Product questions

Do you test on animals?

No. Paula's Choice has never tested on animals at any stage of product development and never will. We also do not contract with any third parties to conduct animal testing on our behalf.
Throughout Paula's 30 years of writing about the beauty industry she has consistently spoken out against testing cosmetics on animals.
We are committed to the global adoption of alternative safety testing methods and the elimination of animal testing on cosmetics worldwide. In April 2013, Paula's Choice became an officially certified member of the Leaping Bunny Program.
The requirements for the Leaping Bunny Certification include a commitment to eliminate animal testing not only from the company, but also from our ingredient suppliers. The result is a product guaranteed to be 100% free of new animal testing. The program is administered by a coalition of animal rights organizations, including the Humane Society of the United States and the National Anti-Vivisection Society. For more information on Leaping Bunny see

Which products are vegan?

While Paula's Choice products are not 100% vegan, and never have been certified vegan, our goal is to use non-animal derived ingredients whenever possible. Since our ingredients are sourced from diverse resources, we cannot claim that any of our products are vegan. To ensure complete transparency and honest communication to our clients, we cannot guarantee that a particular product will always be free of animal-derived ingredients in the event we have to use a raw ingredient from a different manufacturer or source. Sourcing ingredients from multiple places allows us to make sure we have our products in stock as much as possible (such as in the event of a raw ingredient shortage). It is our hope that in the future, as technology advances, we can assure all clients that all of our formulas are completely free of animal derived ingredients.

That said, Paula’s Choice never tests on animals and always formulates our products with as few animal-derived ingredients as possible. Product Development also continually looks for opportunities to change our formulas to remove animal-derived ingredients whenever possible.

The following ingredients that may be animal-derived include: Lactoperoxidase, Glyceryl Stearate, Cholesterol, Ceramides, PEG-100 Stearate Carmine, Sodium Chondroitin Sulfate, Tallow and Beeswax. Full ingredient lists for all Paula's Choice products are located on the product page for each formula.

We are happy to inform you that the majority of Paula's Choice products contain no animal ingredients; however, some do contain beeswax derived from beehives, lanolin or lanolin derivatives, and a few other miscellaneous sources listed below.

Please find the list below for complete details. This list applies to products available on the Paula’s Choice UK website.

Paula’s Choice products that contain lanolin or cholesterol (derived from sheep's wool):

Paula’s Choice products that contain the milk-derived enzyme lactoperoxidase:

Paula's Choice products that contain beeswax:

Paula’s Choice products that contain animal-derived acetyl glucosamine, glyceryl stearate, PEG-100 stearate or tallow:

Paula's Choice Skincare products that contain hydrolyzed silk (from spent cocoons):

Paula's Choice Skincare products that contain whey protein:

Paula's Choice Skincare products that contain  sea whip extract (from marine invertebrate):

Why aren’t all Paula’s Choice products available in the EU?

This is because there are differences between the regulations of cosmetic products in the United States (US) and the European Union (EU). The use of certain ingredients or substances in cosmetics are sometimes regulated differently. Also, certain products considered to be cosmetics in the US are considered to be (over the counter) drugs in the EU.

Why don't you sell the entire Paula's Choice makeup line?

The demand for Paula's Choice makeup products in the EU was so low that we decided to stop carrying them in 2009. Today, the Paula's Choice Europe range includes a few make-up products, which complement the products on the large general makeup market.

A new product I want is available in the U.S. When will I be able to buy it in the EU?

Most new products are available in the EU approximately 4 weeks after the US launch. If you want to be kept up to date with the latest products launched in the EU and as well as special offers and promotions sign up for our free newsletter.

Why has my favourite skincare or makeup product been discontinued?

We're sorry if your favourite Paula's Choice product has been discontinued! We know how frustrating it is to be without an essential part of your skin-care or makeup routine.
The decision to discontinue a product or shade is never done impulsively and many different factors are taken into account, including consumer preferences and purchasing patterns. Even some of Paula's personal favorites have been discontinued! In our efforts to continually improve the line and respond to customer feedback, you will see that new colours and formulas, some of which may be variations on your favourites, are introduced on an ongoing basis.
If you need advice about a substitute for a discontinued product, please get in touch with us. We're happy to help!

Can I buy your products in a store?

Currently in the EU, Paula's Choice products are only available through our website.

How can I try your products before I buy them?

If you want to find out if our products work for you before you commit to buying the full-size, we offer samples of almost all our products. So, for a small fee, so you can try before you buy.