Product swap: 5 Cruelty Free Beauty Products to Shop Instead of Influencer Favorites

cruelty free beauty products

Too often, anyone who follows celebrities or influencers on social media is flooded with a new or suddenly popular beauty product from brands that don’t put animals first.  We’ve rounded up products that we’ve seen a few too many times in our feeds and some cruelty-free alternatives you can shop instead!  When you choose our suggestions, you know no animals have been harmed during any level of product testing and you get the same quality.


Instead of Laneige’s Lip Sleeping Mask, try Ilia’s Lip Wrap Overnight Treatment

The Ilia Lip Wrap Overnight Treatment has hydrating ingredients like Salicornia (sea succulent) and Hyaluronic Acid. Perfect for dry winter weather. Papaya Enzymes are added to exfoliate away any dead skin cells. Your lips will renew overnight! 

Ilia is also part of 1% For the Planet and established a recycling program where customers can send in up to 10 empty beauty products a month from any brand to be responsibly broken down.


Instead of Maison Margiela’s Replica Perfumes, try Maison Louis Marie Perfumes

We love these perfumes for their clean vegan ingredients, gender-neutral scents, and rich history. –Maison Louis Marie has been in the perfume game since 1792!  They come in a variety of tantalizing scents, including Bois de Balincourt and L’Etang Noir. And if you can’t decide, there’s even a sampler set to find your favorite. 


Instead of Peter Thomas Roth’s 24k Gold Mask, try Herbivore’s Prism Botanical AHA + BHA Glow Facial

This Prism mask is just as aesthetically pleasing as the gold mask but has the added benefits of ingredients that are completely synthetic-free. It supports exfoliating, pore purification, hydration, and so much more!

And Prism is dedicated to donating to LGBTQIA+ organizations year-round. They support The Trevor Project with a $1 donation for every jar sold!


Instead of Aquaphor’s Healing Ointment, try Farmacy’s Honey Savior

Honey Savior has everything you need to heal dry or cracked skin! This includes Farmacy’s special honey blend and tons of vitamins and amino acids.  It can even be used to soothe sunburn or tame any stray pieces of hair!  All ingredients are conflict-free and farm-sourced, and Farmacy partners with Feeding America and Second Harvest to help fight food insecurity.


Instead of Benefit’s They’re Real! Lengthening Mascara, try Ilia’s Limitless Lash Mascara

Both mascaras are focused on lengthening your lashes, but with the award-winning Limitless, made from 99% natural ingredients, you’ll never have to worry about any sketchy ingredients near your eyes, or furry friends suffering to get that perfect “I’m awake and well-rested” look


Note: cruelty-free brand status has been determined from the following sources: Leaping Bunny & Ethical Elephant

–Natalie LaBarbera