Although I am not a 100% Cruelty-Free consumer, I’m trying to make more Cruelty-Free purchases. From a high-end perspective, I have much better luck finding Cruelty-Free products. However, I still struggle to find affordable, Cruelty-Free makeup, skincare, and haircare brands.
In today’s post, I’ve compiled a list of some of 65+ of the most affordable Cruelty-Free makeup, skincare, and haircare brands that are sold at the drugstore or that are sold at affordable prices. Please keep reading to discover some affordable, Cruelty-Free makeup, skincare, and hair care brands!
What is Cruelty-Free Beauty?
Cruelty-Free brands are beauty/personal-care brands that do not test their products on animals. This means that these brands do not personally conduct animal testing, but it also means that they do not pay for or submit to third-party animal testing in countries that require this by law.
Please note, I do consider a brand Cruelty-Free even if they are owned by a parent company that is not 100% Cruelty-Free. For more on Cruelty-Free Beauty, please check out this post.
Final Thoughts on Affordable Cruelty-Free Makeup, Skincare, and Haircare Options
I was pleasantly surprised by the growing volume of affordable or drugstore Cruelty-Free cosmetics brands on the market. In fact, in the US, there are way more Cruelty-Free options than non-Cruelty-Free options in the color cosmetic category. That being said, I struggled to find Cruelty-Free Skincare and Haircare, as many drugstores/beauty retailers largely sell established, mainstream brands that are not Cruelty-Free.
Newer brands are taking a bigger stand against animal testing, while many established, affordable brands still test on animals due to legal requirements mandated in some territories where they sell products. I expect that more and more brands will become Cruelty-Free as consumer preferences continue to shift away from products that are tested on animals.
Disclaimer: “Affordable” is a subjective term – I recognize that what I deem affordable may still be a significant cost to others and that some drugstore brands on this list are still rather pricey. However, compared to prestige and luxury brands, the aforementioned brands are far more price-friendly… especially given that these brands often go on sale or can be purchased at a discount with coupons.
Have you tried any of these affordable Cruelty-Free makeup, skincare, or haircare brands? Any affordable Cruelty-Free makeup, skincare, or haircare brands missing from my list? Please let me know in the comments below.