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Cruelty Free Cosmetics

While there may be subtle differences between products that are cruelty free and products that are vegan, the two often go hand in hand. The primary difference is that vegan products don't contain any animal by-products, whereas cruelty free just means the final product hasn't been tested on animals. Don't forget to check out our blogs on the best cruelty free makeup and cruelty free hair care products.

If you're looking for information on vegan or vegetarian beauty products, our glossary answers all your questions.

See our cruelty free guide to answer your questions like are cruelty free beauty products more expensive and what does cruelty free mean.

Cruelty Free Beauty Brands

  • Nuxe
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills
  • ELEMIS
  • Charlotte Tilbury
  • Guinot
  • Paul Mitchell
  • Sisley
  • Mario Badescu

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Olaplex No.5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner
Olaplex No.5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner
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ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Marine Cream SPF 30
$128.00
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Olaplex No. 8 Bond Intense Moisture Mask
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CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser
CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser
$4.99
Olaplex No.4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo
Olaplex No.4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo
$14.00
ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Marine Cream
ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Marine Cream
$128.00
Olaplex No.7 Bonding Oil
Olaplex No.7 Bonding Oil
$28.00
The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
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Olaplex No.4p Blonde Enhancer Toning Shampoo
Olaplex No.4p Blonde Enhancer Toning Shampoo
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CeraVe Moisturizing Cream
CeraVe Moisturizing Cream
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The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA Concentrated Serum
$10.00
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CeraVe PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion
$11.99
The Ordinary Retinol 1% In Squalane
The Ordinary Retinol 1% In Squalane
$8.00
CeraVe AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion SPF 25
CeraVe AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion SPF 25
$14.00
The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5
The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5
$7.50
ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm
ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm
$64.00
The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%
The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2%
$7.00
ELEMIS Men Deep Cleanse Facial Wash
ELEMIS Men Deep Cleanse Facial Wash
$32.00
The Ordinary Mandelic Acid 10% + HA
The Ordinary Mandelic Acid 10% + HA
$8.00
ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Rose Cleansing Balm
ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Rose Cleansing Balm
$60.80
CeraVe SA Smoothing Cream
CeraVe SA Smoothing Cream
$11.00
Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant
Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant
$11.00
Perricone MD Intensive Pore Minimizing Toner
Perricone MD Intensive Pore Minimizing Toner
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PIXI Glow Tonic
PIXI Glow Tonic
$15.00
Color Wow Raise The Root Thicken & Lift Spray
Color Wow Raise The Root Thicken & Lift Spray
$24.00
The Ordinary Multi-Peptide Serum For Hair Density
The Ordinary Multi-Peptide Serum For Hair Density
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ELEMIS Dynamic Resurfacing Facial Wash
ELEMIS Dynamic Resurfacing Facial Wash
$49.00
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The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA
The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA
$5.75 $5.80
ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Advanced Eye Treatment
ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Advanced Eye Treatment
$68.00
ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Oxygenating Night Cream
ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Oxygenating Night Cream
$160.00
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Color Wow Dream Coat Supernatural Spray
Color Wow Dream Coat Supernatural Spray
$12.00 $17.30
Uklash Eyebrow Serum
Uklash Eyebrow Serum
$44.75
CeraVe Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid Serum
CeraVe Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid Serum
$18.99
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The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG
$7.50
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Aveda Volumizing Tonic
$13.77
ELEMIS Soothing Apricot Toner
ELEMIS Soothing Apricot Toner
$36.00
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The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution
The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution
$7.25 $8.00
-8%
The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution
The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution
$9.25 $10.00
Color Wow Root Cover Up
Color Wow Root Cover Up
$34.50
ELEMIS Balancing Lavender Toner
ELEMIS Balancing Lavender Toner
$36.00
ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Marine Oil
ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Marine Oil
$79.00
ELEMIS Sensitive Cleansing Wash
ELEMIS Sensitive Cleansing Wash
$36.00
Sienna X Eraser Self Tan Remover & Mitt
Sienna X Eraser Self Tan Remover & Mitt
$27.60
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The Ordinary Buffet
The Ordinary Buffet
$16.75 $16.80
The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 30% In Silicone
The Ordinary Vitamin C Suspension 30% In Silicone
$7.50
The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser
The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser
$7.90
CeraVe Reparative Hand Cream
CeraVe Reparative Hand Cream
$5.00
Aveda Smooth Infusion Shampoo
Aveda Smooth Infusion Shampoo
$25.00
ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Neck & Decolletage Balm
ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Neck & Decolletage Balm
$78.50
Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi Usage Dry Oil
Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi Usage Dry Oil
$27.00
ELEMIS Superfood Glow Priming Moisturizer
ELEMIS Superfood Glow Priming Moisturizer
$49.00
Aveda Thickening Hair Tonic
Aveda Thickening Hair Tonic
$32.99
The Chemistry Brand Intense Youth Complex Hand Cream
The Chemistry Brand Intense Youth Complex Hand Cream
$7.00
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L'Oréal Professionnel Tecni ART Web
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ICONIC London Prep Set Glow Spray
ICONIC London Prep Set Glow Spray
$29.00
Ultrasun Tan Activator For Body SPF 30
Ultrasun Tan Activator For Body SPF 30
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The INKEY List Peptide Moisturizer
The INKEY List Peptide Moisturizer
$14.99
The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion
The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% Emulsion
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ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Renewal Serum
ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Renewal Serum
$96.60
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ELEMIS Frangipani Monoi Body Cream
$40.00
REN Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Gel
REN Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Gel
$34.00
The Ordinary High Spreadability Fluid Primer
The Ordinary High Spreadability Fluid Primer
$9.00
The Ordinary Coverage Foundation
The Ordinary Coverage Foundation
$8.00
The Ordinary Serum Foundation
The Ordinary Serum Foundation
$7.50
Label.M Curl Define Souffle
Label.M Curl Define Souffle
$21.80
The Ordinary Argireline Solution 10%
The Ordinary Argireline Solution 10%
$8.50
The Ordinary Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12%
The Ordinary Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12%
$12.90
The Ordinary Matrixyl 10% + HA
The Ordinary Matrixyl 10% + HA
$11.50
Noughty Intensive Care Leave-In Conditioner
Noughty Intensive Care Leave-In Conditioner
$7.80
ELEMIS Men Ice Cool Foaming Shave Gel
ELEMIS Men Ice Cool Foaming Shave Gel
$31.00
ELEMIS Superfood Facial Oil
ELEMIS Superfood Facial Oil
$55.00
ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Eye Renewal
ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Eye Renewal
$105.00
ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Overnight Matrix
ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Overnight Matrix
$230.00
ELEMIS Gentle Rose Exfoliator
ELEMIS Gentle Rose Exfoliator
$43.00
First Aid Beauty KP Bump Eraser Body Scrub With 10% AHA
First Aid Beauty KP Bump Eraser Body Scrub With 10% AHA
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bareMinerals Mineralist Hydra Smoothing Lipstick
bareMinerals Mineralist Hydra Smoothing Lipstick
$20.00
ELEMIS Dynamic Resurfacing Facial Pads
ELEMIS Dynamic Resurfacing Facial Pads
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ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Energizing Marine Cleanser
ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Energizing Marine Cleanser
$62.00
CeraVe Cream To Foam Cleanser
CeraVe Cream To Foam Cleanser
$14.99
PIXI LipLift Max Lip Plumper
PIXI LipLift Max Lip Plumper
$14.00
The Ordinary Mineral UV Filters SPF 30 With Antioxidants
The Ordinary Mineral UV Filters SPF 30 With Antioxidants
$10.50
Ultrasun Sports SPF 20 Clear Gel
Ultrasun Sports SPF 20 Clear Gel
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Milani Cheek Kiss Blush
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Cruelty Free

