Is Korean Skin Care Cruelty-Free?

Canadians are quickly discovering the benefits of K-Beauty products with a love for the dewy look Koreans have mastered. Korean beauty companies are also major suppliers of products that are made especially for sensitive skin since that is what their Korean consumers demand.

KBeauty Insider is here to set the record straight!

We have provided you with definitions, trusted brand names, and a brief look into the law behind the manufacturing of skincare products.

What Does “Cruelty-Free” and “Vegan” Mean?

In order for K-Beauty brands to carry the “cruelty-free” label, they cannot use any type of animal testing for any of their products in any location around the world.

K-Beauty brands that are labelled as “vegan” signifies that their products do not contain animal products or animal by-products, including milk, honey, and snail mucin. 

It’s important to keep in mind that both “vegan” and “cruelty-free” are not synonymous, so K-Beauty products and brands can be one or both of these labels.

Which Korean Skincare Brands are Vegan and Cruelty-Free?

The hunt for cruelty-free Korean beauty skincare products can be a long and challenging one. But not to worry! KBeauty Insider provides its consumers with everything they need to live their life in healthier skin.

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Here are a few eco-friendly, cruelty-free, and vegan Korean skincare brands that are offered through our K-Beauty shops:

  • Aromatica: Motivated by a desire to protect the environment, Aromatica is founded on the practices of aromatherapy. They are a brand that is cruelty-free with some vegan products. They offer cleansers, toners, and more. You can find their products through BestSkinWithin and KBeauty World.
  • Benton: Inspired by the movie The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Benton Cosmetics make skincare products to rejuvenate the skin. The brand is completely cruelty-free, but not all of their products are vegan-friendly. You can find cleansing foams, moisturising creams, and more through KBeauty World, PinknBlossom, and ProprLifeStyle.
  • COSRX: This cruelty-free K-Beauty brand encompasses functional, yet ingredient-rich products for skin conditions, aging, and sensitivity. Its name is a combination of “cosmetics'' and the “RX'' symbol. Their products include extracts and high-quality ingredients, such as snail mucin and green tea, but they also have some vegan products. You can find this brand through BestSkinWithin, KBeauty World, PinknBlossom, ProprLifeStyle, and Wishtrend.
  • Dear, Klairs: With their focus on simplicity and sensitive skin, Dear, Klairs products are made with safe and raw ingredients to soothe irritated skin, improve elasticity, and strengthen the skin’s health. Klairs is a cruelty-free Korean brand, and the majority of their products are vegan. Their products include body soap, masks, as well as calming creams. They are available through PinknBlossom, ProprLifeStyle, and Wishtrend.
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You don’t have to be a full-on vegan to use a vegan skincare brand. Everyone is welcome to use cruelty-free, vegan, and eco-friendly products. With their natural ingredients, these brands and products promote a healthier lifestyle and allow men and women with different skin types to live their best life.

Try these Cruelty-Free Korean Beauty Brands

Through KBeauty Insider, Canadians will find a combination of vegan, cruelty-free, and eco-friendly products made by trusted Korean beauty brands. While we are a host for a wide range of shops, we also provide Korean skincare trends for people looking to try new cosmetics, haircare, and skincare products.