51 Cruelty-Free Skincare Brands For Every Budget

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There are SO many great cruelty-free skincare brands out there!

After reading this guide, you’ll never have to reach for L’Oreal, Neutrogena or Garnier ever again.

At the top, you’ll find the most affordable brands, followed by mid-range and then luxury brands. I made sure to pick brands that are well-known and can easily be found, either in stores or online.

Are you on a budget? Drugstores are unfortunately FULL of skincare brands that test on animals. This means Aveeno, Garnier, Olay, Neutrogena, St. Ives, and so many more. Be sure to ditch those and read my list of budget brands below! I guarantee you’ll find all the skincare products you need for your skin type and skin concerns no matter your budget.

If you’re a mid-range or high-end girl, I’ve got you covered too.

To kick it off, here are just some of the popular skincare brands that test on animals:

Skincare Brands That Test On Animals
  • Aveeno
  • Avene
  • Avon
  • Bioderma
  • Biotherm
  • Bliss
  • Boscia
  • Caudalie
  • Chanel
  • Clarins
  • Clarisonic
  • Clean & Clear
  • Clearasil
  • Coppertone
  • DDF
  • DHC
  • Dermablend
  • Dior
  • Dr. Brandt
  • Dr. Jart
  • EOS
  • Eucerin
  • Fresh
  • Garnier
  • Gatineau
  • Glamglow
  • Good Skin Labs
  • Jurlique
  • Kiehl’s
  • L’Occitane
  • La Mer
  • La Roche Posay
  • Lab Series for Men
  • Lubriderm
  • Mederma
  • Neutrogena
  • Nivea
  • Noxzema
  • Nuxe
  • Ojon
  • Olay
  • Origins
  • Oriflame
  • Peter Thomas Roth
  • Ponds
  • ROC
  • Rembrandt
  • Simple
  • SK-II
  • St. Ives
  • Vaseline
  • Vichy
  • Walgreens
  • Yves Rocher

Note: Some of the brands above don’t test on animals themselves, but they sell their products in mainland China, where animal testing is mandatory by law. This means that their products are tested on animals in China.


Cruelty-Free Skincare Brands

Now for the cruelty-free brands. I’ve listed them all below by category, and you can click each brand to jump to that section.

Again, these brands are the best and most popular ones. They can be found in some stores like Sephora or Ulta, or you can shop online.

My favorite online spots for cruelty-free shopping are Amazon and iHerb, so I’ve listed these options if they’re available.

Budget and Drugstore

1. Alba Botanica

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A great budget-friendly that’s available in many drugstores. You get a good bang for your buck, and they offer a skincare line targeting acne-prone skin.

Where To Buy: AmazoniHerb.


2. Pacifica (100% Vegan)

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Everything made by Pacifica is not only cruelty-free, but also 100% vegan! They offer skincare, but also makeup, body care, fragrance, and more at affordable prices.

Where To Buy: AmazoniHerbUlta.


3. Desert Essence

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Desert Essence formulates their products with many certified organic ingredients, and they’re a great option if you’re looking for natural skincare. They also make pure Jojoba and Tea Tree oil!

Where To Buy: AmazoniHerb.


4. Yes To

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A super popular and widely available brand in drugstores all over the world. They have facial skincare products in their carrot, blueberry, tomato, cucumber, aaaand grapefruit ranges, which takes care of every skin type!

Where To Buy: AmazonUlta.


5. Kiss My Face

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Another budget-friendly option available at Walgreens, CVS, Walmart, Target, and more, as well as online. Check out their facial sunscreens (up to SPF 50) if you’re looking for a budget option.

Where To Buy: AmazoniHerb.


6. Avalon Organics (100% vegan)

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This brand is great for anti-aging skincare and a lot of their skincare contains Vitamin C or CoQ10. They’re 100% vegan and Leaping Bunny certified.

Where To Buy: AmazoniHerb.


7. Acure Organics

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This is perhaps the most affordable skincare line formulated with certified organic ingredients. They’re built on sustainable principles, and most of their products are vegan. Leaping Bunny certified.

