50 Brands That Test on Animals: Beauty and Skincare Companies and Products to Avoid

Animal testing with skincare and beauty products has been a history of abuse and pseudoscience. In the last decade or so, regulations on animal testing for cosmetic products have become stricter. Still, major brands test on animals, despite claims of cruelty-free practices, to compete in selecting the market that doesn’t restrict animal testing.

Some people imagine a bunny with eyeshadow and lipstick, and it’s a cute visual. However, cosmetics’ ingredients are tested on animals to gauge their toxicity, allergic reactions, UV reactivity, and more. These practices can kill, maim, or cause prolonged pain and discomfort to tested animals. Most often, test facilities use rabbits or mice for their tests. It’s important to note this article was written in April 2021 and some of the companies below may have changes their practices. The laws in China on animal testing are rapidly evolving. 

One of the most potent methods of showing our disappointment and anger with these companies continuing to pursue the markets that require animal testing is to vote with our wallet.

We recommend brands who have strong policies against animal testing, including banning sales in countries that require animal testing. One cruelty free-brand we recommend is Carrot & Stick. Carrot & Stick is cruelty free. Carrot & Stick is committed to creating plant-derived formulas that deliver extraordinary results without relying on toxic chemicals or standard preservatives. There’s no need to compromise when it comes to finding skincare that’s effective and safe.


When we buy from these companies, they continue to produce their products in the methods that gain the most revenue. If their practices are losing revenue, they’re more likely to adjust their policies to cater to their existing customer base.

With so many skincare and beauty brands out there these days, it’s easy to choose brands and products that do not support animal testing. If enough people jump on the bandwagon, larger companies may feel the pressure to follow in their footsteps.

In the meantime, here are the major companies that still test on animals, and cruelty-free alternatives you can enjoy.

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1. Arm & Hammer

While Arm & Hammer is known for their baking soda, they also offer baking soda-based deodorants for men and women. Because they are owned by a parent company that tests on animals and their suppliers’ test on animals, they are not considered cruelty-free.

Alternative: Instead, try Little Seed Deodorant Creams. Little Seed uses gentle ingredients and has no aluminum or baking soda in its deodorant creams. Even their packaging is designed to be reusable and sustainable.

2. Armani

Giorgio Armani is known, first and foremost, for fashion designs. However, they also sell makeup, skincare, and fragrance lines around the world. Their choice to market and sell in mainland China means they are not free of animal testing. Their parent company, L’oreal, isn’t cruelty-free either.

Alternative: For high-quality options, take a look at Juice Organics Phyto-Pigments Flawless Serum Foundation and other makeup and skincare options from Juice. For an amazing cruelty-free unisex fragrance, you can look into Clean [Reserve] by SpaceNK.

3. Aussie

Aussie is widely recognized by the signature purple bottle. In early March 2021, China National Medical Products Administration released a statement that they would no longer require animal testing on imported items directed to adults. However, this regulation doesn’t go into effect until May 1, 2021. And any products that are targeted for kids or infants, (such as the Aussie detangler) will be tested on animals.

For non-child targeted products, they’ve begun accepting Direct Peptide reaction assay for skin safety and short-term exposure for eye irritation. Special Use products, such as hair dye and other chemical treatments and child-specific products will still require animal testing, even after the regulations go into effect.

Aussie falls into a strange grey area with this. As of the writing of this article, they’re still testing imported products in China. They are accepting some exceptions when the company can provide a safety certificate from the country of origin, don’t market to kids, and don’t contain any raw materials that are different from the approved list of cosmetic ingredients.

The Institute for In Vitro Sciences and the US Food and Drug Administration has worked with the Chinese government and PETA Beauty Without Bunnies over the last three years to make leaps toward being cruelty-free and adapting to the needs of today’s consumers.

Alternative: Aussie is known for its therapeutic shampoos and conditioners, if you’d rather wait for more progress toward full cruelty-free practices you should try ELEVEN. ELEVEN offers a comparable nourishing shampoo and conditioner alternative that is 100% cruelty-free, and the ingredients used are gentler on your hair and skin.


4. Aveeno

Aveeno has been a household name for those with dry and flakey skin for years. However, their products are marketed and sold in China, and they pay to have their products tested on animals where the law requires it. There are plenty of alternatives to this brand.

