Testing on animals is something that has been going on for years. Although testing for medical reasons is generally considered acceptable, testing on animals for cosmetics has generated huge controversy over the last decade due to ethical issues. Many people (rightly) feel that we should not be torturing animals for something as superficial as makeup or skin moisturizers.

Many people turn a blind eye to animal testing on cosmetics, not wanting to give up their favorite brands for the well-being of animals. This is despite the fact that there are many popular cosmetic companies that make a point to avoid animal testing at all costs and that encourage others to do the same. On the other hand, there are also cosmetic companies that will deceive their customers into believing they don’t test on animals through loopholes and technicalities.

This is why I’m going to provide you with a comprehensive list of companies that either do or don’t test on animals.


Cosmetic Companies That Test On Animals


  • Avon
  • Bobbi Brown
  • Covergirl
  • Estée Lauder
  • Head & Shoulders
  • L’Oréal
  • M.A.C. Cosmetics
  • Mary Kay
  • Maybelline
  • Pantene
  • Revlon
  • Stila
  • TRESemmé

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You may be surprised to see certain brands on this list.

For example, L’Oréal is famous for proudly stating that it does not test on animals. However, you will notice that if you go on their website they state:


“L’Oréal no longer tests on animals any of its products or any of its ingredients, anywhere in the world. Nor does L’Oréal delegate this task to others. An exception could only be made if regulatory authorities demanded it for safety or regulatory purposes.”

This “exception” means that they still test on animals when selling their products to countries that require animal testing. Cosmetic companies who actually don’t test on animals refuse to sell their products to these countries, as they don’t put profit above their ethics. Other popular brands that use this technique include Estee Lauder and Avon.

Mary Kay Cosmetics uses an even sneakier tactic to avoid bad press. Instead of using their own labs to conduct animal testing, they contract their testing out to the Chinese government. This means that, technically, they are not doing the animal testing, although it is for their benefit and they are funding it.


Cosmetic Companies That Don’t Test On Animals


  • Nature’s Gate
  • PureOlogy
  • Arbonne
  • Seventh Generation
  • Alba Botanica
  • Natura Essential
  • Planet
  • Wet N Wild

These are the companies that don’t make “exceptions” when it comes to their stance on animal cruelty. Instead of testing on animals, they use in vitro testing on human cells to determine whether substances they use are harmful or not. They also don’t sell their products to countries who require animal testing.

If you care about animal welfare, from now on you should purchase from these companies. You should also do constant research on any company you plan on buying cosmetics from, as they tend to change their policies on animal testing constantly.


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