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Top Six Cruelty-Free Anti-Aging Creams

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image001Want healthier, younger-looking skin, but not at the expense of animals in laboratories? We’re here to help! PETA Prime polled PETA staffers to find out their favorite cruelty-free beauty creams and settled on six top picks. Many of the women we talked to credited sunscreen for fending off the effects of aging, so we’ve included a short list of the most popular cruelty-free sunscreens as well.

We also discovered another secret that doesn’t come in a jar: Most of the women we polled said that their skin improved dramatically when they adopted a healthier lifestyle, which included eating a healthy vegan diet comprised mainly of whole foods (vegetables, fruit, nuts, and grains), avoiding processed foods as much as possible, and following a daily exercise routine (even just 15 minutes a day).

All the creams below are vegan (they contain no animal ingredients) and are made by companies that do not test on animals-and parent companies don’t test on animals either. The products are listed by price, from the least to the most expensive (although even the priciest pick won’t break the bank).

Sea Moss Moisturizer by Alba

What price beauty? $12.00

Where can I get it? It’s available at Whole Foods and online at

Why we love it: “I have been switching to skin-care products that are made with organic and botanical ingredients. I particularly like this moisturizer because it doesn’t cause my skin to break out and it has a light fragrance that makes me feel like I’m on a beach vacation.”

-Robyn W.

25,000 I.U. Vitamin E Age Renewal Moisturizing Crème by J?SÖN

What price beauty? $12.99

Where can I get it? It’s available at health-food stores and select supermarkets as well as online at

Why we love it: “I like it because it’s fragrance-free, gentle on the skin, and not greasy. It also lasts a long time. A little goes a long way.”

-Kristina L.

Ester-C Crème by J?SÖN

What price beauty? $15.00

Where can I get it? It’s available at most natural- or health-food stores-or even grocery stores that carry higher-end products-and online at

Why we love it: “I’m doing my best to hold wrinkles at bay, and this rich cream seems to be helping! It doesn’t clog my pores, it feels light and fresh, and it absorbs well. A little goes a long way. It’s reasonably priced too.”

-Jen O.

Vitamin E Moisture Cream by The Body Shop

What price beauty? $16.00

Where I get it? It’s available at The Body Shop stores and online at

Why we love it: “I’m too cheap and lazy to keep up separate regimes for summer and winter. This cream is light and refreshing in summer, but it is still effective enough to keep my skin soft and supple in winter. There’s also a night cream in the range that treats your skin to a super-rich boost of moisture without being filmy or greasy.”

-Paula H.

Vitamin C Renewal Facial Cream by Avalon Organics

What price beauty? $16.00

Where can I get it? It’s available at Whole Foods, many drug stores, and online at

Why we love it: “It has a wonderful citrus scent. It’s light, yet moisturizes deeply, and it contains many organic ingredients.”

-Kristie P.

Aloe & Green Tea Oil-Free Moisturizer by Alba

What price beauty? $16.95

Where can I get it? It’s available at GNC, Whole Foods, some Trader Joe’s stores, and online at

Why we love it: “This cream is absorbed quickly and leaves no greasy feeling or look behind. The smell is nice and not overwhelming like some moisture creams are. Best of all, the ingredients are organic!”

-Shelia M.

Bonus: Cruelty-Free Sunscreens

Sunscreen use is essential in preventing the aging effects of sun exposure. You should look for a sunscreen that has a SPF (sun protection factor) of 15 or higher. The following are some of the PETA staffers’ favorite sunscreens:

Ocean Potion Sunblock Products

Available at most drug stores, such as Walgreens and Rite Aide, and online at

Trader Joe’s Face & Body Sunscreen

Available at most Trader Joe’s stores.

Alba Botanica’s Very Emollient Sunblock

Available at health-food stores and online at

No-Ad’s Sunblock Lotions

Available at Kmart, various other stores, and online at

What are your favorites?

This guest post was written by Jenny Woods. Jenny is a  Senior Communications Administrator for PETA.

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    Laura Frisk says...

    May 5th, 2010, 6:40 pm

    Great blog, thanks for all the info. A couple of these products look like things I need to have!

    Liza says...

    May 7th, 2010, 7:11 pm

    MMmm CAMOCARE products are great, too! I looove Jason, thought. Avalon is great, too. And most of these are organic, too!

    Beth says...

    May 7th, 2010, 10:23 pm

    Alba also has a really great, very gentle facial scrub as well!

    Pamela Vaughan says...

    May 8th, 2010, 8:30 am

    Avon’s Anew line is a great product as well. Affordable AND the don’t test on animals. I buy no other products except Avon. They are the best!

    Dianne says...

    May 8th, 2010, 10:26 am

    I went on-line today specifically to find just this item, and – ta da, there you are with the information. Thank you!

