Is ELEMIS Cruelty-Free and Vegan?

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Is ELEMIS cruelty-free and vegan?

ELEMIS is a British luxury spa and skincare brand specializing in anti-aging products but is ELEMIS cruelty-free or vegan?

Is ELEMIS Cruelty-Free?

Yes, ELEMIS is Cruelty-free! None of ELEMIS’s ingredients, formulations, or finished products are tested on animals, anywhere in the world.

However, it should be noted that ELEMIS is owned by L’Occitane, a corporation that does test on animals when required by law.

Below is what’s currently stated on ELEMIS’s website:

ELEMIS animal testing statement

In addition, ELEMIS has confirmed to me in an email response that they do not test their products or ingredients on animals, they do not allow others to test on their behalf, their suppliers also do not test on animals, and their products are not sold in stores in mainland China or any other country that may require animal testing by law.

Below is part of the response I received from ELEMIS:

Elemis Ltd has always been against animal testing. Elemis has never and will never test on animals. Nor has Elemis ordered such tests by any third parties.

Elemis specializes in natural caring ingredients of the highest quality and safety. All finished products have been extensively tested over time, on our own staff, human volunteers and or by non-animal laboratory trials.

The European Cosmetic Directive banned all animal testing of finished products from September 2004 and ingredients used within products from March 2009. They enforce this directive and dictate what is safe and what’s not. Elemis strongly supports this position and will do everything possible to keep driving non-animal testing alternatives and always approach development in an ethical manner.

We do not use slaughterhouse waste in any of our products. None of our perfumes contain animal extracts and we do not use whale or blubber oils. We do make use of honey, beeswax, milk, milk whey and eggs.

We continue to work alongside partners and suppliers who share our beliefs and who approach their day-to-day operations in an ethical manner, purchasing accordingly.

Elemis wishes to contribute to your well-being by promoting safe, high-quality spa and skincare products, with ease of mind and conscience.

ELEMIS Acquired by L’Occitane

In 2019, ELEMIS was acquired by L’Occitane, a corporation that does test on animals when required by law.

Although ELEMIS is owned by L’Occitane, the brand has remained committed to being a cruelty-free brand.

ELEMIS is included on our List of Cruelty-Free Brands.

You can find ELEMIS products at elemis.com, Ulta, and Nordstrom.

Is ELEMIS Vegan?

Not all of ELEMIS’s products are vegan as some of their products contain honey, milk, protein, milk lipids, egg yolk protein, and beeswax. However, ELEMIS does have some vegan options.

Please reference below for a list of ELEMIS vegan products.

Which of ELEMIS Products is Vegan?

Below is a list of ELEMIS products that are suitable for vegans and do not contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products.

You can also find out which of their products are vegan on ELEMIS’s website.


This vegan product list is updated as frequently as possible, please be aware that formulations may have changed since the publication of this post. If you have new information to suggest one of the above products isn’t vegan, please email me at info@ethicalelephant.com to let me know.


ELEMIS – Not Vegan

Below is a list of ELEMIS products that contain animal by-products and are not suitable for vegans.

  • Absolute Oxygen Skin Calm Booster Serum (contains honey and egg yolk protein) – not vegan
  • Absolute Vita C Harmony Booster Serum (contains egg yolk protein) – not vegan
  • Amino Active Mask (contains milk) – not vegan
  • Daily Redness Solution (contains honey and beeswax) – not vegan
  • Exotic Cream Moisturising Mask (contains honey) – not vegan
  • Fresh Skin -Skin Multi-Vitamin Serum (contains milk and beeswax) – not vegan
  • Fresh Skin – Loving Lips Quenching Lip Balm (contains beeswax) – not vegan
  • Lime and Ginger Hand and Body Wash (contains milk) – not vegan
  • Lip Revive (contains beeswax) – not vegan
  • Men Energising Skin Scrub (contains beeswax) – not vegan
  • Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm (contains beeswax) – not vegan
  • Pro-Collagen Lifting Treatment Neck and Bust (contains milk and beeswax) – not vegan
  • Pro-Collagen Quartz Lift Peel off Mask (contains honey) – not vegan
  • Pro-Collagen Radiantly Smooth Body Cream (contains milk) – not vegan
  • Pro-Radiance Cream Cleanser (contains beeswax) – not vegan
  • Sharp Shower and Bath Gel (contains milk) – not vegan
  • Skin Buff (contains beeswax) – not vegan
  • Skin Nourishing Body Cream (contains milk) – not vegan
  • Skin Nourishing Body Scrub (contains milk) – not vegan
  • Skin Nourishing Hand and Body Lotion (contains milk) – not vegan
  • Skin Nourishing Milk Bath (contains milk) – not vegan
  • Skin Nourishing Shower Cream (contains milk) – not vegan
  • Soothing Chamomile Cleanser (contains egg yolk protein) – not vegan
  • Total Glow Self Tanning Cream (contains milk) – not vegan
  • Treat Your Feet Foot Cream (contains beeswax) – not vegan
  • Wild Lavender Hand and Body Wash (contains milk) – not vegan

Is ELEMIS Ethical?

Based in: London, UK

Sustainability & Environmental Initiatives: ELEMIS works closely with small British farms to make sure the ingredients are harvested sustainably, stating, “ELEMIS actively seek out sustainable ingredients and always endeavours to support local growers and their communities.”

Eco-Friendly Packaging Initiatives: ELEMIS claims, “we are continually looking for new ways to reduce waste and remove unnecessary materials in our packaging.” However, at this time, there’s no information about what their packaging and if any changes have been made.

Giving Back Initiatives: ELEMIS supports several charities and non-profit organizations including Women for Women International, Breast Cancer Care, Wellbeing of Women, Gavi Alliance.

Ingredients and Formulations Claims: ELEMIS products are formulated without the following: Aluminum, Artificial Dyes, Coal Tar, DEA, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Donors, Hydroquinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Mineral Oils, Oxybenzone, Parabens, Phthalates, Retinyl Palmitate, SLS/SLES, Talc, Triclocarban, Triclosan.

In addition, ELEMIS claims “we responsibly source our natural ingredients, utilizing biotechnology where possible to protect the earth’s precious resources.”

What do you think?

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2 Comments
  • Karin
    November 22, 2019

    Shame on Elemis. I’ve just heard today that they are now moving into the Chinese market so they will have to allow animal testing. It’s getting increasingly difficult to find truly cruelty free brands in the UK.

  • Marie
    November 17, 2019

    I don’t buy Elemis now they are owned by L’Occitane, L’Occitane sell to china. Elemis may be cruelty free but who profits? L’Occitane.
    I think things should be clearer about who owns companies. Because non cruelty free corporations are profitting from cruelty free brands.

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