Updated on June 10, 2021

Guide to Korean Cruelty-Free Skincare & Makeup in 2021

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Cruelty-Free K-Beauty Brands

Here are 10+ Korean cruelty-free skincare brands, as well as, 3 cruelty-free K-beauty makeup brands to shop from in 2021.

To qualify as a K-beauty brand and included in this list, the cosmetic brand must either originate and/or manufacture its products in Korea.

All of the K-Beauty brands mentioned in this list are cruelty-free, meaning they don’t test on animals at any stage of product development. And that includes making sure none of these cruelty-free brands are selling in China where animal testing is mandatory.

In addition to being cruelty-free, brands must either be 100% vegan or offer some vegan products that don’t contain any animal ingredients or by-products.

I also share some of the Korean beauty brands that DO test on animals and should be avoided at the end of this post.

List of Korean Cruelty-Free Brands

Benton cruelty-free Korean skincare brand

Benton

Benton offers a variety of cruelty-free Korean skincare products including sunscreens, masks, and serums, all formulated with natural and ethically-sourced ingredients.

Price Range: $2 – $30

Is Benton Cruelty-Free? Benton is cruelty-free to our standards, as well as, PETA’s.

Is Benton 100% Vegan? Benton is not all vegan. Most of their products are vegan-friendly but you’ll have to read the ingredients list to figure out which of their products are vegan.

Where to buy Benton in the US & Canada? Amazon, iHerb, and Soko Glam


Klairs - Cruelty-Free Korean Skincare Brand

Dear, Klairs

Dear, Klairs makes the best simple skincare products that are effective, functional, safe for sensitive skin and made without any harsh ingredients.

Price Range: $3 – $30

Is Dear Klairs Cruelty-Free? Dear Klairs has met all of the criteria in our Cruelty-Free Checklist and has been verified as cruelty-free to our standards.

Is Dear Klairs 100% Vegan? Most of Klairs products are vegan with the exception of the following:

  • Be Clean Natural Soap (5Types)
  • Cushion Whenever
  • Gentle Black Sugar Facial Polish
  • Mochi BB cushion Refill Kit
  • Rich Moist Soothing Mask
  • Toner Mate 2 in 1 Cotton Pad

Where to buy Dear Klairs in the US & Canada? Soko Glam, iHerb, and Amazon.


Purito Korean cruelty-free cosmetics company

Purito

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: $5 – $25

Is Purito Cruelty-Free? Purito has met all of the criteria in our Cruelty-Free Checklist and has been verified as cruelty-free to our standards.

Is Purito 100% Vegan? All of Purito’s products are vegan.

Where to buy Purito in the US & Canada? Amazon


Sweet Chef clean Korean skincare

Sweet Chef

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.

Price Range: $3 – $25

Is Sweet Chef Cruelty-Free? Sweet Chef is cruelty-free to our standards, as well as, Leaping Bunny’s.

Is Sweet Chef 100% Vegan? All of Sweet Chef products are vegan.

Where to buy Sweet Chef in the US & Canada? Amazon and Target.


Tonymoly is now cruelty-free

TonyMoly

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: $5 – $50

Is Tonymoly Cruelty-Free? TONYMOLY has met all of the criteria in our Cruelty-Free Checklist and has been verified as cruelty-free to our standards.

Is Tonymoly 100% Vegan? Not all of TONYMOLY products are vegan, find a list of its vegan products here.

Where to buy Tonymoly in the US & Canada? Amazon, Ulta, Soko Glam, and Urban Outfitters.


Touch in Sol - Cruelty-Free Korean Makeup Brand

Touch in Sol

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: $5 – $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.

Where to buy Touch in Sol in the US & Canada? Amazon, Sephora, Ulta, and iHerb.


Glow Recipe cruelty-free Korean skincare line

Glow Recipe

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.

Price Range: $10 – $50

Is Glow Recipe Cruelty-Free? Glow Recipe is cruelty-free to our standards, as well as, Leaping Bunny’s.

Is Glow Recipe 100% Vegan? Almost all of Glow Recipe products are vegan with the exception of its Avocado Melt Sleeping Mask which contains manuka honey

Where to buy Glow Recipe in the US & Canada? glowrecipe.com, Sephora, and Amazon.


CLE Cosmetics minimalist makeup and skincare line

CLE Cosmetics

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: $15 – $45

Is CLE Cosmetics Cruelty-Free? CLE Cosmetics has met all of the criteria in our Cruelty-Free Checklist and has been verified as cruelty-free to our standards.

Is CLE Cosmetics 100% Vegan? All of CLE Cosmetics products are vegan.