    Rosemary Bernier says...

    May 9th, 2010, 1:20 am

    Just to let everyone know that Mary Kay has not and never will test her products on animals! I’m very proud to say that!

    Lee says...

    May 15th, 2010, 12:41 pm

    Thanks for this! I have been looking for Ocean Potion for two years…I can no longer find it at the drugstores in Cleveland, Ohio. Now I can order it on line!

    Suzanne says...

    May 15th, 2010, 1:11 pm

    What a wonderful way to check out animal friendly products. Lists like this are so helpful to those of us who love animals and abhor cruelty. Thank you for doing this!

    r says...

    May 15th, 2010, 2:28 pm

    Great list. I love the idea of cruelty-free AND inexpensive. Will check out.

    Kay Baker says...

    May 15th, 2010, 11:04 pm

    Thanks so much. I try to only buy cruelty free products and these prices are right on. I live in a small town where there is little variety in products. Great to know these are available online.

    Abigail says...

    May 16th, 2010, 11:27 am

    Any ideas for a higher end anti aging cream that is cruelty free? I’m starting to get to the point where Botox is more and more of a consideration but still not something I am comfortable with. I have seen some creams which appear to be very potent and actually produce results but the thought of giving a few hundred (or whatever) dollars to a company that test puts most of the items into the “not an option” category. Thoughts? Thanks in advance!

    kim says...

    May 16th, 2010, 9:15 pm

    40carrots is great too

    Lib says...

    May 17th, 2010, 2:19 pm

    Arbonne RE9 products are great. A local Arbonne consultant is not hard to find, and she/he can offer discounts and specials prices.

    Elisa Wolfe says...

    May 18th, 2010, 8:18 pm

    Abigail, I’ve been using Amino Genesis skin care for a year and I love it.
    There are no animal products in them and they do not test on animals.
    I suggest you go to their Web-site and review the products which would
    be suitable for your needs. Good luck!

    Marc Tangabekyan says...

    May 22nd, 2010, 2:11 am

    This site is helpful for me to select the exact product.

    Vickie Breen says...

    June 4th, 2010, 7:16 pm

    This web site has very helpful information and a selection of reasonably priced products and the comments given are also good.
    I will visit this site again and recomend it to my friends.

    nancy says...

    January 4th, 2011, 4:22 am

    I like to use natural oils. Rose seed hip oil naturally contains vitamin A which increases cell turnover. When my skin is extremely dry I use avocado oil mixed with kukui oil.

    Carol says...

    March 15th, 2012, 6:24 pm

    I noticed a few older posts about Avon and Mary Kay not testing on animals. Too bad this is no longer true. I will longer purchase from Avon and have informed my relatives who use Mary Kay that their no animal testing policy has changed. I’ve sent an e-mail to both companies to let them know why I have chosen to discontinue purchasing their products. I am also getting the word out via social netting working sites such as Twitter and Facebook.

    gloria taber says...

    March 30th, 2012, 4:22 pm

    Thanks so much for having the anti aging and sunblock info available. I really want to use products that aren’t tested on animals. You have really helped me. Thanks again.

    Patricia King says...

    June 23rd, 2012, 10:50 am

    I was extremely dissappoint when I learned of Avon & Mary Kay’s change. I also sent both companies emails as well.
    They were my staple…but no more, so on the search for other skin care products..

    Glova says...

    July 8th, 2012, 5:39 am

    I appreciate this posting so much. I have been a Clinique user for over 20 years and have been so pleased with how they have been able to provide an array of products to accommodate my very, very sensitive skin as I’ve aged.
    What I’m not pleased with is the choice made by their parent company (Estee Lauder) to move their products into China and therefore begin testing on animals. Now I am looking for a completely new regime including sunscreen. I am dreading this process as it opens me up to having reactions with each product I try. I’m more saddened by the choice to place the potential for profit over a long-held trust they’ve had with their current customer base.

    Thank you for the blog and to everyone who has shared since. Wish me luck!

    Jan says...

    August 13th, 2012, 2:58 am

    I used to use Liz Earle products but stopped when they sold out to Avon. I was thinking of swapping to Body Shop, but have been told they are now owned by L’Oreal. Both Avon and L’Oreal test on animals which obviously I am totally against. It seems unethical to me that companies can say they are cruelty free but they are owned by parent companies that are not. Presumably some of the smaller companies profits go to the larger parent companies? It is so difficult to know what to buy they is completely free of animal testing or does not contribute to animal testing. Any help or views please?

    Shannon says...