Where To Buy: AmazoniHerb.


8. Andalou Naturals

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Andalou Naturals uses fruit and plant stem cells to treat skin problems for every skin type. They’re on the higher end of drugstore prices, but they have active ingredients and they offer many vegan products. Leaping Bunny certified.

Where To Buy: AmazoniHerb.


9. Nip + Fab

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Nip + Fab shares the same founder as the luxury skincare brand Rodial, and offers a more affordable range that tackles skin problems and offers solutions that work. They’re available in drugstores worldwide.

Where To Buy: AmazonUlta.


10. Nourish Organic

Maybe on the sliiiightly upper range of drugstore prices, but this brand is still affordable and provides natural and organic skincare. They have a face line and a body line as well, and they’re available in drugstores.

Where To Buy: AmazonNourishOrganic.com.


11. Derma E

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Derma E has a higher price point than other drugstore brands featured here, but they’re cruelty-free and widely available. You can find them in drugstores across North America, but also at Ulta.

Where To Buy: AmazonUlta.


12. Aubrey Organics

Aubrey Organics also provides some natural and organic skincare at decent prices, and they’re Leaping Bunny certified. They have options for several skin types.

Where To Buy: AmazoniHerb.


13. Queen Helene

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Famous for their Mint Julep Masque, Queen Helene also makes many other face masks as well as lotions and scrubs. All products are very affordable and Leaping Bunny certified.

Where To Buy: AmazoniHerb.


Mid-Range

14. First Aid Beauty

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First Aid Beauty targets sensitive skin that’s prone to irritation, so if you struggle with issues like acne and redness, this might be a great cruelty-free brand for you.

Where To Buy: AmazonSephoraUlta.


15. Paula’s Choice

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Paula’s Choice is one of my favorite skincare lines, with effective skincare for a huge range of skin types and concerns. They have something for everyone, so check them out!

Where To Buy: Paula’s Choice.


16. Ole Henriksen

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Ole Henriksen is owned by Kendo Brands (which is LVMH’s cruelty-free branch that doesn’t sell in China or test on animals).

Where To Buy: Sephora.


17. Glossier

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Glossier is all about easy, simple skincare that keeps your skin hydrated for that glowy, dewy look. They’re gradually expanding their line, and they also offer makeup.

Where To Buy: Glossier. (Free Shipping with Phase 1 Skincare Set)


18. Pai

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Pai is perfect for those with sensitive skin that’s prone to redness and irritation, but also conditions like psoriasis and eczema. They’re all-natural and Leaping Bunny certified.

Where To Buy: AmazonThe Detox Market.


19. Mad Hippie

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I’ve raved about Mad Hippie before because they’re a skincare gem! Their products are packed with active ingredients and very affordable for how effective they are.

Where To Buy: AmazoniHerb.


20. Juice Beauty

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Juice Beauty focuses on products that are more natural and organic than other skincare brands. They’ve been gaining popularity and they can even be found at Sephora right now! They also make makeup, and Gwyneth Paltrow is the Creative Director in that department.

Where To Buy: SephoraUltaJuiceBeauty.com.


21. Korres

korres

Korres stands by cruelty-free principles and even pulled out of China due to animal testing. They’re a Greek brand and they can be found worldwide, including at Sephora.

Where To Buy: Sephora.


22. Dr. Hauschka

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This skincare brand is for those who want soothing products that won’t irritate your skin, and they’re also certified natural.

Where To Buy: AmazonBeauty.com.


23. S. W. Basics

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S.W. Basics is all about using as few ingredients as possible, usually 5 or less per products. This means that their formulations have no fillers and every drop matters! They’re also eco-friendly and Leaping Bunny certified.

Where To Buy: TargetSafe & Chic.


24. Supergoop

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Supergoop is a sunscreen expert! They exclusively make sun care, meaning they make very good sun care in all formats and for every inch of your skin.

Where To Buy: Sephora.


25. Blissoma

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Blissoma is an organic skincare brand that’s also eco-friendly and Leaping Bunny and vegan certified. This means that all their products are vegan as well as cruelty-free.

