Cruelty-Free Korean Skincare Brands & Products

Cruelty-Free Korean Skincare Brands & Products

If you care about the environment and animal rights, you have probably thought of using cruelty-free Korean skincare brands and products.

Continue reading if you want to learn more about this topic, and eventually shop from these brands. 

What Are Cruelty-Free Skincare Brands?

Cruelty-free skincare products are products that are:

  • The products never tested on animals at any point in the production process.
  • The suppliers didn’t test any of the raw ingredients on animals.
  • The products aren’t sold in regions or countries where the law requires the products to be tested on animals.

The Korean Animal Testing Law

In 2018 a law was passed in Korea that companies are not allowed to test their skincare products on animals.

South Korea was the 2nd Asian country to ban animal testing following India.

However this does not mean that all Korean skincare brands are cruelty-free as many Korean companies are testing on animals in China.

The Best Cruelty-Free Korean Brands

Listed below are some of the best cruelty-free Korean brands.

This is not an exclusive list as there are way more brands which are cruelty-free.

The brands mentioned in this post are 100% certain cruelty-free.

1. Klairs

Klairs is probably the most famous cruelty-free brand as they are also completely vegan.

Klairs does sell products in China but only through online portals which exempts them from doing mandatory animal testing.

Midnight Blue Calming Cream

This calming cream is made in Korean and is excellent for sensitive skin as the Guaiazulene and Centella Asiatica have powerful calming effects and hydrate the skin.



COSRX is another wonderful Korean brand that is completely cruelty-free and even has a couple of vegan products.

Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser

This cleanser exfoliates dead skin and is a great pore cleanser.

Not only is this product cruelty-free it is also vegan. This product is suitable for skin types.


3. Benton

The Korean skincare brand Benton is inspired by the movie ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’.

Benton also obtained a cruelty-free certification with “Beauty without Bunnies” by PETA.

Fermentation Eye Cream

One of their bestselling products is the fermentation eye cream which is made with galacytomyces ferment filtrate, bifida ferment lysate, ceramide, EGF and hyaluronic acid.

These ingredients work together to reduce fine lines, makes the skin firmer, reduce wrinkles and prevents the skin against dryness.


4. Purito

Purito is completely cruelty-free and eco-friendly.

They use environmentally-friendly recycled paper packaging and they donate some of their profits to the KFEM.

Centella Green Level Unscented Sunscreen

The sunscreen of Purito is fragrance-free and uses cica extracts to keep the skin hydrated.

All ingredients are EWG-verified. Perfect for those with sensitive skin.


5. Re:p

Re:p is a Korean skincare brand owned by Neogenlab.

It is not only cruelty-free but it also uses eco-friendly ingredients in their products and packaging.

Dermalogy Real Ferment Micro Essence 

This hydrating essence contains bifida ferment lysate, saccharomyces ferment filtrate, betula alba juice, rice ferment filtrate and aspergillus ferment.

The product is moisturising, brightens the skin and is soothing.


6. Aromatica

Aromatica is a EWG certified brand which aims to save the planet.

They have won an award in 2011 for being the first Korean brand to get EWG certified. Which is pretty cool!

Orange Cleansing Sherbet 

The cleansing sherbet is filled with canola oils and organic babassu seed oils.

This product dissolves leftover makeup, removes dead skin cells and nourishes the skin.


Cruelty-Free Skincare Certifications & Organisations

Not all the brands listed above are cruelty-free certified.

If you only want to use brands that have a certification you want to watch out for the following certification logos.

  • PETA – Companies certified by PETA do not perform or commission any animal tests on ingredients or products and won’t do so in the future.
  • Leaping Bunny – The Leaping Bunny certification is an internationally acknowledged certification that guarantees that the products or ingredients where never or will never be tested on animals.

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