Monday, March 3, 2008

Animal Testing

About a year ago I was blissfully unaware of the horrible cruelty that goes on behind the glamorous fronts of so many major beauty companies. I don't remember how, but I found a link to a site that talked about the unpleasant facts of animal testing. I always thought animal testing including nothing more then funny people in lab coats sitting around putting nail polish on dog's toe nails or putting mousse in cat hair. Boy was I wrong.

Much of animal testing includes this:

  • Putting harmful products in their eyes. Clamps are used so they can't blink. They'll be left like this for days. This is very painful and often leaves animals blind.
  • Ripping away layers of skin with tape, and then putting chemicals on the raw skin.
  • Forcing poisonous chemicals into their stomachs. Reactions can be convulsions, vomiting, paralysis and bleeding from the eyes, nose, mouth or rectum.

If the animal makes a lot of noise, they will cut their vocal cords. Test subjects sometimes kill themselves struggling against their restraints. If they haven't been killed in the testing process, the animals are killed after so their organs can be studied.

Here are a few of the majoy companies and their brands that do test on animals:

  • Church & Dwight (Aim, Arm & Hammer, Arrid, Brillo, Close-up, Lady’s Choice, Mentadent, Nair, Pearl Drops)
  • Clairol (Aussie, Daily Defense, Herbal Essences, Infusium 23, Procter & Gamble)
  • Coty (Adidas, Davidoff, Glow, The Healing Garden, JOOP!, Jovan, Kenneth Cole, Lancaster, Marc Jacob, Rimmel, Stetson)
  • Johnson & Johnson (Aveeno, Clean & Clear, Listerine, Lubriderm, Neutrogena, Rembrandt, ROC),
  • L’Oréal U.S.A. (Biotherm, Cacharel, Garnier, Giorgio Armani, Helena Rubinstein, Lancôme, Matrix Essentials, Maybelline, Ralph Lauren Fragrances, Redken, Soft Sheen, Vichy)
  • Playtex Products (Baby Magic, Banana Boat, Ogilvie)
  • Procter & Gamble Co. (Clairol, Cover Girl, Crest, Gillette, Giorgio, Iams, Max Factor, Pantene, Physique, Tide),
  • Sally Hansen
  • S.C. Johnson (Drano, Edge, Fantastik, Glade, OFF!, Oust, Pledge, Scrubbing Bubbles, Shout, Skintimate, Windex, Ziploc), 1525
  • Unilever (Axe, Dove, Helene Curtis, Lever Bros., Suave
  • The Body Shop (just bought by L'Oreal)
  • NARS (just bought by Shiseido)

Here are some of the brands that do not test on animals:

  • Alba Botanica, Alima Cosmetics, Almay, Aquaphor, Avon (mark)
  • Ban, Bare Escentuals, Bath & Body Works, BeneFit (?), Bobbi Brown, Bonne Bell, Biore, Burt’s Bees
  • Citré Shine, Chanel, Clarins, Clinique, Conair
  • e.l.f. Cosmetics, Estée Lauder
  • Got2Be
  • Jane Cosmetics, John Paul Mitchell
  • Kiss My Face
  • Laura Mercier, Lorac, LUSH
  • M.A.C. Cosmetics, Mary Kay
  • Nexxus, Nivea, NYX Cosmetics, New York Color (NYC)
  • OPI Products, Origins
  • Palmers, Physicians Formula, Pout, Prescriptives, Prestige Cosmetics
  • Queen Helene
  • Revlon
  • Sephora, Smashbox Cosmetics, Sonia Kashuk, Stila Cosmetics, St Ives, Sally Hansen
  • Too Faced Cosmetics, TREsemme
  • Urban Decay
  • Victoria’s Secret
  • Wet n Wild

For more detailed list see here:

Companies that don't test:

Companies that do test:


If you see anything that is incorrect or know something that should be added, please let me know. I hope this is helpful to someone. I'm going on almost a year of buying only cruelty free products. On some things I slip up (like dental care, almost all major brands test) but at least I'm trying.



Anonymous said...

thanks for posting this information. is it safe to say that all EL brands are cruelty-free? if so, please add origins and prescriptives to your list.

Katrina said...

I think so! I'll add those brands.

Smirking Cat said...

I'm trying to. I read that the company that makes Rimmel cosmetics also tests on animals.

Lady C said...

I love that you posted about this subject. It makes me want to cry to see NARS on the list of! As a vegan I am starting to avoid buying products that contain any animal derived ingredients which really narrows it down even more. :( Poor animals...

Katrina said...

Ideally I'd like to buy just vegan make up too, its so hard to find that though.

Anonymous said...

burts bees was just purchased by clorox, which DOES test on animals. look out.

Dio said...

Hi, I think there are some mistakes :
Benefit, Bare Escentuals, Clarins, Nivea, NYX, Palmers, Sephora TEST on animals. Sorry ...

