The Difference Between Cruelty-free and Vegan Skincare

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
  • PETA
  • Leaping Bunny


We love these cruelty free and vegan products:

Eco By Sonya Face Compost Mask Purple Power


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