Bath & Body Works is not cruelty-free. They may test on animals, either themselves, through their suppliers, or through a third party. Brands who fall under this category could also be funding animal testing by selling products in mainland China, where it's required by law.
“Bath & Body Works policy prohibits the testing of our branded products, formulations and ingredients on animals except in rare cases when required by government regulations. Through our involvement in the Institute for In Vitro Sciences, we are supporting research to develop alternative non-animal methods which we believe will ultimately result in the elimination of animal testing worldwide.”
2019 UPDATE: Bath & Body Works recently updated their animal testing policy. They now state:
“Bath & Body Works does not test any of our branded products, formulations or ingredients on animals. Period. The brand is expecting to pilot selling products in China during the summer of 2019. Any personal care products sold in China will be produced in China, which eliminates the Chinese government’s requirement for animal testing as that only applies to imported personal care products.”
Unfortunately, this does not mean that Bath & Body Works is a cruelty-free company. As of 2019, although brands can bypass pre-market animal testing in China, they’re not exempt from potential post-market animal testing. Because of the risk of animal testing involved, we can’t confidently conclude that this brand is cruelty-free.
Bath & Body Works is not owned by a parent company that tests on animals.
No, Bath & Body Works is not certified by any organizations.
Bath & Body Works might offer some vegan products, however because this company is not cruelty-free, we recommend avoiding any products they offer even if they are vegan.
Most brands don't publicly display their full animal testing policies. We contact brands directly with our questions in order to get their complete policy. If any brand states that they, their suppliers, or any third party test on animals, the brand is listed as "not cruelty-free."
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