You can take a look here :

Peta is a great ressource for really to know who test and who don't test.

Take care of you.


ps : sorry for my english, I'm French

Anonymous said...

Well you are wrong Bare Escentuals does not test on animals.
Check it out:

Anonymous said...

Those that do not test use ingredients that have already been tested, either historically or by a company that testes the "raw ingredients" then sells them to the "manufacturer". If you look up the FDA regulations, you will see that it is MANDATORY for the ingredients (at the concentration found in the product) to be tested - and that means animal testing in the end, as that is what the FDA accepts to prove safety.
Responsible companies use ingredients that have been tested in the past - without introducing new ingredients in their products, this eliminates the need for further animal testing. So the list is in this article includes responsible companies using older, approved (via testing) ingredients and those that work the system in order to be able to say they do not test on animals (but their suppliers do).

Anonymous said...

I did a web search to double check NYX cosmetics. Dio said that they DO test, but PETA didn't have them on either list, and now I'm real confused....anyone care to clear this up? Please?!

Ashleigh said...

Thank you for this list, but NARS and The Body Shop do not test on animals. Their parent companies do, but they do not. They are both on the DO NOT TEST list you have listed above.
I do believe that NYC and Sally Hansen both are cruelty free as of now.
Also, the Unilever brands test on animals [Axe, Dove, Suave, Sunsilk]. How sad.
NYX IS cruelty free:)
SO SO SO awesome that you put a list together. Most people don't care enough about animals to learn about cruelty free products.

Bar said...

Hi! First I love love your beauty blog. I live in Holland and I hope you do not mind me copy your list of the companies who do or don't do animal testing. I did made some changes. I just wanted you to know I've bored your list. But if you do want me to delet the list, just let me know. Thanks.

xxx bar

Katrina said...

Bar - That is totally fine. Thank you for letting me know.

Anonymous said...

Thanx a lot for posting this.
I was patting my beloved cat while reading this article.
And the facts about animal testing totally shook me.
Thanx again!

Anonymous said...

Sephora cannot test on animals. Since it is a French-based country, which is apart of the European Union, cosmetics made in that country cannot be tested on animals.

Also, the vast majority of products sold in Sephora stores are animal-cruelty free.

And if you're looking for vegan products, Urban Decay is an awesome line. Most of their stuff is vegan.

Anonymous said...

Hi!!!! i hope you can help me find out since you use forever 21, i wanna know if forever 21 make up products are tested on animals??? made of animal ingredients???

if you know pleaseeeee tell us

thanks and nice blog!!! =D

Juli said...

Thank you for posting on this subject. I recently started my own beauty blog and want to keep myself restricted to all cruelty-free products. :)

Anonymous said...

you put that suave does test on animals and that nexxus doesn't, but suave is owned by nexxus

Anonymous said...

Hi, 2 things to comment on. First, if the parent company tests on animals but a subsidiary isn't known for it, BOYCOTT THE SUBSIDIARIES ALSO! Come on people, $ is $ to them regardless of what name you paid for, animals still were tortured for that NAME. 2. Bath and Body Jerks advertises as cruelty free but they fall into using "raw ingredients" torturing animal companies and then sells them to the "manufacturer" > B&BW so in reality they are animal killers in my book. .

Celia said...

I just recived an e-mail from NYX Cosmetics now, that said "NYX cosmetics are not tested on animals nor they contain any animal fat or ingredients." So I guess they are pretty cruelty-free! :-)

Anonymous said...

you said sally hansen was tested on animals and then you said sally hansen wasn't tested on animals so which one is it

Anonymous said...

Burt's bees was bought by clorox. clorox tests on animals.

Anonymous said...

Hello, just updating you about Estée Lauder's amended animal testing policy, if you go to their website you'll find out that now state that they carry out animal testing for their cosmetics when required by law.
This happens because EL decided to broaden its market and sell cosmetics to China which do require animal testing and so EL for mere and greedy profit reasons has weakened and very much loosened its animal testing policy and commitment to end cruel animal vivisection.
Its subsidiaries, which include MAC,CLINIQUE,AVEDA,BOBBI BROWN,PRESCRIPTIVES,TOMMY HILFIGER,LA MER,ORIGINS,JO MALONE and others you can find going to, have the same animal testing policy, therefore, I reckon all their products should be avoided, namely not purchased by people who are strongly concerned about and against animal testing.

Anonymous said...

Someone above posted a comment stating that palmers DO test on animals, i was looking it up just then and am glad to say they aren't!
If you want to check it out further then here is their site (I'm not sure whether or not they test their ingrediant on animals or not though . .. any ideas on that would be much appreciated though)

Jessica said...

Just a quick update: Avon, Estee Lauder, and Mary Kay have been discovered testing on animals, despite claims that they do not. Read more here:

Bath and Body works says they don't test their "finished products" on animals. To me, this means they may test the ingredients. Not cool.

Anonymous said...

Avon does test on animals and so does Mary Kay.