Which companies and brands still allow testing on animals?

Many people are surprised to learn that lots of the big name products on our supermarket shelves and in our department store cosmetic counters have been tested on animals. The good news is that finding out which products and brands don't test on animals is easy.

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To give you an idea of how prevalent animal testing is in household and cosmetic products, we have provided a short list below of familiar household brands that test their products on animals — so you can spot and avoid them. You can even download a free iPhone/iPad/Android app so that you can easily access the list of products such as make-up, skin care, deodorants, household cleaners and car care that haven't been tested on animals!

Millions of rabbits, dogs, cats, mice and other animals are burned, poisoned and killed in painful and unnecessary tests each year for the sake of cosmetics and toiletries. Finished products (and/or their individual ingredients) are frequently tested on animals overseas before making their way to Australia.

Some tests are standard practice for such companies and brands, and other animal tests are carried out because of local laws in importing countries (such as China) that require all beauty products to be tested on animals before they are allowed to be sold in that country. So some companies and brands may state that they don't support animal testing, but they would not be on the cruelty-free list because they choose to sell their products in countries that require animal testing.

The list below shows companies that use animal testing as well as particular brands that are tested on animals for any or all of the reasons we mention above:

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
Lancome
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 Sasson
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.

*This brand has a 'no animal testing' policy in the make and manufacture of their cosmetics, however they have chosen to sell in markets that require (by law) animal testing on their products before they are cleared to sell in those markets. This means that their end products are tested on animals in some markets (for example, China).

Cruelty-free options

Choosing non-tested products is easy. You can find a list of companies that do not test on animals on the Choose Cruelty Free (CCF) website. (If a brand does not appear in the CCF cruelty-free list, then there is reason to believe that their products or ingredients may have been tested on animals, or they may not have qualified for the CCF accreditation because they use animals in some other form in their products. All of this is explained for you on the CCF website.)

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You can help spare animals from cruel tests!

  • If after reading this you have struck a cruel company off your shopping list, please contact their customer feedback to let them know why.
  • Pledge to use non-animal tested products
  • In a big step forward for animals, the European Union banned the import and sale of cosmetics tested on animals from March 2013. It's time for Australia to hop to it! Take action!
  • Urge major companies including Procter & Gamble, Unilever and Colgate/Palmolive to stop allowing unnecessary and cruel animal tests. Take action!
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References for this list

  1. PETA "Companies that do test on animals"
  2. Shop Ethical guide

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