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Vegan Skin Care by Laura FriskI was never into skin care when I was growing up in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Young, free-spirited, and fresh-faced, I had no use for it. Now in my mid 50s, I have been taking better care of my skin. I don’t want to spend a small fortune on beauty products, and because I am vegan, my skin-care line must be completely cruelty-free and vegan, meaning no animal testing and no animal ingredients.

I realize that there are many wonderful vegan skin-care lines available now, but I recently discovered Devita and wanted to share it with you, since I am extremely happy with its products.

Devita-brand skin care is an all-natural line of aloe-vera-based products that are cruelty-free and completely vegan! The products are also reasonably priced. A jar of daytime moisture cream is about $23.00. I use five of Devita’s many products: the Aloe Vera Moisture Cleanser, the Cool Cucumber Toner, Devita-C Accelerator (an amazing skin-firming solution), the Solar Protective Moisturizer 30 (it’s almost impossible to find a nice day cream with 30 SPF), and the Evening Nutritional Moisturizer.

Devita has a great Web site, devita.net, which is full of information about every one of its products. The site includes a retail locater, with hundreds of stores that carry its line so that you can find the products in your local area.

My skin looks and feels great, I didn’t spend too much, and I have a clear conscience knowing that no animals were harmed for my daily beauty treatment. Check out PETA’s Caring Consumer site for more cruelty-free products.

How about you? What are your favorite cruelty-free vegan skin-care products?

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    Ginda says...

    May 12th, 2009, 12:32 pm

    Thank-you so much for this information. I am always interested in hearing about recommended vegan products, especially skin and body care products.

    Gail Richardson says...

    May 15th, 2009, 7:08 pm

    Clinique is in PETA’s list of cruelty-free companies. Their Moisture Surge gel is awesome for dry skin! I got a free jar at Macy’s in a class-action suit settlement in January (it was over price-gouging and involved a large number of companies). It normally retails for $34.00 for a 1.7-oz. jar and $46.50 for 2.5 oz. (it went up since January, used to be $32.50 and $42.50 respectively). If you can afford it, it’s well worth it – a jar lasts a long time and a little of it goes a long way. Great product!
    P.S. Revlon also has ALWAYS been cruelty-free.

    Tabitha says...

    May 15th, 2009, 8:32 pm

    Clinique and Revon are listed because they don’t test on animals not because they are vegan. They might have some vegan products, which I doubt, but I know they aren’t vegan companies. You should check the products you have.

    I love Lush products, especially the fact that the indgredients for all products are listed and vegan ones clearly marked, and they work to be eco-friendly. The few I’ve tried have been wonderful.
    I usually search for homemade vegan stuff on etsy.com. I’ve found some pretty good products. I love supporting small companies!

    Both places you can read reviews/feedback and see what other people think before you buy.

    Pamela says...

    May 17th, 2009, 8:03 pm

    I’m always interested in learning about effective cruelty-free products. I started using an eye cream by Burt’s Bees, who do not animal test, then was dispirited to learn that Burt’s Bees is now owned by Chlorox — and, no, the name of Chlorox does not appear anywhere on the box or label. All I could do is send an email to Chlorox to let them know I don’t appreciate deception and to urge them to become cruelty-free.

    Laura says...

    May 19th, 2009, 12:29 am

    I love the fact that Avon has amazing products and is a cruelty free company that does not test on animals. I am not sure if they have any vegan products, but their liiv botanicals line is a natural earthy line without preservatives. Especially Avon’s Anew skin care, love love it! And much more reasonably priced then other companies.

    Kathy says...

    May 20th, 2009, 12:54 pm

    The best thing to use on your skin for both make-up removal and moisture is food grade coconut oil. I use this on my face and entire body after a shower. It’s great and I know I am not putting something harmful into my skin.

    Wendy says...

    May 20th, 2009, 6:22 pm

    My husband and I love Devita’s products. They are the best we’ve ever tried.

    susana says...