Where To Buy: Amazon.


26. Indie Lee

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Indie Lee offers eco-friendly solutions for every skin type from acne-prone to super dry. They use Squalane as well as oils which are formulated to be great for all skin types.

Where To Buy: AmazonThe Detox Market.


27. Renee Rouleau

Renee Rouleau is a “celebrity esthetician” and her line targets all skin types, steering clear from “one size fits all” products. Their focus is effectively correcting every skin type’s concerns. Leaping Bunny certified.

Where To Buy: ReneeRouleau.com.


28. COOLA

coola

COOLA specializes in sunscreen. Not only that, but they’re one of the few sunscreen options that’s also organic. They offer a lot of mineral-based sunscreens as well, and a makeup setting spray with SPF.

Where To Buy: SephoraUlta.


29. One Love Organics

one-love

This is another brand I’m a fan of! They offer natural and eco-friendly skincare, but also body care. Some products are a little on the pricey side for mid-range, but they’re worth it.

Where To Buy: The Detox Market.


30. Meow Meow Tweet

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Meow Meow Tweet is 100% vegan and Leaping Bunny certified. The owners are vegan and their products are formulated with natural ingredients. They’re simple, eco-friendly, and the packaging is super fun!

Where To Buy: Amazon.


31. Sibu

sibu

At the core of Sibu skincare, there’s Sea Buckthron Oil from the Himalayan Sea Berry, which has numerous benefits. Sibu also adheres to sustainable and Fair Trade principles.

Where To Buy: Sibu.com.


32. Oz Naturals

Natural and organic skincare that’s also cruelty-free, vegan, and made in the USA. Their goal is to provide products that are both safe and effective. Leaping Bunny certified.

Where To Buy: Amazon.


33. Suntegrity

Suntegrity offers sun care and nothing but sun care, and it’s all-natural and mineral-based. The other fun thing is that they offer many tinted products such as tinted moisturizer and colorful lip products with SPF.

Where To Buy: The Detox Market.


34. Farmacy

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The brand name Farmacy is actually a pun combining Pharmacy and Farm! There’s an emphasis on farming because of the herbs and botanicals used in everything product, and they combine this with their science-based formulas.

Where To Buy: Sephora.


35. REN

ren

Important note: REN is a cruelty-free brand, but it was recently acquired by Unilever, who test on animals. REN still isn’t sold in China.

Where To Buy: Sephora.


36. Murad

murad

Important note: Murad is a cruelty-free brand, but it recently acquired by Unilever, who test on animals. Murad still isn’t sold in China.

Where To Buy: Sephora.


37. Dermalogica

dermalogica

Important note: Dermalogica is a cruelty-free brand, but it’s owned by Unilever, who test on animals. Dermalogica doesn’t sell any products in China.

Where To Buy: NordstromUlta.


High-End And Luxury

38. Sunday Riley

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A “staple among makeup artists, celebrities, and supermodels”, Sunday Riley makes effective botanical skincare with innovative formulas. They also have a small makeup line.

Where To Buy: SephoraNordstrom.


39. Tatcha

tatcha

Tatcha is a Japanese brand, and all their products are formulated in Japan and are based on the rituals of the Japanese geisha. They’re not sold in mainland China and don’t test on animals.

Where To Buy: Sephora.


40. Tata Harper

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Tata Harper offers skincare that’s 100% natural and non-toxic, meaning it doesn’t contain any synthetic ingredients whatsoever. Their products are also hand-crafted.

Where To Buy: Sephora.


41. Eve Lom

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Eve Lom is a luxury skincare brand from the UK, and it’s available in North America as well. They’re all about healthy-looking, hydrated skin.

Where To Buy: SephoraNordstrom.


42. Drunk Elephant

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Drunk Elephant uses safe and natural ingredients that are also super effective and work to restore your problematic skin. They use Marula Oil in their products, which has numerous benefits for the skin.

Where To Buy: Sephora.


