It used to be called Darkie, with a white man in blackface as its logo.
Colgate has said it is "reviewing" its Darlie brand — AKA "Black Person Toothpaste" — which it still sells in China.
As many US brands overhaul their logos and packaging with racist connotations and origins in the wake of George Floyd protests, the 87-year-old brand is facing renewed pressure to reassess its problematic image.
Established in 1933 in Shanghai by Hawley & Hazel, it was acquired in 1985 by US-based Colgate-Palmolive.
Up until 1989, the brand was known as Darkie; its logo was a smiling white man in a top hat, wearing blackface.
The logo was inspired by American minstrel performer Al Jolson, after the founders saw him perform in blackface, and thought the whiteness of his smile would make the perfect marketing tool.
While the owners finally changed the derogatory "Darkie" to "Darlie", its Chinese name literally translates to "Black Person Toothpaste". The advertising campaign during the switchover, for example, reassured Chinese customers that "Black Person Toothpaste is still Black Person Toothpaste".
The logo was changed to a more racially ambiguous one; a man, still smiling and still wearing a top hat, his face now half white and half black.