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Is Your K-Y Jelly Cruelty-Free? Do You Care?

February 3, 2012

Vickery Eckhoff

Friends, I’m happy to announce a departure from my regular grim programming with a new post: Is Your K-Y Jelly Cruelty-Free? Do You Care? 

Apparently, the topic is resonating with a lot of people. Are they K-Y users? I think not. Mostly, they’re people like me who caught a glimpse of how much animal testing is still going on. If you haven’t, check out these products from Procter & Gamble that are all tested on animals:

Always, Aussie, Braun, Christina Aguilera Perfumes, Clairol, Downy, Crest, DDF, Dolce & Gabbana, Dunhill Fragrances, Escada Fragrances, Febreze, Fekkai, Gillette Co., Gucci Fragrances, Halo, Head & Shoulders, Herbal Essences, Hugo Boss, Iams, Ivory, Joy, Lacoste Fragrances, Max Factor, Mr. Clean, Natural Instincts, Nice n Easy, Olay, Old Spice, Oral-B, Pampers, Pantene, Physique, Puffs, Scope, Sebastian Professional , Secret, SK-II, Swiffer, Tide, Vicks, Vidal Sasson, Zest

Have you bought any? I have. Lots of them.

As it happens, Forbes conducted a survey last year asking consumers to rate CPG companies on a range of attributes, including “trust.” Guess who’s considered among the most trusted companies in America? You got it. P&G. And they’re in good company.

Incredulous, I asked an editor if the subject of animal-testing came up in the survey, and she said “no.” They hadn’t thought about it. This made sense and yet it seemed ridiculously dumb. Consumers care deeply about animals. That they didn’t know what they were buying also made sense to me. How would they? And yet, I felt as though I should have known. The Forbes editors should have known. The companies should have been transparent.

It’s a new day and I’m sharing this experience in the hopes of shaking things up. Please share if you want to join me. Thanks!


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  1. February 3, 2012

    You may want to add Colgate Palmolive to the list…..They force feed beagle dogs their toothpaste to find the toxic level. I do not buy any of their products and will certainly add P & G products as well.

  2. February 3, 2012

    Thanks, Marge for mentioning Colgate. If anyone wants to check out their favorite brands, they should visit PETA’s “caring consumer” database. There’s more detail in my piece on that, along with other ways to find out who tests on animals and who doesn’t.

  3. February 7, 2012

    Thank you so much for your article Vickery. For many years it has been the dirty little secret of so many large corporations. Everything from toothpaste to razors (yes razors), lawn fertilizer, gasoline and even some food products (Nestle) is tested on animals. How do you know so much you might wonder? I am one of the 120 beagles that was rescued in July of 2010 from a research facility in New Jersey. I am tireless in my efforts to educate people about animal testing. I have a federal ID number tattooed in my ear to forever remind me that I was purpose bred in an upstate NY facility for the sole purpose of being a research subject. Most research animals are disposed of once they are done being tested on. A few are spared and allowed to be adopted but most are not. Together we can effect change but only through education. Thank you again for your wonderful article.
    Luv n Wags,
    Juno Rescued Beagle

    • February 7, 2012

      Hi Juno: THANK you for educating us further. Would you mind going over to the article on, and posting your comment there? You will have to register as a user, but then you can tell Forbes audience about you and the other rescued Beagles. They don’t have many Beagles offering comments. I really think they should and invite you to be the first. Here’s the link:

      Just click on the Follow button near the top of the article. The rest is pretty easy.

      PS: my sister has rescued three Beagles, including the last one that I found for her. They are wonderful dogs.

      Luv and wags to you.

  4. Louie Cocroft #
    March 21, 2012

    VICKS?! HOW do they test Vicks? That product has been on the market for decades….what else do they need to know about it?
    Guess I’ll have to use up the old jar that I’ve had forever and NOT buy any more.

    • March 22, 2012

      I felt the same way when I found out that Swiffer is tested on animals, Louie. I really loved my Swiffer. And now, it is just a memory…

  5. April 23, 2012

    Hello Vickery thank you so much for speaking up for animals and I couldn’t be more agree with you. I have 4 bunnies at home and I love them to bits and I can’t bare the thought of all the hells of those bunnies and other animals in the labs.

    I’d like to mention that Nestle and Loreal are basically working hand in hand, Nestle holds shares in Loreal and anyone who buy Nestle products is supporting Loreal. MarsInc (M&M, Mars, Sneaker, Bounty, Doves) also tests on animals so that they can claim that their chocolate is healthy. Unilever (Ben and jerry, Alsa, Maggie, Lipton, PG Dips …. the list can go on) is also a bad guy, the force bunny, pigs and rats to go on very rich diet then make them drink tea and then experiment on them to see the effect on the blood vassel etc ….

    I had been a royal fan to Yves Rocher (a French brand) who claimed that they do not do animal tested and they were at one point certified. A recent discovery reports that all companies who want to sell their products in China have to have everything tested on animals – therefore Avon, Eestee Lauder, Mary kay had been kicked off by Peta and Yves Rocher too had been removed from the BUAV list. I have to say that this is not always easy searching and looking for the right products, most people around me doesnt care because its too much hassel. But like you said – I’d do it, even if it means it takes times and cost more money – for the love of animals.

    Thank you for the excellent article

    • April 23, 2012

      Thanks for writing Kim and great tip on Yves Rocher. I will definitely check it out!

  6. BlessUsAll #
    May 12, 2012

    I’m so glad to discover your blog after reading all your horse articles posted by Equine Welfare Alliance, Vickery. And I’m thrilled that you are writing about other exploited animals, too.

    Recently I was told that three US-based cosmetics queens that had, under pressure, quit testing on animals years ago have quietly resumed the practice — under the radar. Guess where? In China.

    I hope you can do your usual sleuthing and probing to discover whether this is true.

    The companies are:

    Avon: 212-282-5000
    Mary Kay: 1-800-627-9529
    Estee Lauder: 1-877-311-3883

    Also, did you see the wonderful Italian video where 1,000 protesters stormed an animal-testing lab that housed beagles, and rescued some of them? I haven’t heard updates on the fate of those activists who were caught by police and jailed. I gather they had a few of the saved puppies with them, sadly. If you let this run, it will automatically go through a sequence of short clips from the protest:

    • May 12, 2012

      Hi, thanks. Just watched the video. Wish they could have saved more dogs. My sister has a rescue Beagle, and there’s a wonderful Beagle on FB, Juno, the rescue Beagle, who’d been rescued from a lab.

      Yes, I heard about those other companies (Avon, Mary Kay, Estee Lauder). I don’t buy their stuff. I wish their testing was more widely known, but it’s so hard getting the word out.

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