Is Johnson’s Baby Shampoo Vegan?


It’s not immediately clear if Johnson’s baby shampoo is vegan based on the ingredients list:

Water (Eau)*, Cocamidopropyl Betaine*, Decyl Glucoside*, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate*, Lauryl Glucoside*, PEG-80 Sorbitan Laurate, Glycerin*, Citric Acid*, Sodium Benzoate, PEG-150 Distearate, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate*, Parfum, Polyquaternium-10, Disodium EDTA.

The majority of these are made in a lab synthetically (i.e. not from animal products), the only one that’s really questionable is glycerin.

Glycerin can come from animals or plants. In this case, all Johnson’s says is that it’s “naturally” derived, which makes me think it’s from plant sources.

We could contact the company to find out more, but it’s unnecessary because of one thing…

Johnson’s Tests on Animals

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According to Vegan Rabbit, which has collected public statements from Johnson’s, they test products on animals.

Johnson & Johnson is committed to ensure the ethical treatment of animals used in laboratory settings to advance patient safety and well-being. Johnson & Johnson operating companies have policies and guidelines in place that drive the ethical and humane treatment of the animals we use, and that promote the use of non-animal alternatives whenever feasible.”

Side note: Johnson & Johnson is effectively the same as “Johnson’s” if you were wondering.

So, Johnson’s Baby Shampoo is not vegan, and it won’t be until they stop testing on animals. This is the same issue with Johnson’s baby powder.

You can typically find vegan baby shampoos online or in more specialized “health” stores, although you’ll pay a bit more.

About the author

Dale Cudmore

Your friendly neighborhood vegan from Toronto. Chemical engineer turned semi-professional soccer player and freelance nutrition writer. I've been vegan for years and try to make life easier for others by sharing what I've learned.

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