The Difference Between Cruelty-free and Vegan Skincare
In reality, the difference between what is classified vegan and what is classified cruelty-free can depend. It turns out, they don't always mean the same thing.
What cruelty-free means:
Our definition of being cruelty-free is that essentially, the products a company is developing, and the ingredients that they're using to make it, were not tested on animals during any part of the process. However, the line can be a bit blurry.
Companies can 'qualify' to be cruelty-free (and even get accredited as cruelty-free) by adhering to at least one of these three points:
- the brand doesn't test their products on animals during the development and production process.
- the brand doesn't work with or allow third party companies to test their products on animals.
- the brand doesn't allow various suppliers to test their products on animals.
What vegan means:
This term refers to products that don't have any animal ingredients or by-products in them. This means no beeswax or honey, and none of the more obscure but definitely no less used animal by-products such as lanolin and carmine.
What is the difference?
Just because a brand is cruelty-free, it doesn't always mean it's vegan. Meaning, the brand is using ingredients derived from animals to make up their products but isn't testing those products on animals.
How do I know when a brand is cruelty-free or vegan?
Look out for logos that represent the brand has been certified.
Some of the major cruelty-free certifications are:
- Choose Cruelty-Free
- Leaping Bunny
We love these cruelty free and vegan products: