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Beauty Brands That Do Not Test on Animals (2012)


Note: This list is now out of date! Please check the Beauty Brands That Do Not Test on Animals 2013 list!

The last time I wrote about animal testing on my blog was almost 2 years ago, and it was so encouraging to know that a lot of you support my views that animal testing (and the cruelty that is involved) is unacceptable and you are making informed choices about whether or not to support companies that do.

As you can expect, since I wrote it in 2010, the list is now outdated. So for the past few weeks I have re-researching on the brands I listed. And while I am very happy to write about this issue, I remember that things quickly got nasty on the first post, so I want to state a few things very clearly:

1. This list of companies I got are from PETA’s list of companies that do not test. Read the full list here. This time round I also decided to check individual company websites to see their policy on animal testing, and in some cases, emailed them to ask point-blank if they test on animals. So these are my findings. For the comments who keep questioning me, saying I’m a liar, I am wrong, etc – I am merely trying to show what I have researched and trying to spread the word. That is all. Any personal attacks will be ignored and deleted.

2. That being said, I cannot know for sure that the information here is 100% correct. I assume a few companies could be lying about it. Nor is this a complete list, I just chose brands that I am familiar with and have an international presence.

3. The Body Shop is on the “safe” list, but is owned by L’Oreal, who doesn’t exactly deny that they test on animals. So whilst TBS may not test, your money is still going to a company that tests on animals. Similarly, Estee Lauder, Avon and Mary Kay were recently discovered to be secretly testing on animals in China. Their policy is that they never test unless required by law. (In this case, they were entering the China market, who requires animal testing for all beauty products.) While I am very upset about this and feel conflicted because I am a user of these brands, I believe we shouldn’t be attacking them in particular, but rather; be trying to get this “required by law” policy shut down. Which thankfully, is in the works. Yay!

Alright, so without further ado… here is the list:

I made it an image so that it is easily sharable on Tumblr, Pinterest and Facebook… so if this is an important cause for you, please share it! And, as always, please let me know your thoughts in the comments and if you find any more information for me.

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  • Sam May 21, 2012, 3:17 am

    This is great!

    • Renee May 21, 2012, 4:53 pm

      Thanks, Sam! :)

    • Jerrika August 4, 2012, 6:46 am

      Well Im not sure where you actually get your information but you might want to re update, since more than half your list is bs. Mac, smashbox, OPI and Victorias secret are you kidding me? Either you wikipedia’d your info or just listed your favorite brands to make yourself feel better because no where ever have most of these companies said they dont test on animals, hell victorias secret uses real rabbit in their winter scarves, so please just actually do your homework before you inform this list is fictitious.

      • Renee August 4, 2012, 1:11 pm

        Excuse me? If you actually bothered to read, you’d see that I got this list off the PETA website, and some brands have ** next to them, which mean they don’t test unless by law.

        So please just actually read properly before you leave nasty comments. :)

        • Jerrika August 5, 2012, 1:21 am

          So whats the point of your list if they calim its non animal tested… Except when required by law? So then those products are then tested on animals correct? And again, MAC is owned by Estee Lauder wo tests on animals, and MAC recently in March decided to sell products to China whos “laws required” them too but these companies just because they aren’t testing in America they sure as hell are funding it in China. I have looked at the PETA list and most of what you have listed is not on this list, and the only department store brand who is non animal tested is Urban Decay, who almost sold out to China but then decided not to. Im not trying to be rude here I just want people to be informed accuratley and not be consuming these products and thus keeping animal testing on an endless cycle.

          • Renee August 5, 2012, 2:17 am

            I understand, but you coming to my blog claiming that I am “putting my favorite brands on the list to make myself feel better” and calling it BS, isn’t that a little rude?

            Anyway, I wrote this post in early May, and in May, those brands were on PETA’s do-not test list. As much as I try to update this list, I am simply not able to keep up all the time (although I try; I regularly write updates and news I read about the progress on my blog.)

