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Neutrogena is an American brand of skin care, hair care and cosmetics, and we wanted to know is Neutrogena cruelty-free?
Is Neutrogena Cruelty-Free?
Neutrogena is NOT Cruelty-free. Neutrogena pays and allows their products to be tested on animals when required by law. Neutrogena also sells its products in stores in mainland China where animal testing is mandatory for most imported cosmetics.
In addition, Neutrogena is owned by Johnson & Johnson, a parent company that is also not cruelty-free.
Neutrogena’s Animal Testing Policy
Neutrogena’s website states “Neutrogena doesn’t conduct animal testing of our cosmetic products anywhere in
Below is a screenshot of what is currently on Neutrogena’s website:
The general disclaimer of “except in the rare situation where governments or laws require it” implies that Neutrogena may be selling their products in mainland China where animal testing is required by law for most imported cosmetics.
Is Neutrogena Sold in China?
I found evidence of Neutrogena selling their products in mainland China via neutrogena.com.cn.
In addition, Neutrogena products are also sold in-stores at Watson.
Below is a screenshot of Neutrogena’s Chinese website:
Because of Neutrogena’s decision to sell its products in-stores in mainland China, they must consent and pay the Chinese government to test their products on animals.
Although Neutrogena may not be conducting these animal tests themselves, they are knowingly allowing Chinese authorities to test their products on animals in order to sell in China.
Many truly cruelty-free brands have chosen not to sell their products in China because of the country’s animal testing laws. Unfortunately, Neutrogena refuses to do the same and has decided to put profits before the welfare of animals.
Summary: Neutrogena is NOT Cruelty-Free!
Neutrogena allows their products to be tested on animals when required by law. Also, by choosing to sell in mainland China, Neutrogena must have their products tested on animals. Therefore I would not consider Neutrogena to be a cruelty-free brand.
Neutrogena is on our List of Brands to Avoid – Animal Tested.
Is Neutrogena Vegan?
Since we would not consider Neutrogena to be cruelty-free as their products are tested on animals when required by law, we also wouldn’t consider anything sold or manufactured by Neutrogena to be vegan.
Cruelty-Free Alternatives to Neutrogena:
Looking to switch to cruelty-free brands? Here are some cruelty-free options that are similar to Neutrogena:
- Derma E – 100% Vegan
- Yes To – some vegan options
- Pacifica – 100% Vegan
- Andalou Naturals – some vegan options, check labels
- ELF Cosmetics – 100% Vegan
- Milani – some vegan options
- essence – some vegan options
- NYX Cosmetics *owned by L’Oreal – some vegan options