    September 24th, 2012, 3:21 pm

    BE CAREFUL when reading comments in articles that are posted years ago – many of the comments boasting that Mary Kay & Avon do not test are false as of 2012! Both companies are on PETA’S “Companies that DO test on animals” list – just a warning to people reading for accurate information – always check the lists for CURRENT STATUS.

    dshatin says...

    October 28th, 2012, 12:46 pm

    To All, thank you so much for providing the truth about some of what had been excellent top skincare companies, Estee Lauder and Mary Kay and Avon. I am so bummed out. Suffice the China flag has been raised in Ohio at Sensara (formerly Honeywell) as even with record breaking products the co. has opened a spanking brand new facility in CHINA, fired all at the American location but not before forcing them to train Chinese workers….there is a huge unfortunate and ungodly link between what we female oonsumers of skincare and beauty products made with NO ANIMAL TESTING and the rush to China by Estee et al where they will test all they want and sell to the Chinese elite who care nothing about animal cruelty testing let alone respect for Chinese workers.

    So I will continue to ck this site for updates vis a vis cosmetics and skincare cruelty free. We should also pressure these companies who changed from no testing on animals to testing on animals and placing China above the USA in terms of their product focus.

    Susie says...

    January 23rd, 2013, 11:36 am

    I too have been using Estee Lauder for years (30+), but will no longer give them my loyalty. I will email my thoughts to them, as well. Thanks for sharing the products that do not test on our preciouos animals who should all be loved and PROTECTED from these money hungry beasts.

    Sheila Hume says...

    January 31st, 2013, 2:55 pm

    I just emailed Estee Lauder and told them I will not buy their product anymore due to the fact that they test on animals. I had thought they were cruelty free before? Going back to Arbonne, which is vegan/cruelty free.

    marilyn says...

    February 24th, 2013, 2:15 pm

    I use NO-AD sunscreen as it has a bunny on it…claiming not tested on animals…better yet why not put large lettering on packege…mentioning not tested on animals….thanks

    Olivia says...

    April 7th, 2013, 12:54 pm

    Adding on to what other Shannon and other commentators have said, the dates of the articles are important as changes with companies policies can occur.

    It would be helpful to put the full date of articles (day/month/year) instead of the time. Having the date would allow readers quicker analysis to understand the relevance of the article.

    Anyways, this great to have and for readers to start their search! Thanks!

    Sandra Godsey says...

    May 22nd, 2013, 11:35 pm

    I s using Avenno but I soon I heard they test on animals I stopped to used and now I am searching for a new one :)
    I don’t want nothing comes from China a country full of cruelty:(

    Samantha says...

    July 11th, 2013, 9:01 pm

    I appreciate this post quite a bit as I’m trying to go cruelty free with all my beauty products. I will have to give some of these a try in the near future – especially since many of them don’t actually cost as much as I thought they would.

    Diane says...

    February 8th, 2014, 9:13 am

    I have been buying cruelty free for years. I always appreciate updates. I used to use Avon and Mary Kaye, but will never buy their products again until they once again become cruelty free. I have emailed the Avon company MANY times asking about their policy. They try to make it sound like they are cruelty free, but say that there are laws in other countries such as China that require it. There is a solution to that. STOP SELLING TO THOSE COUNTRIES!!!

    Ann says...

    February 18th, 2014, 10:58 pm

    Lush’s Shangri La is another great moisturizer – it’s a little pricey, but it is so rich and does such nice things for my skin it’s worth the splurge. Also, the Yes line has a Yes to Blueberries line which is good for 50+ skin…

    perri says...

    February 25th, 2014, 4:00 pm

    I am 60 now and no one believes I am that old. (Love the compliments I received in March on my 60th birthday.) I have been using Made from Earth’s moisturizers (Vitamin C & Vitamin Enhanced) for a number of years now and I just love it. My skin looks great. The product goes a long way. I am so glad that you are talking about this cream.

    nadiap says...

    March 4th, 2014, 9:15 pm

    Im with Perri. .. the Made from Earth products work wonders on my skin. I dont look a day over 35 and I am WAY over :)

    Helene says...

    March 12th, 2014, 8:45 pm

    I use olive oil and coconut oil from the
    Natural Store.Avon , Mary Kay , L’Oreal…mostly big name companies, all have toxic chemicals in their products.READ the ingredients!

    Sam says...

    March 20th, 2014, 5:45 pm

    I wonder if the sun care product of ocean potion “protect and renew face, anti aging and fragrance free” – is vegan? There is glycerin in it.
    I wrote to Ocean Potion about cruelty free… yet did not receive any answer.
    If anyone knows about this, it would be nice to know – that/if it is cruelty free.

    Doreen Fanelli says...