Where to buy CLE Cosmetics in the US & Canada? clecosmetics.com, Revolve, and Amazon


Then I Met you premium cruelty-free skincare

Then I Met You

Then I Met You is a premium skin care 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 – $50

Is Then I Met You Cruelty-Free? Then I Met You has met all of the criteria in our Cruelty-Free Checklist and has been verified as cruelty-free to our standards.

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.

Where to buy Then I Met You in the US & Canada? thenimetyou.com and Soko Glam


I Dew Care

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: $12 – $25

Is I Dew Care Cruelty-Free? I Dew Care has met all of the criteria in our Cruelty-Free Checklist and has been verified as cruelty-free to our standards. 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? Not all of I Dew Care products are vegan but all of their vegan products are clearly marked.

Where to buy I Dew Care in the US & Canada? Ulta, Beautylish,Target, and Amazon.


Kaja

Kaja (MBX)

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 – $25

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.

Where to buy Kaja in the US & Canada? Sephora and Amazon.


KraveBeauty

KraveBeauty

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: $16 – $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

Peach & Lily

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: $28 – $45

Is Peach & Lily Cruelty-Free? Peach & Lily is cruelty-free to our standards, as well as, Leaping Bunny’s.

Is Peach & Lily 100% Vegan? Almost all of Peach & Lily Collection is vegan with the exception of its KBeauty Rescue Balm which contains beeswax.

Where to buy Peach & Lily in the US & Canada? Ulta


The Vegan Glow - Vegan Clean K-Beauty Skincare Brand

The Vegan Glow

The Vegan Glow calls itself a clean K-beauty skincare brand and ‘inspired by nature, enhanced by science.’ All of their products are strictly formulated with EWG green ingredients. The Vegan Glow offers vegan skincare made with simple yet effective ingredients, as well as, a couple of zero-waste vegan hair care products.

Price Range: $15 – $35

Is The Vegan Glow Cruelty-Free? The Vegan Glow is cruelty-free to our standards, as well as, PETA’s.

Is The Vegan Glow 100% Vegan? All of The Vegan Glow’s products are vegan.

Where to buy The Vegan Glow in the US & Canada? on Amazon


sioris

Sioris

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 their seasonal ingredients used in their skincare products are fresh and produced within 12 months.

Price Range: $8 – $36

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.

Where to buy Sioris in the US & Canada? Amazon and Ohlolly


OTZI

OTZI Skincare (MBX)

OTZI is a skincare brand created by Korean cosmetics company, MBX and Sephora. Targeted to the Gen Z market, all of OTZI’s cruelty-free and vegan skincare products are part of Clean at Sephora program.

Price Range: $25 – $35

Is OTZI Cruelty-Free? OTZI is cruelty-free to our standards as well as PETA. But note that OTZI is owned by MBX, a parent company that owns other brands that are NOT cruelty-free.

Is OTZI 100% Vegan? All of OTZI products are 100% vegan.

Where to buy OTZI in the US & Canada? Sephora


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.

  • Amorepacific
  • Dr. Jart+
  • I’m Meme
  • Innisfree
  • Laneige
  • Mamonde
  • Missha
  • Pony Effect
  • Skinfood
  • Son & Park
  • Sulwhasoo
  • Too Cool For School

Pending K-Beauty Brands

I am currently waiting to hear back to confirm the following brands’ cruelty-free and vegan status. Either I haven’t heard back from them or I have received a response but I’m not satisfied with the information provided to classify the brand as cruelty-free or animal-tested.

  • AHC
  • AROMATICA
  • Banila Co
  • Belif
  • Blithe
  • Blossom Jeju
  • COSRX
  • Goodal
  • Lunik
  • Mediheal
  • Oh K!
  • Primera
  • Saturday Skin
  • Thank You Farmer
  • Whamisa

I will continue to add to this list of cruelty-free Korean beauty brands as new information becomes available, so be sure to check back!


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0 thoughts on “Guide to Korean Cruelty-Free Skincare & Makeup in 2021”

  1. Hi, I would like to find out if the brand Holika Holika is cruelty free. There are limited and mixed responses on the internet. Thank you!

  2. Oh K! Posted on their Instagram that they are working with PETA to get their animal test free certification. I hope they do so.

  3. Hi I loved this post!

    I was wondering if you know anything about 1004 LABORATORY, I haven’t been able to find if they are cruelty-free or not.

  4. Love that you are taken the time to find out this important information for people ,as I love skin care and korean skincare but most of all I love using products that I know no animal has suffered for 😁 .

  5. Hi, i am newly aware about this cruelty free issue’s on skincare and other body care products. I want to thank you for this information about K-Beauty products with cruelty free status. As I am new to this whole cruelty free issue’s i wanted to know, how do we choose the right product brands with cruelty free? I mean is there any portal or websites to check the legitimation of some brand when they declare that they are cruelty free?

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