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I know a lot of us have been focusing more on our vegan skincare routine lately and if you’re on a budget, I wanted to share some amazing cruelty-free and vegan skincare brands to show that buying conscious and vegan products doesn’t always have to be expensive!
In this guide, I’ll be walking you through 25 of the best top-selling drugstore brands offering a range of cruelty-free and vegan skincare products for $15 and under!
Whether you’re looking for a cruelty-free makeup remover or a vegan hydrating moisturizer or some general vegan skincare products for men, this guide has it all!
Affordable Vegan Skincare
All of the brands mentioned in this list are 100% cruelty-free. I have confirmed with each brand that they do not test their finished products or ingredients on animals and they have met all of the criteria in our Cruelty-Free Checklist.
In addition, some of the brands are also 100% vegan and don’t use any animal-derived ingredients or by-products across their entire product line. I also included some brands that may not be entirely vegan but do offer mostly vegan skincare products, and have noted which products to avoid or how to find out which of their products are vegan-friendly.
Finally, I share some of my personal recommendations on what I would suggest trying out from each cruelty-free and vegan skincare brand! Be sure to let me know if you end up trying out any of the products I recommend and how you like them!
Most of Alba Botanica products are vegan with the exception of their lip balms, body polish, and Unpetroleum jelly which contains beeswax and/or honey. Find Alba Botanica vegan product list here. In addition, Alba Botanica is also Leaping Bunny certified cruelty-free.
If you have acne-prone skin or dealing with break outs, I recommend giving Alba Botanica’s Acnedote collection a try: Acnedote Face & Body Scrub ($10) and Acnedote Maximum Strength Deep Pore Wash ($7)
Most of Andalou Naturals skincare products are vegan with the exception of a few that contain beeswax and/or honey. You can figure out which of their products are vegan as they’re all clearly labelled. Andalou Naturals is also Leaping Bunny certified cruelty-free.
I can’t get enough of Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses skincare collection, all of the products in this line smells so good and formulated with natural ingredients. 1000 Roses Floral Toner ($11), 1000 Roses Beautiful Day Cream ($14), 1000 Roses Cleansing Foam ($12).
Almost all of Bliss products are vegan with a few exceptions. Bliss does use honey, beeswax, and lanolin in some of their skincare products. Find a list of Bliss vegan products here.
Almost all of Botanics skincare products are vegan with the exception of a few that contain organic beeswax. Check the product packaging or description to see if it’s labeled with the “100% vegan” icon. Botanics is Leaping Bunny certified cruelty-free but it should be noted that Botanics is owned by Walgreens, a parent corporation that is NOT cruelty-free.
Botanics is a cruelty-free and vegan-friendly skincare brand based in the UK. I especially love their Organic skincare collection that you can buy at Boots for under £10 and at Ulta. 100% Organic Refreshing Toning Spritz (US$11) and 82% Organic Softening Cleanser (US$11).
All of Bulldog Skincare products are 100% vegan and the brand is also Leaping Bunny certified cruelty-free.
All of cocokind products are 100% vegan and the brand is also Leaping Bunny certified cruelty-free.
Cocokind’s clean and conscious skincare products are around $11-$22 but I wanted to include them to this list of affordable vegan skincare brands. Cocokind products are all-natural, made with organic ingredients, with thoughtful, eco-friendly packaging. I highly recommend their chlorophyll mask ($15), rosewater facial toner ($17), oil to milk cleanser ($18)
All of Derma E’s products are 100% vegan and Derma E is also Leaping Bunny certified cruelty-free.
Derma E is one of my favorite vegan skincare brands. I’ll be honest, most of their products are over $15 but I often find them on sale and they’re still relatively inexpensive for all-natural and vegan products. I love and would recommend just about everything from Derma E’s Vitamin C collection ($8-25).
Most of Desert Essence skincare products are vegan with the exception of a few that contain beeswax. Find a list of Desert Essence vegan products here.
I really like Desert Essence’s Tea Tree Oil Face Cleanser ($15), it’s a great face wash for oily, acne-prone skin and comes in a big bottle so it’s worth the value. Their 100% Australian Tea Tree Oil ($10) is also worth getting too!
All of ELF’s skincare products are 100% vegan and do not contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products.
