Is Elemis Cruelty free in 2022?

Elemis is NOT a Cruelty free brand! Their products are sold in countries like Mainland China where animal testing is required by law.

ELEMIS is also owned by L’Occitane, a parent company that is also not cruelty-free.


ELEMIS is a luxury skincare brand its products are sold globally across the world.

Animal Testing Policy:

ELEMIS was Cruelty free back in 2019. However, since they got acquired by L’OCCITANE, a company that tests on animals, their product testing policies have changed.

Below is the Animal Testing Policy that ELEMIS currently has on their website. This statement highlighted “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.” clearly states that ELEMIS products are sold in Mainland China where mandatory confirmatory testing on animals can happen.

Regardless of where the products are manufactured, products are still subjected to mandatory POST MARKET testing on animals where cosmetic products can be chosen at random and removed from shelves for “confirmatory” animal testing to ensure that the product on sale to customers is same as formulation approved for sale.

ELEMIS sells on Sephora China Website:

Below is a screenshot and proof that ELEMIS products are sold in Mainland China via Sephora stores.


If you are looking to switch your ELEMIS products to Cruelty free, there are tons of alternatives. Here are some of the brands you could start with:

There are a lot more Cruelty-free brands options including Drugstore brands (Checkout shopping lists for Target, Walmart, Ulta, Sephora etc.). You can also pick from 500+ Cruelty free brands that are #EthicalPixieApproved.


Based on all the facts above, ELEMIS is NOT CRUELTY FREE. Their products are sold in mainland China and are subjected to animal testing required by law.

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