E.L.F. Cosmetics Cruelty Free But Less than Natural
We have been reading much about E.L.F. cosmetics (eyes, lips, and face). After investigating, we found out that E.L.F. cosmetics are trying to beat the rest, by saying they offer cruelty free products, and that is no doubt good – but E.L.F. cosmetics are less than natural, a fact worth considering.
E.L.F. cosmetics are inexpensive, but do not look cheap. In fact, customers have been very pleased with the results - of course, not everyone. From a consumer point of view, we needed to get that out of the way. Also, there are a few complaints floating around about the customer service at E.L.F.
E.L.F. cosmetics do not test on animals. According to their FAQS, E.L.F. cosmetics do not even contain any animal derived ingredients, but they do contain synthetic products, for anyone interested in sticking with organics or more natural products for personal use.
By definition, synthetic is “A substance that is formulated or manufactured by a chemical process or by a process that chemically changes a substance extracted from naturally occurring plant, animal, or mineral sources, except that such term shall not apply to substances created by naturally occurring biological processes”. Though E.L.F. cosmetics are inexpensive, and look great, we have been warned about how chemicals in the environment and from personal care products can negatively affect health. (1)
It seems that E.L.F. cosmetics have replaced beeswax with synthetic beeswax, and they have ditched the lanolin in lieu of Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladinpale-2. According to the EWG (Environmental Working Group), the side effect of synthetic beeswax may be irritation of the eyes, skin or lungs. Synthetic beeswax is barely discernible compared to natural beeswax however.
Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladinpale-2 is an oleochemical, which means it comes from oils or fats, including animals or plants. One of the constituents is Adipic acid. Cyclohexane is used to make Adipic acid, and has never been evaluated to see if it causes cancer.
We are not saying E.L.F. cosmetics are bad. In fact, for the money, they are probably better than many cosmetics. Because E.L.F. cosmetics are so popular, you should know exactly what you are buying. Informed consumers make the healthiest choices.