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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

 

4 Responses
  • Melaniejoye
    March 14, 2019

    As a consumer, I care very much that animals not suffer for the pleasure of human consumption. I try to consciously avoid and scrutinized all my purchases from cosmetics and household products to my food sources. It matters to me very much. And as we know, animal testing is antiquated. I am very surprised that as advanced as China is with regard to technology, they still participate in such barbaric practices. I feel it is an excuse they use to be cruel to placate to uninformed and uneducated society. I will not purchase products from US companies that distribute to countries that still test on animals.

  • 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.

  • The Wisdom of Teeth
    October 22, 2018

    […] probably ended up buying from them indirectly. Another big toiletries owner is Procter&Gamble. Same problem here in terms of cruelty-free. I remember being 11 yrs old and campaigning against P&G because their animal testing was real […]

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