            Again, please read my points in this post that I made clearly that 1) I am just a girl who loves animals and I am trying my best with whatever little platform I have on this blog, and 2) I cannot be 100% sure this post is accurate, and I stated that, but seeing as all my research is from PETA, I wouldn’t exactly call it “BS”. As far as testing by law; I still think that the real issue here should be the LAWS itself (like China, don’t know if you know this but PETA is working very closely and are making great progress in banishing that law). The law is the law – I don’t agree with it and I certainly respect brands that opt out because of those laws (like Urban Decay), but my main concern is to be vocal against those laws instead. I still added those brands to the list because PETA had them all on the no-test list and so I thought, for the most part, they know what they are talking about. I also wanted to add it in for my readers and let them make their own judgement for those particular brands; whether they still wanted to support them or not.

        • Linda January 26, 2013, 2:36 pm

          “Is product testing on animals required by law?

          No. Unlike drugs, there is no law which requires animal testing for cosmetics and household products. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires only that each ingredient in a cosmetics product be “adequately substantiated for safety” prior to marketing or that the product carry a warning label indicating that its safety has not been determined. The FDA does not have the authority to require any particular product test. Likewise, household products, which are regulated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) the agency that administers the Federal Hazardous Substances Act (FHSA) do not have to be tested on animals. A summary of the CPSC’s animal-testing policy states, “[I]t is important to keep in mind that neither the FHSA nor the Commission’s regulations require any firm to perform animal tests. The statute and its implementing regulations only require that a product be labeled to reflect the hazards associated with that product.”

          Testing methods are determined by manufacturers. The very unreliability of animal tests may make them appealing to some companies, since these tests allow manufacturers to control the variables and put virtually any product on the market. Companies can also use the fact that their products were tested on animals in attempts to defend themselves against consumer lawsuits.” http://www.vivisectioninfo.org/faq.html

      • Cat March 27, 2013, 4:36 am

        Absolutely ignorant. But you might actually want to use your eyes before writing a bunch of bs. You either like to be a rude, ignorant person to make yourself feel better because you clearly can’t read. So please, just actually do your reading before you bitch at people

        • Cat March 27, 2013, 4:37 am

          That was to Jerrika!

  • Nora May 21, 2012, 4:29 am

    I’ve been looking for information about animal testing for ages. This is great, thanks a million!!!

    • Renee May 21, 2012, 4:53 pm

      You’re welcome, thanks for reading. Please share it as well!

  • Natsumi May 21, 2012, 11:57 am

    Hahaha, Suki…so it actually IS a make up company! I kept wondering whenever I got searches to my blog for “suki cosmetics”. Time for me to check them out.

    I saw that photo of bunnies and thought “AIKO!” and got all protective and sad ): Thanks for the update Twin, good to know some companies are still going strong with their anti-animal testing policies.

    • Renee May 21, 2012, 4:53 pm

      Thanks Twin. :) And yes, Suki is a really cool organic line! They have a great tinted moisturizer. And I know what you mean about Aiko. :( Apparently they usually test it on poor, innocent bunnies. I wanna ask what did those rabbits ever do to you?! Ugh. And I am really glad some really big, great brands are on the no-test list and refuse to. Gives me hope that others will take note and do the same.

  • Chelsea May 21, 2012, 3:00 pm


    FYI – The Body Shop – within L’Oreal group, each brand pays for it’s own product development, so your money isn’t going toward indirect animal testing. x

    • Renee May 21, 2012, 4:51 pm

      Hey Chelsea, thanks for the info. Understand that but I think in the grand scale of things, TBS is a L’Oreal company, so overall earnings still go to L’Oreal’s pockets. That’s what I meant. Let me know if you know if that is not the case?

      • Lisa January 27, 2014, 5:34 am

        Even if this is true, major companies will of course note the sale trends of each sub company. If they notice a major rise in their cruelty free brand sales and a dramatic decrease in brands that aren’t, they would follow in the footsteps of being cruelty free don’t you think?

  • Anubha Charan May 21, 2012, 4:48 pm

    Hey Renee, what a lovely initiative. Must have taken tons of work?? Can I share it on my blog (with all due credit of course)??

    • Renee May 21, 2012, 4:50 pm

      Hey Anubha, thanks so much! Yes I did spend quite a bit of time on it but it’s all worth it :) Yes, please share it on your blog and wherever you think is good – I want as many people as possible to know about this issue! Thank you xx

  • Imogen May 21, 2012, 7:47 pm

    Just bumped into Beauty Fool, while researching Korres’ stance on animal testing…

    Thanks for the 2012 list of companies that do not test on animals (had already figured some of them out myself, mostly via PETA, but some of them were news to me).