Alternative: Acure offers quite the selection of 100% vegan, totally cruelty-free skincare and hair products to help your skin glow, and your hair retains that glossy sheen. The Radically Rejuvenating SPF Day Cream is an excellent option for your daily skincare routine.

5. Avon

Avon has been around and in our lives for generations. Memories still rest in our minds of Mom testing out different shades of lipstick with the Avon lady. While they have made significant changes in recent years to mitigate their impact on animals by selling in China, they still support animal testing through third-party vendors.

Alternative: For some excellent cruelty-free lipstick options, try Color-Cray Lipstick by Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics. Another superb option for bolder colors is Mented Cosmetics Semi-Matte Lipstick.

6. Axe

Like so many other brands, Axe claims that they do not test on animals; however, they still sell in China. Therefore, Axe supports animal testing by continuing to pursue markets that require animal testing.

Alternative: For a cruelty-free manly marketed antiperspirant and deodorant, try Duke Cannon Trench Warfare Natural Charcoal Deodorant. Duke Cannon also has plenty of personal hygiene options, beard care, and gift sets for the animal-loving un-frilly people in your life. Check out their Frontier 40 gift pack, complete with four Big Ass Bricks of Soap in nature-inspired scents.


7. Benefit

Benefit can’t be considered cruelty-free. Regardless of their site’s claims and the labels on their products, they pay to have third-party companies test their product to sell in China, which means they can’t be classified as ethical and animal-free.

Alternative: The Elate Mascara is a great alternative to Benefit’s “Yes, They’re Real” Mascara. There are many other great products from TwoFaced that can compete and surpass those from less ethically sound brands.

8. Bioderma

Bioderma doesn’t list any animal-testing policy on their site. When questioned by the Ethical Elephant team, they said they did not test on animals but did allow for testing by third-party companies when necessary by law. Because they sell in China, this means that they do support animal testing of their products.

Alternative: Kale Water Micellar Cleansing Tonic from Pacifica is an excellent alternative to Bioderma’s Sensibio H2O Micellar Water. There are plenty of other Pacifica Cosmetic products that can replace your Bioderma products.

9. Blistex

Blistex is a must-have for many people to deal with chronically chapped lips. They are a company that proudly sells in mainland China and is therefore consenting and paying for third-party testing of their products on animals.

Alternative: Burt’s Bees, while not vegan, are cruelty-free. Try any of their lip balms as an alternative to Blistex Unmedicated. Burt’s Bees also produces medicated variations to help with severely chapped lips.


10. Bobbi Brown

Bobbi Brown Cosmetics is a great quality makeup line, but they sell in China. Third-party testing of products is still animal testing, and Bobbi Brown supports this process by continuing to pursue sales in a market that requires testing on animals.

Alternative: Aether Beauty has excellent colors and cohesive eye shadow palettes that bring out the users’ beauty and ethical choices. This line is cruelty-free and includes many beautiful options. Check out this Summer Solstice Palette for your sunny bronze tones.

11. Burberry

Burberry is a famous perfume and cologne line with rich scents and an excellent marketing team. However, their products are sold in China, and therefore, can not be considered cruelty-free.

Alternative: Heretic Perfume offers several scents, that provide the rich aromas you’re seeking without the cruelty to animals.

12. Calvin Klein

Known mostly for their clothing lines and their handsome underwear models, Calvin Klein also produces a famous line of fragrances for men and women. While they claim their products as Vegan, can they truly be considered vegan if they’re not cruelty-free because they sell in China?

Alternative: For men, try Solid State, a stylish fragrance company that has been gaining the attention of sustainability and cruelty-free groups lately.


13. Clairol

Clairol doesn’t test on animals on their own but pays to have their products tested on animals to sell in mainland China. Further, there is no evidence that their suppliers don’t test on animals.

Alternative: To get similar bold and beautiful colors as Clairol, you can try the Leaping Bunny Certified company Eco-Colors. These colors are stunning, without all the chemicals. Another great option for creative colors? Arctic Fox.

14. Chanel

Chanel fragrance sells in China; as such, their products must undergo animal testing to be imported.

Alternative: Chantecaille offers a high-quality alternative to Chanel with their fragrance collections which offer a range of scent families.

15. Clean & Clear

As with so many other brands in this list, Clean & Clear Skincare tests on animals through third parties to sell in China. They do mention that they are working toward animal testing alternatives but still test where required by law.

Alternative: OY! offers several products to use in place of Clean & Clear, including a full treatment regimen for teen or trouble skin.


