Colgate began in 1806, in New York City as a starch, soap and candle business. Eventually, it would partner with the Palmolive company and become a globally recognized personal care brand. But is Colgate-Palmolive cruelty-free?
In this post you will learn about Colgate-Palmolive’s:
- Animal testing policy
- If they have brands that are sold in China
- If they own any cruelty-free brands
So keep on reading mama and get your questions answered!
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Colgate-Palmolive Animal Testing Policy
Here is an excerpt of Colgate-Palmolive’s animal testing policy:
“In 1999, we declared a voluntary moratorium on all animal testing of our adult Personal Care Products and ingredients used in these products. This moratorium remains in effect worldwide. Animal testing is only conducted where specifically required by regulatory agencies or where alternative testing methods are unavailable to ensure the safety of our products…”
Here is Colgate-Palmolive’s full animal testing statement.
Is Colgate-Palmolive Cruelty-Free?
The answer is NO! Colgate-Palmolive is not considered to be a cruelty-free company. Just like Unilever, Clorox, and L’Oreal, they state they are against and have stopped animal testing. However, because they choose to sell their products in China, which requires animal testing, then they ignore their rules and hurt poor animals.
I do have some good news…they are on PETA’s database as working on regulatory changes to reduce the use of animals for testing. But at the end of the day, they will stay on my bad list of companies until they end animal testing…full stop.
Colgate-Palmolive Brands to Avoid
All of the brands listed below are owned by the parent company Colgate-Palmolive. Any names that have CH are sold in China which requires animal testing.
The rest of the brands I would use with caution. Their ingredients or the end product has possibly been tested on animals. I personally refuse to use these brands but the choice is ultimately yours.
Key: CH sold in China
- Colgate- CH
- Irish Spring
- Lady Speed Stick
- Palmolive Naturals
- Speed Stick
- Tender Care
- Murphy Oil Soap
- Pinho Sol
Cruelty-Free Brands from Colgate-Palmolive
Many peeps in the cruelty-free community feel strongly about using only cruelty-free brands from parent companies that are also cruelty-free. I personally support all cruelty-free brands regardless of the parent company’s policies.
Colgate-Palmolive owns one cruelty-free brand, Tom’s of Maine. They are a Peta and Vegan certified brand that sells oral and personal care products. They are also the only brand of toothpaste my daughter will use (when I can get her to brush her teeth) so check them out!
Related: Ultimate List of Cruelty-Free Brands
Colgate-Palmolive is a household name that epitomizes clean teeth and soft hands when washing dishes. Because of there animal testing policy, I have to put them on the list of brands that test on animals.
It’s always disappointing to find out that some of my favorite brands tests on animals. But luckily there are a ton of cruelty-free brands that can easily replace the bad ones.
Are you surprised about any of the brands on this list? Will, you buy the cruelty-free brands from Colgate-Palmolive or boycott them completely? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!
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