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Cruelty-free Korean beauty brands

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Korean beauty brands incorporate ingredients like bee extract, snail mucin, honey, bee venom, and even milk in their products. Because of this, a vegan person might simply choose to avoid Korean beauty products. Although one reason that K-beauty products are famous is that they use some unique ingredients, they are not just limited to these types of ingredients. Many beauty products in the K-beauty range are designed specifically with vegan consumers in mind.

With Korea’s move towards cruelty-free beauty products, now more brands can cater to an audience with a vegan-friendly mindset. Many brands have changed their practices and made vegan-friendly K-beauty products in their range.

So, what is a vegan beauty product?

A vegan beauty product does not have any animal products, such as egg, snail extract, bee extract, and bee venom.

Contrary to popular belief, vegan does not directly mean cruelty-free. Cruelty-free products are the ones that on animals before being launched. If a vegan product is tested on animals, then a vegan person might not use it.

In 2018, Koreans came up with a law that made all the cosmetics and skincare brands become cruelty-free. Animal testing of cosmetics is now prohibited in Korea.

Even if you are not vegan, why should you switch to vegan products?

There are reasons for choosing vegan products for your skincare routine that might be worth a try. If you have sensitive skin, then the vegan products will not irritate your skin as they are made from all-natural components. Being plant-derived, these products are richer in content for minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants. Vegan products’ ingredients are close to their natural state when combined to make any product. This means that as compared to their synthetic counterparts, the natural or close to the natural form of ingredients are more effective.

Which K-beauty brands are vegan or have some vegan products in their range?

We are listing some of the vegan K-beauty brands and other brands with vegan K-beauty products here.

COSRX

This is a cruelty-free brand and most products in the range are vegan. There are few lines with honey and snail mucin-infused blends, but the others are all-natural. Some products include Triple C Lightning Liquid and Low pH Good Morning Cleanser.

Saturday Skin

Most products from this brand are cruelty-free and vegan. Some of these products include Rub-A-Dub Refining Peel Gel and Rise & Shine Purifying Cleanser.

Benton

This is a certified brand with ECOCERT ingredients. It is even approved by PETA as it uses all-natural ingredients in cruelty-free products. It is not focussed on the vegan approach as many of the products use star ingredients like snail mucin and bee extracts. But, there are some vegan options in the range, such as Tea Tree Cleansing Water and Fermentation Eye Cream.

Atrue

It is a vegan and cruelty-free K-beauty brand famous for its black tea water-infused products. Another popular ingredient in its range is green tea. Some products include honey so even if they are not vegan, they are cruelty-free. Some of the popular vegan products from this brand include Real Black Tea True Active Essence and Spring Green Tea Watery Calming Cream.

Klairs

All the products of this brand are vegan-friendly except a few which contain honey and beeswax. All the products are cruelty-free as there is no animal testing involved. Some of the popular products include Supple Preparation Toner and Freshly Juiced Vitamin C Serum.

Thank You Farmer

It is another cruelty-free and mostly vegan brand. Like others, few products are non-vegan, but the others are well suited for sensitive skin type. Back to Iceland Cleansing Water and Back to Relax Soothing Gel Mask are a few examples of vegan-friendly products from this brand.

Mamonde

The floral-infused line of Mamonde is all certified vegan products. They include products such as Floral Hydro Eye Gel Cream and Hydrating Beauty Water.

ENature

It is another cruelty-free brand with a wide range of plant-based, vegan-friendly products. All of the products from this brand are fragrance-free which makes them a perfect choice for people with sensitive skin. There are also some products that contain beeswax. Moringa Cleansing Balm is one of the favourite vegan products from this brand.

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