Is Procter & Gamble (P&G) cruelty-free?
No. Procter & Gamble (P&G) is not a cruelty-free corporation, some of their products are sold in Mainland China where animal testing is required for all imported cosmetics.
Procter & Gamble’s Animal Testing Policy (2018)
P&G claims they do not test their products or ingredients on animals, unless it is required by law.
P&G then goes on to explain that in some countries they sell to, like China, still require animal tests to ensure the safety of certain products and ingredients. Since P&G has decided to sell their products in these countries, they must have their products and ingredients tested on animals.
I recognize and appreciate P&G’s efforts in funding and developing non-animal testing methods and also P&G admitting that they “strongly believe that the majority of animal tests required by these authorities are scientifically unnecessary“.
But if P&G doesn’t agree with these animal tests, why are they choosing to sell their products under these conditions then? No one is forcing P&G to sell in China, that’s their decision to do so when many cruelty-free brands have chosen not to sell in China for these very reasons, why can’t P&G do the same if they truly don’t agree with having their products tested on animals?
Ultimately, I would not consider Procter & Gamble or any of P&G’s brands that are sold in Mainland China to be cruelty-free because some of their ingredients and products are required to be tested on animals.
It should be noted that none of P&G’s brands are certified cruelty-free by any organization or by ethical elephant’s standards.
When a corporation, as large as P&G, has over 50+ 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 P&G Brands
I wanted to list out all of Procter & Gamble’s brands to help with:
- Figuring out which of P&G’s brands are cruelty-free (Short answer: None!)
- Knowing which of P&G’s brands are sold in Mainland China
- If you don’t want to support anything associated with Procter & Gamble, then use this list as a reference as you should avoid all the brands on this list
Sold in China – This brand distributes its products in China where animal testing is required by law
Cruelty-Free – This brand is Cruelty-Free
No notes – It has not been confirmed whether this brand sells in China, buy or boycott at your own discretion.
If you wish to boycott all of Procter & Gamble’s brands, the list below showcases all of P&G brands:
Skin & Body Care Brands
- Ivory – Sold in China
- Olay – Sold in China
- Old Spice – Sold in China
- Safeguard – Sold in China
- Secret – Sold in China
- SK-II – Sold in China
Hair Care Brands
- Aussie – Sold in China
- Head & Shoulders – Sold in China
- Herbal Essences – Sold in China
- Pantene – Sold in China
- Rejoice – Sold in China
- Vidal Sassoon – Sold in China
Oral Care Brands
- Crest – Sold in China
- Fixodent – Sold in China
- Oral-B – Sold in China
- Scope – Sold in China
- brAun – Sold in China
- Gillette – Sold in China
- Venus – Sold in China
Cleaning & Household Brands
- Ariel – Sold in China
- Bounce – Sold in China
- Cheer – Sold in China
- Comet – Sold in China
- Dawn – Sold in China
- Downy – Sold in China
- Dreft Laundry
- Era – Sold in China
- Fab – Sold in China
- Febreze – Sold in China
- Gain – Sold in China
- Joy – Sold in China
- Mr. Clean – Sold in China
- Swifer – Sold in China
- Tide – Sold in China