Is Vaseline cruelty-free?

Is Vaseline cruelty-free?

I never bought and don’t remember using Vaseline, but I notice that many buy it for multiple uses. In case you happen to be one of the Vaseline fans, I thought of sharing the cruelty-free status of this product which many health-conscious people claim it to be toxic for humans. I cannot prove its toxicity as I am not a chemist or doctor. However, I can prove its cruelty-free status.

Does Vaseline test on animals?

No information is yet available on whether Vaseline tests on animals.

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

Vaseline is owned by Unilever. PETA lists Unilever as a company “working toward regulatory changes to reduce the number of animals used for testing.” However, while they are still selling cosmetics in Mainland China, I consider them to be not cruelty-free. I don’t put them in a middle list as it becomes then more complicated to you who are trying to live cruelty-free.

Is Vaseline certified cruelty-free?

Vaseline is not certified cruelty-free.

Is Vaseline cruelty-free?

My answer is that Vaseline is not cruelty-free, let’s see why.

Does Vaseline sell in Mainland China?

Vaseline does not seem to have an official website, I could find out that Vaseline sells in Mainland China through the Unilever website. So yes, Vaseline sells in Mainland China.

Are Vaseline products in Mainland China are cosmetics?

Apart from the popular petroleum jelly, Vaseline seems to have expanded their range to hand creams and body lotions. These product types are considered to be cosmetics in Mainland China. So Vaseline sells cosmetics in Mainland China. Mainland China is removing the option of animal testing in some market stages. However, there is still no news on whether it has been removed when a customer reports an irritation due to a product. So until that news is announced, we have to consider than in such cases the Chinese authorities go for animal testing to test the safety of the reported product.

Is Vaseline vegan?

Since we already saw that Vaseline is not cruelty-free, I don’t think it would be relevant to know whether their products are vegan. Also since they did not disclose their animal testing policy, I will doubt they are aware of veganism.

Which brands should I support instead?

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

Source: Unilever Mainland China Website as at 30.11.2020


(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.