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 three of P&G’s brands are certified cruelty-free by PETA; First Aid Beauty, Herbal Essences, and Aussie. However here at ethical elephant, we do not consider Herbal Essences and Aussie to be cruelty-free as their products are sold in Mainland China.

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
  • 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

PETA Certified – This brand is PETA Certified 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

  • First Aid Beauty – PETA Certified *acquired in 2018
  • 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 PETA Certified
  • Head & Shoulders – Sold in China
  • Herbal Essences – Sold in China PETA Certified
  • 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
  • SwiferSold in China
  • Tide – Sold in China
  • Viakal

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6 Comments
  • Heather
    April 9, 2020

    The information on Aussie is outdated. Aussie is not sold in China and is cruelty-free according to this: crueltyfreecollections.com/is-aussie-cruelty-free/

    • Vicky Ly
      April 12, 2020

      Hi Heather. Yes sorry, this post is a little outdated. I’ll try to keep it as updated as possible. But in regards to Aussie — they are still selling in China but now they’re PETA approved cruelty-free. They have made claims that the products they sell in China are made in China and are not required by law to be tested on animals. However, they may have avoided PRE-market animal testing but their products are still at risk of POST-market animal testing.

      Post-market animal testing is where the Chinese officials will pull a product off from store shelves and test them on animals. This is often done without the company’s knowledge or consent. So, therefore, we would not consider Aussie to be cruelty-free at this time.

      And I checked out the website you referenced and they also say that Aussie IS sold in China.

      Here’s the quote from that website:
      “Does Aussie sell in China? Yes, Aussie is sold in China. In China, Aussie sells only domestically manufactured non–special use products, which are not required to be tested on animals.”

  • Daisy
    September 4, 2019

    There is no way around this. I consider it NOT cruelty-free. I loved Herbal Essence’s Rose Hip and Daisy shampoo scents, but since they are not cruelty-free, I no longer get it. WIth that said, does anyone know what I can use as an alternative to these shampoo? Like a similar scent?

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