Vegan Drugstore Brands, Take Two!

Nicole Hoffman December 20, 2013 5
Vegan Drugstore Brands, Take Two!

Back by popular demand is a second list of vegan drugstore brands that are cruelty free. I’m so grateful for everyone’s enthusiasm on this topic, as it’s a daily we struggle we all face – maintaining our values while minding our budget. Whether you’re in the market for nail polish or laundry detergent, here are some more commonly found brands.


Body Products

Dr. Bronner’s
Their do it all castile soap is a favorite among multi-taskers looking to save a buck. The trick is to dilute the solution with water and wash away! This takes the place of hand soap, body soap, shampoo and home cleaning solution. Just make sure you LOVE the scent you buy, you’re going to have it for awhile! Of note: they use certified organic beeswax in their lipbalm, but check to ensure the bees are not killed. Some may be okay with this, some may not.

Trader Joe’s
A semi-secretive gold-mine for beauty and beauty products. Coming from someone who used to use prescription acne face wash, I swear by their tea tree oil bar of soap. Their range is impressive, but perhaps even more impressive are the prices! Expect to spend as little as $2.


Make up and Cosmetics

Found in Target, this unassuming line of beauty products gets the Chic Vegan stamp of approval! For affordable cosmetics, Pacfica’s packaging is dreamy and I’d even go so far to say gift worthy. They just added a skincare line in the mix which boasts a face wash for $11 and cleansing wipes for $6.

Yes to
This popular brand with multiple recognizable lines like Yes to Carrots and Yes to Cucumbers doesn’t perform animal testing and doesn’t use animals ingredients with a few exceptions so just double check the ingredients list and avoid those products that list honey and beeswax.

Their dollar makeup can’t be beat for the price and quality. Everything about this affordable company is vegan and cruelty-free except their Essentials line of brushes that’s made with horse hair. Why so cheap? They don’t spend money on advertising or fancy packaging, putting the savings in both your pockets!

Wet n Wild
With many caveats, this is a good cheap vegan buy in a pinch. Double check that your picks are vegan though on this list before checking out!


Nail Polishes

Bet you didn’t realize the world’s most ubiquitous nail varnish was acceptable for your nails to touch. While I don’t purposely buy their polishes, it makes my choice much easier at the nail salon when I don’t have to bring my own “vegan” lacquer. However, their parent company COTY is NOT cruelty-free and tests on animals. I don’t buy OPI polishes but when they are the only option at the salon I would rather choose OPI then Essie, which isn’t vegan at all.

China Glaze
An all vegan brand barring their nail treatments. So feel free to buy their colors and topcoats with a clear conscience.

Color Club
Running around $8 and commonly found at drugstores and big box stores like Target, Color Club’s entirely vegan impressive array of eye blinding colors really pops. They’re also a great choice at the salon.



Seventh Generation
Vegan and one of the first leading clean cleaning companies, PETA approves as do we. They are thorough in their ingredient labeling, identifying whether it’s natural, plant derived, plant based, plant modified synthetic or just synthetic.

Also PETA approved, Biokleen is safe for those allergic to dairy, nuts and gluten.


A tip:

Want to try a product that’s more expensive but don’t want to be stuck with it if you don’t like it? QVC and Sephora’s return policy are super lax. QVC’s return policy is within 30 days, and Sephora’s policy is the same but within 14 days, so try away with no guilt.

We all lead busy lives, but the ultimate resource when it comes to buying cruelty-free is PETA’s list of companies that don’t test on animals. It also indicates the certified leaping bunny brands and strictly vegan ones too. I highly recommend you keep it bookmarked since it’s consistently updated and just an overall great reference.


Cover Photo: Flickr


  1. Jennifer December 21, 2013 at 3:25 pm -

    FYI, Wet ‘n Wild’s so-called “vegan” list doesn’t take lanolin or beeswax into consideration, so some of the products listed aren’t actually vegan.

    The blogger at makeupfu has created a proper vegan list for Wet ‘n Wild cosmetics, and here is a link:

    Hope this is helpful!

  2. Kellyanne December 22, 2013 at 4:33 pm -

    Thank you so much for posting this! For years, I’d driven all over the place to buy expensive vegan nail polish. As soon as I read your article, I went down the street to CVS and got two bottles of the vegan Wet N Wild polishes for only $1.50 for both! Now I have red and green nails for the holiday season. Thanks! Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year! :)

  3. Randi December 23, 2013 at 1:48 am -

    Thank you for sharing this! Seventh Generation is one of my favorite cruelty free brands, along with Dr. Bronner’s and Pacifica. We need more people like you to help others navigate the cruelty free & vegan world, especially when some can only afford the drugstore, like me.

  4. Nicole Hoffman December 28, 2013 at 1:04 am -

    Thanks so much girls for your comments! I’m happy we can all share in the beauty of cheap beauty. And thank you Jennifer for pointing that out- it’s easy to forget that companies sometimes overlook certain ingredients.

  5. Jen January 20, 2014 at 1:21 pm -

    I have a concern about ELF’s products, which are made in China. Any thoughts on whether they are TRULY cruelty-free?

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