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Looking for some cruelty-free Korean skincare and vegan Korean makeup brands to try? In this ethical shopping guide, I share some cruelty-free K-beauty brands that don’t test on animals, along with some vegan Korean makeup options.
What To Look For:
Let’s first begin by asking, is Korean skincare cruelty-free?
Unfortunately, most affordable and high-end Korean skincare and makeup brands are still engaging in animal testing like Laneige, Erborian, Amorepacific, Innisfree, Skinfood, Sulwhasoo, and Too Cool For School, and should be avoided when looking for cruelty-free K-beauty brands to buy from.
Additionally, if you’re for cruelty-free and also vegan Korean skincare and makeup brands, then you’ll want to find brands that don’t use any animal-derived ingredients and by-products like snail mucin, horse oil, beeswax, honey, lanolin, carmine, animal-based glycerin, stearic acid, or other animal-derived additives.
What Korean beauty brands are cruelty-free with vegan options then?
Note: to qualify as a K-beauty brand and be included on these lists, brands must either originate and/or manufacture their products in Korea.
Cruelty-Free Korean Skincare Brands
The following is a list of Korean cruelty-free skincare brands that are either 100% vegan or offer one or more vegan products:
- CLE Cosmetics
- d’Alba Piedmont – 100% Vegan
- Klairs – 100% Vegan
- Glow Recipe – 100% Vegan
- good light – 100% Vegan
- I Dew Care *owned by MBX – 100% Vegan
- Krave – 100% Vegan
- Peach & Lily
- Purito – 100% Vegan
- Saturday Skin – 100% Vegan
- SMD Cosmetics
- Sweet Chef – 100% Vegan
- Superegg – 100% Vegan
- Then I Met You
- Touch in Sol
Cruelty-Free Korean Makeup Brands
And below is a list of Korean cruelty-free makeup brands that are either 100% vegan or have at least one or more vegan item:
I also share some of the K-beauty brands that DO test on animals and should be avoided at the end of this post.
List of K-Beauty Cruelty-Free Brands
Saturday Skin uses cutting-edge research and technology to achieve skin’s perfect balance and well-being with solutions to reset and reveal visibly brighter, glowing skin. Saturday Skin’s products are made in Korea and their products are free from parabens, sulfates, synthetic colors, and fragrances.
Price Range: $6 – $45
Is Saturday Skin Cruelty-Free? Saturday Skin is cruelty-free to our standards.
Is Saturday Skin 100% Vegan? All of Saturday Skin products are 100% vegan.
COSRX is a K-Beauty skincare brand that helps individuals to find solutions according to their personal skin conditions. COSRX is mostly known for its snail mucin skincare products and although those products are obviously not vegan, COSRX does offer many other vegan-friendly skincare products that don’t contain snail mucin or any other animal-derived ingredients. All COSRX products are 100% made and manufactured in Korea.
Price Range: $5 – $32
Is COSRX Cruelty-Free? COSRX is cruelty-free to our standards, meaning none of its products or ingredients are tested on animals.
Is COSRX 100% Vegan? Not all of COSRX products are vegan but they have some vegan products. To know which items are vegan-friendly, look for the Vegan logo on COSRX’s website.
Benton offers a variety of cruelty-free Korean skincare products including sunscreens, masks, and serums, all formulated with natural and ethically-sourced ingredients and designed to restore your skin back to its original, youthful condition with healthy recipes.
Price Range: $3 – $32
Is Benton Cruelty-Free? Benton is cruelty-free to our standards, as well as, PETA’s.
Is Benton 100% Vegan? Not all of Benton’s products are vegan but they have some vegan products. To know which items are vegan-friendly, view all Benton vegan skincare items here.
As a skincare brand that began in 2010 in Seoul, Klairs focuses on developing functional products meant for sensitive skin. Klairs makes the best simple skincare products that are effective, functional, safe for sensitive skin, and made without any harsh ingredients.
Price Range: $3 – $31
Is Klairs Cruelty-Free? Klairs is cruelty-free to our standards, as well as, PETA’s.
Is Klairs 100% Vegan? All of Klairs products are 100% vegan.
Purito is a Korean cruelty-free cosmetics company offering simple skincare products enriched with safe and clean ingredients. Their vegan skincare products are free of parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances & dyes.
Price Range: $8 – $25
Is Purito 100% Vegan? All of Purito’s products are vegan.
