Is Unilever cruelty-free?
No. Unilever is not a cruelty-free corporation because some of their ingredients are tested on animals. In addition, some of Unilever’s products are also tested on animals in China where animal testing is required by law for all imported cosmetics.
However it should be noted that 11 of Unilever’s brands are PETA certified cruelty-free: Dermalogica, Murad, REN, Shea Moisture, Seventh Generation, Schmidt’s Naturals, St. Ives, Simple, and Nubian Heritage.
And 3 of Unilever brands are Leaping Bunny certified cruelty-free: Dermalogica, Schmidt’s Naturals, and Seventh Generation.
Unilever’s Animal Testing Statement
Unilever claims that they do not test their products on animals and are committed to ending animal testing however some of their ingredients are tested by their suppliers to comply with “relevant regulations.”
So although none of their finished products are tested on animals but the individual ingredients were. Also, Unilever may not be doing the testing themselves but their suppliers are testing their ingredients on animals on their behalf.
Unilever also states in their animal testing policy that some of their products are tested on animals by governments as part of their “regulatory requirements.” This implies that Unilever is selling their products in countries that require animal testing by law, they’re most likely talking about mainland China.
Again, Unilever may not be conducting these animal tests in their own labs but they’re paying and consenting other officials to test their products on animals.
Therefore, I would not consider Unilever or any of their brands that are sold in Mainland China to be cruelty-free.
It should be noted, throughout the years, Unilever has acquired 6 PETA certified cruelty-free brands: Dermalogica, Murad, REN, Shea Moisture, Seventh Generation, Schmidt’s Naturals, and Nubian Heritage. These 6 brands are not sold in China and are not required to be tested on animals. These 6 brands are in fact, certified cruelty-free by PETA.
3 of those brands are Leaping Bunny certified cruelty-free: Dermalogica, Schmidt’s Naturals, and Seventh Generation.
When a corporation, as large as Unilever, has over 40+ brands in its portfolio, it’s sometimes hard to tell which brands are selling in China, or certified cruelty-free, or brands that naturally inherit their parent company’s animal testing policy.
List of Unilever Brands
I wanted to list out some of Unilever’s brands to help with:
- Figuring out which of Unilever’s brands are cruelty-free
- Knowing which of Unilever’s brands are sold in Mainland China
- If you don’t want to support anything associated with Unilever, then use this list as a reference as you should avoid all the brands on this list
Please note that I’ve only listed brands that are available in the US, Canada, Australia, and the UK to keep this list condensed.
Sold in China – This brand distributes its products in China where animal testing is required by law
PETA Certified – This brand is PETA Certified Cruelty-Free
Leaping Bunny – This brand is Leaping Bunny Certified Cruelty-Free
No notes – It has not been confirmed whether this brand sells in China, buy or boycott at your own discretion.
- AXE – Sold in China
- Degree – Sold in China
- Lever 2000
- Lux – Sold in China
- Lynx – Sold in China
- Rexona – Sold in China
- Schmidt’s Naturals – Leaping Bunny Certified PETA Certified
- Breeze (soap)
- Dermalogica – Leaping Bunny Certified PETA Certified
- Dove – Sold in China PETA Certified
- Dove Men+Care – Sold in China
- Lifebuoy – Sold in China
- Love Beauty and Planet – PETA Certified
- Murad – PETA Certified
- Nubian Heritage – PETA Certified
- Pond’s – Sold in China
- REN – PETA Certified
- Shea Moisture – PETA Certified
- Simple – Sold in China PETA Certified
- St. Ives – PETA Certified
- Tatcha – PETA Certified
- Vaseline – Sold in China
- Alberto Balsam
- Clear – Sold in China
- Nexxus – Sold in China
- Sunsilk – Sold in China
- Toni & Guy
- TRESemmé – Sold in China
- Hourglass – PETA Certified
- Close Up
- Signal – Sold in China
- Cif – Sold in China
- Comfort – Sold in China
- Seventh Generation – Leaping Bunny Certified PETA Certified
- Sunlight – Sold in China