    May 26th, 2009, 7:38 pm

    since i was told about this I just buy AVON and REVLON because here in Mexico it seems there aren’t many cruelty-free products.

    Susan Hoppler says...

    November 15th, 2009, 12:37 am

    I use Giovanni hair care products because not only are they not tested on animals, but they are also vegan. I buy cruelty-free/vegan products for almost everything that we use for personal hygiene, household products, etc. I am always on the look out for new stuff. I also really like Gabriel and ZuZu makeup. It is a local product – and vegan!

    Renee says...

    February 8th, 2010, 5:59 pm

    I am glad I found you site. I ordered Divita skincare kit to try it. I have used so many lines of skincare!! I sell and use Arbonne, which is a vegan line, however, it is getting expensive for me to buy. I hope I like Divita

    Thanks again for your site and information.
    Renee in CA

    Joyce says...

    October 27th, 2010, 10:54 pm

    I was wondering if anyone knows if avon has any products which are carmine free. Some websites say avon has vegan products and so now I am very confused. Joyce

    jini says...

    January 5th, 2011, 9:09 pm

    Great….we should learn and love to care our skin…

    Deb says...

    January 18th, 2011, 5:15 pm

    I recommend Arbonne products!! They are certified vegan…no animal by-products and never tested on animals….not many companies can say that. Pure, Safe and Beneficial. Love it!!!

    Izabella says...

    January 28th, 2011, 1:52 pm

    I always love finding out new products. All vegan products promote eco-conscious lifestyle, so even though I’m not vegan I only buy vegan and organic products…thank you for another tip.
    Also if you are looking for another great cosmetic line that’s 100% vegan and 100% organic – try Rare2be….so affrodable and so good!
    try it!

    Katharine says...

    May 22nd, 2011, 1:45 am

    L’occitane products are the best. The do not test on animals and are all vegan except for some honey in a few products. Their Immortelle line is great (precious cream for night and foaming face wash are amazing) and the Shea cream SPF 20 for face in their line is life-changing.

    Simone says...

    July 3rd, 2011, 12:37 pm

    The difficulty I have with a lot of vegan skincare products is that they contain preservatives like phenoxyethanol.

    Unfortunately I have very sensitive/reactive skin and am trying to find products that are preservative free. I don’t eat food with preservatives (because it causes an allergic reaction) so I definitely don’t want to absorb them through my skin.

    The only products I have found so far that I can use are: 100% Pure (excluding their honey range), Inika, Stem Organics, L’Occitane’s Shea & Cotton range and Decleor’s Aromessence Serums (100% essential oils).

    It’s not a big list unfortunately. Recommendations most welcome!

    Simone says...

    July 3rd, 2011, 1:29 pm

    I should add a note that some Stem Organics products contain lactic acid so not all their products are vegan.

    It’s a shame really that some great organic skincare products while being preservative free (which is a plus for those of us with sensitive skin eg: Dr Bronners lip balm) are not actually vegan because they contain ingredients like lactic acid, beeswax or carmine.

    Morgan says...

    October 20th, 2011, 10:07 pm

    While not exactly skincare, I use a totally organic and CERTIFIED VEGAN haircolour line, which is available in the UK, Europe, the States and now in Canada! (where I am.) Anyone looking for that sort of thing, check out Organic Colour Systems. It’s also 100% ammonia free, no animal testing, ethically sourced, and low in many carcinogens and irritants (no sulphates, PPDs, pthalates, etc.) OCS also carries the ONLY keratin smoothing system that is SAFE- uses NO formaldehyde, and is approved by the FDA.

    I’m pregnant, and feel very safe using it on myself, and on my clients.

    I’m looking for a good vegan bust cream, something that will be good for me and not harmful for my future kidlet, but that also offers good “support”. Any suggestions?

    Valerie says...

