Last Updated: May 25, 2021

Is Avon Cruelty-Free and Vegan?

Avon Products is a multinational cosmetics, skincare, fragrance, and personal care company but is Avon cruelty-free or vegan in 2021?

Ethical Analysis

Is Avon cruelty-free or vegan? Here’s what we know! Read below for more details on Company’s policies.
It is currently unclear whether Avon is truly cruelty-free.
Yes, Avon sells its products in mainland China.
Avon claims to have some vegan products but the brand’s cruelty-free status is unclear.


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I’ve been getting lots of questions about Avon’s cruelty-free status so I thought I’d provide an update and address the question, is Avon cruelty-free in 2021?

Avon is working to become cruelty-free but they’re not there yet.

Avon is still selling their products in China. Although they claim to have stopped testing their ingredients on animals in China, they were unable to clarify exactly how or what they’re doing to be exempt from China’s animal testing requirements.

They also haven’t verified with all of their ingredient suppliers that they are all cruelty-free too.

Therefore, Avon is on our ‘Grey Area Brand List – Brands with Unclear Policies.’

Note that Avon Products and New Avon are two separate companies. In this post, I’ll only be looking into Avon Products’ cruelty-free claims and statements.

Avon & PETA

There’s been some confusion about PETA and Avon’s partnership. As of May 2021, Avon is still NOT officially certified cruelty-free by PETA. When you type ‘Avon’ in PETA’s directory, it says that Avon is “working towards regulatory changes to reduce the number of animals used for testing.”

This does NOT mean Avon is cruelty-free. It just means PETA acknowledges that Avon is working on it.

PETA reports, “Avon Products, Inc., is no longer testing on animals anywhere in the world and is putting systems in place to ensure that none of its suppliers test on animals, either. When that process is complete, the company will be moved to our cruelty-free list.”

According to this statement made by PETA, Avon is putting systems in place to ensure that none of its suppliers test on animals but that process is not completed yet. And that’s why Avon is not yet certified cruelty-free by PETA.

Avon & China

I’m currently waiting to receive a response from Avon about their cruelty-free claims while selling in China. I will provide an update here once I receive a response from the company.

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38 thoughts on “Avon”

  1. I just found out about Avon and their animal testing. It’s the most horrible torture for the poor helpless
    little animals. They don’t understand why they are being made to suffer. Turn it around on you and see how you would like to be done that way. The suffering and pain is unbelievable. I was selling Avon but will stop and never use any product that is tested on animals. There’s too many great companies out there to use and I’ve already been using them . IT Cosmetics have great products and they do not test on animals. PLEASE STOP THE TORTURE AND TESTING OF ALL ANIMALS!!!

  2. What cosmetics and other products do you use Vicky? Please share with everyone so we can see you are not just talking the talk but not walking the walk.

  3. Christine Peat

    All animal testing should be stopped they feel pain and the cruelty is unforgivable. I didn’t know until now Avon tested on animals whether it be China of here it should not be allowed I’m sure they could tell China to stop., or take your business away. I have decided not to buy anything else from them until they change their ways.

  4. heather gracie

    name and shame the other big companies that also test on animals i am sure there must be a lot more of them and not just AVON

    1. I can’t understand why some countries DEMAND animal testing. Surely there are people who would gladly volunteer. Animals are not meant to wear makeup and their skin would surely react differently to that of a humans plus if any products include dangerous chemicals then they shouldn’t be produced at all. It’s all about money and greed. So sad for innocent animals.

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