Is eos Cruelty-Free? | Is eos Vegan?

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eos claims to be cruelty-free and state on their website that they do not test any of their products or ingredients on animals, however, eos products are sold in-stores in mainland China.

eos’ Cruelty-Free Claims on their Website

In a recent email response (Sept 19, 2019), eos states:

“Thank you for your interest in eos and this important matter. We do not test our products or ingredients on animals and we do not ask or require our suppliers to test on animals. eos products that are sold in China are manufactured there, using locally sourced ingredients and are not required to undergo animal testing. Here are a few links to articles with more details on this matter:

eos continues to look for new ways to improve not only our products, but also to support our environment. Please let us know if you have any other questions.”

eos seems to have by-passed China’s pre-market animal testing requirements by manufacturing their products in China. In this case, it is true that China does not require domestically-produced, ordinary cosmetics to be tested on animals.

However, since eos products are sold in-stores in China, their products are still at risk of non-routine POST-market animal testing. This is where Chinese officials will pull product off of store shelves and test them on animals. This is often done without the company’s knowledge or consent.

The possibility of post-market animal testing applies to both domestically-produced and imported cosmetics in China. Because of this, any cosmetic brand that is currently selling their products in-stores in mainland China are not considered “cruelty-free” to our standards.

I tried asking eos about the risk of their products subjected to post-market animal testing and how they plan to monitor or manage this issue but they never responded back.

It should also be noted that eos is not certified by any third-party organizations like Leaping Bunny or PETA. So no one else is regulating or looking into eos’ “cruelty-free” claims but themselves.

Is eos Cruelty-Free?

eos products are sold in-stores in mainland China and are at risk of non-routine post-market animal testing. Because of this, we are unable to consider eos to be “cruelty-free”.

Is eos Vegan?

eos’ crystal lip balms, shave creams, and lotions are free of animal ingredients and they claim these products are “vegan”. However since we were unable to substantiate or verify eos’ cruelty-free status, we would not classify any of eos products to be considered “vegan” by our standards.

In order for products to be classified as “vegan” by ethical elephant’s standards, a product and its ingredients must not be tested on animals, anywhere in the world, and must not contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products.

For both cruelty-free and vegan lip balms, we would recommend HURRAW!, Meow Meow Tweet, Crazy Rumors, NCLA, and Pacifica.

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