Is Essence Cruelty-Free? | Essence Vegan Product List

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Is Essence cruelty-free and vegan?

Essence is Europe’s #1 cosmetic brand offering fun, high-quality makeup products at an affordable price but is Essence cruelty-free and vegan?

Is Essence Cruelty-Free?

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

essence animal testing policy

On essence’s website, they have a very impressive and thorough statement of their animal testing policy that also includes a comprehensive list of FAQs regarding their cruelty-free status.

I love it when a cruelty-free brand is so open and transparent about their animal testing policy like essence has done with their informative website!

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

You can find Essence products at Ulta, Amazon (US), Amazon (UK), CVS, and Shoppers Drug Mart.

Is Essence Vegan?

Not all of Essence‘s makeup products are vegan as some contain beeswax, carmine, and/or other animal products however Essence does offer some vegan products that do not contain animal-derived ingredients or by-products.

Please reference below for a list of Essence vegan products.

Which of Essence Products is Vegan?

Below is a list of Essence 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 as they’re labelled accordingly on their website under each product description.

Face – Essence Vegan

Foundation

Powder

Bronzer

Highligher

Blush

Primer

Sprays

Eyes – Essence Vegan

Mascara

Eyeliner

Eyeshadow

Brows

Lips – Essence Vegan

Nails – Essence Vegan

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.

Not Vegan – Essence

The following Essence products contain animal-derived ingredients or by-products and therefore are not suitable for vegans:

  • #lashes of the day super volume mascara (contains beeswax) – not vegan
  • AIR eyeshadow palette (contains carmine) – not vegan
  • camouflage + healthy glow concealer (contains beeswax) – not vegan
  • camouflage + matt concealer (contains beeswax) – not vegan
  • colour boost mad about matte liquid lipstick (contains beeswax) – not vegan
  • EARTH eyeshadow palette (contains carmine) – not vegan
  • extreme lasting eye pencil – not vegan
  • eye flirt party look eyeshadow palette (contains carmine) – not vegan
  • eye got this rock look eyeshadow palette (contains carmine) – not vegan
  • eyebrow designer – not vegan
  • eyeliner pen waterproof – not vegan
  • FIRE eyeshadow palette (contains carmine) – not vegan
  • fresh & fit awake make up (contains beeswax) – not vegan
  • fresh & fit awake primer (contains beeswax) – not vegan
  • get BIG! lashes volume boost mascara (contains beeswax) – not vegan
  • get BIG! lashes volume waterproof mascara (contains beeswax) – not vegan
  • i love extreme crazy volume mascara (contains beeswax) – not vegan
  • i love extreme volume mascara waterproof (contains beeswax) – not vegan
  • i love stage eyeshadow base (contains beeswax) – not vegan
  • kajal pencil – not vegan
  • lash princess false lash effect mascara waterproof (contains beeswax) – not vegan
  • lash princess false lash mascara (contains beeswax) – not vegan
  • lash princess sculpted volume mascara (contains beeswax) – not vegan
  • lash princess volume mascara (contains beeswax) – not vegan
  • mosaic blush (contains carmine) – not vegan
  • volume stylist 18h curl & hold mascara (contains beeswax) – not vegan
  • Salut Paris eyeshadow palette (contains carmine) – not vegan
  • spice up your life eyeshadow palette (contains carmine) – not vegan
  • super precise eyeliner – not vegan
  • superlast eyeliner deep black – not vegan
  • superlast eyeliner matte black – not vegan
  • superlast eyeliner waterproof – not vegan
  • volume hero mascara waterproof (contains beeswax) – not vegan
  • WATER eyeshadow palette (contains carmine) – not vegan
  • what the fake! volumizing & lengthening mascara (contains beeswax) – not vegan
  • you better work! length definition mascara (contains beeswax) – not vegan
  • you better work! volume & curl mascara (contains beeswax) – not vegan

Is Essence Ethical?

Based in: Germany

Products made in: EU

Sustainability & Environmental Initiatives: Essence claims, “this is why our sustainability strategy serves as the basis for all economic, ecological and social matters we do. We strive for general waste reduction and the use of environmentally friendly, sustainable and recyclable materials in the production of our cosmetics. Waste prevention through re- or upcycling and zero waste is our major goal, and we are committed to achieving it! Since this is a complex challenge, we have joined the cross-industry dm Rezyklat Forum, an initiative in which trade and industry come together to work on keeping valuable packaging materials in the recycling cycle and to greatly expand the use of recycled materials.”

Eco-Friendly Packaging Initiatives: Nothing yet but claims, “in packaging we are constantly researching which sustainable materials are suitable for the packaging of our cosmetics and are increasingly focusing on offering more recycling options in their development.”

Giving Back Initiatives: Essence supports, donates, and works with several organizations that help children in hospitals, disadvantaged children, food banks, and other local social projects in their neighbourhood.

Ingredients and Formulations Claims: Some of their products have “Paraben-Free” and “Gluten-Free” labels on them under their product descriptions, but not all of them do. Essence states, “ingredients are rigorously monitored and analyzed for their environmental, health and social impact using a traffic light system. We have also implemented numerous measures to reduce CO2 emissions. Additionally, essence is part of various initiatives such as the Roundtable of Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and the Responsible Mica Initiative (RMI).”

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2 Comments
  • Christie
    November 15, 2019

    I’m a tad confused, because for the volume hero mascara waterproof the ingredient list states it contains “cera alba (beeswax)” but it claims to be vegan. You also marked the lash princess sculpted volume mascara as being not vegan for containing beeswax, but in the ingredient list it says contains synthetic beeswax. Would you be able to clarify the discrepancies?

  • alex
    March 27, 2019

    thank you fore the list

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