Current Cruelty-Free Status
Is Burt’s Bees Cruelty-Free?
Is Burt’s Bees vegan and cruelty-free? No, Burt’s Bees is NOT cruelty-free, their products are sold in mainland China where animal testing is still required by law.
Is Burt’s Bees sold in China?
Does Burt’s Bees sell in China? Yes, Burt’s Bees is sold in mainland China. Even though the Chinese laws surrounding routine post-market testing have changed, brands are still subject to non-routine animal testing if a consumer makes a complaint about a product. Pre-market testing laws still apply.
Does Burt’s Bees test on animals?
Burt’s Bees is sold in mainland China which means their products may be subject to animal testing where required by law.
A word about animal testing in China: Even though the Chinese laws surrounding routine post-market testing have changed, brands are still subject to non-routine animal testing if a consumer makes a complaint about a product. Pre-market testing laws still apply.
The tweet below by the Humane Society International explains that brands successfully bypassing the Chinese animal testing laws may, unfortunately, still be subject to animal testing in certain circumstances.
Quote from the Humane Society International:
Hi! The headline is misleading, it’s encouraging but not yet a guarantee that no animal testing will ever again happen post-market, and pre-market animal testing for imported cosmetics remains as before.
So what’s changed? China recently released for the first time its post-market testing plan, & it reveals that no animal tests are listed for routine post-market surveillance. However, in the case of non-routine tests, eg: a consumer complaint about a product, unless/until authorities accept modern non-animal eye/skin irritation tests, & invest in local infrastructure to use such tests, animal testing could still be the default.
Pre-market cosmetic animal testing in China for foreign imports and special-use products remains unchanged.”
Burt’s Bees Animal Testing Policy
The Burt’s Bees animal testing policy states they do not test their products on animals despite their products being sold in mainland China.
With this test complete, Burt’s Bees is currently only selling products in China via direct-to-consumer ecommerce, a channel which is exempt from Chinese animal testing regulations (pre or post-market). Please know that we are absolutely committed to our no animal testing policy, and we are proceeding only in the instances where we can maintain strict adherence to it.”
Is Burt’s Bees owned by a parent company?
Who owns Burt’s Bees? Burt’s Bees is owned by Clorox, a parent company that tests on animals.
What they sell
Burt’s Bees sells lip balm and makeup like the Burt’s Bees Chapstick, Tinted Lip Balm, Lip Shimmer, Pajamas, Lip Gloss, Lipstick, Face Wash, BB Cream, Oil Cleanser, Foundation, Cleansing Oil, and the Burt’s Bees Eye Cream.
Is Burt’s Bees vegan?
Are Burt’s Bees products vegan? No, Burt’s Bees is not 100% vegan meaning some of their products contain ingredients derived from animals or their by-products like beeswax.
Is Burt’s Bees palm oil free?
Does Burt’s Bees use palm oil in their products? Yes, Burt’s Bees products contain palm oil which means they are not 100% palm oil free.
I love this brand, what can I do?
Try reaching out and respectfully asking the brands you love to reconsider their animal testing policies and selling in the Chinese market until the post and pre-market animal testing laws have changed.
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