Elle Johnson

Last Updated: January 13, 2022

How Ethical Is Elle Johnson?

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Ethical Analysis

Is Elle Johnson cruelty-free, vegan, or sustainable? We’ve got the answers here! Read below for more details on Elle Johnson’s policies.
Elle Johnson is cruelty-free. None of Elle Johnson’s ingredients, formulations, or finished products are tested on animals, anywhere in the world.
Not all of Elle Johnson’s products are vegan but they have some vegan options.
Elle Johnson does not claim or market itself as a sustainable company.
Elle Johnson products come in glass or plastic packaging. I couldn’t find anything stating they’re working on reducing their use of virgin plastic in their product packaging.

About Elle Johnson

Elle Johnson offers ‘clean beauty’ solutions proven to be gentle, yet effective in targeting skincare issues for women of color.
PRODUCTS: Skincare

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Elle Johnson is Cruelty-Free

Elle Johnson has confirmed they do not test their products or ingredients on animals or ask others to test on their behalf. Their suppliers also do not test on animals, nor do they allow their products to be tested on animals when required by law. And finally, their products are not sold in stores in mainland China or any other country that may require animal testing.

By our standards, we would consider Elle Johnson to be Cruelty-Free.

What About China’s Animal Testing Laws?

Elle Johnson has confirmed they do not sell their products in retail stores in mainland China; therefore, they are not required to test on animals.

“We do not sell in China, nor do we have plans to sell in China. Currently we only sell to the US, UK, and Canada.”

As of May 1, 2021, some imported ordinary cosmetics can be exempt from animal testing under certain conditions. However, for the most part, animal testing is still legally required for most imported cosmetics in 2022.

Cruelty-Free Policies

Note that there is no legal definition for the label ‘Cruelty-Free.’ It can mean different things to different people. But Cruelty-Free is generally used to imply no animal testing. More specifically, the ingredients, formulation, or finished product are not tested on animals at any stage of product development.

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, or any third parties.

Also, note that Cruelty-Free and Vegan don’t always mean the same thing.

Elle Johnson is Not 100% Vegan

‘Vegan’ in cosmetics can refer to an entire brand that is 100% Vegan or a specific product is vegan.

In the case of Elle Johnson, not all of their products are vegan. But they have some products that are suitable for vegans.

How to know which of Elle Johnson products are vegan?

When I asked Elle Johnson if all of their products are vegan, they told me, “Some of our products are vegan, however not all.”

And it doesn’t look like they label which items are vegan-friendly, so I would advise emailing or messaging the company to ask or check the ingredients before buying to ensure it’s vegan.

Vegan Policies

Similar to ‘Cruelty-Free,’ there is no standard or legal definition for the label ‘Vegan.’ But it usually means no animal-derived ingredients or animal by-products.

Some common animal products used in cosmetics include carmine, lanolin, snail mucus, beeswax, honey, pearl or silk-derived ingredients, animal-based glycerin, keratin, and squalene.

There are plant-based and synthetic alternatives to animal-derived ingredients. But it’s sometimes difficult to know with certainty whether a product is vegan just by reading the ingredient list.

So it’s best to ask the company and manufacturers to ensure the ingredients they’ve chosen to use were from non-animal sources.

Where are Elle Johnson’s products made?

I asked Elle Johnson where their products are manufactured and they told me:

“Our products are manufactured in the US; specifically plants in Florida and Oregon.”

I hope this article helped you to understand Elle Johnson’s cruelty-free and vegan status and by choosing cruelty-free together, we can help end animal testing for cosmetics once and for all!

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