This is the second post of my Cruelty-Free Must-Haves series, and it’s all about the most basic beauty item you can think of: soap!

If there’s one thing we call use, it’s soap. So why not make sure it’s cruelty-free? The following 20 brands should help you find soap you’ll love, whether you prefer bar soap or liquid.

None of the brands listed here are owned by a parent company that tests on animals, so you don’t have to worry about the parent companies not being cruelty-free. Some brands that make soap and are owned by parent companies that test on animals include Tom’s of Maine and Mrs. Meyers.

Almost all of the brands below are also certified by the Leaping Bunny, and almost all of them are vegan. In a few rare cases, the label stated that the product is 100% vegetarian. I marked all Leaping Bunny and vegan products in the pictures.

Soap Brands To Avoid

Before I begin, consider the soap brands to avoid (which sadly make up 95% of our drugstores).

Note that Dove is still not cruelty-free as of 2019, even though they claim to no longer test on animals.

Soap Brands To Avoid
  • Dove
  • Irish Spring
  • Ivory
  • Dial
  • Palmolive
  • Softsoap
  • Pears
  • Lux
  • L’Occitane
  • Neutrogena
  • Aveeno
  • Olay
  • Purpose
  • Johnson’s
  • Caress

Cruelty-Free Soap Brands


1. Kiss My Face (Various Scents)

This is a natural olive oil soap, meaning that it’s also super moisturizing and leaves your skin soft. Palm oil free. It’s available in multiple scents: Lavender, Chamomile, Green Tea, and Aloe. Format: 1 bar, each 8oz.

Where to buy: Amazon (best price).


2. Kiss My Face (Unscented)

The same great soap from Kiss My Face, without the scent. It’s palm oil free and only contains 3 ingredients: olive oil (86%), water, and sea salt. Format: 3 bars, 4oz each.

Where to buy: Amazon (best price).


3. Nubian Heritage (Various Scents)

This soap contains certified organic ingredients, and it’s also fair trade and sustainably produced. It’s available in several scents: Coconut & Papaya, Mango Butter, and Raw Shea Butter just to name a few. Format: 1 bar, each 5oz.

Where to buy: AmazoniHerb ($4.32).


4. Desert Essence (Tea Tree)

Desert Essence makes sure their ingredients are certified sustainable and 100% vegan. This Tea Tree Therapy bar soap doesn’t contain any harsh chemicals and it works for sensitive skin. Format: 1 bar, each 5oz.

Where to buy: Amazon (best price)iHerb ($3.59).


5. Hugo Naturals (Various Scents)

Hugo Naturals offers handcrafted soaps that are a mix of botanical extracts and essential oils. They’re made in the USA, don’t contain harsh chemicals or synthetics, and soy free. The scents include Vanilla & Sweet Orange, French Lavender, Grapefruit, and Rose. Format: 1 bar, each 4oz.

Where to buy: iHerb ($3.44).


6. Dr. Bronner’s (Peppermint)

Dr. Bronner’s makes a popular castile liquid soap that has a multitude of uses. This is their solid bar soap, and it’s just as good and made from organic and sustainable ingredients. Format: 5 bars, each 5oz.

Where to buy: Amazon (5-pack).


7. Shea Moisture (Various Scents)

Made from natural and organic ingredients and great for dry skin. Comes in several scents: Coconut & Hibiscus, Lemongrass & Ginger, Fruit Fusion, and more. Format: 1 bar, each 8oz.

Where to buy: Amazon.


8. Out Of Africa (Unscented)

Made from 100% pure and unrefined Shea Butter, with no artificial dyes or ingredients. Good for dry or sensitive skin. This one is unscented but they also make African Black Soap. Format: 1 bar, each 4oz.

Where to buy: AmazoniHerb ($2.77).


9. Auromere (Various Scents)

Auromere is based on Ayurvedic principles and offers holistic products that heal body and mind. This soap contains organic Neem, and it’s moisturizing enough for dry skin. Format: 1 bar, each 2.75oz.

Where to buy: AmazoniHerb ($1.80).


10. Yes To Tomatoes

This soap is specifically intended for oily skin and contains activated charcoal. You can use it on your body and face as well, and it contains 98% natural ingredients. Format: 1 bar, each 7oz.

Where to buy: Amazon.


11. Yes To Coconut

This is another soap from Yes To, but it’s meant for dry skin. This makes it perfect to use as an everyday hand soap, and it provides gentle exfoliation. Format: 1 bar, each 7oz.

Where to buy: Amazon.


12. Olivella (Various Scents)

Olivella’s entire line is 100% vegan and cruelty-free, and their natural olive oil soap is super affordable too! They have several scents including Pomegranate. Format: 1 bar, each 5oz.

Where to buy: Amazon (12-pack).


13. Saavy (Various Scents)

Another cruelty-free and vegan soap available at Ulta, and it’s all-natural and made with jojoba oil and virgin coconut oil. They offer multiple scents like Mango Papaya, Vanilla, and Rose. Format: 1 bar, each 5oz.

Where to buy: Amazon.


14. 100% Pure (Various Scents)

100% Pure makes everything from makeup to skin and body care. Their products are natural, and use pigments derived from real fruit. Their soaps are super rich and moisturizing. Format: 1 bar, each 4.5oz.

Where to buy: ($10).


15. Puracy (Various Scents)

If liquid hand soap is your jam, you can’t go wrong with Puracy. It’s natural, non-toxic, and made in the USA, not to mention it’s 100% plant-based and disinfects well.

Where to buy: Amazon.


16. Method (Various Scents)

Method also makes great liquid hand soap and it’s really gentle on your hands. They also have environmentally-conscious packaging since you can buy refills. It comes in many scents.

Where to buy: Amazon.


17. Trader Joe’s (Oatmeal & Honey)

EDIT: This one is NOT vegan as it actually contains Honey in the ingredients. Thank you Janne for pointing this out!

Trader Joe’s makes many cruelty-free personal care items, and their soap is really affordable. It’s made from pure vegetable oil, and you can find it online or at your local Trader Joe’s. Format: 4 bars, each 4oz.

Where to buy: Amazon.


18. Giovanni (Grapefruit)

The hair care brand Giovanni doesn’t only make shampoo, but also this liquid hand soap. Just like their shampoo, this hand soap is super moisturizing and labeled as “eco chic”.

Where to buy: Amazon.


19. Avalon Organics (Lemon)

Avalon Organics is famous for their skin and body hair, and their liquid hand soap hits the mark. It comes in multiple scents including Lemon, Lavender, and Rosemary. All-natural and 70% organic.

Where to buy: iHerb ($6.39).


20. Pangea Organics (Canadian Pine)

Pangea makes this cruelty-free, vegan, and organic hand soap. It’s free from any harsh chemicals and suitable for dry skin. It contains antimicrobal and antiseptic White Sage leaves.

Where to buy: Amazon.

What’s your favorite cruelty-free soap?