Is Olay cruelty-free or vegan in 2021?

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 being 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 find the cruelty-free answers I was looking for.

Does Olay test on animals?

  • “We do not test our products on animals… in a few countries where Olay is sold, governments still mandate animal tests. This is why we do not claim cruelty-free on our packaging.”
    This is a bit contradictory. On one hand, Olay are saying that they don’t test on animals, on the other hand, they are saying that they do when required by law. Since there are cases when they do, I will have to say that Olay does test on animals.

Is Olay owned by a parent that is not cruelty-free?

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

Is Olay certified cruelty-free?

Quite the opposite really, PETA claims that Olay is not cruelty-free. This also means that Olay is not certified cruelty-free.

Is Olay cruelty-free?

My answer is that Olay is not cruelty-free.

Does Olay sell in Mainland China?

I went to their official website from where I pasted their animal testing policy above. Then I changed the suffix of the domain to where I found Olay’s Mainland China registered website. Olay sells cosmetics in Mainland China.

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.