Cruelty-Free Beauty: Skincare

Leona Lewis for The Body Shop: Cruelty Free Beauty

Following on from Monday’s post about cruelty-free cosmetics, we have now compiled a list of locally-available skincare products, many of which are organic, vegan and/or produced in South Africa too. As before, brands marked with an asterisk appear on PETA’s list of companies that don’t test on animals. You can learn more by visiting the PETA and the Vegan SA product directory.

Cruelty Free Skincare products available in South Africa


Montagne Jeunesse* (Clicks, Dischem, Hyperama and Pick ‘n Pay)
Balm Balm (Stockists)
Esse (Stockists)
African Extracts (Spar, Pick ‘n Pay, Checkers and Dischem, selected Clicks stores and pharmacies)
Neal’s Yard Remedies* (Woolworths, rubybox)
Crabtree & Evelyn* (Store locator)
Dr Hauschka* (Stockists)
Paula’s Choice* (rubybox,
AHAVA* (Absolute Skin, rubybox, other)
Freeman* (Dischem)
LUSH* (V&A Waterfront and Cavendish Square)
Charlotte Rhys (Stockists)
Rain (Store locator)
Woolworths (see list of products)
Savane (Stockists)
Enchantrix (Stockists)
Eco Cosmetics (Stockists)
SOiL (Stockists)

Please note that this list is accurate (although not exhaustive) as far as we are aware and based on recent research. PETA isn’t the only source of such information and their definition of “cruelty free” is not entirely foolproof. Also, not all companies choose to formally pledge with PETA. 

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5 comments on Cruelty-Free Beauty: Skincare

  • Tamsin

    Phew! I just checked PETA’s website and they confirm that Dermalogica doesn’t test on animals. The brand even pulled out of the Chinese market because of animal testing regulations. Good for them!

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  • Lize Hartley

    Nimue has a strict policy of not testing on animals. Their products are also incredible! Scientific, not just cosmetic, so they make a real difference to one’s skin, long- and short-term.

    Following our Twitter discussion, it’s tricky with brands such as The Body Shop who do great work themselves but are owned by L’Oreal [the worst cruelty culprits!], and similarly M.A.C is cruelty-free but owned by Estee Lauder. I got a package from Kiehls today and apparently they’re also owned by L’Oreal [well, I gather, since the package read “From: L’Oreal”]. Boo! Hiss.

    • Jules (author)

      I suppose adding The Body Shop to the list was more of an emotional decision based on their history as a brand – it somehow felt harder to extend the same logic to MAC (for example) who don’t wear their eco-credentials on their sleeves. In all fairness, perhaps they should have made it onto our list after all.

      I’ve also since read that Kiehl’s was acquired by L’Oreal under the same agreement as The Body Shop i.e. they were specifically allowed to keep their products cruelty-free.

      Still, I think it’s up to people to make up their own minds about which brands to trust when it comes to these practices.

      • Jes

        Well said Jules! It’s all a bit of a grey area.

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