On the hunt for the best cruelty-free and vegan eye cream for dark circles, bags, or puffiness?
Most of the popular and most-recommended eye creams are from brands that are currently still testing on animals, including Clinique, Olay, Origins, Kiehl’s, Lancome, and Shiseido which are all brands that are not cruelty-free.
Even though some brands may claim they’re cruelty-free and don’t test on animals, most eye creams contain ingredients from animal origin including glycerin derived from animal fat, squalane derived from shark oil, animal sourced-cholesterol, lanolin, and beeswax.
But thankfully there are lots of effective vegan eye creams to choose from that weren’t tested on animals and better yet, don’t contain any animal-derived ingredients or by-products.
I’ve tried a bunch of cruelty-free and vegan eye creams throughout the years and found these ones to be the most effective at reducing dark circles and puffiness while nourishing and hydrating my eye area for a more youthful and brighter appearance!
Vegan Eye Creams
StriVectin’s Hyaluronic Tripeptide Gel-Cream for Eyes ($65) – This is an award-winning cruelty-free and vegan eye cream with its unique dual-phase swirled gel cream to help intensely hydrate & moisturize the delicate eye area and reduce the look of fine lines, dark circles, and puffiness in just one week! I’ve used this stuff before and it’s fantastic!
100% Pure’s Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream ($29) – This is an amazing and effective all-natural vegan eye cream to help de-puff and brighten dark circles. It contains anti-inflammatory, caffeine rich green tea and coffee and is concentrated with potent anti-aging vitamins and antioxidants to awaken the eye area, and nourishing rosehip oil for softer, more youthful skin.
Athar’a Pure’s Moroccan Coffee Eye Cream ($25) – This cruelty-free eye cream by Athar’a Pure is absolutely incredible! It helps to nourish and hydrate your eye area resulting in looking more awake and brighter almost immediately after using! It’s also formulated without harmful chemicals, fragrances, synthetics or parabens and is made with pure, Organic Moroccan Argan oil, Avocado, Shea Butter, Coffee Arabica Green Tea.
ELF’s Illuminating Eye Cream ($10) – The options for affordable cruelty-free and vegan eye cream is limited but this one from ELF is only $10 and has rave reviews. It claims to hydrate the eye area and minimize dark circles with this rich formula that nourishes and deeply hydrates the skin with jojoba, vitamin E, and cucumber. It’s also, thankfully, free from Parabens, Sulfates, and Phthalates. However, I wouldn’t recommend this for sensitive skin.
Derma E’s Advanced Peptides & Collagen Eye Cream ($30) – If you’re looking for an effective vegan eye cream to buy at the drugstore, then I would recommend Derma E. This double-action eye cream visibly smooths the look of even the deepest wrinkles and crow’s feet for more youthful eyes. 100% vegan, cruelty-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free, mineral oil-free, lanolin-free, gluten-free, GMO-free.
INIKA Organic’s Phytofuse Renew Resveratrol Eye Cream ($60) – Want a certified organic + vegan eye cream that actually works? I recently tried INIKA Organic’s new certified organic eye cream and I was pleasantly impressed with the formula! It’s a lightweight eye cream that contains powerful plant actives to reduce the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles, improves delicate skin elasticity and evens out the skin-tone reducing the visibility of dark circles.
*Dermalogica’s Age Reversal Eye Complex ($80) – This anti-aging eye cream is formulated with retinol to help reduce the appearance of fine lines. With microencapsulated niacinamide and ash tree bark extract, it reduces dark circles, while powerful peptides and botanical extracts work to make skin visibly smoother.
*Note: Dermalogica is cruelty-free, however, Dermalogica is owned by Unilever, a parent corporation that does test on animals.
*Drunk Elephant’s C-Tango™ Multivitamin Eye Cream ($64) – Like most of Drunk Elephant’s skincare products, this is a cult-favorite! A rich and restorative eye cream featuring eight peptides, five forms of vitamin C, and cucumber extract for visibly firmer, brighter-looking skin. Free of essential oils, silicones, and fragrance.
*Note: Drunk Elephant is cruelty-free, however, Drunk Elephant is owned by Shiseido, a parent corporation that does test on animals.