How Can I Find Vegan Cosmetics?

When going vegan, a trip to the cosmetics counter can feel like taking an exam. Don't let veganism zap the fun factor out of shopping. Instead, check for these three vegan certifications.

Tired of trawling through ingredients lists to discover whether your cosmetics are vegan? We're not surprised. After you've found the ingredients list—often hidden under a double-sided sticky label—you may find yourself reaching for reading glasses you don't have. That's how small the text always is.

Is there an easier way? Can you choose vegan without investing hours in research? Yes, you can, and we're about to show you how.


How can I find vegan cosmetics?


How to choose vegan cosmetics

The easiest way to choose vegan cosmetics is to employ someone else to do the vetting for you. The vegan stamps you often see on menus and food products are becoming more common on cosmetics too.

Certifications from the following organisations are commonly used to approve cosmetics as cruelty-free and vegan-friendly:

  1. PETA
  2. The Vegan Society
  3. Choose Cruelty Free


Let's take a look at what each certification means.

1. PETA certification

Everything PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) does is for the benefit of our furry, finned, and feathered friends. PETA is against all animal testing.

PETA approval is completed through self-registration, and PETA relies on a company’s integrity to follow certain ethical standards.

You'll see two kinds of PETA certifications yon cosmetics:

  1. PETA certified cruelty-free
  2. Cruelty-free and vegan


PETA also appreciates that not all vegan-friendly brands are PETA-registered. Accordingly, the organisation has provided a comprehensive list of ingredients that are often derived from animals.

2. Vegan Society certification

The same sunflower logo you'll find on vegan food products is also used to indicate vegan cosmetics. This logo, which was established in the '90s, guarantees a product that's 100% free of animal-derived ingredients or by-products.

As well as certifying entire brands, The Vegan Society also approves individual products that adhere to its standards.

3. Choose Cruelty Free

Australia has its very own certification against animal testing. Choose Cruelty Free is a non-profit-making organisation that's recognisable by its 'not tested on animals' bunny logo. To be registered with CCF, a company has to be 100% cruelty-free AND sell directly on Adore Beauty's home turf here in Australia.

The bunny logo doesn't guarantee a vegan product; however, CCF separately registers all vegan brands, which you can access through its list of accredited vegan companies. There are hundreds of items to discover here; choosing vegan no longer means restricted choice.


How can I find vegan cosmetics?


Looking for cosmetics lines that have Vegan Society approval and more?

We appreciate that looking for vegan products takes considerable effort, which is why we created a vegan store. You can browse happily, safe in the knowledge that all featured products are vegan-approved.

We also stock two entirely vegan cosmetics lines that boast vegan approvals, PETA registrations, and even 'organic' status:

When you buy from these brands, you never have to look at an ingredients list to see if it's vegan. No reading specs required!

If you have any questions regarding the vegan products we stock, feel free to contact our skincare team. Our reps are very happy to advise you by email at or by phone on 03 9486 7179.


How can I find vegan cosmetics?