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Is Drunk Elephant Cruelty-Free and Vegan?

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Is Drunk Elephant Cruelty-Free?

Drunk Elephant has confirmed that they are 100% cruelty-free.

They don’t test their ingredients or final products on animals, and they don’t sell their products where animal testing is required by law.

Drunk Elephant is certified cruelty-free by PETA.

Is Drunk Elephant Vegan?

Drunk Elephant is NOT a 100% vegan brand, but they do have a number of vegan products.

Here are all of Drunk Elephant’s vegan products:


Hair Care

Body Care

If you only want to shop at 100% cruelty-free and vegan brands click here.


Is Drunk Elephant Owned By A Parent Company That Tests On Animals?

Drunk Elephant is also owned by Shiseido, which is not a cruelty-free company, but they have kept Drunk Elephant a cruelty-free brand.

Is Drunk Elephant Sold in China?

Drunk Elephant does sell their products online in China through Tmall. Products sold online in China are not required to be tested on animals.

Animal Testing is required by law in China for all foreign cosmetics companies. All American and European cosmetic brands that are sold in China must undergo animal testing.

Any brand that chooses to sell its products in China cannot be considered cruelty-free.

Even products that can bypass mandatory tests may still be pulled from the shelves by Chinese authorities to be tested on animals.

About Drunk Elephant

Drunk Elephant is committed to using only ingredients that either directly benefit the skin’s health or support the integrity and effectiveness of the formulations. You won’t find what they call the “Suspicious 6” in their products (Essential Oils, Drying Alcohols, Silicones, Chemical Screens, Fragrance/Dyes, and SLS,) making them appropriate for all skin.

Email to the Comapany

Before classifying any brand as cruelty-free and vegan, I send them an email with the following questions: 

  1. Are your products vegan? If only some are vegan, which ones?
  2. Are any of your products or ingredients tested on animals?
  3. Do you have a Leaping Bunny or PETA certification?
  4. Do your suppliers or any third parties test animals on your behalf?
  5. Does your company sell products in mainland China (except Hong Kong)?
  6. Are you owned by a parent company that tests on animals?

This is how Drunk Elephant responded to my email:

We make every effort to help the Drunk Elephant customer find the ingredient information that is important to their individual concerns. With that in mind, note that we cannot assist with questions of individual ingredient origin beyond animal/non-animal, gluten, or tree-nut concerns.

The following products do not include animal-derived ingredients, and utilize only those of either of plant or synthetic origin:

Please also note that Drunk Elephant does not conduct animal testing on our products at any stage of development.

The following products do contain ingredients of animal-derived origin (noted in parenthesis).

Contains acetyl glucosamine (derived from seashells)
• C-Firma Day Serum
• Umbra Sheer Physical Defense SPF 30
• Umbra Tinte Physical Defense

Contains honey and/or beeswax
Lippe (beeswax)
Pekee Bar (honey)

Drunk Elephant has been and will always remain a cruelty-free brand.

*This email was originally sent in October 2021, so some answers have changed.

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