Cruelty-Free Bath and Beauty Products Found at (my) Local Drugstores

Hello My Friends!

To continue on with my new lifestyle of living healthy for myself and the environment, I decided to go cruelty-free with my everyday products. I began with my make-up and bath products since I go through those much faster than anything else. Since I was completely new to the whole cruelty-free, vegan, etc. world of products, I went to Google and started my research. First, I was very happy to find I could purchase cruelty-free products at my local stores, and, secondly, they weren’t going to break my bank like many people assume with “healthier” choices.

I headed to the store with a short list in hand and excruciatingly spent almost 2 hours walking up and down the aisles, looking at products, reading the back, typing them into Google…it was an ordeal! I wanted to double check brands because I learned that many companies try to make it easier for the consumer by placing logos and/or a short sentence on the back stating “Not tested on animals,” but not all brands who are cruelty-free sport the logo or the sentence (it costs money).

Sidenote: The Leaping Bunny and PETA provide their own logo for brands that have gained their signature of approval (supposedly a big deal!). Visit here for approved companies by The Leaping Bunny and visit here for the Do and Do Not Test on Animal lists by PETA.

After the hassle, that’s when I got the bright idea to write a post listing all the cruelty-free brands that I did find. There are many extensive lists of brands that are 100% vegan and organic, cruelty-free online companies, companies specifically researched by bloggers because they don’t trust PETA, etc., and I listed some links to these sites below under “References,” BUT I did not/have not found an extensive list of products sold at department and drugstores…and I looked!

So TA DA! Hopefully this will make your shopping trips a breeze when you want to find cruelty-free products!

Why go cruelty-free (besides the animals!)? Please read this article by PETA, “8 Reasons Why Animal Testing Doesn’t Help Humans” and this article by The Dodo, “Cruelty Free Cosmetics Are Healthier For You. Here’s Why.” Basically, there is no reason to test on animals. The results don’t always translate over to human trial and we are far enough advanced in science that we can perform much cheaper and faster tests on human cells, bypassing both animal and human test subjects.

Products are all for less than $15, unless otherwise noted. The companies are all cruelty-free and based on my own research. I added companies who do not test on animals, but who are owned by a parent company (a company that owns enough voting stock in another firm to control management and operation by doing and influencing or electing its board of directors) that does test on animals because I believe it will be your choice if you want to support them or not.

Here is my list of products found at (my) local CVS, Rite Aid, Target, and Wal-Mart. Products may differ by location. Items are listed in alphabetical order by store and then an overall list. I also have a list of brands to avoid. (Please feel free to let me know of more brands you find or ones you find out have started testing!)

Brands by Store

Orange = Parent company DOES test on animals or is unethical        Green = prices start above $15

CVS

  • 2Chic
  • Alba Botanica (Leaping Bunny approved)
  • American Crew ($$)
  • Amlactin
  • AuraCacia
  • Avalon Organics
  • babyganics
  • Burt’s Bees (Leaping Bunny approved)
  • CeraVe
  • Cicititricure
  • Derma e
  • Dickinson’s
  • Dr. Bronner’s (Leaping Bunny approved)
  • Dr. Hauschka ($35 and up)
  • Dr. Teal’s
  • e.l.f. (PETA approved)
  • Essence of Beauty
  • Gold Bond
  • Hash
  • Hawaiian Tropic
  • it’s a 10
  • Jason (Leaping Bunny approved)
  • J.R. Watkins (Leaping Bunny approved)
  • Kiss My Face
  • Lumene
  • Mane n Tail
  • Manuka Doctor
  • MD Complete
  • Me Bath!
  • Method (Leaping Bunny approved)
  • Meyer’s (Leaping Bunny approved)
  • Milani
  • Nip + Fab
  • Not Your Mother’s
  • Nuance
  • NYX
  • OGX
  • Out of Africa
  • Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula
  • Paul Mitchell (Leaping Bunny approved)
  • Physicians Formula
  • Promise Organic (Leaping Bunny approved)
  • Pura D’or (PETA Approved)
  • Pura Naturals
  • Salon Grafix
  • Shea Moisture (PETA approved)
  • Stridex
  • Thicker, Fuller Hair
  • Tom’s of Maine
  • Vineyard Hill Naturals
  • Wet ‘n’ Wild
  • Wilma Schumann
  • Yardley
  • YESto