    I just have one -nagging- question I really have to ask: I see on your “Work With Me” page that your client list includes Unilever, which is famously on PETA’s Test on Animals list. Isn’t that a bit contradictory – since you obviously care so much about animal rights?

    Ps. I, honestly, hope you do not take this the wrong way -it is by no means meant as a personal attack, I’m just honestly wondering how come it is the case (& if maybe sth. has changed re: Unilever that I am not aware of).

    • Renee May 21, 2012, 8:35 pm

      Not at all! Yeah, I know. That was a mistake on my part, because the “big companies” that I usually think of that tests are L’Oreal and P&G (I’m more aware on who don’t test than who do test, since those are the brands I want to support and research that more). I was only told recently that Dove tests, and when I asked who makes them, I was told Unilever. I am not too familiar with Unilever, so I checked and sure enough they did. :( Thankfully, the only time I worked with them is when they hired me to talk about beauty trends and blogging at an event they had – I have never promoted their products or anything of that sort; which *kinda* makes me feel a little better but still know I made a big mistake.

      But thank you for pointing that out about the page, I totally forgot about it. I’ll remove it. (Wrote it a while ago, it’s completely outdated too.)

      • Imogen May 22, 2012, 2:25 am

        Thanks for the prompt, honest & kind reply!

        Keep up the good work ;)

  • Su May 21, 2012, 10:39 pm

    Hi Rene, thanks for the updates! As of this year, I have cease using brands that test on animals and started buying brands that do not test on animals.Thank you for bringing this issue up!

  • Kat May 23, 2012, 6:27 am

    Also Mario Badescu doesn’t test! Their products are really amazing!

  • Terri Crispin May 25, 2012, 2:26 am

    Can you add an easily printable version of your list? I’d like to keep one in my purse. Thank you!

  • Catherine May 28, 2012, 7:34 pm

    This is a great post! :) Another (relatively small) one is Lily Lolo, a UK mineral make-up brand! Their ethics policy is fab! x

  • Leah May 29, 2012, 10:51 am

    I have this list saved as part of my new commitment to a cruelty-free lifestyle. I walked into The Body Shop today and was proud to see the Leaping Bunny logo up front on the window! Chelsea’s post above makes me confident that they are a good place to shop. I have some stuff now that was tested on animals, but you can bet I won’t be buying it again once it’s used up, now that I know where to look. Also, good thing Bath and Body Works is on this list; I use their hand sanitizers all the time. Thanks for the useful information, Renee!
    Also, for more information about the Leaping Bunny cruelty-free standard, and companies that comply to it, visit http://www.leapingbunny.org.

  • jo May 29, 2012, 3:01 pm

    I’ve a question, just want to know what you think about it. Rimmel is not in PETA’s list, but according to their Facebook page, they do not test on animals. Which should you believe?
    There are some sites that list some companies and some that don’t list those same companies and sometimes the companies are claiming no testing individually. It has me confused.

  • Lexi June 7, 2012, 5:10 am

    Thanks for the list this is really useful! Recently I have been banning buying brands that test on animals. I mean what did those poor little bunnies ever do? I hope people will have a chance to give these cuties a home when animals testing is banned:) I might try to take one home.
    Quick question: I heard NARS does not test on animals somewhere but I’ve also heard they do. I did some research and they say they don’t but I know the parent company does. Do you think it’s okay for me to still buy some of their products? Also you forgot some smaller companies like EOS and Inglot.
    Oh and Lancome is transitioning to testing on human tissue by 2013 so you may want to put them on your list with a triple * and say they’re changing:)
    Thank you sooo much for this list:)

  • Ellie June 7, 2012, 11:08 pm

    Urban Decay**

  • Marissa June 10, 2012, 11:10 pm

    Hi, Could you maybe separate the list into two categories? I see that you have the companies that do test “when required by law” on the DO NOT test list but with little asterics. I don’t think most people who just skim this list will even see those asterisks that lead to the bottom. If they only test if required by law, they are still testing, and I feel, should not be on that list.
    I also think PETA’s list isn’t so accurate because they take the companies word for it- and by saying that they don’t test…it doesn’t mean they don’t pay someone else to test! BVUA’s list requires PROOF.
    Also, Urban Decay is selling in China now so is testing on animals. MAC, Clinique are both companies that say they are animal friendly and cruelty free but are NOT…
    I like that there are several links to helpful sites, so I would like to add a link to a helpful blog…http://littlemissmetamorph.blogspot.com/2011/04/no-to-animal-testing-and-lies-big.html

