Herbal Essences is in the grey area

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Herbal Essences is in the grey area

It's currently unclear whether or not Herbal Essences 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.

Parent company:

Procter & Gamble

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  • Finished products tested on animals


  • Ingredients tested on animals


  • Suppliers test on animals


  • Third party animal testing


  • Sold where animal testing is required by law


“And even though Herbal Essences is sold in China, where tests on animals are required for many products, the brand has worked within Chinese regulations to make sure that will never happen.”

Unfortunately, because of the potential risk of post-market animal testing, although small, we don’t consider Herbal Essences to be cruelty-free.

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The Truth About Herbal Essences's Animal Testing Policy

Herbal Essences is now certified by PETA. However, we don’t consider them to be cruelty-free. This is because they still sell in China, where there’s a small risk of post-market animal testing. Please read this post for all the details.

Is Herbal Essences owned by a parent company that tests on animals?

Herbal Essences is owned by Procter & Gamble, a company that tests on animals. Not only is Herbal Essences not cruelty-free but neither is their parent company.

Is Herbal Essences sold where animal testing is required by law?

Yes, Herbal Essences is available for sale in countries with mandatory animal testing. This means that their products were likely tested on animals.

Is Herbal Essences certified cruelty-free by any organizations?

No, Herbal Essences is not certified by any organizations.

Is Herbal Essences vegan?

Herbal Essences 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.

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