Last Updated: May 30, 2016

Does ELF Test On Animals?

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ELF is cruelty-free. They do not test on animals. They also confirmed that they do not sell their products in China.

Even though the company is listed on PETA’s cruelty-free brands list, I contacted them by e-mail. Here’s the correspondance:

Hello,

I know you have PETA certification, and I have a few questions. Are your products tested on animals at any point during the production? Do you buy ingredients from suppliers that might test on animals? Are your products sold in China, not including Hong Kong?

Thank you in advance,
Kitty

They initially gave me this generic response:

Thank you for your support and interest in e.l.f. cosmetics. At e.l.f. Cosmetics, we believe that beauty comes from within all of us. Our line of luxurious cosmetics captures great looking skin with gorgeous colors and quality ingredients. Our products are designed to let your inner beauty shine through.

We are proud to say that we do not test on animals or endorse such practices. We currently support PETA and are partners with PETA in the Caring Consumer Project. All of our brushes in our essential line are made from cut natural horse hair and have genuine wood handles. Our brushes in our studio line are vegan friendly and made of anti-bacterial, synthetic Taklon hair. You can find all e.l.f. ingredients indicated on the packaging of our products as well as on our website. All ingredients used in e.l.f. cosmetics are vegan friendly, safe and meet F.D.A requirements. Ingredients are listed on our website as well as on the packaging of our products.

Our vision is to empower and educate women to play in innovation without sacrificing their budget and feel confident in herself and the products she’s using. We offer a complete line of makeup and professional tools-all at an extreme value price! To learn more please visit eyeslipsface.com.

Since that didn’t answer my questions, I followed up and got this reply:

Thank you for your support and interest in e.l.f. cosmetics.Our products are manufactured overseas, mainly in China. We have strict quality control procedures to ensure that our products are free from lead and hazardous materials. Please note that we do not sell our products in China, due to our cruelty free policy. At e.l.f. Cosmetics, we believe that beauty comes from within all of us. Our line of luxurious cosmetics captures great looking skin with gorgeous colors and quality ingredients. Our products are designed to let your inner beauty shine through.

  • http://www.crueltyfreekitty.com/ Suzi | Cruelty-Free Kitty

    They’re still cruelty-free! China doesn’t require animal testing if products are bought online.

  • Andy Diamond

    The most important question was unanswered though (or did I miss the answer?), namely if they buy their ingredients from suppliers who test on animals. Because THAT is where the animal testing usually happens.

  • Paulomee Deb

    I am confused!! Is E.L.F cruelty-free or not? What does it mean that the products are manufactured in China? Please help. :(

  • deb

    But they use HORSE HAIR in some of their brushes? What the what?! I don’t care if it’s cut horse hair, that is still an animal product. Some may think I’m nitpicking, and that’s fine. I just don’t really want to use hair from an animal that may have been in such close contact with it’s a$$ on my FACE. Ew.

    • Brenda

      I’m sure they are trimming the hair from the mane and not the tail.

  • Laura García García

    I have just read this in their Faqs and my doubt is, could be considered that all of their products are vegan? Thanks!

    “Do you test on animals?
    We do NOT test on animals or endorse such practices. Our products do not contain animal derived ingredients. Beeswax has been replaced by synthetic beeswax and lanolin has been replaced by Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladinpale-2. We currently support HSUS and are partners with PETA in the Caring Consumer Project.”

    • http://www.crueltyfreekitty.com/ Suzi | Cruelty-Free Kitty

      Yes, all of their makeup products are vegan (but NOT all their brushes are vegan unfortunately)!