    Lastly, I saw in your old post from 2 years ago that you said you used PETA as an information source because they are all about protecting animals. They aren’t. They kill more than 95% of the animals they “save”. They believe that people shouldn’t have pets, they believe that pitbulls should all be exterminated, and they have the same stance on feral cats and outdoor cats. While they are a great source to tell people what companies are treating animals cruelly, they partner up with celebrities who wear fur. If you actually read what they are about and look past their fascade, they are hypocritical and radical. They oppose the No Kill movement that any animal that is physically healthy, or has a treatable, manageable disease should live. They think it’s more humane to kill them so that they don’t have to “suffer” in a shelter cage until they are adopted by people. Which doesn’t make sense because they oppose people owning pets! PETA,HSUS, and ASPCA are the three giant “animal welfare” groups that make millions and millions of dollars that don’t go to animals…the money goes to their CEOs, their TV and media ad campaigns, and their group agenda. For example, HSUS raises millions with their sad-eyed puppy commercials. And they DO raid puppy mills…but all those animals get dumped on local shelters and rescues that don’t see a dime when the cameras are gone. If there isn’t enough space or the organizations don’t take certain types of animals…they are euthanized. And many many large shelters won’t take dogs with separation anxiety, shyness, something treatable like Diabetes, etc. It’s up to their discretion whether the animal lives or dies. HSUS also does NOT operate that physical shelter in your area called “Insert City Name Humane Society” They aren’t even connected- they just have the same name. Even more disturbing is that HSUS has partnered up with Micheal Vick. They recommended him as a changed man- a man who should be able to own a dog again. And if you mntion this to HSUS supporters, they get mad and say that if you actually read the fine print- HSUS never claims to help local rescues or the dogs in their commercials. Those dogs are animals from local shelters that they borrowed for their ads as examples.But the average person doesn’t know that, and they think that their monthly donation is going to animals in need.
    On to the ASPCA. They also have the teary commercials. And they do save animal s with their millions. But they don’t mention the ones that they kill. The kittens that they didn’t want to spend the time to bottle feed and killed. The shy dogs that were put down before they even had a chance. The Houston SPCA that has their famous Animal Planet show…they raided a farm with a large number of rottweilers and put them in holding. They planned to put them all down. Local rescues were offering to take the dogs. People were writing on their FB page begging them to let the dogs live. Those messages were deleted and the people were blocked. They didn’t want the regular donors to see it.
    All of this information can be found at Nathan Winograd’s blog…www.nathanwinograd.com. He worked with the ASPCA and was there to see all of the killing before he went on to help grow the No Kill movement. Teh No Kill movement says that no animal is more worthy of life than another. They remind you that if your loving cat or dog was homeless and had to go to a shelter, it might be scared, depressed, or shy. Does that mean that it should die because it’s not “adoptable”? Is it’s life not worth the effort?
    These millionaire organizations fight back with only that the No Kill movement can’t take every animal. And the ones that are turned away because there is no room have to go somewhere…and that makes it okay to kill. But it’s not. I’d encourage everyone who really loves animals to read this blog, become educated, and donate locally where your money will really help animals that need it!

    • vanessa August 23, 2013, 12:50 pm

      thank you so much for the info! its open my eyes!

  • Jill June 14, 2012, 10:11 pm

    You can take NYX and Urban Decay off that list now….

  • PATRICIA DANIEL June 15, 2012, 3:15 am

    just read that URBAN DECAY does test on animals

  • Sorrelltk June 21, 2012, 6:52 pm

    Hi Renee! I’m extremely interested in not using products tested on animals, but finding it so hard to find out honestly which ones are/aren’t. Even a couple of the ones on your list I’ve heard still do (definitely not bashing you list though!) You’ve clearly done more research than I have, emailing etc. How confident do you feel in what you’ve found?
    Thank you,

  • Vivian June 23, 2012, 10:40 pm

    actually if you did check or not yet updated..
    Recently peta updated revlon and la occitane on the animal test list… its quite misleading about the word “not tested on animals” because how will peta check if the product is tested on animal or not?

    the updated list of peta


  • Shelly June 25, 2012, 12:39 am

    What about Toms of Maine and Burt’s Bees?