Sweet Chef offers a range of fun and clean Korean skincare products formulated with skin-loving vitamins and veggies inspired by all things natural, healthy, and fresh-pressed. Clean, effective, cruelty-free skincare formulated with fresh, antioxidant-rich vegetable and vitamin ingredients – quenching your skin’s thirst has never been so sweet. Mix and match treatments for glowing, healthy skin.
Price Range: $3 – $25
Is Sweet Chef Cruelty-Free? Sweet Chef is cruelty-free to our standards, as well as, Leaping Bunny.
Is Sweet Chef 100% Vegan? All of Sweet Chef products are vegan.
TONY MOLY, known for its adorable packaging and best-selling sheet masks, offers a wide selection of Korean makeup, skin, bath, and body care products for all skin types and budgets.
Price Range: $3.50 – $50
Is Tonymoly Cruelty-Free? TONYMOLY is cruelty-free to our standards, as well as, PETA’s.
Is Tonymoly 100% Vegan? Not all of TONYMOLY products are vegan but they have some vegan products. To know which items are vegan-friendly, look for the vegan leaf icon on their website.
Touch in Sol, known for having the best Korean makeup primer, carries a collection of fun and functional makeup products, manufactured in Korea.
Price Range: $11 – $40
Is Touch in Sol Cruelty-Free? Touch in Sol has met all of the criteria in our Cruelty-Free Checklist and has been verified as cruelty-free to our standards.
Is Touch in Sol 100% Vegan? Not all of Touch in Sol products are vegan. I’m currently verifying a list of its vegan products.
Glow Recipe is a natural, fruit-powered, cruelty-free Korean skincare line designed to help bring out your inner glow. Some of its products are made in South Korea and all are formulated with the highest quality natural ingredients including antioxidant-rich fruit extracts and clinically proven actives.
Price Range: $10 – $45
Is Glow Recipe Cruelty-Free? Glow Recipe is cruelty-free to our standards, as well as, Leaping Bunny.
Is Glow Recipe 100% Vegan? All of Glow Recipe products are vegan.
CLE Cosmetics is a minimalist makeup and skincare line. All of its cosmetics were curated, sourced, and inspired by the latest Korean beauty technology. All of CLE Cosmetics are manufactured in South Korea.
Price Range: $12 – $68
Is CLE Cosmetics 100% Vegan? CLE Cosmetics offers mostly vegan options. Be sure to check the ingredients list.
Then I Met You is a premium skincare brand founded by the creator of Soko Glam, Charlotte Cho. All of its cosmetics are manufactured in South Korea and formulated with clean ingredients, free of artificial colorants, parabens, silicones, and alcohol.
Price Range: $22 – $58
Is Then I Met You Cruelty-Free? Then I Met You is cruelty-free to our standards, as well as, Leaping Bunny.
Is Then I Met You 100% Vegan? Almost all of Then I Met You products are vegan with the exception of its Honey Dew Lip Mask which contains honey.
*I Dew Care (MBX)
I Dew Care believes that skincare should be fun, effortless, and effective. With K-Beauty at its core, I Dew Care is sought out as the next generation of skincare.
Price Range: $10 – $25
Is I Dew Care Cruelty-Free? I Dew Care is cruelty-free to our standards, as well as, PETA’s. *But note that I Dew Care is owned by MBX, a parent company that owns other brands that are NOT cruelty-free.
Is I Dew Care 100% Vegan? All of I Dew Care’s products are 100% vegan.
Kaja creates adorable, bite-size makeup products packed with Korean innovation. Kaja is the first co-developed K-Beauty brand with Sephora, and its unique makeup products are available at Sephora nationwide.
Price Range: $15 – $30
Is Kaja Cruelty-Free? Kaja has met all of the criteria in our Cruelty-Free Checklist and has been verified as cruelty-free to our standards. *But note that Kaja is owned by MBX, a parent company that owns other brands that are NOT cruelty-free.
Is Kaja 100% Vegan? Not all of Kaja products are vegan, find a list of Kaja vegan products here.
KraveBeauty was created by beauty influencer, Liah Yoo, for people who want skincare without the confusion. All of KraveBeauty products are made in Korea and designed to be simple, easy, and uncomplicated.
Price Range: $12.50 – $28
Is Krave Beauty Cruelty-Free? KraveBeauty is cruelty-free to our standards, as well as, PETA’s.
Is KraveBeauty 100% Vegan? All of KraveBeauty products are vegan.
