Although we proudly tout our vegan and cruelty-free status wherever we can, we understand that the definitions of “vegan” and “cruelty-free” can vary from company to company. This statement is made in an effort to clarify exactly what we mean when we say that Lillian Eve is vegan and cruelty-free.
We define “vegan” as not containing any animal by-products, including carmine and beeswax. Our definition of cruelty-free is also all-encompassing, meaning that we do not perform animal testing on either our finished products or our ingredients. We purchase all of our supplies from companies that have also verified their cruelty-free policies.
Neither we nor or suppliers are owned by parent companies that allow animal testing, and we do not sell or distribute in any country where animal testing is required by law.
In addition to being vegan and cruelty-free, you’ll often see our polishes listed as toxin-free, non-toxic, or 5-free. This means that our polishes are free of at least Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, DBP, Toluene, and Camphor. Our polishes are solvent based, and we make every effort to eliminate or reduce any instance of harmful chemicals.
Lillian Eve is currently in the process of being listed with Logical Harmony, and we have submitted our full ingredient list to EWG’s Cosmetic Database and received a 4/10 (the lower the better) health and safety score– see full report here.
From Tiffany, Founder of Lillian Eve:
I’ve always been a bit of a work-a-holic in every corner of my life. Unless I’m snuggling with my kiddos, Lillian and Evelyn, or feeling uber lazy in my bed, I’m obsessing about my latest and greatest idea. I have a habit of pursuing that obsession relentlessly, and that’s kind of how Lillian Eve started.
It began as a way for me to accomplish my dream of being a work at home mom– or #wahm if you follow me on Instagram— create beauty products that weren’t super toxic, and play with color in a way that completely scared me in a fashion sense. Me. The girl whose wardrobe consists mostly of blacks, greys, and whites. I fell in love with every color I made and found such a wonderful creative outlet in what I was doing that I really couldn’t imagine doing anything else from then on.
After a lot of research and experimenting, not to mention paperwork and good deal of spousal convincing, I took to the web with a handful of fabulous nail polishes, passably good product photos, a website I designed with WordPress, and $50 whole dollars in my teensy shoestring budget.
6 months later and I had managed to snag a few wholesale orders, been featured in a subscription box, exceeded my conservative first year sales goals, and was undergoing a huge growth spurt. Working from home had quickly become a reality, and I brought on additional help as needed, re-branded, and hung on.
To date, I still personally hand make each and every batch of nail polish. I’ve literally lost count of how many bottles I’ve made by hand and shipped, although I know it topped 10,000 at the end of 2014. Just thinking that blows my mind! I’m kind of a control freak, so you’ll also see me managing our social media, posting on the blog, modeling for new nail polish (yup, that’s my hand you see everywhere!), and answering customer service emails.
In between all of that, I run my own household, truck my kids to and from school and events, and never have to miss a gymnastics class, school parade, book fair, or muffins with mom morning. I know that a lot of hard work helped make that happen, but I’m so very thankful for all of the love and support I’ve received from my family and the amazing customers who believed in my crazy dream and this product.
I really do think you’re all amazing… especially if you just read all of that. You, awesome reader, get to be super amazing <3
Lillian Eve is committed to supporting our local economy and to minimizing our impact on the environment.
With the exception of shipping labels and packing slips, our office is completely paperless! We prefer to use email, digital calendars, and our newsletter and social media to communicate internally and with our customers. Our office equipment is also energy star rated, using less power per hour of use.
100% American Made
Not only are Lillian Eve’s products completely handmade in the U.S., but all of our materials from the chemicals we use in manufacturing to the bottle and box are sourced from or handmade by companies within the U.S. We’re all about buying local and practice what we preach.
Recycled / Recyclable
Whenever possible, we recycle packing materials like packing peanuts, paper fill, and air cushions for our own shipments. When we’re not reusing, we’re using materials like cardboard that has either been made from recycled materials or can be recycled. All of our shipping boxes, packing materials, and even glass polish bottles can all be reused or recycled by our customers. Many of our shipping materials are made from at least 30% post consumer recycled products.
In 2016, we launched our Recycle Me program. Send back your empty bottles or packaging, and we’ll send you a $2 store credit for each set we’re able to clean and recycle on your behalf. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to get more information on how to participate!
We are a handmade company obsessed with handmade, so you’ll frequently see us collaborating with other small businesses and artisans. We’ve made some brilliant friends this way! We also purchase from artisan shops as often as we can, so you’ll frequently see our polish or polished hands alongside our latest handmade finds on our Instagram @lillian.eve. What can we say? We really do love handmade!
In addition, our team is passionate about giving back to our community. Whenever possible, we’re volunteering our time or donating to worthwhile causes, such as local food banks and other community outreach projects. Largely, Lillian Eve donates a portion of all our sales to support women’s empowerment projects, domestic abuse prevention programs, and women’s shelters in our local community.