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Is Bath and Body Works Cruelty Free and Vegan? (2021 Update)

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Bath and Body Works is not cruelty free because their products may be tested on animals in mainland China.

Additionally, Bath and Body Works is not 100% vegan as a brand because some of their products contain animal-derived ingredients or animal by-products. 

To learn more about this brand and find out why they’re not cruelty free, keep on reading!

If you’re looking for new cruelty free products, make sure to check out the last section of this post where you’ll find some of the best Bath and Body Works cruelty free alternatives.

Let’s dive right in!

Is Bath and Body Works cruelty free? Are Bath and Body Works products tested on animals?

Bath and Body Works is NOT cruelty free.

In order to be cruelty free, brands:

  • Must not test their finished products or ingredients on animals
  • Must make sure that their suppliers don’t test on animals
  • Must not commission third parties to test their products on animals
  • Must not sell their products in stores in mainland China, or other countries where animal testing is still required by law

Let’s take a look at Bath and Body Works’s official animal testing policy:

WHAT IS YOUR POLICY REGARDING ANIMAL TESTING?

Bath & Body Works does not test any of our products, formulations or ingredients on animals. Period. All of our personal care products are produced in North America, Europe and South Korea.

Source: Bath and Body Works

However, that doesn’t answer all of the questions above. What really matters is not just where the products are produced, but instead, where they’re sold.

Why?

The answer is simple – because different countries have different laws and regulations. For example, mainland China requires animal testing by law.

So, I researched this brand and found out that they sell in mainland China, where animal testing is still required by law. 

Selling in China is in contradiction with one of the requirements for cruelty free brands.

Since Bath and Body Works does sell their products in mainland China, their products may be subjected to animal testing there.

Therefore, Bath and Body Works is not cruelty free.

Keep on reading for more information!

Is Bath and Body Works sold in China?

Bath and Body Works is sold in mainland China where animal testing is still required by law.

For example, check out this excerpt from a China Daily article:

Raffles City, owned by Singapore-based CapitaLand, belongs to this league. It is one of Asia’s largest real estate companies, and has been innovating its operations at its 15-year-old shopping mall near the People’s Square in Shanghai.

There, it has integrated experiences and services. The company said it is trying to make both shopping and relaxing experiences for consumers increasingly smarter.

For example, the mall introduced some trendy cosmetics brands such as Hermes Beauty, Laduree, the first online-to-offline or O2O concept store of GNC, and perfume vending machine concept store Perfume Box. US retailer Bath & Body Works also launched its first store in China at the mall.

source: China Daily

Why can’t cruelty free brands sell in mainland China?

Animal testing is still happening for products sold in physical stores in mainland China.

Pre-market animal testing is required for all special-use imported products, and non-routine post-market testing on animals may also be done in cases of customer complaints.

However, please keep in mind that this doesn’t apply to products sold in stores at the airports, or in Hong Kong.

Also, products can be sold online and shipped to mainland China without being tested on animals.

Is Bath and Body Works owned by a parent brand? If yes, is it cruelty free?

Bath and Body Works is owned by L Brands, a global specialty retail holding company that specializes in women’s apparel and beauty products, which is a company that is not cruelty free.

Is Bath and Body Works vegan?

Bath and Body Works is not 100% vegan. Some of their products contain animal-derived ingredients or animal by-products.

Also, please keep in mind that since Bath and Body Works products may be tested on animals in mainland China, I definitely wouldn’t consider them as a vegan-friendly brand.

Cruelty free and vegan alternatives to Bath and Body Works

Bath and Body Works is a brand that sells body care products, soap, scented candles, home fragrance, and other types of products as well.

There are so many beauty brands that are cruelty free!

That’s why, in my opinion, there’s really no excuse for supporting brands that test on animals.

Some of the best cruelty free alternatives to Bath and Body Works are:

Rituals
Pacifica
Aesop
Le Labo

If you want to discover more cruelty free skincare brands, check out my post on The 7 Best Cruelty Free Skin Care Brands in 2021 That Are Also 100% Vegan and Sustainable.


Now it’s your turn!

What are your favorite cruelty free brands?

Let me know in the comments below!

3 thoughts on “Is Bath and Body Works Cruelty Free and Vegan? (2021 Update)”

  1. Hi there – Hope you are doing well. Thank you for this post and several others helping us to be conscious consumers. Just curious as to where it is mentioned that BBW is sold in Mainland China. As per their website, they do not sell in China. They do sell in Macau, but that is not considered to be part of Mainland China and hence does not require animal testing. would be super helpful if you could share the links/source indicating sale in brick and mortar stores in mainland China. Thanks in advance!

    1. Cruelty Free Only

      Hello there! Thank you for the comment – I’ve updated the article with additional information from China Daily stating that Bath & Body Works is sold in Shanghai (mainland China). You can find the link to their original article below the excerpt. Additionally, there are also several other sources throughout the internet that indicate that Bath & Body Works is sold in Shanghai, however they don’t seem as official as the one above (e.g. https://www.angloinfo.com/shanghai/directory/listing/shanghai-bath-body-works-shanghai1471404014)

      1. Thank you so much. It’s so sad to see this and I will be boycotting BBW until this changes. Appreciate the prompt response and thank you.

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