ELF may be known for the affordable cruelty-free makeup produts but did you know ELF also has a growing collection of vegan skincare products as well? They’re all under $20 and a couple of their best-sellers are: Holy Hydration! Face Cream ($12), Gentle Peeling Exfoliant ($10), and Illuminating Eye Cream ($10).
Every Man Jack
Not all of Every Man Jack’s skincare products are vegan as some contain beeswax and/or lanolin but Every Man Jack offers some vegan skincare products for men.
Almost all of Formula 10.0.6 skincare products are vegan with the exception of their Butter Up – Moisturizing Body Stick which contains beeswax.
Formula 10.0.6 has the best affordable vegan face cleansers and masks for under $10! We recommend their So Totally Clean Deep Pore Cleanser ($7), One Smooth Operator Pore Clearing Face Scrub ($8), and Deep Down Detox Ultra Cleansing Mud Mask ($7).
Fourth Ray Beauty
All of Fourth Ray products are 100% vegan and don’t contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products.
Where to buy Fourth Ray vegan skincare? Ulta
From the creators of ColourPop, Fourth Ray Beauty offers a beautiful range of vegan skincare products, all under $16! Some of their best-sellers I want to try: BFD Cleansing Oil ($14), Turmeric Face Milk ($14), Good Mood Gel Moisturizer ($14).
All Lush products are vegetarian and a handful of them are vegan, simply check the product label or description to see if it’s clearly stated as being vegan.
Where to buy Lush products? lush.com
Not all of Mardio Badescu skincare products are vegan but they do offer a range of vegan-friendly options. Find a list of Mario Badescu vegan products here.
Not everything by Mario Badescu is affordable but some of their cult-classics are under $20 and that’s why I thought they were worth mentioning in this list. Mario Badescu is known for their Drying Lotion ($17), Facial Sprays ($7-12), and Witch Hazel Toner ($14).
Most of Nourish Organic skincare products are vegan with the exception of their deodorants & balm that contain beeswax and their age defense line has yogurt extracts. In addition, Nourish Organic is Leaping Bunny certified cruelty-free.
All of Pacifica products are 100% vegan and don’t contain any animal ingredients or by-products.
Not all of Revolution Skincare products are vegan. All of their vegan-friendly products are clearly marked with a Green V or you can shop all of Revolution Vegan Skincare here.
All of Revolution Skincare products are super affordable and some of their best-selling products include: 15% Niacinamide Serum ($14), 2% Hyaluronic Acid Serum ($10), Blemish And Pore Refining Serum 10% Niacinaminde + 1% Zinc ($7).
Almost all of St. Ives skincare products are vegan with the exception of their Collagen & Elastin Moisturizer and Collagen & Elastin Body Lotion, which contain collagen and elastin derived from a marine source.
St. Ives is cruelty-free but it should be noted that St. Ives is owned by Unilever, a parent corporation that is not cruelty-free and tests on animals.
All of Sukin’s products are 100% vegan and formulated without animal ingredients or by-products.
The Body Shop
The Body Shop is not entirely 100% vegan but they do offer a selection of vegan skincare products. You can shop all of The Body Shop’s vegan skincare products here. In addition, The Body Shop is Leaping Bunny certified cruelty-free.
The Body Shop is well-known for their Tea Tree Oil skincare collection including their iconic Tea Tree Oil ($10), Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash ($6), and Tea Tree Skin Clearing Mattifying Toner ($6).
The Inkey List
Almost all of The Inkey List skincare products are vegan except for a few that contain beeswax and/or egg derivatives. Find out which of The Inkey List products are vegan here.
Some of the best-selling The Inkey List vegan products I really want to try are their Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Serum ($8), Retinol Anti-Aging Serum ($10), and Salicylic Acid Acne + Pore Cleanser ($10)
All of The Ordinary products are vegan and Leaping Bunny certified cruelty-free.
The Ordinary is cruelty-free but it should be noted that The Ordinary is owned by Estee Lauder, a parent corporation that is not cruelty-free and tests on animals.
All of Versed products are 100% vegan and don’t contain animal ingredients or by-products. Versed is also Leaping Bunny certified cruelty-free.
Versed products are around $15-22 but I really wanted to include them in this list because I would still consider their all-natural and clean, vegan skincare products affordable. I recommend their Cleansing Balm ($18) and Dew Point Moisturizing Gel Cream ($15).
Not all of Yes To skincare products are vegan, you can find a list of Yes To vegan products here. Yes To is also Leaping Bunny certified cruelty-free.