“Animal testing for cosmetics has been banned in the EU since 2013, and we hope that an adoption of similar bans in other countries will accelerate the regulatory acceptance of alternative approaches and thereby remove any requirements for any animal testing for cosmetics anywhere in the world.” – David Blanchard, Chief Research and Development Officer at Unilever
According to Unilever’s press release, PETA’s cruelty-free logo will begin to appear on Dove packaging in January 2019 to assure customers that Dove does not test on animals.
To facilitate the adoption of a global animal testing ban for cosmetics, Unilever has offered to collaborate with other companies, and to share their expertise regarding non-animal approaches for assuring product safety.
Unilever’s Chief R&D Officer hopes that it will soon be possible to assess the safety of all cosmetics products “without any need for animal testing anywhere in the world.”
Heads up though: just because something isn’t tested on animals, doesn’t mean it’s vegan.
Always check the ingredients to make sure the item doesn’t contain any animal products. For example, some Dove products may contain “sodium tallowate” which, as you can probably guess, contains tallow (animal fat… BLAH!!).
Kiss My Face, Trader Joe’s, LUSH and Dr. Bronner’s have some great vegan options. Fingers crossed Dove creates some vegan soap options, too!
There’s an entire chapter on cruelty-free products in my book, The Vegan Way (which is getting great reviews!) and here’s a handy search engine you can use to find cruelty-free cosmetics, too. Times they are a changin’!
Jackie Day, vegan for 30+ years and author of the bestseller The Vegan Way: 21 Days to a Happier, Healthier Plant-Based Lifestyle That Will Transform Your Home, Your Diet, and You (St. Martin’s Press / Macmillan).