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Is Gold Bond Cruelty-Free and Vegan?

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Is Gold Bond Cruelty-Free?

Gold Bond is in the grey area.

Although they answered our email, some of their answers weren’t clear, and they lied about the fact that their parent company, Sanofi, tests on animals.

Is Gold Bond Vegan?

Because we couldn’t confirm whether Gold Bold is a cruelty-free brand or not, we wouldn’t consider any of their products vegan.

Is Gold Bond Certified Cruelty-Free?

No, Gold Bond is not certified cruelty-free by any third-party cruelty-free organizations.

Is Gold Bond Owned By A Parent Company That Tests On Animals?

Yes, Gold Bond is owned by Sanofi, which is not a cruelty-free company.

Sanofi’s Animal Testing Policy

Sanofi is a healthcare company. Due to regulations, all medicine must be tested on animals before they can be tested on humans. Gold Bond products are not medicine, so it does not necessarily mean that they are tested on animals.

Sanofi has a page on its website where they describe its use of animals and how they have reduced the number of animal tests in recent years.

Sanofi's Use of Animals

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

Some brands say they are “cruelty-free” because it is a marketing buzzword to sell more products. Many of the brands on our list of companies that test on animals claim that they are cruelty-free when they are not.

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. Note that Hong Kong is not included in this policy, and neither are products only sold online to Chinese consumers.

Is Gold Bond Sold in Mainland China?

No, Gold Bond does not sell their products in mainland China.

Email to the Company

Before classifying any brand as cruelty-free and vegan, I send them an email with the following questions. 

  1. Are your products vegan? If only some are vegan, which ones?
  2. Are any of your products or ingredients tested on animals?
  3. Do you have a Leaping Bunny or PETA certification?
  4. Do your suppliers or any third parties test animals on your behalf?
  5. Does your company sell products in mainland China (except for Hong Kong and online sales)?
  6. Are you owned by a parent company that tests on animals?

This is how Gold Bond responded:

1. Since there is not a clear definition of what veganism means for cosmetics, we cannot provide a definite answer.
2. Our products are not tested on animals
3. We do not require suppliers to give us information on animal testing
4. No animal testing is done on Gold Bond products. While we utilize ingredients that have been in use in the personal care industry for many years, we do not have information as to whether the materials were tested on animals at some point in the past.
5. Not at the present time.
6. We are not.

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