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TRESemmé is *Cruelty-Free
TRESemme has confirmed they do not test their products or ingredients on animals or ask others to test on their behalf. Their suppliers also do not test on animals, nor do they allow their products to be tested on animals when required by law. And finally, their products are no longer sold in stores in mainland China or any other country that may require animal testing.
By our standards, we would consider TRESemmé to be *Cruelty-Free.
*TRESemmé is owned by Unilever, a corporation that is NOT cruelty-free because they allow some of their other brands to test on animals.
It’s your choice whether you want to support or boycott cruelty-free brands owned by a parent company that is not cruelty-free. There is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ answer to this. I encourage you to do what you’re comfortable with, but I think it’s important to disclose that Unilever owns TRESemmé.
What About China’s Animal Testing Laws?
As of May 1, 2021, some imported ordinary cosmetics can be exempt from animal testing under certain conditions. However, for the most part, animal testing is still legally required for most imported cosmetics in 2021.
But TRESemmé has confirmed they’re no longer selling in stores in China. The brand now only sells its products online to China; therefore, they are not required to test on animals.
Note that there is no legal definition for the label ‘Cruelty-Free.‘ It can mean different things to different people. But Cruelty-Free is generally used to imply no animal testing. More specifically, the ingredients, formulation, or finished product are not tested on animals at any stage of product development.
At ethical elephant, we always assess a company’s cruelty-free policy using our Cruelty-Free Checklist. This ensures no animal testing was performed by the brand itself, its suppliers, and by any third parties.
Also, note that Cruelty-Free and Vegan don’t always mean the same thing.
*TRESemmé is Not Vegan
‘Vegan’ in cosmetics can refer to an entire brand that is 100% Vegan or a specific product is vegan.
In the case of TRESemmé, they don’t claim any of their products are vegan.
Are there animal derived ingredients in TRESemmé products?
Our products may contain animal derived ingredients from normal sustainable animal husbandry or farming or fishery practices such as milk, honey, lanolin, silk etc. Products may also contain processed and denatured animal by products with established uses such as tallow, keratin, collagen, elastin etc. In most cases this is because the ingredient performs a function for which there is no suitable alternative available. Animal welfare is an important social and ethical issue. As part of our Sustainable Agricultural Code we work with suppliers to continuously improve the sourcing of agricultural ingredients.
Similar to ‘Cruelty-Free,’ there is no standard or legal definition for the label ‘Vegan.’ But it’s usually used in the context to describe something that doesn’t contain any animal-derived ingredients or animal by-products.
Some common animal products used in cosmetics include carmine, lanolin, snail mucus, beeswax, honey, pearl or silk-derived ingredients, animal-based glycerin, keratin, and squalene.
There are plant-based and synthetic alternatives to animal-derived ingredients. But it’s sometimes difficult to know with certainty whether a product is vegan just by reading the ingredient list.
So it’s best to ask the company and manufacturers to ensure the ingredients they’ve chosen to use were from non-animal sources.
Where are TRESemme products manufactured?
When I asked TRESemme where their products are made, they responded stating,
“Thank you for contacting us today about where TRESemmé products are manufactured. We do not provide details on where Unilever factories are located due to safety reasons. However, we can tell you that their products are manufactured within Europe”