Last Updated: January 17, 2022

How Ethical Is LESSE?

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Ethical Analysis

Is LESSE cruelty-free, vegan, or sustainable? We’ve got the answers here! Read below for more details on LESSE’s policies.
LESSE is cruelty-free. None of LESSE’s ingredients, formulations, or finished products are tested on animals anywhere in the world.
Not all of LESSE’s products are vegan, but they have some vegan options.
LESSE’s products are made in Canada by an all-organic factory partner, where they grow many of their ingredients on the land right by the factory. In addition, LESSE is committed to sourcing all other botanicals that don’t thrive in the cooler Canadian climates from verified sustainable and ethical partners around the world.

LESSE’s products are sustainably packaged in recyclable glass bottles, and they offer the option to offset carbon emissions from shipping. LESSE states their goal is to become carbon neutral by 2024.
Most of LESSE’s skincare products come in glass bottles and containers. LESSE claims all of their packaging are recyclable, including the tube for their Refining Cleanser. Also, all of their shipping materials are made from recycled or recyclable paper.


LESSE is organic skincare, refined to the essentials. Elevated and effective formulas for sensitive skin, made from uncompromising botanicals.
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LESSE is Cruelty-Free

LESSE 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 LESSE to be Cruelty-Free.

LESSE Cruelty-Free & Vegan Claims

What About China’s Animal Testing Laws?

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

“No, we don’t sell in mainland China and are committed to never selling in regions where animal testing is required.”

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.

LESSE 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 LESSE, not all of their products are vegan. But they have some products that are suitable for vegans.

How to know which of LESSE products are vegan?

LESSE states all of their products are vegan except for their Bioactive Face Mask which contains honey.

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.

I hope this article helped you to understand LESSE’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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