OGX (Johnson & Johnson)

Last Updated: June 10, 2022

Is OGX (Johnson & Johnson) Cruelty-Free and Vegan?

Organix, OGX is a popular drugstore hair care brand, most known for their affordable nourishing shampoo and hair products made with exotic ingredients but is OGX cruelty-free or vegan in 2022?

Ethical Analysis

Is OGX cruelty-free or vegan? We’ve got the answers here! Read below for more details on OGX’s policies.
OGX is NOT Cruelty-Free. OGX engages in animal testing by allowing its products to be animal-tested.

OGX is also owned by Johnson & Johnson, a parent corporation that does engage in animal testing.
Yes, OGX sells its products in stores in mainland China under conditions where animal testing is still legally required.
OGX claims to offer some products that are “free of animal by-products”, but because OGX engages in animal testing, we wouldn’t classify anything sold or produced by OGX to be vegan.

OGX (Johnson & Johnson)

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OGX is NOT Cruelty-Free!

OGX allows its products or ingredients to be tested on animals when required by law including when selling in stores in mainland China.

In addition, OGX is owned by Johnson & Johnson, a parent company that is also not cruelty-free.

OGX’s Animal Testing Policy

OGX recently updated their animal testing statement on their website’s FAQ page and the new statement is very deceiving. See below for a screenshot of what’s currently stated on OGX’s website:

OGX states they don’t conduct animal testing in the research or development of their cosmetic products. And then they included a link where you can find more about their ‘commitment to safety.’

Once you click on that link, it leads you to OGX’s parent company, Johnson & Johnson’s corporate website.

And if you scroll down on this page, you’ll find the beginning of what sounds like OGX’s animal testing statement, “we do not conduct animal testing in the research or development of our cosmetics products…”

But this one is slightly different because it continues to read, “but some countries still require animal testing data to meet their own regulatory requirements.”

This is very deceiving of OGX. They’ve just changed the wording of their animal testing statement without actually making any real changes to their animal testing policy. OGX still tests on animals, but they’re just not disclosing their full policy on their website anymore.

See below of a screenshot I took from OGX’s website two years ago in 2020. See how they’ve removed “except in rare situations where animal testing is required by law or where alternatives to validate safety data do not yet exist” from their current animal testing statement?

OGX Cruelty-Free Claims

Why does this matter?

Policies stating, “some countries still require animal testing data to meet their own regulatory requirements,” usually imply the company is selling its products in mainland China. That’s because cosmetics sold in stores in mainland China are required by law to be tested on animals.

Is OGX Sold in China?

When I asked OGX if their products are sold in stores in mainland China, they told me I can find their products in Watsons, the largest health and beauty care chain store in Asia.

This confirms OGX is indeed sold in China.

But Doesn’t China No Longer Tests on Animals?

Companies can bypass China’s pre-market animal testing by choosing to manufacture their ordinary or general cosmetics in China, but it’s not stated anywhere that OGX has taken this route.

Additionally, the possibility of post-market animal testing is not completely ruled out and may be conducted on some cosmetics sold in physical stores in China.

As of May 1, 2021, cosmetic companies can also export and sell their ordinary or general cosmetics in China without animal testing only if they meet a set of preconditions first. However, meeting these conditions has proven difficult, and it’s still unclear what exactly is accepted according to the new regulations. So there’s no word yet of any company that has successfully done so.

Follow the highlighted lines in the graphic below to see why most cosmetics sold in China (like OGX and Johnson & Johnson) are still required by law to be tested on animals in 2022.

Because OGX has decided to sell in mainland China stores, they must consent and pay to have their products tested on animals. That’s why most cosmetics brands selling in mainland China cannot be considered cruelty-free in 2022.

Although OGX may not be conducting these animal tests themselves, they knowingly allow Chinese authorities to test their products on animals to sell in China.

For those reasons, we would not consider OGX to be cruelty-free by our standards.

Cruelty-Free Policies

Many truly cruelty-free brands have chosen not to sell their products in China because of its animal testing laws. Unfortunately, OGX refuses to do the same and therefore cannot be considered cruelty-free.

At ethical elephant, we always assess a company’s cruelty-free policy using our Cruelty-Free Checklist. This ensures no animal testing was performed by the brand itself, its suppliers, and by any third parties, including when required by law.

See below for our complete cruelty-free checklist. Since OGX already does not meet the last two, we cannot classify the brand as being cruelty-free.

Complete Cruelty-Free Checklist

Is OGX Certified Cruelty-Free?

OGX is not certified cruelty-free by any third-party cruelty-free certifications like Leaping Bunny or PETA.

Because OGX is not certified cruelty-free by a third party, no one is looking into or substantiating OGX’s cruelty-free commitments and claims.

Is OGX Owned By A Non-Cruelty-Free Parent Company?

Yes. OGX is owned by Johnson & Johnson, a parent corporation that still engages in animal testing in 2022.

Some cruelty-free consumers may choose to purchase and support cruelty-free brands owned by animal-tested parent corporations as they hope it will convince the parent company to become cruelty-free.

But in this case, OGX is NOT cruelty-free and neither is its parent corporation, Johnson & Johnson.

Is OGX Cruelty-Free?

To sum up, by choosing to sell in mainland China, OGX must have its products tested on animals. Therefore, we would NOT consider OGX to be a cruelty-free brand.

Currently, OGX is on our List of Brands to Avoid – Animal Tested.

Is OGX Vegan?

OGX claims to offer some products that are “free of animal by-products”, but because OGX engages in animal testing, we wouldn’t classify anything sold or produced by OGX to be vegan.

In order for products to be considered vegan by ethical elephant’s standards, the products and their ingredients must not be tested on animals anywhere in the world. Also, they must not contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products.

Cruelty-Free Alternatives OGX:

Looking for cruelty-free alternatives to OGX? We recommend the following cruelty-free drugstore hair care brands:

or check out our list of vegan drugstore shampoo and hair product brands!

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7 thoughts on “OGX (Johnson & Johnson)”

  1. Noooo! I’ve been using OGX because they have the “not tested on animals” label on their bottles… If that’s the case, they are cheating their customers??

    Thanks for sharing this!

    1. Sadly the label “not tested on animals” can virtually mean whatever companies what it mean since it’s not regulated by anyone.

      So companies can label their products to say “this PRODUCT was not tested on animals” when in fact, the INGREDIENTS were tested on animals or they can say something like “WE don’t test on animals” when in fact, they are hiring OTHERS to test their products/ingredients on animals on their behalf.

      Hopefully one day, animal testing for cosmetics will be banned and we won’t have to deal with these labeling loopholes and disingenuous companies trying to pass off like they care about animals

    1. If vegan, THIS PRODUCT HAS WHEY AN WHEY IS A PROCESS OF MILK, as is cheese, is to rennet, a calfs stomach …. also it uses the whites of eggs.. and albumen the white of an egg.. and bolany the nutritisve matter around the embryo of an bired, repile , etc. coagolated. by heat and found in the blood plasmas, animal tissue,, not tested on animals ,, but uses animals. its in the Coco nut milk! shampoo..

  2. Maybe, not tested lol, but they use….. USE ANIMAL PRODUCTS.. I JUST GOOGLED THE COCONUT MILK SHAMPOO, USED WHEY, is a Part of AN COW OR GOAT ETC>MILK… THAT REMAINS AFTER THE FORMATION OF CURDS, LIKE IN CHEESE MAKEING> THE ENZIME IS THE # third stomach of a calf.. not adult cow or goat.. but the baby … RENNET BREAKS DOWN THE MOTHERS MILK, THEY USE WHEY… IN THE SHAMPOO< ALSO THEY USE ALBUMEN THE WHITE OF EGGS> THEY LEFT THIS PART OUT LOL

  3. I will no longer be buying OGX products as they ARE tested on animals and to say it is not is a lie. ALL their products sold in China are tested on animals- selling in China is THEIR CHOICE and by it they happily make a choice to TEST ON ANIMALS!!! Add to that the parent company J&J knowingly sold products they KNEW were carcinogenic? No thank you!

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