Go Cruelty Free | Nontoxic + Vegan Skincare Brands


Posted on January 15 2019

Go Cruelty Free | Nontoxic + Vegan Skincare Brands

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Even though a popular beauty brand (Cover Girl) recently announced they would stop testing on animals and no longer sell in China, many beauty and skincare brands still test on animals including Aveeno, Avon, Clinique, L’Oréal Paris, M.A.C., Neutrogena, Benefit and Estée Lauder. Testing beauty and skincare products on animals like bunnies and beagles causes unnecessary suffering and there's a growing movement of consumers looking for cruelty free products.

Because beauty brands do not need to disclose if they test on animals, it’s hard to know when purchasing if beauty products are actually cruelty free or not. If a brand sells its beauty products to China, they are required to submit to animal testing. In the U.S. there are no standardized FDA guidelines for cruelty free labeling, while in Europe animal testing for beauty products has been banned. If you’re not sure, download the easy to use Cruelty Cutter app that lets you scan any product to check for yourself.

Discover top ethical, cruelty free skincare and personal care brands that do not test on animals. As a bonus they’re vegan and nontoxic too. So go ahead and lead a compassionate lifestyle.   



Blissoma’s formula will keep odor at bay for anyone. Like many natural deodorants, it includes baking soda which absorbs and eliminates odor extremely reliably. Blissoma worked with a recipe to create a more balanced, skin-friendly formula so even sensitive types could enjoy powerful odor protection. Sweat and odor absorbing powders help top off their new solid deodorant recipe. Bentonite clay helps eliminate toxins from the body and Diatomaceous Earth and Organic Arrowroot Powder absorb some sweat. 

Try: Blissoma Scentless Stick Solid Natural Deodorant, $16.00 (full-sized) or $10.00 (mini)



Known for their vegan and cruelty free shampoos, Acure sources the highest quality ingredients - no parabens, sulfates, formaldehyde, paraffin or mineral oil. They also support charities with each purchase. We’re partial to their top-rated Peppermint and Echinacea Shampoo for big volume with a minty afterglow. Color safe, nontoxic, gluten free, with no synthetic scents.

Try: Acure Vivacious Volume Shampoo



Balance your oily scalp by going straight to the root of the problem. Balanced Guru’s mix of organic essential hair oils will help your roots get back on track to producing just the right amount of sebum to keep your hair looking healthy.

Try: Balanced Guru Organic Scalp Treatment, $23.00



A leader in natural and ethical plant-based skincare, MyChelle’s Sun Shield Liquid Tint SPF 50 is a softly tinted, 100% mineral sun screen for maximum UVA/UVB broad-spectrum protection. This silky, sheer formula blends weightlessly and seamlessly, matching your skin tone, giving skin a fresh, healthy glow.  Comes in two multipurpose shades.

Try: MyChelle Sun Shield Liquid Tint SPF 50 in Nude or Natural Tan, $22.50



Oil cleansing uses clean pure plant oils formulated to remove impurities from deep within pores. Little Barn Apothecary’s cleansing oil easily dissolves makeup and buildup while deeply hydrating and toning skin. Blue yarrow is highly antiseptic and healing. It is also known for its anti-inflammatory characteristics to help repair and reduce redness. Geranium oil helps to balance and tone skin.

Try: Little Barn Apothecary Blue Yarrow & Geranium Cleansing Oil, $32.00



MyChelle’s conscious, and comprehensive skin care products are bioactive, ethically sourced, and formulated with high-performance ingredients. Their multi-fruit enzyme scrub with conditioning Jojoba Beads removes dull, dead skin cells and deep cleans pores to help enhance texture. Boosted with powerful Antioxidants to help protect skin against the environment.

Try: MyChelle Fruit Enzyme Scrub, $18.00



Another favorite from MyChelle is their gentle deep cleanser that removes dull, dead skin cells to promote healthy-looking skin. Powerful multi-fruit AHAs and Antioxidants purify pores and protect skin against environmental stressors while helping to improve texture for a radiant complexion.

Try: MyChelle Fruit Enzyme Cleanser, $16.00



OSEA’s Earth & Ocean inspired plant-based skincare include this multi-tasking mask for a complexion-refining and "jet-lag" refreshing treatment! This stimulating, complexion-refining mask infuses depleted skin with natural antioxidants and enzymes to visibly improve skin’s overall look and feel. The non-drying formula neutralizes surface impurities and eliminates excess oil while protecting the skin’s natural moisture barrier. 

Try: OSEA Red Algae Mask, $48.00



KINDri’s beauty oil is fast absorbing and smells delicious. The carefully researched formula contains only certified organic oils of the highest integrity including Organic Prickly Pear Seed Oil, Argan Oil, Pumpkin Oil and Pink Grapefruit. Just a few drops in the palm of your hand on clean, dry skin or hair before bed. Can also be used as an eye makeup remover.

Try: KINDri Organic Beauty Oil, $45.00 (full-sized) or $20.00 (travel-sized)



For the ultimate cruelty free lip balm, look no further than Hurraw!'s SPF 15 Sun Balm to give your lips the extra protection they need. Juicy tangerine with hints of vanilla...the unique scent of roman chamomile lends a calming note. Packed full of amazing cold pressed oils to moisturize, protect and heal. 

Try: Hurraw! SPF 15 Sun Balm, $4.29 (and other flavors!)



Created by Dr. Heather D. Rogers, a Board-Certified Dermatologist, this all-purpose balm is a multi-use product for your daily routine. Heal Dry Skin - for chapped lips, dry nails and cuticles, and even eczema. Post-Procedure Healing - skin surgery, lasering, tattoos. Home Medicine - cuts & scrapes, burns, diaper cream. Beauty Hacks - gloss lips, style eyebrows, tame fly-aways, and even under-eye moisturizer. Free of petroleum, lanolin, parabens, phthalates, sulfates, fragrance and common allergens. 

Try: Doctor Rogers Restore Healing Balm, $30.00



This Kale and cocoa butter nourishing moisturizer is made by Dr. Botanicals, a London-based company. Apply daily to the face and neck to nourish and hydrate the skin. Kale Superfood Nourishing Day Moisturizer aims to smooth and improve the appearance of your skin whilst proving nourishment and hydration. Kale is high in vitamin C and E that work to nourish and protect the skin. Cocoa Butter is a great skin smoother.

Try: Dr. Botanicals Kale Superfood Nourishing Day Moisturizer, $39.00



One more skincare product from MyChelle that you cannot go without! This nutrient-rich rehydrating cream works overnight to help improve skin’s radiance and firmness. Containing natural Retinal (Vitamin A), it’s powerful rejuvenating treatment deeply hydrates and helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. 

Try: MyChelle Remarkable Retinal Night Cream, $40.00

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