Elemis is NO LONGER cruelty free or vegan

Elemis falsely pledges that the brand does not conduct, contract out or fund animal testing in the developing, manufacturing or marketing of their products. Elemis does export its products to mainland China and other countries, where animal testing is required by law. Therefore Elemis is not cruelty free and doesn’t stand against animal testing.

Cruelty free statement

Q: Do ELEMIS test on animals?

A: ELEMIS have been against the use of animals to test beauty products since our inception over 30 years ago. We do not test our products, active ingredients or raw materials on animals at any point in the product development or manufacturing process, and we require all our suppliers to fully respect the same rigorous standards.

Our number one priority is the health and safety of our consumers. All our product formulations have therefore been tested extensively over time through alternative methods, including product safety tests and user/clinical trials.

In China, where ELEMIS is sold, all imported beauty products must be submitted for compulsory testing on a limited animal panel in government laboratories before they can be approved for sale in the country. Specifically, the Chinese authorities require a regulatory dossier including results from one-off tests (which vary based on product category) in order to issue a Hygiene Permit for each new imported cosmetic product. The authorities also stipulate that cosmetics may be subject to random, post-market sampling tests for auditing purposes. These regulatory requirements apply to all cosmetic products not manufactured locally.


Parent company

L’Occitane completed the acquisition of Elemis in 2019. L’Occitane is not cruelty free, the company supports animal testing and heavily present on the Chinese beauty market. Since the acquisition, Elemis is no longer cruelty free.

If you like Elemis, consider checking Neal’s Yard Remedies, Pixi & Ren

To help you switch to cruelty free cosmetics, we have cruelty free, vegan and certified cruelty free lists of brands for you to explore.
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