  • Vivian July 7, 2012, 2:06 pm

    i wonder does hada labo test on animals?
    hada labo is part of the mentholatum company.
    but hada labo claims no animal testing on its site…
    but now i wonder if its true, so many claim not to test but in reality, do they practice what they preach?

  • Sarah July 10, 2012, 5:27 am

    Toms of Maine is owned by P&G but they Operate under a separate division and that division does not test on animals. I personally don’t use Burt’s Bees because they use animal products.

    In reference to the long comment above I must point out an error. While PETA would eventually like to see no pets, therefore no suffering, and would like to eradicate pit bulls (again – to stop suffering) the president (no CEO) makes nothing and purchases second hand clothing. There are no millionaires at PETA. Trust me, I worked there and reported to the top. The same holds true for HSUS. Since they are non-profits you can see their financials and confirm what I’m stating here. Guidestar.org shows their expenses greater than the money coming in and this is because the money PETA makes goes directly back to animals, like their spay-neuter clinic and the dog houses and straw delivery to outdoor dogs. I eventually left PETA because of their euthanasia policy and pit bull stance, however, on all other fronts they really rock out for animals.

    Also to note, if a larger company owns a smaller company that does not test on animals and uses vegan ingredients then we want that product to do well so the parent company will see the increase in sales. Just a thought….

    Thanks for the list!

    • Angie January 1, 2013, 11:23 am

      First, i see that this list is outdated already which is depressing. No one can be expected to stay on top of it with all the changes, etc. but i do think that the companies that test “only when required” should be removed. it isn’t required unless they want to add ingredients or sell to China so it is still a CHOICE.
      I agree PETA are a group of hypocrites that kill animals- look at the stats! PETA’s CEO may not be rolling in the money because they spend it all on their agenda (naked celebs, celebs who promote Cover Girl and anti testing in the same breath, etc., but HSUS sure the hell is. Check out Wayne “i support Micheal Vick and collect money for dogs I don’t even have” Pacelle’s salary. Inexcusable. After I read how they rallied to have the Vick dogs as well as other pits killed while rescues were lined up to take them and then they raked in cash for dogs they never had….then recommended Vick be a dog owner…sad sad sad. You CAN see HSUS’s financials and you can see how many reports claim fraud.They even pay companies to solicit for them. When they can afford that…they don’t need your $20 a month. And the money you send will go to raid a dog fighting ring and then dump those same dogs on a high kill pound where they will die within a few days. I am horrified that 90% of animal lovers are blindly singing the praises of these corrupt organizations.
      I agree. Give local because it will actually go to a sad eyes dog who needs it.

  • christine July 22, 2012, 1:27 am

    your poster states that avon do not test on animals but they sent me an email stating themselves that they do ,they animal test 27 lotions but this is thousands of tests.avons not on petas list of items not tested on animals but infact a brand that does do animal testing

  • christine July 22, 2012, 1:30 am

    o and just want to add i know its hard to use products not tested on animals but all superdrug,co-op and marks and soencers own brands are bvua approved

  • Shelly July 28, 2012, 4:33 am

    I went out an bought a bunch of Almay stuff, then see on other sites that they are on the DO Test list.. I’m confused. It is so hard to not buy stuff tested on animals. If Almay does indeed test on them, then NO brands in our local Walmart of Target are on the DO NOT list.. impossible!!

  • Beth Horner July 29, 2012, 1:45 am

    I have been searching for a simple list. Thank you.

  • Tara Daylami September 16, 2012, 2:47 am

    Also in reference to the long comment above – I applaud you on having the courage of your convictions. It’s not always easy for people to accept the truth – especially when the truth is this ugly.

  • Sabina September 20, 2012, 10:47 am

    Thanks Renee, what you’re doing is awesome:) I am a HUGE advocate for no animal testing.
    I believe that AVON does test on animals though! It’s on PETA’s ‘DO TEST’ list.

  • Jennifer September 29, 2012, 2:29 am

    I must say that I think everyone posting comments on here wants the same thing; a cruelty-free world. I don’t think it’s fair to attack someone who is trying to get information out to the public (even if mistakes are made) when all she’s trying to do is educate people. It makes is difficult when these companies change their status from “do not test” to “do test”. Seems like we are going to have to constantly be looking out to make sure they haven’t changed their practices. Thanks Renee for the info. I will continue to do more research but will proabably use products that I find are on MANY “do not test” lists and not the ones that are questionable. Thanks again!!!