43. Dr. Alkaitis

Dr. Alkaitis has been around since 1996, and was one of the first brands to offer luxury skincare that’s 100% certified organic and ethical.

Where To Buy: The Detox Market.


44. Rodial

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Rodial products provide a skincare alternative to surgeries and procedures. It’s a luxury line that uses concentrated ingredients for maximum results. They’re famous for products like “Bee Venom” and “Dragon’s Blood” rages.

Where To Buy: Nordstrom.


45. Kahina Giving Beauty

kahina

I love Kahina Giving Beauty for their ethical appraoch. They’re not only cruelty-free, but also Fair Trade and sustainable. They use organic Argan Oil as the base of their product, and work with Moroccan women for the harvest. Leaping Bunny certified.

Where To Buy: The Detox Market.


46. Mukti Organics (100% Vegan)

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Mukti is an Australian brand offering a big range of products for every skin type. The beauty is that everything is organic and ethically-sourced, and their products are really worth it!

Where To Buy: Mukti.com.


47. GOOP

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GOOP is Gwyneth Paltrow’s luxury skincare line in collaboration with Juice Beauty. Every product is made from organic ingredients, and they’re even safe to eat. Gwyneth Paltrow herself actually ate some of the moisturizer as part of a promo!

Where To Buy: GOOP.com.


48. Osea (100% vegan)

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OSEA stands for Ocean, Sun, Earth, and Atmosphere. Their priority is respect of the environment by not polluting and offering sustainable skincare. Leaping Bunny certified.

Where To Buy: OseaMalibu.com.


49. Radical Skincare

Radical Skincare is a super high-end skincare brand (over $100 per individual product) that wants to provide solutions that are as effective as possible for all skin types.

Where To Buy: Sephora.


50. dermadoctor

Dr. Audrey Kunin is the doctor behind Dermadoctor, and she wants to provide effective solutions to skincare problems without the need of a prescription.

Where To Buy: Sephora.


51. Kate Somerville

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Importnat note: I added Kate Somerville to this list as a cruelty-free option, but they’ve recently been acquired by Unilever, who still test on animals.

Where To Buy: Sephora.

Thank you for reading! Suggest your favorite cruelty-free skincare brands in the comments!

  • http://www.crueltyfreekitty.com/ Suzi | Cruelty-Free Kitty

    That’s great to hear, every little bit counts! :)

  • Sarah

    do you know if Belif (its at sephora) tests on animals

    • http://www.crueltyfreekitty.com/ Suzi | Cruelty-Free Kitty

      I don’t, but I’ll be looking into it!

  • http://clawsup.blogspot.com/ Jacqueline Colman

    Great round up! I have been looking for a CF moisturizer with SPF that doesn’t break the bank!

    • http://www.crueltyfreekitty.com/ Suzi | Cruelty-Free Kitty

      Thanks Jacqueline. :) Mad Hippie has one with SPF 15 that I’m testing out right now and loving!

  • Alison

    Odacite (sp?) is a new favorite of mine… so far I have only used the Acai-Rose Serum Concentrate, but my skin is responding by absolutely GLOWING so I am sure they’ll be making another dent in my bank account soon :) ps: Love this site!!!

  • Nicole Tingler

    Target also sells Yes To products! :)

  • http://www.crueltyfreekitty.com/ Suzi | Cruelty-Free Kitty

    There are cruelty-free companies that choose not to get certified. I contacted the companies for their official policies. If you don’t view them as cruelty-free, it’s all good! Just putting my information out there.

    This is Dr. Hauschka’s policy by WALA. If they do have pharmaceutical products, I’ll contact them again about their suppliers since that part isn’t clear. Thanks for the head’s up!

    • Andy Diamond

      The Hauschka policy is just for the Hauschka products. They already wrote to me that they do not exclude animal testing for their pharmaceutical products if required by law.

  • manon

    Is rituals 100% vegan?

  • Lila/Lilly/Liliana

    What about Cetaphil or Proactiv? Also, is there any reason why the lists aren’t alphabetized? Not a big deal, I just realized that when I was checking for products alphabetically! :)