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E.L.F. Cosmetics Cruelty Free But Less than Natural

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E.L.F. cosmetics

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.

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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.




I Love eye shadow, but no every time I use it,my eyes start itching so bad and I will like to know if you can recommend any brand that is really natural. I will really appreciate it. Thanks
NYX is wonderful and cruelty free and inexpensive.
I saw nyx eyeshadow at the drugstore for 27 dollars. I wouldn't call it cheap.......
Nyx eyeshadow is $4 for singles and $5 for palettes, you didn't see a $27 nyx eyeshadow, you probably saw something else.
Not Nyx that is the expensive brand but the new York one isn't
I love Avon Products. Leah Curtis Lenoir Nc youravon.com/leahcurtis
Sonia - We don't really have any 'secrets' to share about that, but you are obviously allergic. Did you know you can make your own eye shadow though? There are so many great videos and articles about how to do that. Just search "make your own eye shadow". If you do buy eye shadow, look for the kind with the fewest ingredients. Then do a skin patch test first. Put a little bit on the inside of your upper arm or inside the elbow and wait 2 to 3 days to see if you will have a reaction like redness. If so, do not use it.
It is not enough for peta to just say they don’t test on animals , which was enough for me to ditch the main American brands being shoved our throats in ads , and buy elf cosmetic. I am so glad for this article for it is not only important that companies don’t test animals , but are free of - chemicals that would harm. Please keep up the great research . Thank you