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Is Colgate Cruelty-Free and Vegan?

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Is Colgate Cruelty-Free?

Colgate is NOT cruelty-free.

Is Colgate Vegan?

Colgate might have some products without animal-derived ingredients, but we don’t consider any of their products vegan since they test on animals.

Is Colgate Certified Cruelty-Free?

No, Colgate is not certified cruelty-free by Leaping Bunny or PETA, but PETA lists Colgate-Palmolive as a company working towards regulatory change.

Is Colgate Owned By A Parent Company That Tests On Animals?

Yes, Colgate is owned by Colgate-Palmolive, which is not a cruelty-free company.

Colgate-Palmolive’s Animal Testing Policy

Colgate-Palmolive has the following paragraph on its website:

Colgate-Palmolive's Cruelty-Free Claims

“Cruelty-free” has no legal definition. Any brand can claim “cruelty-free” even if they do tests on animals.

Some brands like to say that they are “cruelty-free” because it is a marketing buzzword to sell more products.

The only way to find out is to ask the company. One important question to ask is if their products are sold in China.

Animal Testing in China

Animal testing is required by law in China for all foreign cosmetics companies. All American and European cosmetic brands that are sold in China must undergo animal testing. 

Any brand that chooses to sell its products in China cannot be considered cruelty-free. Even products that can bypass mandatory tests may still be pulled from the shelves by Chinese authorities to be tested on animals.

This does NOT include products that are made in China, only if they are sold in China. 

The only way to know if a brand sells products in China is to ask them directly. Make sure to note that Hong Kong is not included in this policy, and neither are products only sold online to Chinese consumers.

Is Colgate Sold in Mainland China?

Yes, Colgate is sold in Mainland China. You can see all of the locations that Colgate sells on this page.

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