How to Tell if a Product Was Tested on Animals

Animal testing is horrific. It's when a product, especially a cosmetic one, is tested on animals. Bunnies, mice, rats, monkeys, beagles, other kinds of dogs, cats and many other animals are victims of this abuse. Some are forced to breathe in toxins. Others have chemicals rubbed into their eyes. Others still are poked with needles. And some are force-fed the product. Here is how you can figure out whether a product you want to buy or already have has been tested on animals or not.


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    Look at the back of the product's container. Does it say "This Product Has Not Been Tested On Animals" or something similar? If it does, that's a definite sign it hasn't been animal tested. Many animal tested products have failed to be safe for humans, and there are better alternatives than animal testing.
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    Read every last bit of text on the entire container. If it says something like "Do Not Put In Eyes" or "Do Not Swallow," it could be a subtle warning that the product has been animal tested - because these can be hints that they have failed animal safety tests. However, if it says it hasn't been tested on animals it's probably just wanting you to be cautious.
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    Research the product. You'd be surprised how many are tested on animals - so do your research first! Online is the best source to get the information, because while lies are abundant on the Internet, the Internet is also more likely to have information on whether the product is animal tested or not than a magazine or book about the product.


  • Check mostly cleaning and hygiene products since those are the products most often tested on animals, but don't forget to check your food as well - some brands of food have been animal tested, and it's not just a taste test!
  • Make sure to research the product thoroughly.


  • Schwarrkopl, Lynx, Jeyes, Dunhill, French Connection, Actonel, Camay, Clairol, Dreft, Gain, Infusium 23, Macrobid, Max Factor, Noxzema, Remembrandt, Clean & Clear, Splenda, Reach, Caladryl, Pepcid, Monistat, Lubriderm, Stayfree, Purell, Mort, Victime, Contergan, Torture, Ariel, Ambercrombie & Fitch, Jessica McClintock, The Body Shop, Precious Moments, Smashbox, Bb, Clarins, Almay, DKNY, Prescriptives, Donna Karan, Conair, Crabtree & Evelyn,Paul Mitchell, Nuskin, Sun & Earth, Bobbi Brown, Norelco, Victoria's Secret, and many more. Most of these are cleaning or hygiene products. I know it sounds like a lot, but don't worry - there are lots more better products that haven't been tested on animals!
  • Avoid these brands that do horrific animal experiments: Iams and Eukanuba dog food (and any other Proctor & Gamble products), L'Oreal, Avon, Febreeze, Pringles, Olay, Folgers, Fiber-Sure, Bounty, Secret, Swiffer, Pampers diapers, Tampax, Physique, Zest, Scope, Mr. Clean, Always, Asacol, Aussie, Millstone, Sure, Vicks, Bounce, Camay, Cascade, Luvs, Pantene, Ivory, Oral-B, Joy, Kaadoo wipes, Gleem, Puffs, Infusium, Actonel, Clairol, Covergirl, Crest toothpaste, Dantrium, Downy, Dantrium IV, Dreft, Duracell, Gain, Maxfactor, Macrobid, Old Spice, Dawn, Didronel, Safeguard, Metamucil, Hugo, Era, Head & Shoulders, Gillette Complete Skincare, Herbal Essences, Charmin wipes, ThermaCare, HomeCafe, Pert, Giorgio Beverly Hills, Scope, Dove chocolate, Colgate toothpaste, any Suave or Unilever products such as their hairspray and deodorant, Mary Kay, Givenchy, LancĂ´me, Yardley, Caudalie, L'Occitane, Garnier, Chanel, Virgin Vie, Yves Saint Laurent, Yves Rocher, Estee Lauder, Greenworks, Clorox, Aveeno, Band-Aid, Drano, Glad, 409, Vaseline, Merck, Aquafresh, Axe, Rogaine, Tide, ChapStick, Palmolive, Maybelline, Dolce & Gabbana, Listerine, Acuvue, Airwick, Woolite, Wella, Gucci, Original Source, ChristianDior, Puma socks (and other Puma products), Braun, Lever Faberge,

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