Animal testing is still a huge problem in the beauty industry. The biggest reason for this is the fact that a company is forced to test on animals in order to sell in China, one of the biggest markets in the world. Yeah, I know.
I decided that instead of naming and shaming, I would instead point you towards the brands that are Cruelty Free and available locally. Hopefully this list will grow as more and more brands make the shift.
These are only the brands you can find on South African shores. I compiled this list using information found on PETA’s website, leapingbunny.org and the Beauty Without Cruelty Humane Guide, as well as information I gathered directly from the brands. I understand that different organisations have different requirements and rules, so it is worth researching the brands you support to ensure you are comfortable with their practices.
I would like to make this a growing list:
If you know of any brands that should be on here, please pop them into the comments and I will add them.
I have also started adding info on whether the brands are vegetarian or vegan friendly, local, and contain natural and organic ingredients. I will continue to refine this. If a brand is marked as vegetarian/vegan it means they have products that are vegan friendly but not all are, so make sure you check the label.
African Extracts Rooibos – Local, Vegetarian
African Indigenous – Local
Africa Organics – Local, Vegan, Natural, Certified Organic
Africology – Local, Natural
Aloe Unique – Local
Apostrophe Bath & Body – Local, Vegan
Badger Balm – Natural / Certified Organic
Beaucience – Local
Bee Pure – Local, Natural, Vegetarian
Biomedical Emporium – Local
Body Treats – Local, Natural, Vegan
Charlotte Rhys – Local, Vegan
Charwhite – Natural, Vegan
Cherubs – Local
Decleor – Natural
Dr. Hauschka – Natural/ Organic, Vegetarian/Vegan
Earthsap – Local, Natural
Eco Diva – Local, Natural/Organic, Vegetarian/Vegan
Eco Products – Local, Natural/Organic, Vegan
Environ – Local
Esse – Local, Natural/Organic, Vegan
Exuviance by Neostrata
Giovanni – Natural
Good Stuff – Vegetarian/Vegan
Hey Gorgeous – Local, Natural/Organic, Vegetarian/Vegan
Inglot – Vegan
Juice Beauty – Natural/Organic, Vegan
Lulu & Marula – Local, Natural, Vegetarian
LUSH – Vegetarian
Noughty Haircare – Vegan
Oh-Lief – Local, Natural/Organic, Vegetarian
Oh So Heavenly – Local, Vegetarian/Vegan
Optiphi – Local
Pure Beginnings – Local, Natural/Organic, Vegan
Rain Africa – Local, Natural, Vegetarian/Vegan
RégimA – Local
Savane – Local, Natural/Organic, Vegan
Skin Creamery – Local, Natural/Organic, Vegetarian
Skoon – Local, Natural/Organic, Vegan/Vegetarian
SOiL – Local, Natural/Organic, Vegan
SpaRitual – Vegan
TanLab – Local, Vegan
Team Dr Joseph – Natural
The Body Shop*
Theranaka – Local, Natural/Organic
Theravine – Local
Victorian Garden – Local, Natural/Organic
Vita Liberata – Natural
Wet n Wild
Woolworths Private Label & Earthfriendly products
* These brands do not test on animals but they form part of larger parent companies that are not entirely cruelty free. Make sure you research individual brands before you buy.
** According to L’Oréal Companies they are working to eliminate the need for animal testing in China. Products manufactured and sold in China called “non-functional” such as shampoo, body wash or make-up are already no longer tested on animals.