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Cruelty Free Alternatives to Unilever Brands

Cruelty Free Alternatives to Unilever Brands

When researching any brand owned by Unilever, all of their brands route you to their corporate policy on animal testing. At this time, all Unilever brands state that they do not test on animals unless required by law. Required by law animal testing may sound necessary, but the truth is that the majority of global markets do not require animal testing. In this guide, Logical Harmony will help you find cruelty free alternatives to Unilever brands.

The current animal testing policy of Unilever and all of it’s brands can be found on their Sustainable Living page. It states –

Unilever is committed to the elimination of animal testing. We are equally committed to consumer health and safety, and to the safety of our workforce and the environment. We do not test finished products on animals unless demanded by the regulatory authorities in the few countries where this is the law. In such cases, we try to convince the local authorities to change the law. Where some testing of ingredients is required by law or currently unavoidable, we aim to minimise the number of animals used.

In pursuit of these goals, Unilever on the one hand applies strict internal control procedures to ensure that animal testing is only carried out when no alternatives are available and, on the other hand, invests in developing and applying alternative approaches to replace animal testing in safety assessments for consumer products.

To many this may sound as if the brand is trying to avoid animal testing. However, animal testing is optional for all brands. They choose to sell in markets that require it. In the markets that do require animal testing, the brands themselves pay 3rd parties and government agencies to conduct these tests. Animal testing as required by law may also occur when the brand uses ingredients that certain laws may require to be tested on animals. This is, again, a decision the brand makes on their own. Brands do not need to use ingredients that need to be tested on animals.

Currently, Unilever owns many major household, food, and beauty brands. The beauty brands that they own include Axe, Caress, Clear Scalp & Hair Therapy, Consort, Degree, Dove, Lever 2000, Nexxus, Noxema, Motions, Pond’s, Q-Tips, Simple Skincare, St. Ives, Suave, Tigi, Tresemme, and Vaseline. A full list of brands owned by Unilever can be found here.

If you are looking for cruelty free alternatives to Unilever brands, this guide is meant to help you easily find replacements to your favorite products. My goal with this guide is to suggest other brands that you may want to try. The brands that are suggested do not take part in animal testing in any way and also offer products that are free of animal ingredients. All brands that make only vegan products have 100% vegan noted next to the brand names. More brands can be found on the Cruelty Free & Vegan Brand List here on Logical Harmony.

When creating this list, I tried to specifically think of brands that can easily be found in the same stores that often carry Unilever brands or are easy to find online.

Instead of Axe, try these cruelty free brands: Aubrey Organics, Herban Cowboy, Lush.

Instead of Caress, try these cruelty free brands: A Girl’s Gotta Spa (100% vegan), Acure Organics, Alba Botanica, Andalou Naturals, Aubrey Organics, Avalon Organics, DermaE, EO Products, FutureDerm, Hugo Naturals, Jason Naturals, Juice Beauty, Klorane, Lush, Mineral Fusion, Nature’s Gate, Out of Africa, Pacifica (100% vegan), Paula’s Choice, Sappo Hill Soapworks (100% vegan), Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods 365 Brand, Yes to Carrots

Instead of Clear Scalp & Hair Therapy, try these cruelty free brands: Alba BotanicaAndalou Naturals, Avalon Organics, Aubrey Organics, EO Products, FutureDerm, Giovanni, Jason Naturals, Lush, Mineral Fusion, Paul Mitchell, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods 365 Brand, Yes to Carrots

Instead of Consort, try these cruelty free brands: Alba Botanica, Avalon Organics, EO Products, FutureDerm, Giovanni, Jason Naturals, Lush, Mineral Fusion, Paul Mitchell, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods 365 Brand, Yes to Carrots

Instead of Degree, try these cruelty free brands: Crystal (100% vegan), Greenbody, Herban Cowboy, Jason Naturals, Lavanila, Lush, Meow Meow Tweet (100% vegan), North Coast Organics (100% vegan), Schmidt’s (100% vegan)

