Cruelty-free skincare brands

10 Affordable Cruelty-Free Skincare Brands

With vegan and cruelty-free living becoming more mainstream, more people are looking to make the switch to cruelty-free brands. And what better place to start than with your skincare routine?

So if you’re on a budget but are looking for something more ethical, keep reading for 10 affordable cruelty-free skincare brands you need to know.

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Sweet Chef Skincare

Sweet Chef

Get soft, smooth skin with this Korean skincare brand. All 100% vegan and cruelty-free.

Where to ShopAmazon | Target

Pacifica Beauty

Certified vegan and cruelty-free, this Instagram-worthy brand is a one-stop-shop for all things skincare and beauty. They also offer a recycling program to earn points for the products you recycle!

Where to ShopAmazon | Ulta | Target

Related: The 7 Best Cruelty-Free and Vegan Body Wash Brands

The Ordinary

This minimalist skincare brand is 100% vegan and cruelty-free. If you’re looking for a no-bullshit skincare brand, this brand is just for you.

Where to ShopAmazon | Ulta

Derma E

At the higher end of the price range, Derma E is a great choice if you’re looking for something a bit more expensive, but still available in everyday stores. All of their products are vegan and cruelty-free so you’ll have plenty of options.

Where to ShopAmazon | Ulta | Target


Acure is a high-quality, affordable skincare brand for all your skincare needs. All of their products are 100% vegan and certified cruelty-free.

Where to ShopAmazon | Ulta | Target

Yes To

Yes To is a popular drugstore bath and body (and skincare) brand that offers several collections like their cucumber, tomato, watermelon, and grapefruit lines. Not all of their products are vegan, (check out their vegan product list here), but all of their products are cruelty-free.

Where to ShopAmazon | Ulta | Target

Alba Botanica

100% cruelty-free and made with vegetarian ingredients, Alba Botanica is a great affordable option. The only products that are not vegan are their lip balms, lip glosses, Hawaiian Sugar Cane Body Polish, and their Un-Petroleum Multi-Purpose Jelly.

Where to ShopAmazon | Target

Avalon Organics

This body and skincare brand is an affordable cruelty-free staple. All of their products are vegan with the exception of four lip balms that contain beeswax.

Where to ShopAmazon | Target

ELF Cosmetics

Known for their super affordable vegan and cruelty-free makeup, ELF now offers skincare too! Just like their makeup, the entire skincare line is 100% vegan and cruelty-free and very much affordable.

Where to ShopAmazon | Ulta | Target

Sun Bum

This brand isn’t necessarily skincare, but sunscreen is an essential part in taking care of your skin. And Sun Bum is a fantastic choice for vegan, cruelty-free, and reef safe sunscreen.

Where to ShopAmazon | Ulta | Target

Related: 10 Best Vegan and Cruelty-Free Sunscreen Brands for Face and Body

A Final Note

There you have it, 10 best cruelty-free skincare brands on a budget. What brand would you check out from this list?

If you have any questions on cruelty-free skincare, or cruelty-free living, feel free to leave your comments below. Happy shopping!

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  1. Thank you so much for writing this post! I was actually at Target yesterday, trying to look for a new moisturizer that would be okay for my weird, sensitive skin, but also cruelty-free and okay for the environment. If only I had read this yesterday, lol. When I finish my sunscreen, I’m going to try Sun Bum!

    Thank you for all of the brand suggestions! I’m going to bookmark your post for future reference 🙂

    Emily |

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