Is Sunday Riley Cruelty-Free and Vegan? | Sunday Riley Vegan List

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Is Sunday Riley Cruelty-Free and Vegan?
Is Sunday Riley Cruelty-Free?

Sunday Riley is a luxury, high-performance skincare brand, powered by science, but is Sunday Riley cruelty-free and vegan?

Is Sunday Riley Cruelty-Free?

Yes, Sunday Riley is Cruelty-free! None of Sunday Riley’s ingredients, formulations, or finished products are tested on animals, anywhere in the world.

Also, Sunday Riley is certified cruelty-free by Leaping Bunny.

Sunday Riley Animal Testing Policy

Below is what’s currently stated on Sundday Riley’s website:

Sunday Riley Cruelty-Free Claims

In addition, in an email response, Sunday Riley has confirmed to me they do not test their products or ingredients on animals, they do not allow others to test on their behalf, their suppliers also do not test on animals, and their products are not sold in stores in mainland China or any other country that may require animal testing by law.

Sunday Riley is included on our List of Cruelty-Free Brands.

You can find Sunday Riley cruelty-free products at Sephora and Amazon.

See Also: List of Cruelty-Free Brands at Sephora

Is Sunday Riley Vegan?

Not all of Sunday Riley’s products are vegan as some of their products contain beeswax, honey, lanolin, and/or other animal by-products. However, Sunday Riley does have some vegan options.

Please reference below for a list of Sunday Riley vegan products.

Which of Sunday Riley Products is Vegan?

Below is a list of Sunday Riley products that are suitable for vegans and do not contain any animal by-products. This vegan product list was provided by Sunday Riley.

Read Also: Difference between Cruelty-Free vs. Vegan Cosmetics

You can also find out which of their products are vegan as they’re labelled accordingly on their website under each product description.

  • CEO – C + E Micro-Dissolve Cleansing Oil
  • CEO Glow – Vitamin C and Tumeric Face Oil
  • Ceramic Slip – Cleanser
  • Good Genes – Glycolic Acid Treatment
  • Good Genes – Lactic Acid Treatment
  • Juno – Antioxidant + Superfood Face Oil
  • Luna – Sleeping Night Oil
  • Martian – Mattifying Melting Water-Gel Toner
  • Saturn – Sulfur Acne Treatment
  • Tidal – Brightening Enzyme Water Cream
  • UFOUltra Clarifying Acne Treatment Face Oil

This vegan product list is updated as frequently as possible, please be aware that formulations may have changed since the publication of this post. If you have new information to suggest one of the above products isn’t vegan, please email me at info@ethicalelephant.com to let me know.


Not Vegan – Sunday Riley

The following products from Sunday Riley contain some animal by-products and therefore are not suitable for vegans:

  • A+ – High-Dose Retinoid Serum (contains honey) – not vegan
  • Auto Correct – Eye Cream (contains beeswax) – not vegan
  • Blue Moon – Clean rinse Cleansing Balm (contains beeswax) – not vegan
  • CEO – 15% Vitamin C Brightening Serum (contains beeswax) – not vegan
  • CEO – Vitamin C Rich Hydration Cream (contains beeswax) – not vegan
  • Ice – Ceramide Moisturizing Cream (contains lanolin) – not vegan

Is Sunday Riley Ethical?

Based in: US

Products made in: Sunday Riley products are made in the US and their reserach lab is based out of Houston, Texas. In addition, Sunday Riley states, “The majority of our ingredient suppliers are based in the U.S., Japan, Germany, U.K., France, and Italy. All of our ingredients are vetted for purity and our suppliers are vetted for good manufacturing practices. We never cut costs with cheaper suppliers.”

Sunday Riley is pending to be a certified B-Corp company and is currently in the audit phase.

Sustainability & Environmental Initiatives: To minimize the impact to the environment, Sunday Riley claims they group their freight and shipments and choose to ship by sea instead of air where possible.

Eco-Friendly Packaging Initiatives: Sunday Riley’s goal is to use completely recyclable packaging by 2021 and is currently working on reducing their packaging waste by switching out their EVA foam trays to recycled pulp board and switching to soy-based inks.

Giving Back Initiatives: Sunday Riley has matched client and employee donations for the Amazon during the 2019 fires, as well as, donated to Friends for Life, a non-profit animal shelter in Houston. “From Monday November 18th through Sunday, November 24th, 2019 we donated 10% of all pre-tax sales from sundayriley.com to Friends For Life.”

Ingredients and Formulations Claims: Sunday Riley products are produced in small batches. In addition, Sunday Riley products are Sulfate-Free, Paraben-Free, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free, Phthalate-Free, and Fragrance-Free. Also free of formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents, and mineral oil.

Sunday Riley explains, “We scent our products using flower and plant extracts and oils, instead of artificial fragrances. Instead of using mineral oil and sulfate cleansers, we choose gentle and highly effective alternatives.”

Sunday Riley claims they purchase organic and sustainable ingredient options where available and suppliers & manufacturers are evaluated on sustainability metrics.


I hope this article helped you to understand Sunday Riley’s cruelty-free and vegan status and you discovered another cruelty-free brand to support because together, we can help end animal testing for cosmetics once and for all!

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8 Comments
  • Marina
    November 11, 2018

    I thought Tidal wasn’t vegan because it contains pearl powder. Did the company tell you that it was synthetic?

    • Vicky Ly
      November 11, 2018

      Hey Marina,
      Thanks for letting me know! Ughs, what a shame. It’s most likely not vegan and derived from real pearls. I’ve removed it from this list and will email Sunday Riley to inquire about this.

      Thanks again for letting me know!

  • Nicole Hawkins
    February 20, 2018

    It is a plant derived Squalane! It is vegan, I’ve got the email back from Sunday Riley. Other items that are vegan: CEO Cleansing oil, Ceramic Slip, Good Genes, Juno, Luna, Martian Toner, Saturn, Flora, Tidal, and UFO. Any products not mentioned are not on the vegan list as of 2/20/2018

    • Vicky Ly
      February 23, 2018

      Thank you so much Nicole for the update! =)

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