Frequently Asked Questions about Cruelty Free products

Are cruelty free beauty products more expensive?

It's something of an urban myth that cruelty free products are more expensive. This might have been true initially, when the concept was still new, but today cruelty free products are fairly priced due to high demands. You won't have to worry about paying a little extra for a cleaner conscience.

What does cruelty free mean?

Cruelty free means that the final product wasn't tested on animals. There is occasionally controversy about the legitimacy of cruelty free products: some companies test on animals prior to creating their final recipe or get a third party to test for them, while still claiming to be cruelty free.

However, there are companies that are cruelty free certified, so you can have confidence in their integrity and honesty. Keep your eye out for the leaping bunny logo to be sure you're getting the right products.

Who should use cruelty free beauty products?

The audience for cruelty free and vegan products are usually the same, but anyone who doesn't like the idea of animal cruelty or testing should opt for cruelty free cosmetics.

If you already adhere to a vegan diet but don't pay too much attention to the contents of your beauty products, using cruelty free products may be the next step.

What are some unknown positives of going cruelty free?

Quite simply, your brush and makeup tools will be cleaner. Animal by-products, such as horse hair, are more liable to contain unwanted bacteria that lingers on your tools for longer.

Cruelty free products are also a staple of smaller businesses, so you're helping to create a fairer trading industry.

Are there negative side effects of cruelty free beauty products?

While there may be arguments against incorporating a vegan diet into your lifestyle, there are no negative side effects of using cruelty free beauty products. Companies that are famous exponents of cruelty free products work hard to make sure their products don't lose their efficacy.

Carly Cochrane

Written by Carly Cochrane, Beauty Editor

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