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Is Elemis Cruelty-Free And Vegan?

by Toni Olukiran

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Elemis describes itself as a ‘skin wellness’ brand, but is it vegan and cruelty-free? Read on to find out the full lowdown. 

About Elemis

Elemis is a British brand selling luxury skincare and beauty products. Founded in London over 30 years ago by Linda Steiner, the skincare and wellness brand’s philosophy is ‘truth in beauty’ and originally started by selling their products in spas and cruise ships before expanding as a brand. But are they truly cruelty-free and vegan?

Is Elemis cruelty-free?

No, Elemis is not cruelty-free. In their own words:

‘In China, where ELEMIS is sold, all imported beauty products must be submitted for compulsory testing on a limited animal panel in government laboratories before they can be approved for sale in the country. Specifically, the Chinese authorities require a regulatory dossier including results from one-off tests (which vary based on product category) in order to issue a Hygiene Permit for each new imported cosmetic product. The authorities also stipulate that cosmetics may be subject to random, post-market sampling tests for auditing purposes. These regulatory requirements apply to all cosmetic products not manufactured locally.’

This means that Elemis still tests on animals where required by law and aren’t cruelty-free. 

Is Elemis vegan?

No, Elemis is not vegan, as it contains animal byproducts such as lanolin in some of its products, and those with vegan formulas may not be considered truly vegan either since the company is not cruelty-free. 

Check out our favourite cruelty-free skincare product recommendations next.


By Toni Olukiran
Toni Olukiran

Toni is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants, and when she’s not writing posts about everything from Jamaican cooking to vegan champagne, she’s making a Spotify playlist (she was at 200, at her last count) or playing tennis in the park.

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