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Is Olay Cruelty-Free And Vegan?

by Toni Olukiran

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Olay is a globally recognised brand of skincare, known for its formulas to help with anti-ageing. But is it cruelty-free and vegan? Read on for your questions answered. 

About Olay

Originating in South Africa, then called ‘Oil of Olay’, Olay was founded in 1952 by Graham Wullf, a former Unilever employee. This first product was not labelled as anything — it had a moisturiser like consistency, but the branding simply advertised it as an anti-ageing essential. Since then, the range of products has expanded, but Olay continues to produce anti-ageing products for those looking to smoothen wrinkles and increase skin elasticity. 

Is Olay cruelty-free?

No, Olay is not cruelty-free; as stated on its website: 

We do not test our products on animals. Olay is working closely with governments around the world to provide alternative research methods to eliminate testing on animals, enabling cruelty-free skincare in the beauty industry. For example, in a few countries where Olay is sold, governments still mandate animal tests. In those cases, Olay can be required by law to submit our products to labs where we know animal tests are happening.

As a result, Olay products aren’t cruelty-free, as they still sell products in mainland China where animal testing is required by law. 

Is Olay vegan?

No, Olay is not vegan, as its products contain animal products such as lanolin and retinol which is obtained through animals. 

Check out our favourite cruelty-free skincare product recommendations next.


By Toni Olukiran
Toni Olukiran

Toni is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants, and when she’s not writing posts about everything from Jamaican cooking to vegan champagne, she’s making a Spotify playlist (she was at 200, at her last count) or playing tennis in the park.

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