosmetics products manufactured within China, anything imported into mainland China must still be tested. Find out more about the China situation.

The good news is you don’t have to be part of the cruelty! Last year SAFE launched our free phone app brimming with products not tested on animals, especially for New Zealand, so you can be a cruelty-free shopper. So what are you waiting for? Download it now!

And for companies to avoid?

Check out this list, from Animals Australia, of familiar household brands that test their products on animals:

Cosmetics & personal care

Andrew Collinge
Anna Sui
Aramis
Aveeno
Avon
Band-Aid
Biotherm
Bobbi Brown
Bonjela
Braun
Cacharel
Cashmere Bouquet
Chapstick
Clairol
Clean & Clear
Clearasil
Clinicare
Clinique
Colgate
Covergirl
Crest
Decore
Disprin
Dolce & Gabbana
Donna Karan
Dove
Dufour
Durex
Elizabeth Arden
Estee Lauder
Eulactol
Fruitrience
Garnier
Gillette
Giorgio Armani
Gucci Fragrances
Head & Shoulders
Herbal Essences
Hugo Boss
Impulse
Johnson & Johnson
Jurlique
Kerastase
Kiehl’s
Lacoste
Lancôme
Lemsip
Listerine
L’Occitane
L’Oreal
Lux
Lynx
MAC
Mary Kay
Max Factor
Maybelline
Michael Kors
Missoni
Mum
Nair
Neutrogena
Nice ‘n Easy
Nurofen
Olay
Old Spice
Optrex
Oral B
Palmolive
Pantene
Pearl Drops
Pears
Pert
Plax
Ponds
PPS
Radox
Ralph Lauren Fragrances
Reach
Redken
Revlon
Rexona
Rogaine
Sanex
Saturn
Savlon
Scholl
Sensodyne
Shiseido
Shu Uemura
Simple
SK-II
Speed Stick
St Ives
Stayfree
Steradent
Strepsils
Tampax
Tom Ford
Tommy Hilfiger
Tony & Guy
TREsemme
Vaseline
Veet
Venus
Vicks
Vidal Sassoon
Viktor & Rolf
V05
Waxeeze
Wella
Wella Balsam
Zest

Household

3M
Aeroguard
Air Wick
Ajax
Ambi-Pur
Armor All
Autan
Baygon
Bloo
Brasso
Calgon
Castle
Clorox
Cold Power
Comfort
Crisp
Cuddly
Dawn
Dettol
Domestos
Drano
Drive
Duck
Dynamo
Easy-Off BAM
Exit Mould
Fab
Fabulon
Fairy
Febreze
Fiesta
Finish
Fluffy
Freedom
Glad
Glade
Glen 20
Gumption
Handy Andy
Harpic
Hurricane
Jeyes
Jif
Kiwi
Kwit
Marveer
Mortein
Mr Muscle
Mr Sheen
Napisan
Nifti
Nu-Clenz
Off!
Omo
Oust
Pea-Beau
Pine O Cleen
Pledge
Preen
Raid
Sard
Scotch-Gard
Silvo
Soft Soap
Spree
Steelo
Vanish
Windex

Please note that this list is not exhaustive.

Remember that choosing non-tested products is easy. You can find a list of companies that do not test on animals at SAFEshopper.

LET’S MAKE CRUELTY A THING OF THE PAST

The European Union and several other countries around the world have banned testing cosmetics on animals. New Zealand can join them!

Take action! Ask PM John Key to ban cosmetics testing on animals now, and please share with family and friends.

 

Mandy Carter, Head of Campaigns

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18 Comments Add yours

  1. Laura says:

    What does the star (*) beside products mean? I can’t see what it means anywhere…

    1. SAFE says:

      Sorry random *, now edited out!

  2. Mandy says:

    Stop testing on animals

    1. Dawn hayes says:

      How could u people test on animals they are live creatures..how would u like it if this was done to u

  3. megan says:

    I cant believe that many company’s are still ding this , come on people you know there are better ways its just being lazy and greedy.

  4. Mel says:

    Im not sure about most of these, but I do know that herbal essences and proctor and gamble (pantene, covergirl) have released statements saying they do not test on animals.

  5. Jung says:

    Didn’t L’Oreal announce that they stopped animal testing on their website?

  6. Kay says:

    Revlon say they haven’t tested in NZ/Aus since 1989, are they telling lies to get more customers?