16. Clearasil

Clearasil is owned by a company that continues to test on animals. Clearasil sells in China and is therefore tested on animals for import regulations.

Alternative: MD Acne offers a wide selection of other options to Clearasil’s skin care line. Their customized approach to acne treatment and simple treatment plans make it easy to pick which option is best for you!

17. Coppertone

Coppertone has made it a policy to continue animal testing of their finished products and their ingredients. This is not a cruelty-free company, and their parent company, Bayer, also tests on animals through third parties. Both companies sell in China.

Alternative: Alba Botanicals offers a great Sport Sunscreen at 45 SPF and several others that surpass Coppertone’s quality, use all-natural ingredients and avoid harsh chemicals on your skin.

18. Dior

Dior pays directly to have their products tested by a third-party agency to import to China. This is yet another company that has chosen its revenue over the health and safety of animals.

Alternative: DedCool is a cruelty-free alternative to Dior which still boasts a high end feel without the cruelty.


19. Dolce & Gabbana

This fashion icon is known for its sultry fragrances. However, like so many others, they sell in China and therefore support animal testing through third-party companies to import their products to the Chinese market.

Alternative: OUAI fragrances are a great alternative to Dolce & Gabbana with beautiful, luxurious scents in sleek packaging and a variety of different scents to choose from. Maison Louis Marie is also a great alternative.

20. Elixir

Elixir Perfume is a product of Clinique. Clinique is a brand that tests on animals indirectly. There is a lot of hype around elixir fragrance lines, but many products are better for those around us, without the damaging chemicals and cruel treatment.

Alternative: Lush offers various scents; this Two More Hearts perfume option is lovely, floral, and vegan. They are made by hand with ethically sourced ingredients.

21. Estee Lauder

Estee Lauder does a lot of work to move toward being cruelty-free. However, some of their brands still sell in China, where it is legally required to test. Until they pull all of their products from China or China changes their policies, Estee Lauder can not be classified as animal friendly.

Alternative: Estee Lauder is the parent company to dozens of brands. They do have several brands that do not test on animals and that do not sell in China. You can check out Too Faced or Smashbox. If you want to avoid Estee Lauder brands entirely, check out Vapour Beauty.


22. Fendi

Fendi isn’t bashful about their policy. They actively pursue sales in the Chinese market and test their products and ingredients on animals. This isn’t a great brand to support if you’re against animal cruelty.

Alternative: Support organic cruelty-free fragrances like Forager Botanicals Aromatherapy line.

23. Gillette

Gillette and their parent brand both test on animals by testing their ingredients or their finished products through a third party to pursue sales in mainland China.

Alternative: KeepWellKept offers cruelty-free hair removal options that support more than just animal rights. They are passionate about sustainability and aim to keep their products affordable to reach a wider audience.

24. GlamGlow

GlamGlow cosmetics, owned by Estee Lauder, is not cruelty-free. They sell in China and pay for a third-party Chinese lab to test their products as required by law.

Alternative: For an animal-friendly, vegan option, check out Jet Lag Mask by Summer Fridays. This mask is paraben and sulfate-free.


25. Got2Be

This product is edgy and fun, but it’s not a cruelty-free product. They and their parent company support third-party testing to sell in markets that require it.

Alternative: The Hold Out: Flexy Hold Hair Spray from Cake Beauty is a great cruelty-free alternative and vegan. The reviews are fabulous too.

26. Guerlain

This company is owned by LVMH and is no more cruelty-free than their parent company. They say they strive to prevent animal testing but still pay for third-party animal testing to capture sales in the Chinese market.

Alternative: As an alternative to Guerlain, Maison Louise Marie offers a 100% vegan, cruelty-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free line called No. 12 Bousval Perfume Oil. We love the Italian Bergamot-Valencia Orange-White Ginger Flower scent.

27. Herbal Essences

Herbal Essences is proud to show consumers their PETA cruelty-free certifications. However, PETA is laxer on its restrictions and doesn’t consider animal testing after the product is made. In early March 2021, China National Medical Products Administration released a statement that they would no longer require animal testing on imported items directed to adults.

However, this regulation doesn’t go into effect until May 1, 2021. And any products that are targeted for kids or infants, will be tested on animals.

For non-child targeted products, they’ve begun accepting Direct Peptide reaction assay for skin safety and short-term exposure for eye irritation. Special Use products, such as hair dye and other chemical treatments and child-specific products will still require animal testing, even after the regulations go into effect.

