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ELEMIS is NOT Cruelty-Free!
ELEMIS allows its products or ingredients to be tested on animals when required by law including when selling in stores in mainland China.
In addition, ELEMIS is owned by L’Occitane, a parent company that is also not cruelty-free.
ELEMIS’s Animal Testing Policy
On ELEMIS’s website, they claim they do not test their products, ingredients, or raw materials on animals. However, “in China, where ELEMIS is sold, all imported beauty products must be submitted for compulsory testing…”
See below for a screenshot of what’s currently stated on ELEMIS’s website:
In ELEMIS’ animal testing statement, the company states their products are indeed sold in China, where animal testing is required by law.
As a result, ELEMIS is NOT cruelty-free because they have chosen to sell their products in China and therefore must submit their products to be tested on animals by Chinese officials.
But Doesn’t China No Longer Tests on Animals?
Companies can bypass China’s pre-market animal testing by choosing to manufacture their ordinary or general cosmetics in China, but it’s not clear that ELEMIS has taken this route. In their animal testing policy, ELEMIS states China’s new animal testing regulations but doesn’t make it clear that ELEMIS either sells only ‘ordinary cosmetics’ or that the company only sells locally manufactured cosmetics in China.
Additionally, the possibility of post-market animal testing is not completely ruled out and may be conducted on some cosmetics sold in physical stores in China.
As of May 1, 2021, cosmetic companies can also export and sell their ordinary or general cosmetics in China without animal testing only if they meet a set of preconditions first. However, meeting these conditions has proven difficult, and it’s still unclear what exactly is accepted according to the new regulations. So there’s no word yet of any company that has successfully done so.
Follow the highlighted lines in the graphic below to see why most cosmetics sold in China (like ELEMIS) are still required by law to be tested on animals in 2022.
Because ELEMIS has decided to sell in mainland China stores, they must consent and pay to have their products tested on animals. That’s why most cosmetics brands selling in mainland China cannot be considered cruelty-free in 2022.
Although ELEMIS may not be conducting these animal tests themselves, they knowingly allow Chinese authorities to test their products on animals to sell in China.
For those reasons, we would not consider ELEMIS to be cruelty-free by our standards.
Many truly cruelty-free brands have chosen not to sell their products in China because of its animal testing laws. Unfortunately, ELEMIS refuses to do the same and therefore cannot be considered cruelty-free.
At ethical elephant, we always assess a company’s cruelty-free policy using our Cruelty-Free Checklist. This ensures no animal testing was performed by the brand itself, its suppliers, and by any third parties, including when required by law.
See below for our complete cruelty-free checklist. Since ELEMIS already does not meet the last two, we cannot classify the brand as being cruelty-free.
Is ELEMIS Certified Cruelty-Free?
ELEMIS is not certified cruelty-free by any third-party cruelty-free certifications like Leaping Bunny or PETA.
Because ELEMIS is not certified cruelty-free by a third party, no one is looking into or substantiating ELEMIS’s cruelty-free commitments and claims.
Is ELEMIS Owned By A Non-Cruelty-Free Parent Company?
Yes. ELEMIS is owned by L’Occitane, a parent corporation that still engages in animal testing in 2022.
Some cruelty-free consumers may choose to purchase and support cruelty-free brands owned by animal-tested parent corporations as they hope it will convince the parent company to become cruelty-free.
But in this case, ELEMIS is NOT cruelty-free and neither is its parent corporation, L’Occitane.
Is ELEMIS Cruelty-Free?
To sum up, by choosing to sell in mainland China, ELEMIS must have its products tested on animals. Therefore, we would NOT consider ELEMIS to be a cruelty-free brand.
Currently, ELEMIS is on our List of Brands to Avoid – Animal Tested.
Is ELEMIS Vegan?
ELEMIS claims to offer some “vegan” options that are free of animal-derived ingredients, but because ELEMIS engages in animal testing, we wouldn’t classify anything sold or produced by ELEMIS to be vegan.
In order for products to be considered vegan by ethical elephant’s standards, the products and their ingredients must not be tested on animals anywhere in the world. Also, they must not contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products.
Cruelty-Free & Vegan Alternatives to ELEMIS
I recommend trying out the following cruelty-free and vegan-friendly skincare brands alternatives to ELEMIS: