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The 20 Best Cruelty-Free And Vegan Soap Brands For Everyone

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

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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).


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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).


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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).


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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).


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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).


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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).


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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.


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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).


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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).


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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.


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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.


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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).


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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.

See Also


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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: 100PercentPure.com ($10).


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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).


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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?

View Comments (27)
  • I LOVE this new series you have created! I pinned it to my Pinterest for future reference since there are so many new soaps I can’t wait to try! Thanks Suzi!

    • Target has a lot of cruelty free soaps. You can get the full Method line there, Seventh Generation hand soap, Alba Botanica body wash, Yes To soap and body wash, Shea Moisture soap and body wash, and more depending on what your Target offers.

    • they also have Mrs.Meyer’s which is backed up by leaping bunny. they have hand soap and body wash also laundry detergent and dish soap.

      • Just be careful cuz some of Mrs. Meyers products contain palm oil which I don’t agree with…even though they say it’s responsibly-sourced.

  • This is a great list! Thanks so much for the post! There’s a foaming hand soap that I’m in love with. I’m not sure about their parent company but they are leaping bunny certified. It’s J.R. Watkins. We keep a bottle of their lemon soap by the kitchen sink always. It gets rid of some really nasty smells like fish or onions. 🙂

  • Hi, thank you for taking your time into making this list, but I have an observation to make:
    N. 17: Trader Joe’s Oat and Honey – Honey is not vegan

  • Thank you so much for this list and all the lists! Ordering some face soap as we speak from this list. Trying to find something to replace my Clinique as I slowly make everything in my house cruelty free!!!

    • They started selling in China. I was seriously bummed about this as I’ve still not found a brand that made such a difference for my skin.

  • Hi my name is maddie I’ve been a vegetarian for a while now and just wondering if the brand “Softsoap” was tested on animals. We have so much of this in our house and I hope it’s cruelty free.

  • i thought i read recently that method is no longer cruelty free… maybe on logical harmony? such a shame because i love their foaming hand soaps, and the one at trader joe’s just isn’t as good 🙁

  • Hey, thank you for providing such a great information about Vegan Soaps I have been using Saavy (Various Scents) Since 3 months and satisfied with the product BTW thanks a lot for your information 🙂

  • Avalon Organics and Alba Botanicals are available on Walmart.com… Yardley also makes CF soap… it’s only a $1.00 in stores!

  • But I read that olive harvests in the Mediterranean kill millions of song birds annually, so how can anything with olives in the ingredients be cruelty free?

  • The hand soap I use now is from this brand called Everyone. It is made with all natural ingredients (yes I read the label, but the real reason I bought it was because it’s cruelty free), and it’s Leaping Bunny certified. It’s gentle and smells lovely. Would totally recommend it!

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