Herbal Essences falls into a strange grey area with this. As of the writing of this article, they’re still testing imported products in China. They are accepting some exceptions when the company can provide a safety certificate from the country of origin, don’t market to kids, and don’t contain any raw materials that are different from the approved list of cosmetic ingredients.

The Institute for In Vitro Sciences and the US Food and Drug Administration has worked with the Chinese government and PETA Beauty Without Bunnies over the last three years to make leaps toward being cruelty-free and adapting to the needs of today’s consumers.

Alternative: This incredible line from Noughty Hair Care is excellent for every type of hair. We especially love this one, Tough Cookie Conditioner, to help strengthen and condition weak and brittle hair.


28. Head & Shoulders

Head & Shoulders uses harsh ingredients and tests on animals to be imported to mainland China. Further, as a child company of Procter & Gamble, the elements Head & Shoulders uses are likely tested on animals.

Alternative: SachaJuan offers a medicated shampoo that uses Rosemary oil, Menthol, Salicylic Acid and Ginger extract to soothe irritated, rubescent scalp and maintain a healthy moisture balance of hair and scalp. Canviiy is another great option!

29. Ivory

Ivory is another brand owned by Procter & Gamble. Both Ivory and their parent company test on animals in the ingredients stage and the post-market step to capture import sales in China.

Alternative: Sade Baron offers a wide range of handmade soaps made with clean high-quality, plant formulated, body care products and are packed with nutrients and super fats that give your body more than one day of glow.

30. Jo Malone

The animal testing policies are not clearly stated for this company. However, they are an Estee Lauder company, and they sell in China. Therefore, it is easy to connect that even if they don’t directly test on animals, they are not cruelty-free and pay for lab testing in China.

Alternative: This PHLUR fragrance is one of our favorites. The Moab fragrance is rich and spicy. It uses natural ingredients and is 100% vegan. Bonus: This brand lets you purchase a sampler for $18, then when you decide you love it, they’ll apply your first purchase toward your final purchase. Further, they offer a subscription service to reduce your costs over the long run.


31. Johnson & Johnson

Johnson & Johnson claims to be working toward eliminating animal testing and seem to be making progress toward that goal in leaps and bounds. However, they still sell in China and allow testing to take place on animals for Chinese markets.

Alternative: Johnson & Johnson is known for their health-based products, in particular, baby care. If you’re looking for a cruelty-free, all natural option for babies and kids, Alaffia is a great choice.

32. L’Oreal

L’Oreal, as a parent company to many other companies, is not cruelty-free. They try to reduce the testing on animals in as many markets as they can. However, they continue to sell in China. They have worked with the Chinese government to make non-animal testing options available as an alternative and have made some progress on that front. At this time, L’Oreal is not considered cruelty-free.

Alternative: Instead of L’Oreal hair colors, try Good Dye Young’s line of bold semi-permanent colors. For drugstore-priced cosmetics to take the place of L’Oreal products, try e.l.f Cosmetics.

33. MAC Cosmetics

MAC Cosmetics and its parent company, Estee Lauder, sell their products in China. They pay and condone animal testing to capture sales in that market. They have partnered with the Institute for In Vitro Sciences to find and develop cruelty-free options.

Alternative: Elate cosmetics offer natural and cruelty-free makeup options for the face, eyes and lips, as well as skin care products. With such a wide range of products, finding a replacement for your favorite MAC product should be simple.


34. Mary Kay

Mary Kay is an MLM with popular products for many consumers. However, that consumer base includes China. Even if they are cruelty-free in all countries but China, Chinese government agencies still require animal testing on special use products like the eye creams and skincare products Mary Kay offers.

Alternative: Skyn Iceland has products specially formulated to hydrate, calm, and rejuvenate your skin around the eyes. This ANTIDOTE Cooling Daily Lotion is made with Icelandic kelp and white willow bark. Skyn is cruelty-free and made with ethically sourced ingredients.

35. Max Factor

Max Factor sells its products in China, which means they go through animal testing for the import process. Further, Max Factor uses palm oil in their products, contributing to many animal habitats’ deforestation.

Alternative: When you’re looking for a fabulous cruelty-free mascara, BUXOM has you covered. BUXOM Lash Volumizing Mascara gives dark thick lashes without the clumpy spider leg effect.

