Follow me

The Cruelty Free Guide To Skincare:

The Cruelty Free Guide To Skincare:


Gandhi: “The greatness of a nation and its’ moral progress can be judged by the way its’ animals are treated”

My recent Cruelty Free Guide to Makeup was my most popular post ever. It seems that more people than I expected were interested in just how many brands weren’t cruelty free, and where they could shop for quality makeup that was. Here is Part 2, the guide to skincare. Skincare was something that I assumed would rarely be cruelty free due to the microplastics in many exfoliators and cleansers, which end up in our ocean and are swallowed by marine life. However, I recently learned that microplastics are banned from the start of 2018 in our skincare products, which inspired me to see whether any skincare I had was cruelty free. I feel a bit of a fraud if I use cruelty free makeup but not skincare.

Here is a list of common skincare brands that, unfortunately, test on animals:

  • Avon
  • Bioderma
  • Caudelie
  • Clarins
  • Clarisonic
  • Clean and Clear
  • Neutrogena
  • Vaseline
  • St. Ives
  • La Roche Posay
  • La Mer
  • Simple (I was shocked too)
  • Olay
  • Nivea
  • EOS
  • Garnier
  • Glamglow
  • L’Occitane
  • Kiehls

Now I know. This is a massive list. Where are you going to buy enough products for a varied skincare routine? Will they be good quality? Most recognisable brands are on this list, yet never fear. I have compiled a list of brands that do not test on animals:

  • Nip+Fab
  • First Aid Beauty
  • Glossier
  • Alpha H
  • Korres
  • Dermalogica
  • Rodial
  • Sunday Riley
  • Tata Harper
  • Eve Lom
  • The Body Shop (personal fave)
  • Lush
  • The Ordinary (also a fave)
  • B (Superdrug own)

A lot of these brands seem to be higher end and not as easily available in shops, however The Ordinary is stocked on ASOS and is all around the £8 mark, and Superdrug’s own brand is also relatively cheap. There are loads more brands than this as well, these are just the ones I found to be most recognisable. When I began researching, I was horrified that my beloved Micellar Water by Garnier was not cruelty free, however B has its’ own one which put my mind at ease. As this is such a cult product, i’m sure I won’t be the only one that thought this, but never fear!

I hope that this short, comprehensive guide will encourage you to think about what you are using and also to try new brands. I could spend hours in The Body Shop, pouring over all of the different ranges and scents.

Remember, beauty does not have to be cruel.



Leave a Reply