    January 28th, 2012, 2:06 am

    As a certified esthetician, I have worked with several skin care lines including Skinceuticals (in school, which I hated because it is NOT cruelty free), Dermalogica (who doesn’t test on animals), Arbonne (which quite frankly is too expensive).Personally I have tried many many more lines on my hyper-sensitive, dry, natural redhead skin…I have had the best luck with making my own skin care regime, it’s easy and free to find the information to make your own products and then they are GUARANTEED cruelty free and vegan because you made them yourself!

    Marian says...

    March 26th, 2012, 1:51 pm

    If only we believed our mothers when we were young! We’d have started looking after our skin long before we hit middle age. That’s the beauty of youth tho’, we don’t think about ageing, we feel immortal! Till we’re about 30 anyway and then the reality hits us!

    Jan Anderson says...

    January 30th, 2013, 10:10 pm

    Arbonne is a 30 year old Swiss company that is vegan and on PETA’s cruelty-free list http://www.peta.org/living/beauty-and-personal-care/default.aspx. The entire product line is free of animal products and bi-products and they don’t test on animals and never have!

    Arbonne has over 450 health and wellness products! Everything from a baby line to the number one anti-aging line. They also have shampoo, conditioner, body wash, a full detox spa line which is to absolute die for! Plus they have a health and wellness line with vegan protein shakes and fizzy energy tablets!

    Check out my website http://www.JanAndJamie.MyArbonne.ca

    All the products can be purchased online and they have a 45 day money back guarantee.

    Contact me through my website if you have any questions.

    Akaeila says...

    February 3rd, 2013, 7:20 pm

    My favorite vegan and organic skin care is Whistler Naturals – they don’t test on animals or use animal product ingredients, which is very important to me. I love their products because you can really see, feel, and smell the beautiful ingredients, kind-of like Eminence, which used to be my favorite, but they are about 1/2 the price.

    Chelsea says...

    February 15th, 2013, 10:26 pm

    My Favorite Skin Care line is Ingenue. It’s sold exclusively at Whole Foods. Their products are PETA certified. Vegan. No parabens, sulfates, added fragrance, gluten free, and are all eco friendly. The line is made in the US from small indendent mom and pop families. Ingenue has polypeptides to help with skin regeneration, fine lines and wrinkles and all natural plant extracts. I have some dark spots from acne scars and within several weeks they have diminshed! I no longer wear cover up and feel secure and happy with me skin. I am no longer going to use over priced department store brands filled with Parabens, animal byproducts and aren’t eco friendly! So happy to have found a skin care that is eco friendly, vegan and has helped my skin look and feel healthy :)

    britney says...

    April 12th, 2013, 6:07 pm

    I find Argan Oil works well on my skin. Suffered for a number of years with dry patches but by applying the argan oil I have been getting some great results. A friend of mine has been using Devita for a couple of weeks now so I am awaiting her feedback to see how it compares.

    Tina says...

    July 22nd, 2013, 6:53 pm

    OH and I’m sorry, I completely forgot to address this but Avon, Clinique and Revlon DO TEST on animals! They are on the list as of July 22, 2013.

    Brandy says...

    October 21st, 2013, 3:47 pm

    Bona Clara is vegan, never tests on animals, and on top of that, actually has active ingredients to combat the signs of aging. A lot of products are just vegan, and that’s it!

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    Sarah says...

    January 5th, 2014, 11:13 pm

    Hurraw! provides amazingly nourishing and conditioning raw, vegan, organic, natural lip care. ACURE has amazing vegan hair and skin care products. Their line is based on Ayurveda, but suit skin type and condition well. They have Marula oil and Argon oil for reasonable prices, ethically sourced. For more “clinical” vegan and cruelty-free lines, check out Hylunia, Paul Penders, and VbeautĂ©.

    Tierra says...

    February 20th, 2014, 12:32 am

    I love Bare Bones Skincare and Deva Curl

    Amber says...

    April 1st, 2014, 12:03 am

    I love Arbonne’s products. Amazing skin care line, nutrition line and cosmetics. All are vegan, free of parabens, no mineral oil, gluten free, soy free, dairy fee. They work great and my skin is amazing!

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