Rite Aid

  • Alba Botanica (Leaping Bunny approved)
  • Amlactin
  • AuraCacia
  • Avalon Organics
  • B4Y (Better4You)
  • Burt’s Bees (Leaping Bunny approved)
  • C. Booth
  • CeraVe
  • Dickinsons
  • Eclair
  • Hawaiian Tropic
  • Gold Bond
  • Jason (Leaping Bunny approved)
  • Jesse’s Girl
  • Jolen
  • J.R. Watkins (Leaping Bunny approved)
  • Kiss My Face
  • Marc Anthony
  • Nad’s (PETA approved)
  • Not Your Mother’s
  • OGX
  • Oxy
  • Physicians Formula
  • Pura D’or
  • Queen Helene
  • Renpure
  • Salon Grafix
  • Sea Breeze
  • Shea Moisture (PETA approved)
  • Soapbox
  • South of France
  • Stridex
  • Thicker, Fuller Hair
  • Tom’s of Maine
  • Udderly Smooth
  • Wet ‘n’ Wild
  • YESto

Target

  • Acure (Leaping Bunny approved)
  • Alba Botanica (Leaping Bunny approved)
  • American Crew ($15 and up)
  • Andalou (Leaping Bunny approved)
  • As I Am (Leaping Bunny approved)
  • Attitude
  • AuraCacia
  • Better Life (Leaping Bunny approved)
  • Burt’s Bees (Leaping Bunny approved)
  • Camille Rose (PETA approved) ($$$)
  • Carol’s Daughter
  • CeraVe
  • Curls
  • Dr. Bronner’s (Leaping Bunny approved)
  • e.l.f. (PETA approved)
  • Essence
  • Fantasia
  • Giovanni (Leaping Bunny approved)
  • Gold Bond
  • Hask
  • Hawaiian Tropic
  • Honest
  • Jason (Leaping Bunny approved)
  • J.R. Watkins (Leaping Bunny approved)
  • Kinky Curly (PETA approved)
  • La Bella
  • Marlowe
  • MD Complete
  • Me Bath!
  • Method (Leaping Bunny approved)
  • Meyer’s (Leaping Bunny approved)
  • Miss Jessies ($$$)
  • Mixed Chicks (PETA approved) ($$)
  • Not Your Mother’s
  • NYX
  • OGX
  • Pacifica (PETA approved)
  • Palmer’s
  • Physcians Formula
  • Pixi by Petra
  • Renpure
  • Seventh Generation (Leaping Bunny approved)
  • Shea Moisture (PETA approved)
  • Skinfix (PETA Approved)
  • Soapbox
  • Sonia Kashuk
  • S.W. Basics
  • Wet ‘n’ Wild
  • YESto
  • You are Amazing

Wal Mart

  • Alba Botanica (Leaping Bunny approved)
  • American Crew ($15 and up)
  • Amlactin
  • As I Am (Leaping Bunny approved)
  • Avalon Organics
  • Blamtastic
  • Burt’s Bees (Leaping Bunny approved)
  • Carol’s Daughter
  • CeraVe
  • EcoTools
  • e.l.f. (PETA approved)
  • Everyday Minerals
  • Flower
  • Fruit of the Earth
  • Gold Bond
  • Hang Ten (PETA approved)
  • Hard Candy
  • Hawaiian Tropic
  • Jordana
  • J.R. Watkins
  • Mane n Tail
  • Milani
  • Not You Mother’s
  • OGX
  • Palmer’s
  • Paul Mitchell
  • Physicians Formula
  • Queen Helene
  • Renpure
  • Sea Breeze
  • Shea Moisture (PETA approved)
  • Stridex
  • Thicker, Fuller Hair
  • Tree Hut
  • UltraSwim
  • Wet ‘n’ Wild
  • YESto

List of Brands (click on the brand name to visit their website!)

2Chic

Acure (Leaping Bunny approved)

Alba Botanica

American Crew ($$)

Amlactin

Andalou (Leaping Bunny approved)

As I Am (Leaping Bunny approved)

Attitude

AuraCacia

Avalon Organics (Leaping Bunny approved)

babyganics

B4Y (Better4You)

Better Life (Leaping Bunny approved)

Blamtastic (Supports young entrepreneurs)

Burt’s Bees (owned by Clorox)

Carol’s Daughter (owned by L’Oreal)

Camille Rose (PETA approved) ($$$)

C. Booth

CeraVe

Cicatricure

Curls

Derma E

Dickinson’s

Dr. Bronner’s (Leaping Bunny approved), donates profits

Dr. Hauschka ($$$)

Dr. Teal’s (owned by Calgon)

Eclair

EcoTools

e.l.f. (PETA approved)

Essence

Essence of Beauty

Everyday Minerals: Free Samples online!

