Despite years of campaigning there are still plenty of major brands who test their products on animals. In some cases it’s done because that is how it has always been done. In other cases it’s done because it is required by law.
The battle to protect the animals subjected to the testing continues and every year more and more companies adopt an animal testing free stance. Information online becomes outdated and it can be confusing if a brand still uses animal testing or not. So, does Old Spice test on animals?
Does Old Spice Test On Animals?
Over 99% of Old Spice’s safety tests are completed without any animal testing. Unfortunately, that does mean that about 1% of the Old Spice tests are done on animals. The animal testing they do is required by law or in cases where there are no alternatives available.
But, this isn’t the end of the story. Old Spice is owned by Proctor and Gamble which is dedicated to finding alternatives to animal testing and getting them accepted by governments and academics alike. They’ve invested hundreds of thousands of dollars to developing alternatives to animal testing and so far they’ve developed more than 50 alternative testing methods.
The animal testing that they do use is restricted only to markets like China which require animal testing by law. They use animal testing only as a last resort with the fewest number of animals as possible. They also work with animal welfare organizations to ensure that the animals have the highest standard of care available.
Though Proctor and Gamble go to great lengths to reduce the animal testing that they do they are not so dedicated to it that they will remove their products from those countries that require animal testing. This shows that ultimately they are more concerned with their bottom line.
While it's commendable that Proctor and Gamble, the parent company of Old Spice, invests in finding and implementing alternatives to animal testing, it's essential to remember that their commitment to a cruelty-free approach is still severely lacking. As long as they continue to sell their products in countries with mandatory animal testing laws, they are indirectly supporting these inhumane practices.
As compassionate consumers, we must ask ourselves whether we want to endorse a brand that, at the end of the day, prioritizes profit over the well-being of sentient creatures that live innocent lives.
For anyone who wants to live a cruelty-free lifestyle, it's crucial to make informed choices and support companies that have a genuine commitment to eliminating animal testing altogether. By doing so, we can use our purchasing power to encourage change and promote a kinder, more ethical approach to product development and testing.
As long as you’re living in a country that doesn’t require animal testing by law you can be sure that the Old Spice you’re using wasn’t tested on animals.
Unfortunately, there isn’t a complete list of countries that require it and those that ban it simply because more and more countries put bans in place every year.
The best way to be sure is to Google your country and the term ‘animal testing laws’. Get a list of all the cosmetic companies that do test on animals here.
Cruelty Free Deodorant
The great news is that you can get deodorants that are animal testing free and vegan! You won’t find them on the shelves of any old department store however. Thankfully they are easily found on Amazon.
Silver Botanicals Silver Shield Deodorant Spray
Make Your Own Vegan Deodorant
Making your own deodorant is incredibly easy to do and it is the best way to be 100% sure that your deodorant is vegan and animal testing free. Here’s an easy recipe you can replicate to keep your pits smelling great.
- 3 Tbs Coconut Oil
- 3 Tbs Baking Soda
- 2 Tbs Shea Butter
- 2 Tbs Arrowroot (optional) or organic cornstarch
- Essential Oils (optional if you want to add a scent)
Shea Butter Deodorant Instructions
1. Melt shea butter and coconut oil in a double boiler over medium heat until barely melted. UPDATE: Combine in a quart size glass mason jar with a lid instead and place this in a small saucepan of water until melted. This will save your bowl and you can just designate this jar for these type of projects and not even need to wash it out… This can also be done in the microwave if you have one.
2. Remove from heat and add baking soda and arrowroot (If you don’t have arrowroot, use more baking soda or just omit)
3. Mix well
4. Add essential oils and pour into a glass container for storage. It does not need to be stored in the fridge.
If you prefer, you can let it cool completely and put into an old deodorant stick for easier use, though it may melt in the summer!
You can find this recipe and more on Wellness Mama.