The short answer: No, Pond’s is not entirely cruelty free.
The long answer: Pond’s is an American brand that began selling its infamous cream in 1846. The wonder product was invented by pharmacist Theron T. Pond. In 1987, British-Dutch company Unilever acquired Pond’s from Chesebrough Manufacturing Company. It is now sold alongside skin care lines Vaseline and St. Ives (a cruelty free brand!). On its Philippine website, Pond’s reveals whether they test their products on animals. The brand states, “Pond’s uses a wide range of non-animal approaches to assess the safety of its products for consumers, and Pond’s does not test our products on animals.”
However, both Cruelty Free Kitty and Cruelty Free Collections report that Pond’s is sold in China. The country requires skin care products manufactured abroad to undergo mandatory tests. The brand’s products are tested on animals to guarantee they are safe for human use. As such, Pond’s cannot be considered a cruelty-free brand until they stop selling in China or until the Chinese government changes its import policies.
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