36. Maybelline

Maybelline is a child company of L’Oreal. It follows the same animal testing policies as the parent company and allows animal testing where required by law. Maybelline sells in China, where animal testing is necessary for import on special use products.

Alternative: Kush High Volume Mascara by Milk Makeup offers a rich black coverage to lengthen your lashes without cruelty.


37. Nair

Nair hair removal cream is used on animals for safety testing. They sell in mainland China and are owned by Church & Dwight.

Alternative: Nad’s 3-in-1 Hair Removal Body Butter is a cruelty-free alternative that helps remove body hair, rehydrate your skin, and boost your confidence. The best part? No animal testing and no selling in China.

38. Neutrogena

Neutrogena states that they do not conduct testing on animals in the official animal testing policy and do not ask third-parties to test their products. However, they choose to market their products in mainland China. Therefore, they consent to animal testing on their products to boost revenues.

Alternative: An alternative option for deep moisturizing, similar to Neutrogena’s hydro-boost, is the Inkey List Hyaluronic Acid. They are a cruelty-free company in their practice and their words.

39. Olay

Olay skincare is a high-end drug-store option, but they follow their parent company’s lead on animal testing policies. They sell their products in China and therefore support animal testing indirectly.

Alternative: A fantastic option for Olay that we found is Paula’s Choice. This brand’s selection makes several parallels between products, without the harsh chemicals, mistreatment of animals, and impacts on the environment seen with Olay products. They do not sell in China and strive to make a low impact. Try out Paula’s Choice Super-Light Wrinkle Defense SPF 30 to sample the line. You’ll fall in love.


40. Old Spice

Old Spice is owned by Procter & Gamble and pursues sales in China. Even though they state that they do not test their products or ingredients on animals, they are tested upon import to China. The brand can’t sell in China and still be considered cruelty-free.

Alternative: Dr. Bronner’s Organic Sugar Soap is an excellent alternative to most Old Spice products. Not only is Dr. Bronner’s cruelty-free, but they’re also fair trade, GMO-free, and certified vegan. You can read more about Dr. Bronner’s brand and the route they took to pursue truly Clean products in the book Honor Thy Label.

41. O.P.I.

This brand tests its products on animals by allowing their products to be imported to China. The nail polish company supports animal testing rather than pull their products from the Chinese market, which holds a significant portion of the beauty market share.

Alternative: China Glaze is entirely cruelty-free and certified by Leaping Bunny. Their products are high quality and often preferred over O.P.I. in-salon and nail studio settings. Check out the gorgeous new Spring 2021 Cali Dreams Collection.

42. Procter & Gamble

P&G has been mentioned many times as a parent company that doesn’t follow cruelty-free processes. This parent company pursues sales in mainland China; they can not gain a cruelty-free claim. This is such a large umbrella company that if they pulled their support from China’s testing laws, they would make a massive difference in policies.

Alternative: Since P&G has so many business holdings, they seem to touch every corner of health, beauty, and skincare. There are dozens of cruelty-free brands you can choose from to replace your P&G products. Try Nubian Heritage for quality natural cruelty-free deodorants and Kiss My Face for soap choices, or Chi Chi Cosmetics for bold makeup options.


43. Redken

Salons and cosmetology schools recommend Redkin for a variety of reasons. However, regardless of the quality of the products, they’re still sold in China. This choice to sell in the Chinese market is authorization to test on animals on behalf of the company, even with cruelty-free claims on their website.

The language they use in the parent company, L’Oreal, policy page is “An exception could only be made if regulatory authorities demanded it for safety or regulatory purposes.”

Alternative: Adwoa Beauty’s baomint deep conditioning treatment is a high-quality product to help disband tangles and invigorate your scalp. It nourishes the hair and scalp at the same time for the ultimate conditioning treatment.This product is comparable to Redken Curvaceous Curls.

44. Revlon

Revlon is sold in mainland China and is subject to animal testing as required by law. Therefore, Revlon is not considered cruelty-free.

Alternative: Fall in love with ColourPop Kiss the Dusk Lux Liquid Lipstick Kit. These colors are bold, beautiful, and full of the confidence you used to find in Revlon, but without harming animals. There are dozens of other colors and lip products at ColourPop.

45. Rimmel London

Rimmel is owned by Coty, Inc. Both Rimmel and their parent company sell in major Chinese markets, including Mainland China. They have been at the forefront of working with the offending government agencies to remedy this crime against animal-kind. However, they are continuing the cycle by contributing to the market despite the ethical grey area.

