Best Cruelty Free Skin Care Brands & Products

With millions of consumers demanding a more ethical skincare industry, there are a variety of cruelty free skincare brands and products on the market - but which ones are the best?

We've compiled our top 5 shortlist to help you find the best cruelty free skincare brand for your needs. Before we start, we need to first clarify what it means to be 'cruelty free' and how it's different to being 'vegan friendly'.

Cruelty free skincare products are free from all forms of animal testing, including the raw materials. Vegan friendly is a little bit different in that it focuses on the product having no animal derived ingredients. Therefore, a skin care product can technically be cruelty free, but not vegan friendly.

It's important to also note that a variety of big beauty brands continue to test on animals. For example, L'Oréal doesn't test on animals in the US, but funds deadly testing in China. Check out this article from PETA to learn which beauty brands are NOT cruelty free.

1. Clémence Organics

Would you trust a brand with over 35 beauty awards? Clemence Organics can back up their claim as one of the best cruelty free skincare brands in Australia. They've been recognised by Organic Beauty Awards and continue to delight their customers.

The brand was founded by Bridget Carmady - a qualified naturopath who formulates the best cruelty free skincare products that have the perfect mix of science, nature and revitalisation. Every product uses only certified organic ingredients and their Ultimate Body Oil is a very reliable choice.  We've got even more products in our body skincare range!

Discover a wide variety of natural moisturisers, lip balms, eye creams and much more.

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2. Skin Crush

Skin Crush is the perfect brand for women who love simplicity as much as they love cruelty free skincare. Mainly using locally sourced ingredients, all of their skincare products are also non-toxic and 100% natural.

The Prickly Pear Seed Oil has been a crowd favourite since day one! It's high concentration of vitamin E combined with a burst of antioxidants means it can soothe parched and tired skin. Is this missing from your cruelty free skincare routine?

Discover a variety of effortless oils, serums and bundles from Skin Crush today!

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3. Charles + Lee

Charles + Lee specialise in no-nonsense men's skincare through natural organic bundles for every man. All of their products are cruelty free and vegan!

Browse bundles made to revitalise your skin, make you look younger and even to manage that beard you love! Their Beard Essentials Pack is the ultimate gift for anyone looking to maintain the perfect beard.

Be sure to also check out our full range of men's cruelty free skincare and grooming products!

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4. Merindah Botanicals

We've got another  Organic Beauty Awards winner in Merindah Botanicals! Five of their products won awards in 2021. One of the award winners was the Luxurious Face Cream and we couldn't recommend it more!

Based in Tasmania, all of their range is conscious to animals and cruelty free thanks to their PETA certification. Every ingredients is 100% natural and organic to ensure the very best skincare products rejuvenate your skin.

Find the latest additions to your face & body skincare routine today with Merindah Botanicals!

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5. Humbl Skincare

To wrap up is our favourite cruelty free brand for those with sensitive skin. Their specialty is gentle skincare that empowers you to overcome skin stress and help you to reclaim your fresh-faced confidence!

Everything is also proudly 100% vegan, natural and paraben free. Sensitive skincare is their passion and they also have a variety of skincare tools - such as this delightful Rose Quartz Roller.

Discover more from Humbl Skincare today for the best cruelty cruelty free skincare products like face scrubs, clay masks, creams and a lot more!

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Finishing Up

As you can see, there are so many options thanks to a growing list of cruelty free skincare brands creating innovative products - we hope that the term 'cruelty free' doesn't exist in the future as we expect such ethics to be the norm.

Remember that 'vegan' doesn't always mean 'cruelty free' skincare, so be sure to always do your research to ensure that you're supporting ethical skincare brand

Our skincare range doesn't stop with these five brands. Check out these main collections too:
Face Range
Body Range
Men's Skincare
Eye Care

Which cruelty free skin care products will you be shopping now?

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