OGX is NOT cruelty-free.
This means that this brand either tests on animals, pays for animal testing, or sells in mainland China. Some brands that fall under this category test on animals where required by law, which means they're not cruelty-free.
At a Glance
|Finished products tested on animals||Yes, where required by law|
|Ingredients tested on animals||Uncertain|
|Suppliers test on animals||Uncertain|
|Third party animal testing||Yes, where required by law|
|Sold in mainland China||Yes|
OGX's Official Animal Testing Policy
“Vogue International does not itself conduct or request others to perform animal testing in order to substantiate the safety or efficacy of any of our products or raw ingredients. Given that there are countries that require animal testing by law, we do our best to respect governing law and regulations set by that governing body while encouraging alternative methods and helping to bring about change from within. We understand that you may not agree with our decision and we respect your right to choose the best products for you.“
What This Means
OGX lost its cruelty-free status in 2015, when they entered the Chinese market. Their updated animal testing policy plainly states that they do test on animals where required by law. They even claim to “respect” the decision of cruelty-free shoppers to “choose the best products” for them. In other words, they’re inviting us to purchase from other brands.
Note: Above is the policy we received from Vogue International, OGX’s previous parent company. Since 2018, OGX is owned by Johnson and Johnson.
Removed From PETA’s List
In 2015, OGX was removed from PETA’s list of cruelty-free brands and added to the list of brands that DO test on animals. The brand can no longer be considered cruelty-free as it’s currently sold in mainland China, where animal testing is mandatory. Vogue International claims not to test on animals unless required by law, and Johnson & Johnson shares a similar policy.
OGX is a drugstore hair care brand. Their hair care is sold in dozens of stores across the United States, as well as in over 42 countries. The company was initially named “Organix”, though they no longer use this name due to a lawsuit. Unlike the name “Organix” suggests, none of their ingredients are organic. Johnson & Johnson acquired OGX in 2018.
Why We Classify Brands Like OGX As “Not Cruelty-Free”
The term “cruelty-free” is unregulated. This means any brand can claim to be cruelty-free without breaking the law, even if they test on animals.
Because of this, we communicate with brands directly to gather information about their full animal testing policy.
Brands who are classified as “not cruelty-free” break one or more of the Cruelty-Free 5:
- Their company engages in animal testing
- Their suppliers engage in animal testing
- They allow third-parties to test on animals on their behalf
- They test on animals where required by law
- They knowingly sell cosmetics in stores in mainland China, where animal testing could be performed
A supplier is any company that sells the brand raw materials, ingredients, or finished products. A third-party is an outside company or entity, whether or not it’s hired by the brand.
What’s The Deal With China?
Many beauty brands choose to sell their products in China. It’s important to note that these companies can not be considered cruelty-free.
As of 2020, China still requires most cosmetics to be tested on animals in order to be sold in the country.
As for products which can bypass these mandatory tests, the Chinese authorities may still pull these products from the shelves and have them tested on animals. Although the chance is small, we believe that companies can not be considered “cruelty-free” while taking this risk.