    1. SAFE says:

      If they are making the claim that they don’t test IN New Zealand and Australia, nothing stops them from testing overseas. Clever uses of wording like these allow companies to get away with quite a bit, which is why it’s important to use SAFEshopper to know which products can truly be trusted.

  7. Be nice to have the DO TEST list in printer friendly version.

    1. SAFE says:

      Hi there,
      It’s quite difficult to get companies to confirm that they DO test, especially since many companies claim they do not test, but still benefit from testing. For instance, they may pay another company to do the testing for them.

      As such, the only companies you can truly trust are those that pass a rigorous set of tests, like those on SAFEshopper. If a company is not on SAFEshopper, they’re suspect.

      1. Thank you for your response. However, I think I didn’t explain what I was suggesting very clearly. What I meant was that it would be great to be able to print out the list of companies that DO test that you have on this page. As it is one can’t really print it…

  8. dawn says:

    I sent an email to jeyes concerning their soap powder and fabric. They told me they do not test on animals and no one does it on their behalf. Is this not so?

    1. SAFE says:

      Due to the large volume of enquiries SAFE receives I’m afraid we are unable to answer queries regarding individual companies. However, Jeyes is not listed on any current cruelty free lists that we are aware of, and companies employ a variety of tactics to create the idea that they do not test on animals.

      For instance, a company may not test on animals or commission anyone to do it, but they may buy ingredients that are already tested on animals. Unfortunately, half-truths can often slip through even the most rigorous of requests.

      Please take a look at SAFE’s ‘how to be a cruelty free detective’ blog to
      see how to spot an animal testing company:
      https://safenewzealand.org/2012/03/02/are-your-favourite-products-really-not-tested-on-animals/

      PETA also has a great list of companies that DO test on animals:
      http://www.mediapeta.com/peta/PDF/companiesdotest.pdf

      SAFEshopper is SAFE’s cruelty free list, available to search online or as
      a free downloadable phone app:
      http://safe.org.nz/safeshopper-cruelty-free-nz

      If Jeyes really does not test on animals, we would love to hear about it, and maybe even include them on our SAFEshopper app. You can help encourage companies to apply for SAFEshopper by using our letter http://safe.org.nz/write-letter

      Thanks very much,
      Shanti Ahluwalia
      Campaigns Officer

  9. Blake says:

    I’m just starting to get into transitioning into cruelty free products only, but I’m a little confused. This list is from February 2015 and is the most recent one I can find, but maybe that’s still the problem. One of the brand you’ve listed as “does test on animals” is Maybelline. If you go to their site, it says

    “Thank you for your interest in Maybelline, a brand of L’Oréal USA, Inc.
    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. An exception could only be made if regulatory authorities demanded it for safety or regulatory purposes.”

    What exactly does that mean? I know that an exception would be China since basically nothing can be sold there without animal testing, but does it otherwise mean that as long as you don’t live in a country that requires testing, they don’t? And also, I know that Urban Decay is owned by L’Oreal also, yet they aren’t on this list and they do market themselves as cruelty free. Is your criteria for making the list 1) direct animal testing by the company and 2) selling in countries that require it? I’m just curious because the whole cruelty free market is obviously a lot more confusing than it probably should be.

    1. SAFE says:

      Hi Blake, thanks for your comment. You are totally right, it is much more confusing than it should be.

      There is a blog here that explains tricky wording a bit more: https://safenewzealand.org/2014/11/18/whats-the-deal-with-brands-that-claim-not-to-test-on-animals-except-when-required-by-law/ Essentially, phrases such as these “An exception could only be made if regulatory authorities demanded it for safety or regulatory purposes” means “we pay for animal testing, but we know people don’t like it so we’ll avoid outright saying it”. Companies that sell to China know full well it means animal testing will take place. And let’s face it, no company needs to sell their products there. Companies like Lush have decided not to sell to China whilst animal testing still goes on.

      We do not list any companies that sell to China because it means that the brand itself tests on animals, even if that isn’t in your own country.

      Regarding Urban Decay, I believe they still remain a separate company from L’Oreal so they themselves do no test on animals.

      Where do you live? In New Zealand we have a free phone app called SAFEshopper that you can download: http://www.safeshopper.org.nz

      thanks, Mandy

  10. Sandy Shields says:

    I have been trying to find a definitive on Health Basics brand, I can’t see it on the safeshopper ?
    Sandy

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