Women's Facial Care

Shop vegan and cruelty-free women's facial care products. You can use any of these products with the peace of mind of knowing that they are 100% free of animal-derived materials, ingredients, by-products and testing. 

Women's Facial Care

What are vegan and cruelty-free facial care products?

The term “vegan” with regard to facial care products, refers to products that do not contain ingredients that are derived or sourced from animals or insects. The term “cruelty-free” means a product and its ingredients aren’t tested on animals. Products that are both vegan and cruelty-free don’t have any animal or insect ingredients, and are not tested on animals.

What animal ingredients are typically found in facial care products?

There are all sorts of sneaky animal-derived and sourced ingredients found in common facial cleaners, moisturizers, eye creams, toners, masks, balms and anti-aging creams. These ingredients include (but aren't limited to):

  • Honey
  • Retinol
  • Estrogen
  • Collagen
  • Ambergis
  • Squalene
  • Lanolin
  • Glycerin
  • Gelatin
  • Tallow
  • Guanine

Please Note: Some ingredients, such as ‘Glycerin’, can also be derived from plants. To be sure you’re getting plant-based glycerin, your best bet is to buy from a company that you know is vegan (such as those listed below).

What companies make vegan/cruelty-free facial care products?

Rather than checking through individual ingredients for every product you’re going to buy, it’s much easier to simply buy products that you already know are vegan. The following companies make facial care products that are vegan; some only make products that are vegan, while others will clearly mark which of their items are suitable for vegans…but all are cruelty-free!

  • Aēsop
  • Nature’s Gate
  • Alba Botanica (will clearly mark which products are vegan)
  • 100% Pure (will clearly mark which products are vegan)
  • Aubrey Organics (will clearly mark which products are vegan)
  • Kiss My Face (will clearly mark which products are vegan) 

Please Note: All of the products listed in our store above are 100% vegan & cruelty-free.

How does buying vegan facial care products make a difference for the animals?

By purchasing a vegan and cruelty-free facial cleanser, for example, you're effectively creating market demand for it; you’re telling retailers and manufacturers that there’s demand for animal-friendly cleansers. Demand fuels supply; as companies become aware of this market, they will cater to it, and compete for its business... thus creating more supply. And with more supply, comes more opportunities for everyone (not just vegans) to purchase cruelty-free and animal-free products. Ultimately, the more cruelty-free and vegan products being purchased, the less animal-derived products being purchased. And for products of animal origin, less demand for will ultimately mean less supply!

Are vegan & cruelty-free facial care products expensive?

Just like non-vegan/non-cruelty-free products, there are differences in the quality of the ingredients used, differences in the manufacturing processes, and different brand names behind the products; all of these factors can make prices differ from one product to the next. But in general, these products are not any more, or any less expensive than their animal-derived and tested counterparts.

Should I get rid of any non-vegan creams and cleansers that I already own?

This is certainly one of the more challenging aspects of transitioning to a vegan and cruelty-free lifestyle. Your best options are to give away any unused or gently used products to friends and family, or use products (if you’re comfortable doing so) until they have run out or otherwise outlived their usefulness. Simply throwing them away is generally considered wasteful, and we would recommend turning to that only as a last resort. Ultimately, it comes down to what you decide you’re no longer comfortable using, what old products you can afford to replace immediately with cruelty-free products, and what you feel can be given away in a hygienic manner.

How do you choose which products to list?

We keep a growing list of companies that we find, or that are suggested to us, whose facial care products seem to be free of animal-derived and sourced ingredients and testing. We then contact these companies to find out if any of their facial care products are cruelty-free and suitable for vegans. If they are, and they can be purchased on Amazon, then we list those products here for your convenience.

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For companies that make vegan & cruelty-free facial care products

If you make vegan and cruelty-free face wash, cleanser, anti-aging cream, moisturizer, or similar products, we’d love to feature you and your products on the “Brands We Love” section of our site! Contact us at  - info(at)getitvegan(dot)com - to find out more!


Some of the information for this mini guide on vegan and cruelty-free facial care was gathered from the following sources: