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Procter & Gamble (P&G) Brands – Which Ones are Cruelty-Free or Sold in China?

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Is Procter & Gamble (P&G) cruelty-free?

Answer:

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)

Source: P&G

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?

Source: P&G

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

Razor Brands

  • brAun – Sold in China
  • Gillette – Sold in China
  • Venus – Sold in China

Cleaning & Household Brands

  • Ace
  • Ariel – Sold in China
  • Bold
  • Bonux
  • Bounce – Sold in China
  • Cascade
  • Cheer – Sold in China
  • Comet – Sold in China
  • Dash
  • Dawn – Sold in China
  • Daz
  • Downy – Sold in China
  • Dreft Laundry
  • Era – Sold in China
  • Fab – Sold in China
  • Fairy
  • Febreze – Sold in China
  • Gain – Sold in China
  • Joy – Sold in China
  • Lenor
  • Mr. Clean – Sold in China
  • Rindex
  • Salvo
  • Sarasa
  • Swifer – Sold in China
  • Tide – Sold in China
  • Viakal

 

2 Responses
  • Amy
    June 9, 2018

    They said on one of their products I page they don’t engage in animal testing. Not with this comment though. I told them when I see a cruelty free logo I’d believe it.

    • Denise
      October 1, 2018

      Amy, that was a great response!!! Lack of Cruelty Free logo means no go with our purchasing dollars.

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