Cosmetic Animal Testing


Collated on 03/12/2014 from (A U.K. source) and (A Canadian/American source)

A word about the sources: the author of the first website from which this information is taken is an animal behaviour and welfare graduate from Greenwich University in the U.K. As part of a University Project, she contacted the relevant departments of several cosmetic companies, enquiring about their policies and procedures regarding animal testing.

She updates the list regularly as companies alter/change their policies and procedures. Please also be aware: a “bunny symbol”, or an affirmation that “we are against animal testing”/”we oppose animal testing” on a cosmetic product or brand DOES NOT INDICATE that they necessarily do not test on animals (e.g., L’Oreal is known to be against animal testing, however they commission animal testing for their products by third parties on their behalf).

The reason some companies choose to test on animals is because some countries (such as China) require by law that any cosmetic that is sold must have been tested on animals before having human use. Some companies may also say that their “finished/bulk” products are not tested on animals – this may indicate that the ingredients, rather than the finished product, is tested on animals.

Brands that DO TEST ON ANIMALS (whether intentionally or only when required by law).

* indicates a brand who does not test on animals, but the parent company of that brand does. Name of parent company in brackets.

  • Anna Sui
  • Almay
  • Aveda* (The Estee Lauder Companies Inc.)
  • Avon
  • Bare Escentuals/Bare Minerals* (Shiseido)
  • Benefit Cosmetics
  • Bobbi Brown
  • The Body Shop* (L’Oreal)
  • Burts Bees* (Clorox)
  • Cacharel
  • Clinique
  • Covergirl
  • Diesel
  • Dior
  • Em by Michelle Phan* (L’Oreal)
  • Essie
  • Estee Lauder
  • Elizabeth Arden
  • Hugo Boss Fragrance
  • Jean Paul Gaultier* (Shiseido)
  • Lacoste
  • Lancome
  • Laura Mercier
  • Liz Earle
  • L’Occitane
  • L’Oreal
  • Mac
  • Mary Kay
  • Max Factor
  • Maybelline* (L’Oreal)
  • Nars* (Shiseido)
  • NeoStrata
  • Nivea
  • NYX* (L’Oreal)
  • Pureology
  • Ralph Lauren
  • Revlon
  • Rimmel London
  • Sephora
  • Shiseido
  • Shu Uemura
  • SK-II
  • Smashbox* (The Estee Lauder Companies Inc.)
  • Tarte Cosmetics* (KOSE Corp)
  • Tom Ford
  • Urban Decay
  • Victoria’s Secret

Brands that DO NOT CARRY OUT animal testing; includes:

Does not conduct animal testing. Does not commission other third parties to test animals on their behalf. Parent company also does not test on animals.

* indicates that the brand includes a product/products in which some ingredients may have been tested on animals SEPARATE TO and without the knowledge, involvement or commission of the company. All of these companies meet the global standard for animal-free testing and are endorsed as cruelty-free.

  • Barry M*
  • Becca*
  • Beauty Without Cruelty
  • Ben Nye*
  • Boo Bamboo
  • Boots (No.7)*
  • By Terry
  • Charlotte Tilbury
  • Brandt*
  • Dr Hauschka
  • L.F Cosmetics*
  • Essence
  • Essential Care
  • Everyday Minerals
  • FACEatelier
  • Flower Beauty*
  • GOSH
  • Graftobian
  • Green People
  • Illamasqua*
  • Innoxa*
  • Jemma Kidd
  • Joe Fresh Cosmetics*
  • Jordana*
  • Lippy Girl*
  • Lise Watier*
  • Live Clean
  • Lush
  • Makeup Geek
  • Milani Cosmetics
  • Nails inc.
  • Napoleon Perdis*
  • Natio*
  • Neals Yard
  • Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics
  • Oscar Blandi*
  • Pacifica*
  • Paula’s Choice
  • Poni Cosmetics
  • Physician’s Formula*
  • Priti NYC*
  • Saucebox*
  • Stila Cosmetics*
  • Superdrug
  • Too Faced*
  • Vasanti Cosmetics
  • Viseart Paris*
  • Weleda*
  • Wen
  • Yabi Cosmetics
  • Yes To

Miscellaneous: companies that have not provided enough information/detail, are suspicious, or are private/small/new brands.

* indicates that they have stated that they DO NOT TEST on animals.

  • Bourjois*
  • Chanel* (claim they do not test on animals, however they do not deny that some of their ingredients are sourced from suppliers who do)
  • La Coupe*
  • Marks & Spencer*
  • New CID Cosmetics*
  • Quo Cosmetics

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