Burt’s Bees is in the grey area.
This means that it's currently unclear whether or not the brand is cruelty-free, since they haven't provided enough information. Some brands that fall under this category refuse to share their complete animal testing policy or answer questions about their cruelty-free status.
Burt’s Bees is owned by Clorox, a company that tests on animals.
Burt’s Bees entered the Chinese market in 2017, and claimed that they were exempt from animal testing due to only selling “non-special use cosmetics”. Note that no cosmetics brand can sell cosmetics in mainland China without agreeing to potential animal tests being performed on their products.
After I published my article Shocking News: Burt’s Bees Might No Longer Be Cruelty-Free, Burt’s Bees changed their policy. They now claim to only sell to mainland China online, which is able to bypass any animal testing.
Because of these conflicting claims, it’s unclear whether or not Burt’s Bees tests on animals in China.
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Suzana Rose is the founder and editor-in-chief of Cruelty-Free Kitty. She loves using her creative energy to run her ethical businesses, and when she’s not working, you can find her thrifting cute clothes, listening to podcasts, or rewatching her favorite episodes of The Office.