Instead of Dove, try these cruelty free brands: A Girl’s Gotta Spa (100% vegan), Acure Organics, Alba BotanicaAndalou NaturalsAubrey Organics, Avalon Organics, Crystal (100% vegan), DermaE, Ellovi (100% vegan), EO Products, FutureDerm, Greenbody, Herban Cowboy, Hugo Naturals, Jason Naturals, Juice Beauty, Klorane, Lavanila, Lush, Meow Meow Tweet (100% vegan), Mineral Fusion, Nature’s Gate, North Coast Organics (100% vegan), Out of Africa, Pacifica (100% vegan), Paula’s Choice, Sappo Hill Soapworks (100% vegan), Schmidt’s (100% vegan), Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods 365 Brand, Yes to Carrots

Instead of Lever 2000, try these cruelty free brands: Acure OrganicsAlba Botanica, Andalou Naturals, Aubrey Organics, Avalon Organics, EO Products, Jason Naturals, Lush, Nature’s Gate, Pacifica (100% vegan), Sappo Hill Soapworks (100% vegan), Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods 365 Brand, Yes to Carrots

Instead of Nexxus, try these cruelty free brands: Acure OrganicsAlba Botanica, Avalon Organics, EO Products, FutureDerm, Giovanni, Jason Naturals, Lush, Mineral Fusion, Paul Mitchell, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods 365 Brand, Yes to Carrots

Instead of Noxema, try these cruelty free brands: A Girl’s Gotta Spa (100% vegan), Acure OrganicsAlba BotanicaAndalou NaturalsAubrey Organics, Avalon Organics, DermaE, Ellovi (100% vegan), EO Products, FutureDerm, Hugo Naturals, Jason Naturals, Juice Beauty, Klorane, Lush, Mineral Fusion, Nature’s Gate, Out of Africa, Pacifica (100% vegan), Paula’s Choice, Sappo Hill Soapworks (100% vegan), Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods 365 Brand, Yes to Carrots

Instead of Motions, try these cruelty free brands: Acure OrganicsAlba Botanica, Avalon Organics, EO Products, FutureDerm, Giovanni, Jason Naturals, Lush, Mineral Fusion, Paul Mitchell, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods 365 Brand, Yes to Carrots

Instead of Pond’s, try these cruelty free brands: A Girl’s Gotta Spa (100% vegan), Acure OrganicsAlba BotanicaAndalou NaturalsAubrey Organics, Avalon Organics, DermaE, Ellovi (100% vegan), EO Products, FutureDerm, Hugo Naturals, Jason Naturals, Juice Beauty, Klorane, Lush, Mineral Fusion, Nature’s Gate, Out of Africa, Pacifica (100% vegan), Paula’s Choice, Sappo Hill Soapworks (100% vegan), Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods 365 Brand, Yes to Carrots

Instead of Q-Tips, try these cruelty free brands: Maxim, Swisspers, Whole Foods 365 Brand

Instead of Simple Skincare, try these cruelty free brands: A Girl’s Gotta Spa (100% vegan), Acure OrganicsAlba BotanicaAndalou NaturalsAubrey Organics, Avalon Organics, DermaE, Ellovi (100% vegan), EO Products, FutureDerm, Hugo Naturals, Jason Naturals, Juice Beauty, Klorane, Lush, Mineral Fusion, Nature’s Gate, Out of Africa, Pacifica (100% vegan), Paula’s Choice, Sappo Hill Soapworks (100% vegan), Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods 365 Brand, Yes to Carrots

Instead of St. Ives, try these cruelty free brands: A Girl’s Gotta Spa (100% vegan), Acure OrganicsAlba BotanicaAndalou NaturalsAubrey Organics, Avalon Organics, DermaE, Ellovi (100% vegan), EO Products, FutureDerm, Hugo Naturals, Jason Naturals, Juice Beauty, Klorane, Lush, Mineral Fusion, Nature’s Gate, Out of Africa, Pacifica (100% vegan), Paula’s Choice, Sappo Hill Soapworks (100% vegan), Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods 365 Brand, Yes to Carrots

Instead of Suave, try these cruelty free brands: Acure OrganicsAlba BotanicaAndalou Naturals, Avalon Organics, Aubrey Organics, Crystal (100% vegan), Dr. Bronners, EO Products, FutureDerm, Giovanni, Greenbody, Jason Naturals, Herban Cowboy, Lavanila, Lush, Meow Meow Tweet (100% vegan), Mineral Fusion, North Coast Organics (100% vegan), Paul Mitchell, Schmidt’s (100% vegan), Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods 365 Brand, Yes to Carrots

Instead of Tigi, try these cruelty free brands: Acure OrganicsAlba Botanica, Avalon Organics, Aubrey Organics, EO Products, FutureDerm, Giovanni, Jason Naturals, Lush, Mineral Fusion, Paul Mitchell, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods 365 Brand, Yes to Carrots

Instead of Tresemme, try these cruelty free brands: Acure OrganicsAlba BotanicaAndalou Naturals, Avalon Organics, Aubrey Organics, EO Products, FutureDerm, Giovanni, Jason Naturals, Lush, Mineral Fusion, Paul Mitchell, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods 365 Brand, Yes to Carrots

Instead of Vaseline, try these cruelty free brands: A Girl’s Gotta Spa (100% vegan), Acure OrganicsAlba BotanicaAndalou NaturalsAubrey Organics, Avalon Organics, EO Products, FutureDerm, Hugo Naturals, Jason Naturals, Lush, Mineral Fusion, Nature’s Gate, Out of Africa, Pacifica (100% vegan), Sappo Hill Soapworks (100% vegan), Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods 365 Brand, Yes to Carrots

Don’t see your favorite brand suggested as a cruelty free alternative to a Unilever brand? This does not necessarily  mean that they are not cruelty free! Please check the Cruelty Free & Vegan Brand List for information about even more cruelty free brands.

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13 Comments

  • Reply Rissa Wednesday - January 11, 2017 at 11:04 pm

    Are the Yes to Carrots brand the same as the Yes products at the drugstore. I have seen Yes to Carrots, I have also seen Yes to Mira le and other Yes to… products. They all look very similar.

    • Reply Tashina Combs Thursday - January 26, 2017 at 11:16 am

      Yes to would be Yes to Carrots, Grapefruit, Blueberries, etc.

  • Reply Marty Brandon Saturday - December 19, 2015 at 5:34 am

    Thanks for posting this information. It’s easier to find vegan hiking boots than vegan deodorant.

  • Reply Jenn Russell Monday - March 2, 2015 at 10:26 am

    Love the list, but seeing the same names under each category. Tom’s of Maine deodorant would be a good alternative to Degree…no?

    • Reply Tashina Combs Sunday - March 22, 2015 at 3:21 pm

      Toms of Maine is cruelty free, but their parent company tests on animals. In this post I suggested cruelty free brands, without parent companies who test, that also have a lot of vegan options.

      • Reply Sue Monday - May 4, 2015 at 11:17 am

        I recently was shopping on vitacost.com and found some color cosmetics there from Aubrey Organics. When reading the ingredients for a powder blush, I was shocked to see carmine as one of the ingredients. I e-mailed them (Aubrey) about this but they never replied to my inquiry. This is disturbing to be because I thought they were a vegan company. Apparently, only “some” of their products are vegan but many of them contain animal by-products. I am truly bummed. 🙁

        • Reply Tashina Combs Tuesday - May 12, 2015 at 7:07 am

          Hi Sue,

          It’s true that Aubrey is not a fully vegan brand. I think that a lot of people forget they make more than just shampoo and conditioner and end up promoting them as vegan without realizing it. That’s good that you emailed them! The more that they are asked to go fully vegan, the higher the chances are of if happening.

  • Reply Ali Wednesday - November 12, 2014 at 11:45 am

    I absolutely love the recent posts about CF alternatives to big brand companies. It is BEYOND helpful. Your site is the one I trust the most about cruelty-free shopping and is the first one I recommend to people about shopping more consciously. Keep up the AMAZING work that you do. You rock!

  • Reply Audrey Wednesday - November 12, 2014 at 10:29 am

    Fantastic roundup, Tashina. A lot of the time, the only thing stopping people from going cruelty-free is the ease of products being readily available at the pharmacy next door! Thanks for making that process a little easier for us all.
    xoxo
    Audrey

  • Reply Sarah S. Tuesday - November 11, 2014 at 7:34 am

    I love this! Thank you!

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