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Is Waterless Hair Care Cruelty-Free and Vegan?

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Is Waterless Cruelty-Free?

Waterless is in the grey area.

Although, they answered our email, they wouldn’t directly answer any of our questions.

They are most-likely cruelty-free based on the answers below.

If someone from Waterless would like to answer our questions, please contact us, and we will update the post.

Is Waterless Vegan?

Waterless claims that all of their products are vegan.

Is Waterless Certified Cruelty-Free?

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

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

Yes, Waterless is owned by Proctor & Gamble, which is not a cruelty-free company.

Waterless’ Animal Testing Policy

Waterless has the following statement on their FAQ page:

Waterless' animal testing policy

P&G’s Animal Testing Policy

P&G has the following statement on their website:

P&G's animal testing policy

“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 Waterless Sold in Mainland China?

We were unable to find out if Waterless sells products in mainland China, but P&G does sell 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 Waterless responded:

Thank you for contacting us here at WaterL<ss. I will be more than happy to help you with your question. At Procter & Gamble, our commitment to safety is both our heritage and our future. We have more than 700 in-house experts devoted globally to environmental safety, human safety and regulatory compliance of all our products and ingredients.
Our safety standards for our products and ingredients are consistent throughout the world. We ensure our products are safe for their intended use before they even go to market — complying with all laws and regulations where they are sold.

Our commitment to safety doesn’t stop once our products go to market. We remain diligent in ensuring your safety by continually investigating new scientific information and collaborating with external scientists and regulatory agencies on new safety methods. We also listen to the people who use our products to confirm they are performing as expected.

For additional product safety information and resources, please visit our website at:
We are a proud supporter of #BeCrueltyFree. We have invested more than $420 million in developing non-animal testing methods and have advocated for their approval by policy makers around the world.  Today, we use more than 50 non-animal alternatives, half of which were invented or co-invented by P&G.  We will continue working with partners like the Humane Society International and the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) to promote the development of new alternatives and advocate for their public use and adoption to eliminate animal testing.   

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