In an age where ethical consumerism is on the rise and the beauty industry, in particular, has embraced the shift towards cruelty-free practices, some companies still sell animal-tested brands.
It’s essential to acknowledge that, in many cases, these companies perform animal testing in regions where such practices are still legally required or accepted, even if they’ve adopted cruelty-free policies elsewhere.
If you’re into cruelty-free beauty and skin care products, some brands on this list will shock you as you’ve had them for years.
Companies that Test on Animals
L’Oréal is one of the world’s largest cosmetics conglomerates, and while it has made efforts to introduce cruelty-free alternatives, it still sells products tested on animals. PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has a comprehensive list of products and brands under the L’Oréal label, including Maybelline, Ralph Lauren fragrances, Mizani, SoftSheen, and LaRoche Posay.
Estée Lauder, another giant in the beauty industry, has also faced scrutiny for its animal testing policies. Like L’Oréal, it continues to sell products in markets where animal testing is a legal necessity. If you didn’t know, here are a few animal-tested brands from Estée Lauder: American Beauty, Clinique, Bobby Brown, Jo Malone, Good Skin Labs, Michael Kors, and M.A.C. Cosmetics.
Procter & Gamble (P&G)
P&G, a multinational consumer goods corporation, manufactures numerous beauty and personal care products. It’s on the list of companies with animal-tested brands because of products like Olay, Venus, perfumes by Christina Aguilera, and Dunhill fragrances.
This well-known cosmetics brand faces backlash for not fully committing to cruelty-free practices as it manufactures Gatineau, Almay, Sinful Colors, and Mitchum deodorant.
Johnson & Johnson
Johnson & Johnson’s extensive product portfolio contains a few labels that raise eyebrows for animal testing. These include Neutrogena, Shower to Shower, Nature’s Source, Ambi, and Aveeno.
Coty is a multinational beauty company that owns numerous brands, including CoverGirl and Clairol, which have faced criticism for their animal testing practices. PETA also lists Gucci and Lacoste fragrances.
Although such companies still test on animals, the tide is turning towards cruelty-free alternatives. As consumers become more informed and vocal about their preferences, these companies will likely face increasing pressure to adopt ethical practices worldwide. Check out more brands listed for testing on animals by PETA.