Alternative: CoverGirl Cosmetics recently pulled their product from China and pursued certification by Leaping Bunny. This means that they are deemed cruelty-free and are not perpetuating the animal testing issues in China.


46. Sephora Brand

Sephora Brand covers a lot of ground in the cosmetic and beauty field. While Sephora stores sell a ton of great cruelty-free options in their stores, the Sephora Collection isn’t among them. Sephora Brand is sold in department stores and stand-alone stores in mainland China.

Alternative: Adwoa Beauty, BeautyBio, and dozens of other brands carried by Sephora stores are cruelty-free. Ethical Elephant maintains a list of cruelty-free brands found at Sephora.

47. Suave

Handily capturing the grey area, Suave does not provide enough information to determine if they are cruelty-free or not. They are owned by Unilever, which doesn’t qualify as cruelty-free because of their involvement in Chinese markets. Suave has partnered with PETA and has been certified Cruelty-Free by that organization.

Alternative: If you don’t want to take your chances in the grey area, try Beauty Without Cruelty Shampoos and Conditioners. These products are Leaping Bunny certified as cruelty-free and vegan. Giovanni’s line of salon-inspired products is divine!

48. Tresemmé

China captures another otherwise animal-friendly brand. With their regulations on imported products, Tresemmé doesn’t get a cruelty-free pass because the company pays Chinese labs to test their products to gain access to sales avenues in mainland China.

Alternative: Alaffia makes waves in the world by creating and selling a cruelty-free, fair trade, ethically sourced hair care line that helps people overcome adversity and oppression. The Everyday SHEA Shampoo comes in unscented or a variety of delicious aromas that will restore and revitalize your hair.


49. Venus

Venus is another Procter & Gamble product that follows their parent company into the darkness of not being cruelty-free. The razors and shave gels loved by so many support animal testing through authorizing testing in their China market.

Alternative: For an animal-friendly, eco-conscious razor choice, check out Preserve Shave 5. The materials are all recycled and can be recycled. The company never tests its razors or other products on animals. You can also get toothbrushes and bowls from this company. For a gel alternative, look into The Shave Cream by Billie. The Shave Cream is cruelty-free, vegan, and made with aloe, shea butter, olive oil, and sage.

50. Victoria’s Secret

The involvement of Victoria’s Secret in the Institute For In Vitro Sciences does not excuse them from their animal testing involvement at the Chinese government labs’ hands. There are many cruelty-free alternatives to choose from until they either pull their products from mainland China or the Chinese government bans animal testing on all products imported to their country.

Alternative: Yuni Beauty offers soothing and revitalizing scent options that are cruelty-free and more mindful of the environment. This Beauty on the Run Travel Kit by Yuni contains three shower sheet body wipes, 1oz container of Count to Zen hand cream, a 1.7oz container of Flash Bath no-rinse body cleansing foam, and a 1.7oz My Om World Calming Aromatherapy Mist, all contained in a handy travel case.


How to Pick Cruelty-Free Alternatives

When we look at brands that potentially test on animals, we consider the ingredients, the process, and the sales process. That means that if the company or their suppliers test on animals, they are not regarded as cruelty-free. The FDA and other American governing bodies don’t regulate product labels claiming their products to be vegan or cruelty-free. You need to do your research into your favorite products.

Further, as mentioned in many of the brand descriptions, when a company chooses to sell their products in mainland China, they choose to allow their products to be tested on animals to import into the country. Therefore, any company that decides to sell in China is condoning animal testing.

It doesn’t matter how many ways a company chooses to say they support animal rights and strive for alternative testing solutions. If they decided to put their product on shelves in a country that legally requires them to test, they choose to support that practice. If they wanted to make a difference in how China regulates their cosmetic and beauty products, they would withhold their products until the Chinese Government alters the laws to protect animals.

China has made changes to its policies, and the government is working toward making these animal testing laws less restricting. On January 1, 2021, a new law passed exempting “general cosmetics” from testing in most cases. If they are a “special use” product, such as hair color or a product for children, those products must be tested on animals in Chinese labs. A few other indicators may get a product put back on the testing list, regardless of the country of manufacture.

Keeping a list of reliable resources on hand when you will cut down on your time and the possibility of supporting a non-cruelty-free brand. We like the information produced by Cruelty-Free Kitty and PETA’s Cruelty-Free list.

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