Paul Mitchell Animal Testing: What You Need to Know Now

Given the fact that John Paul Mitchell Systems is a world-renowned brand, it’s not surprising that beauty conscious animal lovers question whether such a company dares test its hair products on animals. It’s a question that I now ask about every single brand before I ever make a purchase no matter how much I think I’d like a product.

And since a company can refuse to test on animals then turn around and sell to mainland China, where animal testing is required by law for cosmetics brought into the country, it pays to delve deeper into a company’s policy on animal testing if there is ever any doubt. Paul Mitchell Systems states that it was the “first beauty company to publicly stand up against animal testing” which I think is really awesome. And just as awesome is the fact that the the company’s co-founder, John Paul Dejoria, decided to stop selling products in China when animal testing became a law in that country.

Knowing that Paul Mitchell doesn’t test on animals and stands up against it, I have bought their products without reservation. But recently, I noticed I could no longer find Paul Mitchell when I searched the “Leaping Bunny” database. I went straight to and found that the Paul Mitchell animal testing policy appeared remain the same. Right there on their site in big, bold letters I saw “Animal Testing: Never Have, Never Will.”

Skeptical still because it does seem that any company with this kind of stand against animal testing would naturally be in the “Leaping Bunny” program, especially since it had joined their ranks in the past, I decided to email John Paul Mitchell Systems just for my peace of mind. And less than 24 hours, peace of mind was exactly what I got. Here is the exact response that was sent to me:

“John Paul Mitchell Systems is, always has been and will always be cruelty free. We  have never aligned ourselves with any one particular cruelty free organization, but this does not mean this important brand value no longer stands. We applaud and appreciate the efforts of all organizations who serve to protect our precious animals and fragile resources. John Paul DeJoria and through his leadership, his entire organization, are personally and professionally committed to protecting our planet and all of those who inhabit it.”

Enough said! A truly committed cruelty free company! I already use a lot of Paul Mitchell Products, but now I have reassurance that I can continue trying new Paul Mitchell Products with complete peace of mind.
But it gets even better! Paul Mitchell now carries only vegan accessories. Even their shear cases are made of vegan leather. How cool is that? Their brushes are made of nylon, not animal hair. Kudos, Paul Mitchell!!
Since the company was founded in 1980, Paul Mitchell has certainly grown into a beauty giant, and they now boast several brands, including the original Paul Mitchell, Tea Tree, and Awapuhi as well as a few others. They even have a line of pet shampoos which includes one called Awapoochi. Many of their products are vegan, but all are completely cruelty-free.
Paul Mitchell Tea Tree
Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Shampoos contain natural tea tree oil.
Some of my favorite Paul Mitchell products are Paul Mitchell Flexible Style Sculpting Foam, which I think smells like coconut;Paul Michell Flexible Style Fast Drying Sculpting Spray; and Paul Mitchell Express Style Hold Me Tight Finishing Spray. And every one of their products that I have used smells wonderful!
Are you a Paul Mitchell fan? What are your favorite Paul Mitchell products? I’d love to hear, so please leave a comment!
Thanks for reading!
For the Love of Animals,







  1. Soraya says:

    Hi Linda, What a great site! I too am an animal lover and over the years I’ve rescued many wounded or abandoned dogs. I always try to support cruelty free cosmetic products but your post has made me realise we have to be a bit more diligent in checking that the company really is cruelty free. Do you know of a company that checks the cruelty status of companies in Europe?
    Thanks for a great post and keep up the great work with the cats! Soraya

    1. Linda Kwasniewski says:

      Hi Soraya, and thank you for the comment. The EU has a ban on the testing of cosmetics and cosmetic ingredients on animals, but there are some limitations on this ban. You can read about it here: https://www.crueltyfreeinterna… 

      The Leaping Bunny Program is an internationally recognized program with very stringent standards. You can go to to check the status of any company. If the company is not Leaping Bunny Certified, another good resource is Keep in mind that just because a company is not Leaping Bunny or PETA certified, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the company tests on animals. When in doubt, I always email the company. 

      Thanks for being an animal lover and for your rescue efforts with dogs!

  2. B. A. Scott says:

    Hi! Thanks so much for this very informative and in-depth article on Paul Mitchell products.

    I too am an animal lover and already use cruelty free products. I really appreciate you introducing to me such a wonderful company. I had no idea that Paul Mitchell products were cruelty free.

    Do you happen to know if Paul Mitchell has any other product lines other than hair care?

    1. Linda Kwasniewski says:

      Hi, and thank you for your comment. Paul Mitchell has hair care lines for both men and women, styling tools and accessories, and also has a pet shampoo line and pet wipes. They do not have other types of products to my knowledge. 

      I am so glad you are an animal lover and are using cruelty free products!

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