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Cruelty-Free Brands| High-End

Last updated February 20, 2019.

Happy New Year!🎉🎉

I wanted to start of 2019 with a post that is meaningful to me.

As you may know, in the spring of 2018, I made the personal decision to go cruelty-free with my beauty products. I could no longer, with a clear conscious, support the unnecessary and inhumane testing of beauty products, a complete luxury item, on animals. I won’t go into the gruesome details of what that testing involves, but using one word to describe it, it’s torture. At this point, it’s not even about safety. Virtually every ingredient has already been tested, and there are more accurate alternative methods of testing. The continued testing on animals is totally inexcusable to me.

As I mentioned in my Top 3 Tips for Going Cruelty-Free article, I think it is a completely personal choice and have no desire to berate anyone not choosing to go cruelty-free. I also don’t think it’s reasonable to ask everyone to go cold turkey. Every dollar counts, and for every purchase you make that supports a cruelty-free brand, another animal is saved.

What constitutes cruelty-free? For me this means that none of the brand’s products nor their ingredients have been tested on animals. It also means that the brand is not sold in brick-and-mortar stores in mainland China. Why can’t they be sold in China? China requires beauty products to be tested on animals. (There are some exceptions to this.) I am also excluding brands that sell mink lashes. The process of getting mink fur to make false lashes is also quite inhumane. So, I cannot support those brands either.

The list below of high-end cruelty-free brands was compiled based on my own research. Some of these brands are certified cruelty-free (Leaping Bunny, PETA, etc.), while others attest to being cruelty-free. Unfortunately, there are some brands that claim to be cruelty-free while still selling in mainland China. I’ve had brand reps tell me they were to my face, knowing they sold in China. So, this list is accurate to the best of my knowledge. If you find any brand below that is not cruelty-free, please let me know.  This list is also not 100% comprehensive. If you know of any brand that IS cruelty-free based on the qualifications above, please let me know and I would be thrilled to add them.

To making searching the list easier, I have separated the brands by makeup vs skincare/haircare/fragrance.


  • Amazing Cosmetics
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills
  • Antonymn
  • Artis
  • Artist Couture
  • Bare Minerals
  • Beauty Bakerie
  • Beauty Blender
  • Becca
  • Besame Cosmetics
  • Biossance
  • Bite Beauty
  • Black Up
  • Buxom
  • Chantecaille
  • Charlotte Tillbury
  • Ciaté London
  • Cover FX
  • Dominique Cosmetics
  • Dose of Colors
  • Farsáli
  • Fenty Beauty by Rihanna
  • First Aid Beauty
  • Flesh
  • Grande Cosmetics
  • Hourglass 
  • Ilia
  • Indie Lee
  • IT Cosmetics
  • Josie Maran
  • Jouer Cosmetics
  • Kaja
  • Kat Von D
  • Kevyn Aucoin
  • Ko Gen Do
  • INC.credible
  • Lawless
  • Lila b.
  • Lorac
  • Marc Jacobs Beauty 
  • Milk Makeup
  • Natasha Denona
  • Nudestix
  • Ofra Cosmetics
  • Persona Cosmetics
  • Pretty Vulgar
  • Pür
  • PYT Beauty
  • Rms beauty
  • Smashbox
  • Stila
  • Tarte
  • Too Faced
  • Touch in Sol
  • Urban Decay
  • Violet Voss
  • Wander Beauty
  • Winky Lux


  • Amika
  • Amore Pacific
  • Anthony
  • Briogeo
  • Bumble and Bumble
  • Butter London
  • By Rosie Jane
  • Commodity
  • Coola
  • Deborah Lippmann
  • Dermadoctor
  • Dermalogica
  • DevaCurl
  • Dr. Dennis Gross
  • Drunk Elephant
  • Earth’s Nectar
  • Edible Beauty
  • Elemis
  • Elizabeth and James
  • Ellis Brooklyn
  • Farmacy
  • Foreo
  • Good Dye Young
  • Harvey Prince Organics
  • Herbivore Botanicals
  • IGK
  • Kate Somerville
  • Kilian
  • Kopari
  • KORA Organics
  • Korres
  • Neogen
  • NEST Fragrances
  • Nurse Jamie
  • OleHenriksen
  • Ouai
  • REN Clean Skincare
  • Sol de Janeiro
  • St. Tropez
  • Summer Fridays
  • Sunday Riley
  • Supergoop!
  • Tata Harper
  • Tatcha
  • Tocca
  • TokyoMilk
  • Verb
  • Vita Liberata
  • Volition Beauty
  • Voluspa
  • Youth to the People
  • Yuni
  • The 7 Virtues

I will be following up very soon with a lists for cruelty-free drugstore and indie brands very soon. So stay tuned!

I hope you all have a new year filled with peace, joy and accomplishment.

💜Michelle Lisette

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3 comments on “Cruelty-Free Brands| High-End

  1. Thanks for sharing. There are a lot of brands on that list that I was unaware of. Love finding brands that I can use guilt free


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  2. Pingback: Project Pan: Using up my non-cruelty-free products #4 – Michelle Lisette

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