Cruelty-Free Korean Skincare Brands & Products
If you care about the environment and animals rights you have probably considered using cruelty-free Korean skincare brands and products. This post follows my review of the best vegan Korean skincare brands so here is a full guide to cruelty-free Korean skincare brands.
- What Are Cruelty-Free Skincare Brands?
- The Korean Animal Testing Law
- Where To Buy Cruelty-Free Korean Skincare
- The Best Cruelty-Free Korean Brands
- Cruelty-Free Skincare Certifications & Organisations
- Frequently Asked Questions
What Are Cruelty-Free Skincare Brands?
Cruelty-free skincare products are products that have the following characteristics:
- The product was never tested on animals at any point in the production process.
- The suppliers of the ingredients didn’t test any of the raw ingredients on animals.
- The products aren’t sold in regions or countries where the law requires the products to be tested on animals. (Until 2019, China required all products to be tested on animals.)
- Third parties did not test the products on animals.
Cruelty-free skincare products are not to be confused with vegan skincare products. These two terms have a completely different meaning.
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The Korean Animal Testing Law
In 2018 a law was passed in Korea that companies are not allowed to test their skincare products on animals. South Korea was the 2nd Asian country to ban animal testing following India.
This does not mean that all Korean skincare brands are cruelty-free as many Korean companies are testing on animals in China.
Where To Buy Cruelty-Free Korean Skincare
I would highly recommend buying cruelty-free Korean skincare products on the online Wishtrend shop. Wishtrend is an Korean online shop which sells a wide variety of vegan and cruelty-free Korean beauty products.
Other online shops that sell cruelty-free Korean brands are:
The prices of certain products differ depending on the online shop you are using. Make sure to check all of them out and find the cheapest one based on your location.
The Best Cruelty-Free Korean Brands
Listed below are some of the best cruelty-free Korean brands. This is not an exclusive list as there are way more brands which are cruelty-free. The brands mentioned in this post are 100% certain cruelty-free.
Klairs is probably the most famous cruelty-free brand as they are also completely vegan. Klairs does sell products in China but only through online portals which exempts them from doing mandatory animal testing.
Midnight Blue Calming Cream
This calming cream is made in Korean and is excellent for sensitive skin as the Guaiazulene and Centella Asiatica have powerful calming effects and hydrate the skin.
Click here to buy Midnight Blue Calming Cream on Wishtrend.
Click here to buy Midnight Blue Calming Cream on iHerb and get 5% off.
Click here to buy Midnight Blue Calming Cream on YesStyle and get 10% off.
Click here to buy Midnight Blue Calming Cream on Amazon US.
TIP! It is highly recommended to combine this product with the Klairs Midnight Blue Youth Activating Drop.
2. By Wishtrend
All the products By Wishtrend are cruelty-free. By Wishtrend is not a certified cruelty-free brand but as stated on their website, they do not conduct any animal testing.
Mandelic Acid 5% Skin Prep Water
This product is made in Korea and contains 5% Mandelic Acid, anthenol, Centella Asiatica Extract and Beta-Glucan. It is a gentle exofiator which soothes the skin as well.
Click here to buy Mandelic Acid 5% Skin Prep Water on Wishtrend.
Click here to buy Mandelic Acid 5% Skin Prep Water on iHerb and get 5% off.
Click here to buy Mandelic Acid 5% Skin Prep Water on YesStyle and get 10% off.
Click here to buy Mandelic Acid 5% Skin Prep Water on Amazon US.
3. I’m From
I’m a big fan of the I’m From products and especially like all their wash-off masks. They have a couple of vegan products but all of their products are cruelty-free.
I’ve previously written a whole review on the I’m From Honey Mask. The honey mask is a great moisturising mask. Not only is it hydrating it also battles acne, cleanses the pores and is anti-ageing.
4. Glow Recipe
Glow Recipe is a certified cruelty-free Korean brand. What I personally love about the products is the playfulness and the abundance of colours. Just looking at their products already makes me happy. All products are made with a fruit or veggie. Check out the Glow Recipe official site here and get 15$ of your first order.
