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Old Spice is NOT Cruelty-Free!
Old Spice allows its products to be tested on animals when required by law.
In addition, Old Spice is owned by P&G, a parent company that is NOT cruelty-free.
Old Spice’s Animal Testing Policy
On Old Spice’s website, they claim they do not test on animals unless required by law.
See below for a screenshot of what’s currently stated on Old Spice’s website:
Based on their statement, we now know that P&G owns Old Spice. And Old Spice has the same animal testing policy as P&G where both state they make an exception to allow their products to be tested on animals if specifically required by law.
Truly cruelty-free brands will never allow their products or ingredients to be tested on animals. Cruelty-free companies have a policy where if the law requires them to test on animals then they will refuse to sell their products under those conditions.
For example, imported cosmetics sold in stores in mainland China are required by Chinese laws to be tested on animals upon registration. Therefore, truly cruelty-free brands have chosen not to sell in China in order to remain committed to their no animal testing policy.
Unfortunately, Old Spice and P&G state they will allow their products and ingredients to be tested on animals if the law requires it. For those reasons, Old Spice is NOT 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 Old Spice allows its products to be tested on animals when required by law, we cannot classify the brand as being cruelty-free.
Is Old Spice Certified Cruelty-Free?
Old Spice is not certified cruelty-free by any third-party cruelty-free certifications like Leaping Bunny or PETA.
Because Old Spice is not certified cruelty-free by a third party, no one is looking into or substantiating Old Spice’s cruelty-free commitments and claims.
Is Old Spice Owned By A Non-Cruelty-Free Parent Company?
Yes. Old Spice is owned by Procter & Gamble (P&G) 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, Old Spice is NOT cruelty-free and neither is its parent corporation, P&G.
Is Old Spice Cruelty-Free?
To sum up, Old Spice allows its products to be tested on animals when required by law. Therefore, we would NOT consider Old Spice to be a cruelty-free brand.
Currently, Old Spice is on our List of Brands to Avoid – Animal Tested.
Is Old Spice Vegan?
Old Spice does not claim or market itself to offer any vegan-friendly options. And since Old Spice engages in animal testing, we wouldn’t consider anything sold or produced by Old Spice to be vegan anyways.
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 to Old Spice
Looking to switch to cruelty-free products? Here are some cruelty-free brands to check out:
Or check out our guide to Cruelty-Free & Vegan Men’s Deodorants!