E.L.F. Cosmetics: Veg-friendly at a Steal

Being vegetarian, I love the response from this company. Sometimes, I worry that companies are just feeding me a load of garbage. This response seems to cover most of them bases.

The company’s products have been featured in a slew of magazines over the last couple of years. You can pick up a variety of E.L.F’s (Eyes Lips Face) products from various locations, including KMART and I recently even saw a nice display at a Max & Jill store outside of Philadelphia. Check out the store locator link on their website. What’s nicer than many of their products priced starting at $1, is that they are a good quality. From cream blush sticks to nail polish to tinted moisturizers. My top pick from this brand has to be their Therapeutic Conditioning Lip Balm; it’s so creamy. Just don’t slather too much on; if you’re used to regular lip balms, you could easily get carried away.

Original Query:

Hello, I was wondering if your cosmetics contained animal derived (including insects) ingredients. If so, do you have a list of those that you make that are vegetarian and/or vegan friendly. Thank you.

Response:

From: elf@eyeslipsface.com <elf@eyeslipsface.com>
Subject: RE: General Inquiry – e.l.f. Cosmetics
Date: Tuesday, January 12, 2010, 9:36 AM

Thank you for your interest in e.l.f. cosmetics. We do not test on animals or endorse such practices. Our products do not contain animal derived ingredients. Our products do not contain carmine. We currently support PETA and are partners with PETA in the Caring Consumer Project. Please see our philosophy page for further explanation on our company.
All of our brushes in our e.l.f. line are made from natural horse hair and genuine wood handles. Our brushes in our studio line are made of anti bacterial, synthetic haired Taklon and may be used with either wet or dry products.
We do not disclose our ingredients via email. You can find all e.l.f. ingredients indicated on the packaging of our products as well as on our website. All ingredients used in e.l.f. cosmetics are safe and meet F.D.A requirements. Although some of the other ingredient names in our products used to be derived from animals, they are now derived from synthetic ingredients, however, the names have remained the same. Paraben is used as a preservative in some of our products, although our mineral line is paraben free. Please feel free to contact us with any other questions or concerns.Sincerely,
the e.l.f. team
e.l.f. Cosmetics Affordable Luxury
Ph. 212-239-1530
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