Is Elta MD Cruelty-Free?

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Is Elta MD Cruelty-Free?

Elta MD is not cruelty-free. They may test on animals, either themselves, through their suppliers, or through a third party. Brands who fall under this category could also be selling products where animal testing is required by law.

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  • Finished products tested on animals

    Yes, where required by law

  • Ingredients tested on animals


  • Suppliers test on animals


  • Third party animal testing

    Yes, where required by law

  • Sold where animal testing is required by law


Official Animal Testing Policy:

EltaMD tests on animals where it is required of them by regulatory agencies. This is their statement regarding animal testing:

“EltaMD is committed to work toward the elimination of laboratory safety testing using animals and strives to address safety assessments of our products using available databases and non-animal alternatives.

Animal testing is only conducted where specifically required by regulatory agencies.  In such limited instances, the tests are conducted only at contract testing facilities that meet government standards and, since our acquisition by them in 2018, the more rigorous requirements established by our parent company (Colgate-Palmolive Company) with input from animal welfare groups.”

Is Elta MD owned by a parent company that tests on animals?

Elta MD is owned by Colgate-Palmolive, a company that tests on animals. Not only is Elta MD not cruelty-free but neither is their parent company.

Is Elta MD sold where animal testing is required by law?

It's unclear if Elta MD is available for sale countries with mandatory animal testing.

Is Elta MD certified cruelty-free by any organizations?

Yes, Elta MD is certified by Peta.

Is Elta MD vegan?

Elta MD might offer some vegan products, however because this company is not cruelty-free, we recommend avoiding any products they offer even if they are vegan.

How do you determine that brands like Elta MD are not cruelty-free?

Most brands don't publicly display their full animal testing policies. We contact brands directly with our questions in order to get their complete policy. If any brand states that they, their suppliers, or any third party test on animals, the brand is listed as "not cruelty-free."

Elta MD Vegan Product List

Although EltaMD is not 100% vegan, they do offer a selection of vegan-friendly products. Most of their products are vegan and contain no animal-derived ingredients except for the following:

  • UV Sport Sunscreen

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