Aveda is No Longer Cruelty Free

Aveda is No Longer Cruelty Free

Like all other Estee Lauder brands, Aveda is no longer cruelty free! The hair care brand used to have a firm stance against animal testing. Aveda, just like MAC, has long been considered a great options for vegan as they were free of animal testing and many products did not contain animal ingredients. However, like other Estee Lauder brands, this stance changed in order to sell Aveda products in countries where it is required by law.

From the Aveda Frequently Asked Questions

The Aveda Corporation is committed to the elimination of animal testing. We are equally committed to consumer health and safety, and bringing to market products that comply with applicable regulations in every country in which our products are sold.
We do not conduct animal testing on our products or ingredients, nor ask others to test on our behalf, except when required by law. We evaluate our finished products in clinical tests on volunteer panels.

From what I have been hearing, many are still finding Aveda products where the packaging states “cruelty free”. Unfortunately with this being an unregulated term, the company is still able to make this claim. Even the above statement is very confusing for those who aren’t used to the keywords that these companies use to say that they do, in fact, test on animals. This is why many people still believe that Aveda products are still cruelty free.

I find this extremely disappointing. Not only because Aveda was such a great resource for cruelty free and vegan hair care, but because they have done very little to let people know about the change in their animal testing policy. I think that we all hope Estee Lauder will let their formerly animal friendly brands eventually return to their cruelty free roots!

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55 comments for “Aveda is No Longer Cruelty Free

  1. Friday - July 31, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    I have been using Aveda for about 25 years. I am done with them after reading this article. I am disgusted!!

  2. Kaitlyn
    Monday - April 6, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    Ah, I didn’t know this until and have been going to an aveda salon for years! Do you know of any alternatives for salon hair care and waxing?

  3. Shoshanna
    Sunday - March 1, 2015 at 9:46 am

    Weird. I just pulled this up off of the Peta website. http://www.peta.org/living/beauty/aveda/ I have also heard that though they are under EL, they do not see the Aveda product in countries where animal testing s required.

    • Sunday - March 1, 2015 at 10:24 am

      Hi Shoshanna,

      This post from PETA is from 2012. :-/ They may not actively sell in China, but there are other conditions where required by law animal testing may occur.

  4. Sandra
    Tuesday - December 16, 2014 at 2:32 am

    wow!! I was just about ready to make an appt at an Aveda salon to get my hair highlighted. This is really disappointing to find out that they have traded ethics for the hopes of financial gain. How gross of them!! Thanks for letting us know. I will NOT be making that appointment now.

    • Animal love
      Thursday - March 5, 2015 at 10:54 pm

      But where will you be getting your hair done? I could be wrong, but I still think Aveda one of the best choices available. If not, I’m definitely open to suggestions. Anything for the animals!

      • VickiB
        Saturday - August 22, 2015 at 8:56 am

        I would recommend trying to find another salon that uses vegan and cruelty free products. I use Organic Colour Systems, the whole system of permanent and temporary color, shampoo, conditioner and styling products are certified vegan and cruelty free (plus a high percentage of certified organic ingredients). Organic Colour Systems is a UK based brand but I hope it catches on more and more in the U.S.!! Perhaps you can look for a salon near you that carries it!

  5. Erin Carlson
    Saturday - November 29, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    Very disappointing. I vow to not purchase Aveda products, from this moment forward.

  6. Denise Hagerman
    Saturday - November 1, 2014 at 11:51 am

    Very disappointing. The main reason I switched hair salons a few years ago was because (I thought) Aveda products were cruelty free. I think finding other (truly) cruelty free products to use at home is less of a challenge than finding a salon that uses cruelty free products (shampoos, hair color, etc.). The search continues…

  7. eleanor francis
    Monday - October 20, 2014 at 4:46 am

    sad about aveda i have bought their products in the past as was assured there was no animal testing.I will not purchase them again and will mention it to the shop staff too as they do not believe they are testing.

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