  • Diana October 12, 2012, 10:19 pm

    I was reading all the comments people gave you… I frequently get in trouble because of the same reason with people arguing for everything when I’.m just trying my best to have the best info to share… don’t get frustrated and keep ok working on this, just be strong because it’s a very polemical topic…
    you are doing great!

    • Renee November 21, 2012, 11:42 pm

      Thank you very much, Diana :) I am sorry I only saw your comment now! xx

  • Vivi November 21, 2012, 11:17 pm

    This list is completely false. Even is she had the right intention, she has misled all people that have read this and didn’t know any better. If I was to provide such a large public a piece of information, I would triple check my work or have it reviewed. Too many people are dependent on “bloggers” or “gurus” online.

    • Renee November 21, 2012, 11:34 pm

      Vivi, please read my points in the post (especially point #1) before saying this list is completely false, because I know it cannot be, as I researched as well as I could (with the PETA list being my “starting point”). Some of it might be out of date by now (I plan to do a 2013 list), and I do encourage everyone to do their own research, but I do not appreciate you accusing me I am putting out “completely false” information and purposely misleading people. I would never do that.

    • Mars February 12, 2014, 3:14 am

      That’s the problem with online blogs posting non animal testing lists and people taking just one list as truth instead of researching each brand they are interested in buying. It’s not really avoidable in a world of 100’s of blogs.
      In as little as a month, a brand can sell in China and then be no longer cruelty free (as of Feb 2014). See Stila. Smashbox. They are still on PETA’s list and they have publicly admitted via social media that they test on animals “when required by law” which yes is complete BS. You can e-mail PETA and they won’t reply. But ask them about something they want to answer and in days you have a reply.
      Another problem is that just because a brand is not on PETA’s list or Leaping Bunny’s list doesn’t mean they test. Leaping Bunny’s list is much smaller than PETA’s because their requirements are stricter and they require PROOF instead of words. They keep it up to date.
      I trust Leaping Bunny’s list, not PETA’s, but that doesn’t help with brands that don’t test but aren’t on there.
      Here’s what people need to do instead of relying on bloggers who write a post and then don’t have time or the right info to update it. Google the name of the brand with the words “no longer cruelty free” “sold in China” and “tested on animals” INSTEAD of brand name “not tested”. Googling the last option will pull up outdated info and wrong info. Take Aveda. They sell in China and googling that phrase will pull up a link to their Facebook page where they admit this to a person who asked. Googling “not tested” will pull up old info. The only thing bloggers who don’t regularly update can really do is put a disclaimer in that they got their info from a third party and when it was last updated.
      But Vivi, you are right in the fact that the reason so many people are buying brands sold in China or that actually test are that they don’t do research. They go about it wrong and then they spread that wrong info to more people who spread it to more people. All it takes is one outdated blog stating MAC is cruelty free and it spreads and spreads…and spreads. To avoid that mistake, people need to not be lazy. Use the right google terms. E-mail the company. Ask them on FB.
      On this list, yes some it is now “completely false” because it is outdated and also because the source it came from never updated. See Smashbox and Stila info above as proof of that.
      I do agree that companies that sell in China cannot be on the cruelty free list because selling in China is a choice.
      So guys PLEASE don’t take ANY beauty bloggers word for it- never just one. never take PETA’s word for it because they do NOT update. Do your own research.

  • Diana November 22, 2012, 5:41 pm

    STOP blaming R. Is some info is incorrect! It’s really hard to have this kind of info correctly! Not even PETA CAN! so stop blaming her and NOTICE that she is one of the few goes that CARES about animals instead of thinking only in herself like TONS of people do! We all should be thanking her she is trying!!!!

  • Lace December 24, 2012, 6:58 am

    Beware of companies that say they don’t test on animals. I am a makeup artist and have been told by people who have done research that companies that state they don’t do animal testing is because the ingredients were previously tested on animals by ANOTHER company so they don’t actually do the testing. It doesn’t mean the ingredients weren’t tested on animals, most were. If you ask the company if any of their ingredients were tested on animals ever, then the actual answer would be different. They just have the results from another companies test. The FDA requires it.
    Such a hugely sad fact as I am a huge animal lover.

