Is Olay cruelty-free or vegan in 2022?

Is Olay cruelty-free?

As I am no longer based in Malta, and I try to be as much as possible relevant to my original target country, Malta, I am finding it difficult to go through brands’ cruelty-free statuses. The reason is that I no longer know what brands Maltese still use which might not be cruelty-free. So today I went through a Maltese supermarket’s online shop to see which brand to feature next. Some of the brands I found are too small that I can’t find much information about, or probably they were branded by the Maltese importer. Finally, I managed to find Olay and managed to also found the cruelty-free answers I was looking for.

Is Olay certified cruelty-free?

PETA claims that Olay is not cruelty-free. This also means that Olay is not certified cruelty-free.

Is Olay owned by a certified cruelty-free parent?

Olay is owned by Procter & Gamble. PETA claims that Procter & Gamble is not cruelty-free.

What is Olay’s cruelty-free status?

As mentioned earlier Olay is an animal testing company. If PETA hadn’t yet listed it as so, I would have gone further on whether Olay or its third parties test on animals.

Is Olay vegan?

I notice that some vegans mix up cruelty-free and vegan. They seem to think that both terms mean the same thing. Unfortunately, cruelty-free doesn’t really mean that the brand is vegan and vice versa. Since we already saw that Olay is not cruelty-free, I don’t think it would be relevant to know whether their products are vegan. However, since there are those who don’t seem to trust my research, I can say that Olay is not vegan. Maybe they have some vegan products, but I wouldn’t be looking into it.

Which brands should I support instead?

If you are looking for a brand that is serious about its anti-animal-testing policy. Check my list of brands that are against animal testing.

Source: Olay animal testing policy and Olay Mainland China Website at 27.9.2020 


(a.k.a. Fiona Henschel) Malta-born blogger. I have been blogging during these last 6 years on my cruelty-free lifestyle including recipes, beauty and makeup products that I discover, receive, buy and try.