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Vegan Cruelty-Free Skincare

What is vegan cruelty-free skincare and what are the differences between the two terms?

Is Vegan Skincare Cruelty Free?

Even though the two terms; vegan and cruelty free, are often used together, they actually mean different things. If you’re looking to step up your natural skincare regime, while being conscious for animals and the Earth, then this is the place to be to understand the differences between vegan and cruelty free, and how to choose the best vegan, cruelty-free skincare products

Vegan Cruelty-Free Skincare: What do these terms mean?

Vegan means that a product does not contain any animal products or ingredients that have been derived from animals; so no animal extracts or animal-byproducts are used in the distributing or manufacturing process. It’s quite common for skincare products to contain animal-derived like hyaluronic acid, collagen, honey, silk or keratin however vegan skincare products will exclude them or use the ones that can be produced in vegan-friendly ways.

Cruelty-free skincare, on the other hand, refers to ingredients or components that have not been tested on animals. It’s important to keep in mind that cruelty-free products refer to the testing process and not the product’s components themselves. It sounds fairly straight-forward, but a lot of confusion comes when we consider that a vegan product isn’t necessarily cruelty-free and vice versa. It actually is possible for non-vegan ingredients to be found in cruelty-free products and vegan products could be tested on animals, therefore not making them part of vegan cruelty-free skincare.


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Things to keep in mind when looking for vegan, cruelty-free skincare products

So, what should you look for in your search for the best vegan cruelty-free skincare? 

  1. Your best option is to make a habit out of carefully reading the labels and making sure the products you’re interested in include both vegan and cruelty-free descriptions.
  2. You can be rest assured, that animal testing for cosmetic products has been completely banned in the EU since 2004, and for all the ingredients of these cosmetic products since 2013, which the UK and of course Florena, is continuing to follow.
  3. Another thing you can do to reach a truly vegan, cruelty-free skincare regimen, is to try familiarising yourself with animal-derived ingredients and checking the product packaging to see if they were produced in vegan ways. Hyaluronic acid for example, can get extracted either from rooster combs or created through bacterial fermentation; the latter being the vegan option - which is what we do at Florena.

Can something be called both cruelty-free and vegan?

Yes! At Florena Fermented Skincare we pride ourselves for our sustainable, responsible and animal-friendly range of skincare products, where we use vegan formulas; meaning that no animal testing was done at any point and the formulas do not contain any animal products or ingredients. 

Vegan, cruelty-free skincare products can be so much gentler on the skin since they are mostly made from organic and natural ingredients for skin that will rarely cause any irritation or skin reaction. Not to mention the fact that alternatives to animal-derived ingredients have been found to be just as good, if not better for your skin than their counterparts!

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Explore our vegan formula skincare range or the benefits of fermented skincare to begin the journey of putting together the best regimen for your skin!