Let’s look into the Murad brand’s current animal testing policy and cruelty-free status in 2021.
Is Murad Cruelty-Free?
Is Murad a cruelty-free brand? YES!
Murad does not test its products on animals and it also does not use ingredients that have been subjected to animal testing directly or by their suppliers. In addition, Murad is also not sold in countries that require animal testing of cosmetic products by law.
Murad features on PETA as a company that does not test on animals and has the PETA Global beauty without bunnies logo. So as a brand Murad can be considered cruelty-free.
However, at the same time it is also essential to note that in 2015, Murad was purchased by Unilever, a company that still tests on animals when required by law.
Is Murad Sold in China?
Is Murad sold in China? NO!
Murad products are not available in Mainland China and hence the mandated law of testing of all types of internationally manufactured cosmetic and skin care products on animals does not apply to the brand.
Murad sells in Hong Kong which is a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People’s Republic of China and does not have the same rules and regulations as mainland China. Brands that care about being cruelty-free choose to not sell in mainland China and may instead import to Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan where the animal testing policies of China are not applicable.
Is Murad Vegan?
Are Murad products Vegan? NO!
Although Murad does not support or is involved in animal cruelty, it cannot be considered a Vegan brand because it’s products contain ingredients that have been derived from animals. Beeswax, honey and some marine derived compounds are a few examples.
Apart from these, most skin care products also use fatty alcohols (for eg stearyl alcohol) that serve as thickening agents and these alcohols are derived from animal fat such as pork/beef tallow.
However, Murad does have completely vegan products devoid of any animal derived ingredients, details of which can be found on their website or you may write to them to get more information on any particular product range.
What is Murad’s Animal Testing Policy?
Murad’s Animal testing policy is available on the FAQ page of their website, under product information. It states,
Murad never tests any products on animals and we only use ingredients that have not been animal tested. We only test on humans. We sell our products in Hong Kong but not mainland China, and thus are not required to test on animals.
Although Murad is now owned by Unilever, it has still maintained its cruelty-free position.
Is Murad Owned By A Parent Company?
YES! Murad is owned by Unilever, United States, a company that does test on animals.
The current status of Unilever on PETA’s official website is ; This company is working toward regulatory changes to reduce the number of animals used for testing.
What Does Murad Sell?
Murad is a mid-range skin care brand that sells cleansers, moisturizers, serums, masks, skin care supplements etc. Its products are available in the US, UK, Europe and International.
What is Murad’s Current Cruelty-Free Position?
Murad’s cruelty-free position in 2021 is that Murad is a CRUELTY-FREE brand with a disclaimer of its parent company not being completely cruelty-free.
I Use Murad Products. What Can I Do to Help?
Write to the brand. Let them know you appreciate that they are conscious of their contribution to society and despite being taken over by a corporate giant, they have maintained their cruelty-free status.