    March 30th, 2014, 12:01 am

    Mary Kay pays China for snimsl testing do they can sell there. So does Avon. Mary Kay does not support animal testing. Mary Kay is committed to the elimination of animal testing and is a strong advocate of utilizing alternative methods to substantiate the safety of our ingredients and products. We do not conduct animal testing on our products or ingredients, nor ask others to do so on our behalf, except when absolutely required by law. For more than two decades, we have been a global leader in helping to develop alternative testing methods for product safety. This commitment continues today, in partnership with global regulatory agencies that manage cosmetic safety, with animal advocacy groups and with leading animal alternative researchers.

    jennifer says...

    April 16th, 2014, 4:18 am

    Doreen Fanelli, Your entire commentary is contradictory. The fact that Mary Kay pays China for animal testing so that they can sell there is and of itself supportive of animal testing. That’s a ridiculous disclaimer. It’s very simple, really. Don’t sell to countries that compromise your ethics. If you do, don’t hide behind a bogus statement claiming you’re not at fault. MK reps that know this and continue to sell the products are just as guilty of animal cruelty as the company itself.

    Shoebacca says...

    April 23rd, 2014, 10:32 pm

    Perfectly said, Jennifer. So sick of cosmetic reps talking out of both sides of their faces. Consumers aren’t idiots and we find out when companie lie to us. The smart consumers spend their dollars elsewhere. Mary Kay and Avon are gigantic pro-cruelty offenders, as well as many brands I prefer (Clinique, Bobbi Brown). I have to find replacements for everything because it’s the right thing to do.

    Sarah says...

    May 2nd, 2014, 6:00 pm

    It would help if you could put down UK products on these lists as well.

    Tamara says...

    May 10th, 2014, 1:55 am

    Arbonne International is cruelty free, PETA certified, available through independent consultants in the UK, Australia, Canada, US, and soon in Poland. See

    Zdenka says...

    May 20th, 2014, 4:04 am

    Is it true that Avon is testing on animals to enter the market in China? I heard that all the products there must be tested on animals but dont know if it is true???

    Emily Goodwin says...

    May 22nd, 2014, 9:55 pm

    A rule of thumb, if the bottle doesn’t say “not tested on animals” they DO test in animals. Also it should be noted that “not tested on animals” and “cruelty free” are not interchangeable terms. Cruelty free requires no animal by products such as milk or beeswax. Peta’s website is a great guide except it only shows the “cruelty free” products.

    maria says...

    September 9th, 2014, 12:32 pm

    Some of the products you mentioned are NOT cruelty free. Avon, Mary K, ect. Any company that sells products out of china, tests on animals. Check Peta s website or get the leaping bunny app.

    Dagmara says...

    November 9th, 2014, 4:48 pm

    I believe the Body Shop has been purchased by L’Oreal. L’Oreal still does testing on animals

    maria says...

    November 25th, 2014, 5:39 pm

    hi – can someone please post the email addresses for Estee, L’oreal, Avon, etc…so we can all bombard them with complaints about the China connection and the animal cruelty? It’s sickening what they do to animals in Asia and we need to start speaking up – thanks.

    michaela says...

    December 8th, 2014, 11:14 pm

    I have very sensitive skin and the Somaluxe brand is the only one that does not irritate my skin while helping me with my wrinkles. I have used the Somaluxe Moisturizer with the Lady Soma Berry Mask – and was very satisfied with results. I only wish that the selection of products was broader.

    Tina says...

    December 9th, 2014, 12:01 am

    FYI “Fragrance” as an ingredient is made from killing beavers, cutting out their anal poop sacs and mixing it into cosmetics and FOOD. Get this the poop is mixed into our food and they label it as “natural flavor” because it has a vanilla type smell. Can you imagine??! FOUL AND WRONG!!!

    stephanie says...

    February 5th, 2015, 7:51 am

    Arbonne has the best cruelty free, vegan certified and gluten free products! !

    Pam Kelly says...

    February 11th, 2015, 9:05 am

    Many thanks to Maria (Dec) & Jennifer last April for saying these companies have to be held to account & for contradicting Doreen Fanelli (last March). (It would be good if PETA could supply the best email contact addresses but failing that I reckon we have to research ourselves & try & remember to pass on to other protestors.) If anyone says they test on animals only when the law requires it then quite simply they do test on animals &never trust that company. The laws are absurd & profit wins. As for China, attitudes there are inhumane & that’s the most polite you can say. Body Shop selling to L’Oreal was a gross betrayal although they will write long replies of protest about their ethics, but it’s meaningless when the parent company is so disgracefully cruel. Thanks for the tip on Arbonne International. I’m in the UK so not all names are relevant.
    While on the subject of China beware any leather or fur trimmed goods as dogs are butchered & skinned for these in ways you really cannot believe. The whole topic needs to be thoroughly aired. Thanks everyone.

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