  • Ish December 27, 2012, 2:56 pm

    Hi! Pur Minerals is another company that does not test on animals, and it has some products which are purely vegan. I have been using the powder for a while now, which is amazing and I thought i should let you know!

  • aisling December 28, 2012, 1:58 am

    on all the body shop products they say dont test on animals and lots of companies that dont test dont even say that the do not test on animals and im pretty sure sally hansen does test and i love PETA and all if you look up buav(the leaping bunny)it is the real thing and they have the body shop on their do not test list

  • Ann January 3, 2013, 10:32 pm

    Please check out my facebook and see if you like the content I post.

    I am a beauty blogger who blogs about beauty free cosmetics and the cruel free beauty world!
    Please visit my facebook page for more details xox

    Animals do not need to suffer for the cosmetic and beauty industry! That is just way too selfish and there are so many awesome brands that are cruelty free! So we need to support them and make a change!

  • eileen January 20, 2013, 10:03 pm

    Hi, just want to confirm if L’occitane tests on animals? Wasn’t on 2013 peta list now. :(

  • Lucy February 5, 2013, 10:27 am

    This is so so inaccurate, even at the time of printing lots of these brands did test on animals (I know this because I ALWAYS check on Petas list before buying anything and have been for a few years now).

    Also- testing when required by law is a load of crap, its only a legal requirement to test any products that will be sold in China so basically those companies care more about making extra money than they do about not testing on animals. Lots of companies choose not to sell in China for that very reason.. so support the companies that DO care rather than the ones who words things in such a way that you are fooled in to believing they actually give a s**t


    • Renee February 5, 2013, 11:42 am

      Um, I got this list from Peta…

      • k November 6, 2013, 4:40 pm

        the PETA list is outdated, or was never accurate in the first place. Wow that person thinks PETA is a legitimate organization? People- PETA KILLS animals- they’re PSYCHO! They think they can save animals by putting perfectly healthy animals to death- they think death is better than life on this earth for animals- they make NO sense. They kill puppies for crying out loud. DO NOT trust PETA- they’re insane. PETA is a sick sick place- just do your research and you will never trust them again.

        • Mars February 12, 2014, 3:31 am

          I couldn’t agree more K. I disagree about it being a legitimate list as well -not because PETA is a fraud on animals
          (I am sickened to hear that they sent a vegan gift basket of cookies to an animal control with a note that asked them to please keep killing animals) when the animal control said they may not be able to stay no kill and may have to start killing animals again. It’s sickening)
          …BUT because their list is not accurate. Whether they are insane or not should not affect the accuracy of a list companies PAY to be on. And when it includes companies who admit to testing publicly but they won’t update it…that makes it not legitimate. Stila for example, being on there when they publicly (and rightly so) crucified Urban Decay for doing the same thing? Not legitimate. Very frustrating to hear many people quote it as Bible when it’s not right.

  • Laurie February 8, 2013, 4:21 am

    you might want to update your list, i looked on peta just a few days ago and almay and ester lauder are both on the animal tested list, as well as avon, bobbi brown,revlon and MAC, not bashing, just giving you an update.

  • Kristina February 28, 2013, 6:25 am

    Thanks for the list, it’s a good starting point for me to search from. I’m sure it’s hard to keep up with which companies that are now testing on animals and who isn’t since companies will change their policy and practices all the time. A list like this can get outdated very quickly.

  • Anita March 22, 2013, 12:56 am

    I am exploring Arbonne products currently. They are botanical, vegan, and do not test on animals. But more importantly, they do not use any animal by-products. I am curious with your list how many of the companies that do not test on animals acutally Do use product from animal rendering plants as filler. Have you looked into this or do you know of any other resources?

  • Anita March 27, 2013, 9:41 am

    Many of these companies do test on animals. I use the leaping bunny app to determine if I should buy a product. Many of the items on the list above are my favorite but I simply cannot support them any longer. If they sell their product in China the test on animals.

  • Sophie March 31, 2013, 6:56 pm

    Does anyone know whats going to happen to the companies that do test now that the EU has passed a ban on all animal tested products? The ban covers not just testing on final products but also on ingredients and testing that occurs anywhere in the world. Obviously, I am against testing, but will these companies pull out of the EU or China?