Where to buy KraveBeauty in the US & Canada? kravebeauty.com
Peach & Lily Collection offers a range of Korean cruelty-free skincare products that claim to transform your skin with good, clean ingredients. The collection contains no toxins and no irritation, without compromises. Formulated with clinically proven ingredients so that you can achieve stellar results while using their skincare products.
Price Range: $6 – $55
Is Peach & Lily Cruelty-Free? Peach & Lily is cruelty-free to our standards, as well as, Leaping Bunny.
Is Peach & Lily 100% Vegan? Almost all of Peach & Lily Collection is vegan with the exception of its KBeauty Rescue Balm which contains beeswax.
Sioris believes that clean, natural ingredients grown through the four seasons with great care – stems, roots, grains, fruits, flowers, and leaves – have the power to cultivate the healthiest skin. That’s why Sioris strives to ensure all of the seasonal ingredients used in their skincare products are fresh and produced within 12 months.
Price Range: $10 – $38
Is Sioris Cruelty-Free? Sioris is cruelty-free to our standards.
Is Sioris 100% Vegan? Most of Sioris’s products are certified by the Vegan Society. But they told me two of their products contain organic beeswax and are not vegan.
Good light is gender-inclusive, vegan and cruelty-free K-beauty skincare brand delivering clean, gentle, and super-hydrating skincare for ALL people. Good light’s products are multi-purpose, layerable, and makes your skin better with each use.
Price Range: $12 – $28
Is good light Cruelty-Free? good light is cruelty-free to our standards, as well as, Leaping Bunny.
Is good light 100% Vegan? All of good light products are vegan.
Clean and cruelty-free, Superegg formulas are made with you and our planet in mind. Formulated to match an egg’s nutritional value through 100% vegan ingredients, Superegg’s plant-based egg beauty rituals restore and balance your skin to a smooth radiant complexion.
Price Range: $11 – $72
Is Superegg Cruelty-Free? Superegg is cruelty-free to our standards.
Is Superegg 100% Vegan? All of Superegg products are vegan.
SMD Cosmetics is a natural, award-winning, patented, herbal, cruelty-free Korean skin care offering a collection of powerful and effective, certified, and proven to be anti-aging skincare products.
Price Range: $82 – $220
Is SMD Cosmetics Cruelty-Free? SMD Cosmetics is cruelty-free to our standards.
Is SMD Cosmetics 100% Vegan? Almost all of SMD Cosmetics’ products are vegan except for their Saromae Snail Serum.
d’Alba was born and inspired by the world’s most prized ingredients White Truffles, grown in an Italian sanctuary full of natural gifts which are known as the ‘diamond underground”.
Price Range: $22 – $144
Is d’Alba Piedmont Cruelty-Free? d’Alba Piedmont is cruelty-free to our standards.
Is d’Alba Piedmont 100% Vegan? All of d’Alba Piedmont’s products are certified vegan.
Youthforia is a clean and sustainable makeup brand that makes makeup that’s good for your skin and safe to sleep in. Youthforia follows Green Chemistry principles – formulating with at least 90% naturally derived (instead of fossil fuels) and their products are certified by the USDA BioPreferred Program.
Price Range: $26 – $38
Is Youthforia Cruelty-Free? Youthforia is cruelty-free to our standards, as well as, Leaping Bunny.
Is Youthforia 100% Vegan? All of Youthforia’s products are vegan.
Unleashia is a cruelty-free Korean makeup brand offering a collection of vegan and biodegradable glitter in eco-friendly packaging. Make yourself shine with a variety of Unleashia’s creative makeup products.
Is Unleashia Cruelty-Free? Unleashia is cruelty-free to our standards, as well as, PETA’s.
Is Unleashia 100% Vegan? All of Unleashia’s products are vegan.
Where to buy Unleashia in the US & Canada? Amazon
K-Beauty Brands to Avoid
The following Korean beauty brands are NOT cruelty-free. Almost all of the below brands sell its products in mainland China where animal testing is required by law. As a result, they cannot be considered cruelty-free to our standards.
- Aritaum (Amorepacific)
- Banila Co
- Dr. Jart+
- Hera (Amorepacific)
- I’m Meme
- Innisfree (Amorepacific)
- IOPE (Amorepacific)
- Laneige (Amorepacific)
- Mamonde (Amorepacific)
- PeriPera (Clio Cosmetics)
- Pony Effect
- Son & Park
- Sulwhasoo (Amorepacific)
- Too Cool For School