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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.

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

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

Suzi Scheler
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Paulomee Deb
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Thank you so much Suzi 🙂 Just one little thing. Out of curiosity I went to the leaping bunny website but couldn’t find E.L.F on their list. Is there any particular reason for that?

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

Laura García García
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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.”

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

Mangalore Cafe
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Cruelty Free Kitty. I have tried to make the vegan community aware of the fact that all chemicals have to be tested to get GRAS or be safe to use. But Peta and vegan celebs don’t want to acknowledge it. Let me explain Its just common sense. Companies like Du Pont make chemicals that are not only used in cosmetic industry but even in Food and bathroom cleaning products. Any chemical cannot be approved without testing so the manufacturer, rather the patent holder tests the chemicals. This testing is done multiple times on a single chemical. So they can be… Read more »
Megan
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Thank you for this info. It makes me furious, sad, and frustrated. But people need to know!! I am going to go as natural as possible with my products. Are there any brands you recommend? Or do you make a lot of your own?

Eszter
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Literally everything is a chemical… Just because something says ‘natural’ doesn’t mean it’s not a chemical. For example, hyaluronic acid: sounds like a chemical, act as like a chemical, is a chemical, but is found naturally in your skin as a hydrating agent. Please stop with the chemical propaganda and scaremongering, because it’s getting old. Not every chemical has to be tested on animals, because literally everything is made up of chemicals.

Linda
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as a stock holder in ELF, I’m Sorry to hear you are using HORSE TAIL HAIR for SOME of your High-End(?)I would use the term low-end make-up brushes! So in my mind you are beginning to stray and are not 100 VEGAN. yes I hear 99% of your products are, but to me this is not good enough. How does Elf get horse hair ? from already butchered horses, for the death market for horse meat? correct me if not true . Waiting to hear Back. Very Concerned if I can support you 100% or not.

Mary
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Agree – I will NEVER support a company that benefits off of the in humane treatment of animals – especially horses!

milena
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I’m not sure about the brushes made of horse hair. Although they are vegan and Peta certified, you never know where these hair bristles come from and how ethical they are. This shocked me a little.Good to know though, thanks Suzi.

http://milenakrecisz.com

Sasha
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Hi, I bought a few products in e.l.f, but I just noticed that the back of the brush says “no animal testing”, but the bunny logo is NOT one the certified bunny logo that correspond to cruelty-free brands. Does that make any kind of difference? the fact that they’re not using any of the certified bunny logos?

ebiourd@gmail.com
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I purchased e.l.f. mascara and concealer after spending way too much time twirling around a CVS looking for cruelty-free products. eureka! I was just so pleased to find the bunny on the package that unfortunately I did not realize the product(s) is/are “Made in China” “Designed in the U.S.A.” what the !@#$ does that mean? are they talking of the product or the packaging as there is nothing listed on the container of mascara or concealer other than the color(s) I chose? it’s gotten too hard to find anything anymore…………vanity down the toilet…..oh, as an aside I received an email… Read more »
Eszter
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They don’t use any products that are rated on animals. China only requires testing when products are sold there, not while making them, so they are still 100% cruelty free.

No, technically L’Oréal doesn’t test itself, but because they sell their products in mainland China they do pay for third party animal testing, and therefore are not cruelty free.

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