Dove is a well known brand. Anyone who has ever stepped foot in a retail or drug store recognizes Dove products since they started their incredible journey in 1957 in USA. They began a unique marketing campaign for being a ‘non-drying’ beauty soap and began using models who actually resembled real life women true to form in all shapes, hues and sizes.
Dove’s founders, the Lever brothers, wanted to gift the world a signature soap that moisturizes while doing a superior job of cleansing.
Between their large array of women represented from all backgrounds and ethnicities and their simple yet effective collection of hair products, shampoos, deodorants, lotions and body washes Dove is very successful.
On Dove’s official page concerning animal testing they state:
“Dove does not test on animals. For over 30 years, we’ve used multiple alternative, non-animal approaches to test the safety of our products and ingredients. We have removed all permissions for testing of our products by governments on our behalf.”
You’ll also come across:
“We are excited to announce that Dove has been certified as cruelty-free by PETA’s Beauty Without Bunnies Program. And now our products are entitled to carry PETA’s cruelty-free logo from PETA, something we are phasing in across all our packs progressively from next year. Our parent company, Unilever, has announced that it supports calls for a global ban on animal testing, similar to the existing EU ban.”
They weren’t always cruelty free but since the 90’s Dove stopped testing their product ingredients and finished products on animals.
In 2018 they have made their policies much stricter concerning animal testing.
All products carry the Peta bunny tag depicting their dedication to a cruelty free standard.
With that being said…
They are not certified by Leaping Bunny. Leaping bunny is significantly more selective with products it deems ‘cruelty free’ than is Peta.
The fact of the matter is PETA only requires written agreement from a company, whereas to obtain a Leaping Bunny certification requires that the company in question agrees to independent audits. This means they can actually verify if the claims are true.
Does Dove Sell In China?
Dove does sell their products in China. But, Dove manufactures their products in Mainland China to avoid animal testing.
China only enforces animal testing on ‘imported personal care products & makeup’.
Fortunately this will end in 2021 per the Chinese government. However, the rules are not so black and white concerning ‘post animal testing’. Read this post to learn more:
Is Dove Vegan?
No Dove is not 100% vegan. It does maintain some of it’s products are ‘derived’ from animal sources.
There are indeed some ‘shady’ areas that are cause for some further investigation. Granted, this is just my opinion. The fact that they are owned by a ‘non cruelty free’ company is one.
In legal terms Dove can call itself cruelty free. But certain policies in China are still gray.
Now that you know this information you can make an informed personal decision whether you will continue to purchase or start to purchase Dove.
The good news is there are a ton of 100% cruelty free AND vegan alternatives you can use that are affordable and affective and don’t harm animals in any way.
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