We’ve all got sucked in once or twice.
The amazing, clean, refreshing commercials, with mostly women splashing crystal clear water on their face.
Bright lighting, soft sudsy foam cleansers, hydrating serums, soothing creams.
Whatever the product is, a perfect marketing team can make almost anything look so great for you.
You will soon realize, within this article, that these companies’ websites can really make you believe they are engaged in good, clean, cruelty-free efforts, but dive deep enough, and you soon find out, that it is a mask (and a good marketing team).
Here at TECA, we have done A LOT of the leg work for you-you do not want to miss out on seeing the companies that made our Top 5 Eco-Friendly list!
Please keep in mind, just because a company is cruelty-free does not automatically equate to them being vegan, eco-friendly, etc. This article is solely addressing cruelty-free context
Cosmetics and Beauty List
IS NYX CRUELTY FREE?
However, keep in mind that, while they are certified by PETA as cruelty free, they are not a vegan, eco-friendly company. Many of their products do contain animal by-products and chemicals.
According to their website, NYX does have a product line that claims to be vegan which is an improvement and a step in the right direction!
You can read NYX’s vegan pledge future evolution here.
IS CLINIQUE CRUELTY FREE?
Clinique does state that they uphold high standards when it comes to safe ingredients, however, unfortunately they do not show that they are Leaping Bunny certified nor cruelty free at this time.
In addition to offsetting the carbon footprints in their shipping processes, Clinique has vowed to go 100% sustainable with their packaging by 2025! This is an amazing move forward for the planet and you can read about their evolution to Forest Stewardship Council Certified in just 3 more years!
Sadly, with all of the good changes that are occurring with this company, since they still manufacture in China, all of their products are still being tested on animals.
IS MAYBELLINE CRUELTY FREE?
Maybelline does have some sustainability programs and initiatives that are in the works and you can click those links above to read about their branding evolution for year 2030.
IS L’OREAL CRUELTY FREE?
They are the parent company and own Maybelline. They are not cruelty free.
IS LAURA MERCIER CRUELTY FREE?
Both Laura Mercier and their parent company both do not conduct animal testing on their finished products.
While they are not a vegan or eco-friendly company, they do not source their ingredients or manufacture in China, so they remain humane and avoid animal testing.
IS COVERGIRL CRUELTY FREE?
In addition to being Leaping Bunny Certified, they are cruelty-free COMPANY WIDE for every product sold. Since they do not sell their products for retail in China, they are not legally forced to test on animals.
IS WET’N’WILD CRUELTY FREE?
You can read Wet’N’Wild’s cruelty free promise as well as how their WHOLE COMPANY is cruelty-free and not just 1 or 2 product lines.
IS SHINE COSMETICS CRUELTY FREE?
This amazing women-owned brand, is Leaping Bunny Approved as well as offering clean ingredient products!
Let’s transition to body and skincare shall we?
Body & Skincare
IS AVEENO CRUELTY FREE?
Aveeno made the conscious choice to sell and manufacture their products in China, which is a country that has laws that mandate companies to test on animals. Since, Aveeno has chosen to sell there, they are involved in animal testing and therefore, are not cruelty-free.
IS VASELINE CRUELTY FREE?
Owned by Unilever, Vaseline nor its parent company is cruelty free. On top of that, Vaseline as a company has very toxic ingredients and products and you can research for yourself the harmful effects these ingredients (that have scientifically been proven to cause cancer) have on the human body.
IS BATH & BODY WORKS CRUELTY FREE?
They might be cheap on your wallet, and “smell good,” but, Bath and Body Works is not cruelty-free.
IS CETAPHIL CRUELTY FREE?
Crazy isn’t it? Their commercials are so convincing, about how “minimalistic” their ingredients are and so kind to the skin. Owned by Galderma, both Cetaphil and it’s parent company are not cruelty-free.
IS OLAY CRUELTY FREE?
As with many of the brands in this article, when you go directly to the companies website you will find pages that show seemingly AMAZING initiatives which would lead one into believing they are, but sadly, you have to go by the governing bodies that provide certifications to companies such as: PETA and Leaping Bunny, etc.
IS TATCHA CRUELTY FREE?
IS VERSED CRUELTY FREE?
This is an amazing article that goes into how you can TRULY know if your skin care or beauty products are cruelty-free.
Now to the star of the list…
Is Neutrogena Cruelty Free?
Now to the main star of how this post came to be. Neutrogena. Is Neutrogena cruelty free?
First, Neutrogena is owned by the big J&J- Johnson & Johnson. Yes, that’s right. The company that has originally been known for it’s children and infant products.
This is the BIGGEST tip consumers have to keep in mind when they consider whether or not a skincare, beauty, or product line is cruelty-free. Who is it OWNED by? Do THEY engage in animal testing as well?
Many consumers do not even think of this element.
When asking ourselves is “Neutrogena Cruelty Free,” there are many layers to keep in mind, and one of the main one’s is looking at its parent company.
First, keep in mind, this is definitely not an exhaustive list, as there are hundreds and hundreds of beauty and skin care brands on the market that are not cruelty free, and this is an important factor to keep in mind when deciding to support companies with your money. (psst…we haven’t even touched on nail polishes and how the majority are NOT non-toxic, or cruelty-free).
Second, make sure to do your own research thoroughly on the environmental claims beauty companies are stating to be involved in. As we have uncovered within this article, partial good deeds, do not erase the inhumane deeds that still continue.
If you are in need of budget-friendly tips at the grocery store, this article can help you find ways to purchase non-toxic products that you can feel good about putting on your skin!