Last Updated: January 17, 2022

How Ethical Is Parissa?

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Ethical Analysis

Is Parissa cruelty-free, vegan, or sustainable? We’ve got the answers here! Read below for more details on Company’s policies.
Parissa is cruelty-free. None of Parissa’s ingredients, formulations, or finished products are tested on animals, anywhere in the world.
Not all of Parissa’s products are vegan but they have some vegan options.
Parissa’s production facility is an award-winning eco-friendly building that has earned awards for its design and commitment to efficiency. Parissa is also committed to using ingredients that are sourced naturally and ethically including their waxes which are made from tree resin, cane sugar, beeswax, vegetable oils, and plant extracts.

In addition, Parissa’s packaging is made of materials that are easily recyclable or sustainably harvested.
Parissa only uses sustainably-sourced packaging. The clear backing of their wax strips are not made of plastic but a coated cellulose film that’s degradable and made from natural, renewable sources such as wood, cotton, or hemp. In addition, their boxes and instructions sheets are made from wood harvested from responsibly managed forests and their jars are made from recyclable plastic.

About Parissa

Parissa offers all-natural hair removal products that are easy to use and results that last for weeks.
CERTIFICATIONS: Leaping Bunny, Cruelty Free International


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You can find Parissa cruelty-free products at Ulta, Walmart, and Amazon.

Parissa is Cruelty-Free

Parissa 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 Parissa to be Cruelty-Free.

Below is a screenshot of what’s currently stated on Parissa’s website about its animal testing policy:

Is Parissa Cruelty-Free?

What About China’s Animal Testing Laws?

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

“We also do not sell in mainland China.”

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.

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

How to know which of Parissa products are vegan?

All of Parissa’s vegan products are clearly marked on their website.

In addition, the following is a snippet of the email response I received from Parissa when I asked if all of their products are vegan:

“Although all our products are cruelty-free and certified by the Leaping Bunny only the below products are considered 100% Vegan (some of our other products include beeswax or processed sugar):

Parissa Organic Wax: This product is made with non-processed Cane Sugar, Water, and Citrus Extracts.

Parissa Roll-On Organic Wax: This product is made with non-processed Cane Sugar, Water, and Citrus Extracts.

Parissa Warm Wax: This product is made with Pine Resin, Canola Oil and Vitamin E (vegetable source).

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 Parissa’s products made?

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

“Thanks for getting in touch with us! All of our waxes are made in our production facility in North Vancouver, BC, Canada with the exception of our Wax Strips, which are made in Spain.”

I hope this article helped you to understand Parissa’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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