May 25, 2024

Are Redken Products Vegan?

No – not really.

I had to do a bit of research as there are two issues here, 1. Product Content and 2. Animal Testing. After a bit of research I learned the following: Redken is owned by L’Oreal. L’Oreal also owns many other major brands including The Body Shop, Keihl’s, Maybeline New York, and Garnier.

L’Oreal currently does not test any finished products on animals but they do not say the same of individual ingredients. So, individual ingredients may still be tested on animals. L’Oreal has made an effort to reduce animal testing as well as use and develop alternative testing models. There is a pending ban on animal testing in the EU which is believed to have fueled this interest by the major cosmetics companies in alternative methods.

Additionally, nowhere does Redken or L’Oreal make any claim to be cruelty free or free of animal products in their ingredients. If you are okay with finished products not being tested on animals, you will have to check the label of the product carefully. Additionally, Redken, and other salon quality products should really only be purchased at authorized sellers to ensure the product is authentic.

If this maze is too much for you, you may want to check out some other vegan options for staying beautiful:

Kiss My Face (Most products vegan)
Aveda (Many products vegan)
Nature’s Gate (Vegan & cruelty free)
Alba Botanic (Most products vegan)

Or check out your local Whole Foods or Natural Foods store. They are usually chalk-a-block full of great products suitable for vegans.

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      Consumer safety has always been top priority at The Estée Lauder Companies, Inc. Therefore, our product safety testing requires collaboration of experts across several sciences, including toxicology, microbiology, environmental chemistry, manufacturing, and engineering. To ensure the safety of all products brought to market by The Estée Lauder Companies, formulations and their packaging must exceed the high Company standards for ingredient preservation and stability, product efficacy, and package compatibility.
      The Estée Lauder Companies, Inc. employs extensive Research and Development teams at its state-of-the-art laboratories. Primarily responsible for continuous exploration of new technologies in advanced skin care and makeup development, R&D works with suppliers and leading universities where research is conducted in dermatology, skin aging, and cellular biology.
      All Estée Lauder Companies products are tested for irritants and allergens using biological assays and human volunteers. We do not test our products on animals, nor do we ask others to conduct animal testing on our behalf.
      We are proud of the enviable safety record The Estée Lauder Companies, Inc. has sustained since our company was founded in 1946, and of our continued commitment to producing quality products that are clean, pure, and safe.”

    2. Aveda is under the umbrella of Estee Lauder but we have completely separate contracts of animal conduct ALL of our products are cruelty free and almost completely vegan other than honey in our lip gloss!

  1. While L’Oreal may conduct animal testing, Redken states on their site that they have not performed animal testing since 1989. Just sharing that bit.

    1. They are not cruelty free. Read their statement again. When companies post something like except where required, that means they do. If they sell in China, it is required by law to test on animals. 🙁

  2. This is no longer accurate. Chinese law requires all companies selling their products in China must torture animals. Companies worldwide have decided making money is far more important than doing the right thing. They have started or restarted this. Many have not announced this change & only tell the truth to customers that ask directly.
    Anytime someone tells you that animal testing is crucial to ensuring product safety is LYING!!

    1. Like! (you’re comment that is ) There are plenty of cruelty free options thankfully. Hopefully, the ones who choose to sell in China will notice their profits begin to suffer as more people opt for these other products.

  3. I came here to see if it’s vegan but no matter what I type in it just states “no because not cruelty free” this drives me mad because cruelty free does not mean vegan nor the other way around. It’s like an extra that a vegan may also look for in a product. I am vegan because I cant stand the thought of using products that have come from an animal. Yes it is awful that animals are tested on BUT that doesn’t make something not vegan. Vegan and cruelty free are completely different labels so PLEASE don’t preach that something isn’t vegan based on the cruelty free status. That is not what vegan means it is an addition to it, not a inevitability. Very bloody irritating.

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