Difference between organic, cruelty-free & vegan skincare.

This is what people tend to mistake a lot. I used to do that once as well. But then I did my research and realised that all – organic, cruelty-free & vegan skincare products – are different from each other. If a product is cruelty-free, it is NOT necessarily vegan. If a product is vegan, it is NOT necessarily organic.

This is a guide to you of the differences between cruelty-free, vegan & organic skincare. I will also provide you with some skincare brand examples.

ORGANIC SKINCARE

Imagine buying organic food items. For example, organic bananas. Why are they organic? Because, they have been grown without using any chemicals (synthetic elements) or genetic modification.

Organic beauty products are exactly that. They consist of at least 95% of organic products & must not contain paraffin, synthetic dyes or compounds of petroleum origin.

+ the packaging has to be consist of biodegradable & recyclable materials.

You have to be careful, if you want to use a truly organic product.

You might think that the product is organic, but it, most likely, is not. Let’s take the skincare brand Origins. It is true that they are using some organic & natural ingredients, but they are combining these with different chemicals. Therefore, it does not meet the 95% to be a true organic brand.

Unfortunately, cosmetic companies can add only a little bit of organic ingredients & call their products “organic”, as it is not strictly regulated, at the moment.

A golden rule of mine: the more ingredients there are in the product, the less natural it is & worse for your health. In the picture below of Origins Mega-Mushroom Treatment Lotion, you can see how many ingredients there are & different chemicals.

On the other hand, there are organic skincare brands e.g. Weleda, that have so much less ingredients and most of them come from organic vegetable products. Let’s take Weleda Almond Soothing Cleansing Lotion for example. It has only 6 ingredients in this product (excluding water) & half of these are plant derived ingredients. So, only 3 chemical ingredients are used.

MY ADVICE: IF YOU WANT TRULY ORGANIC & NATURAL SKINCARE PRODUCTS, MAKE THEM AT HOME FROM DIFFERENT FOOD INGREDIENTS E.G. FACE & HAIR MASKS + YOU CAN BUY ORGANIC PRODUCTS. SEE MY “DYI WITH ME” BLOG SECTION FOR INSPIRATION.

NOTE: ORGANIC SKINCARE MAY NOT BE CRUELTY-FREE. IT CAN STILL BE TESTED ON ANIMALS & IT MAY NOT BE VEGAN. IT CAN CONSIST OF INGREDIENTS DERIVED FROM ANIMALS.

VEGAN SKINCARE

Vegan skincare is easy to understand. You know that vegan is a person, who does not support the use of animals to satisfy any of human’s needs. For example, not eating anything that has come from animals: meat, dairy etc. & not using animal leather or fur in clothing & shoes.

Same for skincare products. Vegan skincare products do not contain any ingredients that have come from animals – dairy, fat – whatever it may be.

But be careful: VEGAN DOES NOT AUTOMATICALLY MEAN CRUELTY-FREE. That will be discussed further in this post.

An example of a vegan skincare product is Aveda. It used to be only cruelty free, but in 2021, the brand announced that all of their products are 100% vegan now.

I just love their haircare products. But I will discuss those in more detail in a separate post.

Difference between organic, cruelty-free & vegan skincare.

Want these products for yourself? Here are Amazon product links for you.

AVEDA Rosemary Mint Shampoo & Conditioner. It is a purifying shampoo. You hair feel clean, fresh & smell incredible.

AVEDA Nurturing Shampoo & Conditioner. This duo provides nourishment that your hair craves. It has a more neutral & lighter scent that Rosemary Mint products.

CRUELTY-FREE SKINCARE

I am sure that most of you know this, but cruelty-free skincare products are products that have not been tested on animals either by the company itself, its suppliers & third parties.

If you wish to use truly cruelty-free beauty products, you have to be very careful & do your research.

An amazing example is Aveda (also in the previous chapter on vegan products). Aveda claims that its products are not animal tested by the company, its suppliers & third parties. But what you have to know is that Aveda’s parent company is Estee Lauder & this company is not cruelty-free & many of their products are tested on animals in countries, like, China, where it is required by law. So, in theory, they are cruelty-free, but their association with a non-cruelty free company may bother some people.

IS CRUELTY-FREE SKINCARE VEGAN?

Not always. You might think that the fact that products are not tested on animals, automatically, means that products are vegan, because they don’t use animals, right?

False, the products may not be tested on animals, but still can have animal derived ingredients.

A great example is Lush. I bet most of you know this beauty company due to its specific scent that can, already, be noticed several meters from the store & their vast range of bath bombs in all possible colours.

Even though Lush is a cruelty-free brand, it is not 100% vegan. In fact, it is 95%. It is because some of their products consist of such ingredients as honey.

Difference between organic, cruelty-free & vegan skincare.

So, there you go, now you know the differences between organic, cruelty-free & vegan skincare & beauty products.

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