    • Mars February 12, 2014, 3:17 am

      It’s ridiculous, but they can still sell in places where it is required to test by law and sell in the EU through some kind of loophole…But they can’t test in EU or America or anywhere that doesn’t require testing and sell in the EU…unless they make two separate products- one tested and one not. For each market. Stupid.

  • Molly April 1, 2013, 11:40 pm

    I’m really grateful for all your hard work and research. It’s so wrong that animals should be made to suffer for our vanity. It takes time and trouble to try and do the right thing, but it’s worth the effort.

  • Steph April 13, 2013, 10:26 am

    PETA does not help animals. To me it seems like half these brands put on the “don’t not test” list have paid to be there. Majority of the brands do test on animals. Why test on innocent animals when there are pedaphiles and murderes sitting in jail. Its hard to know what to believe or trust anymore.

    • Mars February 12, 2014, 3:24 am

      I was having the same thought myself when they refused to reply to as to why they still list Stila and Smashbox when both admitted they sell in China now. And Nars as well- not sure if they removed them yet as I don’t ever use that brand. They made a HUGE deal out of Urban Decay when they almost did it…but not a peep on these companies…Makes you wonder hmm?

  • Darshana Lee July 28, 2013, 2:10 pm

    Hello Renee

    I am considering using Hada Labo products, but pulling back because I am not sure if they test on animals or use animal-tested ingredients. Can you advise? Thanks

    Warmest regards

    • Mars February 12, 2014, 3:21 am

      I am replying because I FOUND this post looking for that exact answer myself. The author takes her list from PETA and if PETA has no info on this company… PETA only has info on brands that buy their logo to use for their products and companies that reply saying they do test. I imagine that if they asked Hada Labo, they did not reply.
      In this case, the only option is e-mailing Hada Labo and asking them if they test ingredients or sell in China. You can also check with JAVA in Japan…

  • k November 6, 2013, 4:32 pm

    REVLON and Almay are notorious animal testers. MAC, Urban Decay, and Smashbox have been sold to companies that manufacture in China. China requires animal testing – so each of these companies have now gone to the dark side- avoid them! Anything owned by Estee Lauder and L’Oreal will torture animals. Sally Hansen, OPI, and Essie are also CRUELTY brands NOT cruelty-free. Most cosmetics companies will have some statement on their website saying they do not test on animals, but it couldn’t be further from the truth. They lie to sell. You really can’t trust the company itself at all. A company isn’t going to accuse itself, it will always try to appear innocent. You have to look into other sources to find the truth. Why can’t the US be like Europe and just not allow it at all? It makes me sick. There are so few brands I can actually buy cause the sad truth is the vast majority do torture innocent and powerless animals. Sick world.

  • kylie January 7, 2014, 5:30 am

    what about hard candy i thought they didnt test on animals either

  • Darcy April 18, 2014, 3:15 am

    Last time I checked PETAs list (which was maybe a month ago), Bobbi brown and revlon tested on animals.

  • Phaedra June 29, 2014, 1:15 am

    This list is woefully outdated and many of the previous comments are also grossly inaccurate. Case in point, Revlon was one of the first brands to end animal testing, Revlon owns Almay who also don’t conduct animal testing in the USA; HOWEVER, both brands are sold in China, who’s laws require animal testing of ALL cosmetic products. Ergo, neither Revlon nor Almay are cruelty free.
    Some individual brands may be cruelty free while their parent companies are purveyors of pain, example: Urban Decay and The Body Shoppe, the original champions for cruelty free cosmetics and paragons of ethical beauty, who were acquired by the mother of all cosmetic animal testers, L’Oreal. Other brands, like MAC, boast cruelty free status, but are sold in China, who require live animal testing.
    If you truly want to live cruelty free and aren’t just trying to make yourself feel better about the mutilation, torture and unimaginable suffering animals from lab rats to domestic pets were forced to endure all so you could achieve the ever-allusive, perfect smokey eye, you shouldn’t rely on a single source of information on which to base your decisions. Do your homework thoroughly and make a well informed, educated decision.

  • Karen July 1, 2014, 5:01 am

    Hey everyone! PETA has new lists of companies that DO and DO NOT test their products on animals — updated in June 2014. Please take a look at those lists when you have the chance.

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