Fantasia

Flower

Fruit of the Earth

Giovanni (Leaping Bunny approved)

Gold Bond

Hang Ten (PETA approved)

Hash

Hask

Hard Candy

Hawaiian Tropic (Owned by Energizer)

Honest

it’s a 10

Jason

Jesse’s Girl

Jolen

Jordana

J.R. Watkins

Kinky Curly (PETA approved)

Kiss My Face

La Bella

Lumene

Mane n Tail

Manuka Doctor

Marc Anthony

Marlowe

MD Complete

Me Bath!

Method (Leaping Bunny approved)

Mrs. Meyer’s (Leaping Bunny approved)

Milani

Miss Jessie’s ($$$)

Mixed Chicks (PETA approved) ($$)

Nad’s (PETA approved)

Nip + Fab

Not Your Mother’s

Nuance

NYX

OGX

Oxy

Out of Africa (A portion of the proceeds from purchases are donated to help provide education as well as medical care to children in West Africa)

Pacifica (PETA approved)

Palmer’s (proud supporter of both the Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the Young People’s Chorus of New York City)

Paul Mitchell (Leaping Bunny approved)

Physicians Formula

Pixi by Petra

Promise Organic (Leaping Bunny approved)

Pura D’or (PETA Approved)

Pura Naturals

Queen Helene

Renpure

Salon Grafix

Sea Breeze

Seventh Generation (Leaping Bunny approved)-lots of good! Their foundation focuses on stewarding social and environmental progress in the communities where we live, work, and do business through education, environmental conservation, research, and advocacy.

Shea Moisture (PETA approved)-“gives back the goodness by supporting charitable organizations and women in underserved communities, both globally and in our community.”

Skinfix (PETA Approved)

Soapbox – “For every product sold, a bar of soap or a month of clean water is given to a person in need.”

Sonia Kashuk

South of France

Stridex

S.W. Basics

Thicker, Fuller Hair (Owned by Henkel)

Tom’s of Maine (Owned by Colgate)

Udderly Smooth

UltraSwim

Vineyard Hill Naturals

Wet ‘n’ Wild

Wilma Schumann

Yardley

YESto (portion of profits go to YES TO Seed Fund, whose goal is to empower women to lead healthier, more positive lives)

You are Amazing (partners with Girl Up, the United Nations Foundation’s adolescent girl campaign, to provide leadership development training to empower girls to change the world)

Cruelty-Free Make-up and a not cruelty-free brand
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Brands to AVOID

Alberto VO5

Almay

Aim

Aquafresh

Aussie

Aveeno

Avon

Axe

Arrid

Bain de Soleil

Banana Boat

Benefit

Bioderma

Biore

Bobbi Brown

Calgon

Caress

Cetaphil

Clean & Clear

Clearasil

Clinique

Coppertone

Covergirl

Crest

Daylogic

Degree

Dial

Dove

Estee Lauder

eos

Eucerin

Fresh

Garnier

got2b

Head & Shoulders

Herbal Essences

Irish Spring

Ivory

John Frieda

Kiehl’s

Lancome

L’Oreal

Lubriderm

M.A.C.

Matrix Essentials

Maybelline

Nair

Neutrogena

Nexxus

Noxzema

NYC

Olay

Old Spice

O.P.I.

Pantene

Ponds

Proctor & Gamble

Redken

Rembrandt

Revlon

Right Guard

Rimmel London

ROC

Rogaine

Schwarzkopf

Secret

Simple

Skin ID

Softsoap

St. Ives

Suave

Tone

TRESemmé

Unilever

Vaseline

Venus

Veet

Vichy

Vidal Sasson

Walgreens


References

Beauty and the Freak – “Companies That Don’t Use Animal Testing

Budget-Friendly, Too – “Companies that Test on Animals…

Cruelty-Free Kitty

Kitty Approved Beauty – “My Cruelty-Free Brand List” and “Brands that are NOT Cruelty-Free

Leaping Bunny

Logical Harmony – “Cruelty-Free & Vegan Brand List

PETA

2 Replies to “Cruelty-Free Bath and Beauty Products Found at (my) Local Drugstores”

  1. Udderly Smooth contains lanolin oil and allantoin (animal products). My husband bought me a tube and he was trying to help my dry hands but I won’t use it.

    1. I’m sorry to hear that. My list focuses on cruelty-free, in that they don’t test on animals, not vegan (or free of animal by-products). I will try to update my post on which products are vegan and which aren’t to assist those that would prefer items with no animal by-product. Thank you for your comment.

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