NOTE: Glow Recipe products are not available on sites like iHerb and YesStyle. Most of the products are available on Amazon US. Click here to see all products available on Amazon US.
COSRX is another wonderful Korean brand that is completely cruelty-free and even has a couple of vegan products.
Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser
This cleanser exfoliates dead skin and is a great pore cleanser. Not only is this product cruelty-free it is also vegan. This product is suitable for skin types.
Click here to buy Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser on Wishtrend
Click here to buy Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser on YesStyle and get 10% off.
Click here to buy Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser on iHerb and get 5% off.
Click here to buy Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser on Amazon US
Skin&Lab is completely cruelty-free and all ingredients are rated safe by EWG. All their products are suitable for people with sensitive skin.
Dr. Pore Tightening : Glacial Clay Facial Mask
The facial mask is made in Korea and is the ingredients are Canadian Glacier Clay and Oatmeal. The mask is a powerful sebum absorber and instantly cools down or soothes the skin.
The Korean skincare brand Benton is inspired by the movie ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’. Benton also obtained a cruelty-free certification with “Beauty without Bunnies” by PETA.
Fermentation Eye Cream
One of their bestselling products is the fermentation eye cream which is made with galacytomyces ferment filtrate, bifida ferment lysate, ceramide, EGF and hyaluronic acid. These ingredients work together to reduce fine lines, makes the skin firmer, reduce wrinkles and prevents the skin against dryness.
8. E Nature
Like the name indicates, E Nature is a Korean brand that respects nature. They are cruelty-free, use eco-friendly packaging and use organic soybean oil to print on the packaging.
The products are currently not available on iHerb, YesStyle or Amazon US. You can buy them on their official website.
Purito is completely cruelty-free and eco-friendly. They use environmentally-friendly recycled paper packaging and they donate
some of their profits to the KFEM.
Centella Green Level Unscented Sunscreen
The sunscreen of Purito is fragrance-free and uses cica extracts to keep the skin hydrated. All ingredients are EWG-verified. Perfect for those with sensitive skin.
Re:p is a Korean skincare brand owned by Neogenlab. It is not only cruelty-free but it also uses eco-friendly ingredients in their products and packaging.
Dermalogy Real Ferment Micro Essence
This hydrating essence contains bifida ferment lysate, saccharomyces ferment filtrate, betula alba juice, rice ferment filtrate and aspergillus ferment. The product is moisturising, brightens the skin and is soothing.
A·True is a K-beauty company which is cruelty-free and also supports the ‘Be-Cruelty-Free‘ campaign. This brand is not available for purchase on YesStyle or iHerb but is available on Amazon US.
A Korean toothpaste company that is completely vegan and cruelty-free. All products are EWG certifiend and the company donates part of their profit to children’s oral care and education. The brand is also PETA certified.
Aromatica is a EWG certified brand which aims to save the planet. They have won an award in 2011 for being the first Korean brand to get EWG certified. Which is pretty cool!
Orange Cleansing Sherbet
The cleansing sherbet is filled with canola oils and organic babassu seed oils. This product dissolves leftover makeup, removes dead skin cells and nourishes the skin.
Cruelty-Free Skincare Certifications & Organisations
Not all the brands listed above are cruelty-free certified. If you only want to use brands that have a certification you want to watch out for the following certification logos.
- PETA – Companies certified by PETA do not perform or commission any animal tests on ingredients or products and won’t do so in the future.
- Leaping Bunny – The Leaping Bunny certification is an internationally acknowledged certification that guarantees that the products or ingredients where never or will never be tested on animals.
Frequently Asked Questions
No, not all cruelty-free products are vegan. Cruelty-free means that the product wasn’t tested on animals. Vegan means that a product doesn’t contain animal-derived ingredients or animal products.
Wishtrend is a great online shop to buy cruelty-free Korean products. Other online shops which have cruelty-free products are iHerb, YesStyle and Amazon.