Shame on you, Avon

Avon allows animal testing on product ingredients

I’ve been a long time Avon customer. In fact, I even sold Avon for a short while. If you look in my makeup drawer, you’ll see at least 1/2 of it is Avon product. I use their bubble bath, lotion, and even shampoo and bath toys for my daughter.

But now I’m done.

I recently read how China requires animal testing on cosmetics marketed in their country. Obviously China is a huge market for many cosmetic companies. Avon is one of them. For products now sold in China, Avon is required by Chinese law to test the ingredients on animals.

This is not ok to me. I understand that they can make a lot of money in the Chinese market, but is it worth the risk of losing longtime American customers? Especially since the company has been cruelty free for over twenty years?

This information came about through PETA, and while I am not a fan of the organization because of their radical behaviors, I will take what they say and research it further. Sadly, it’s been proven true.

Here is Avon’s statement:

Avon’s commitment not to test on animals is the same as it has been for over twenty years.
Nothing has changed, and we continue to be in communication with PETA on the issue. We
have always stated very clearly that Avon does not conduct animal testing “except where
required by law.” Avon does business in over 100 countries, and a small handful of countries
have laws that require animal testing. These laws affect all companies, not just Avon. Of course
Avon cannot break the law. However, in every case, before complying with the law, Avon
makes a good faith effort to persuade the requesting authority to accept non-animal test data.

Perhaps Avon may want to consider not marketing to these “handful of countries”. Just a thought.

I will not be purchasing Avon products again. Not until I know they are globally cruelty free. If you feel the same way, feel free to let Avon know.

Besides Avon, other companies involved in Chinese testing include Estee Lauder, Mary Kay and MAC. The above link can also be used if you use products from any of these companies.

Here is a link to companies who PETA has confirmed are cruelty free. Brands such as Almay, Bath & Body Works, Aveda, E.L.F., Kiss My Face, LUSH, Origins, Revlon, Stila, Urban Decay, Wet N Wild and Yes To Carrots all make this list.

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Katie is the owner of Katie Talks About... A working mom to Violet, born Sept. 2008, and wife to Scott since Aug. 2006. We live in suburban Denver, CO. I love baseball, good beer, my cats, and long naps!


  1. Jennifer B says:

    I am not an Avon user, but now I NEVER will be. Will you do a post on a list of makeup that is cruelty free? Especially affordable brands/

  2. Thanks for this information. I feel the same way you do–there are some things that go beyond profits, you know? Oh, and Lush is an AMAZING brand & a great alternative for shower gels, soaps, shampoos, etc.
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  3. Melissa says:

    Oh my! I had no idea. I love that you blogged this to bring awareness. Thank you for sharing.
    Melissa´s last blog post ..Depression Hurts.

  4. I don’t use Avon but augh, that’s just horrible. “Perhaps Avon may want to consider not marketing to these “handful of countries”. Just a thought.” <— EXACTLY what I'm thinking.
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  5. Connie says:

    This is one of several reasons I stopped selling Avon. The main reason is I discovered how horrible synthetic fragrances are and they aren’t moving away from using them. I changed; they didn’t. Sad.
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  6. While I dislike animal testing, I think not marketing to those countries would be to cut their own nose off to spite their face. I think either way, sell to those countries and lose US customers, or don’t sell to those countries, they stand to lose revenue.
    Virginia from That Bald Chick´s last blog post ..Dem Bones

  7. Kenda says:

    I just saw this on a news story and I couldn’t believe it. Luckily I don’t use Avon, but it seems our choices are getting less and less.
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  8. Marianna says:

    I sold Avon for a while too before I switched to more natural and cruelty-free products. If a country requires by law to test on animals, I would like to think that some companies would then step away from those countries. Which is more important? Their Chinese market or their US market?
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