How to Go Cruelty-Free Without Breaking the Bank

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We’ve all seen those videos. You know the ones: where dogs, usually beagles, are freed from captivity after a lifetime of animal testing. It’s heartbreaking and makes you want to rethink every product you’ve ever bought.

The problem is that most brands that boast to be “cruelty-free” and bear the official Leaping Bunnies stamp of approval are usually expensive and not conducive to any sort of millennial’s budget.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. Below we’ve compiled our favorite cruelty-free products that you can actually afford.

Looking to take it up a notch? Try shopping for makeup brands that are both cruelty-free and vegan (see it here).

Makeup: Pacifica

Pacifica is a great makeup brand that is easily accessible at places like Target, Ulta, and Amazon. Best of all, most of the products are under $20 (many even under $15), which means you can treat yourself to as many things as you want!

Hair Care: Love Beauty And Planet

Love Beauty And Planet is pretty new to the scene but they’ve already made a huge splash. The company tries to be earth-friendly all around with recycled packaging, vegan ingredients, and, of course, no animal testing. Pretty much all products are under $9 and you can usually find them at your local pharmacy.

Sunscreen: Alba Botanica

The best part about Alba Botanica is they’re actually relatively easy to track down — they’re sold at Walmart! The brand has a full line of sun care products that contain no parabens, harsh sulfates, or synthetic fragrances. Oh yeah, and they’re obviously 100% vegetarian and not tested on animals.

Cleaning Products: Mrs. Meyer’s

This one is pretty much a no-brainer. Not only do they make literally *everything* you could need for your home from hand soap to laundry detergent, but they also come in amazing scents like lavender, peony, and more.

Oral Care: Tom’s of Maine

You probably know Tom’s of Maine from their natural deodorant but did you know they also make awesome oral care products? They even make products for children.

Skincare: 100% Pure

It’s almost impossible to find skincare products that are both cruelty-free and affordable. Who can afford to drop $90 on face cream? Luckily 100% Pure has some awesome products that are totally wallet-friendly. Plus, they go through the painstaking process of making sure that no ingredient is ever animal-sourced.

All products were chosen independently by our editors. However, we may make a small commission if you purchase any of the products displayed.

Lena Finkel
Lena Finkel is the Editor and Founder of Femestella. Prior to starting Femestella, she worked at People, InStyle, Tiger Beat, and Sesame Workshop (aka Sesame Street). She loves all things Real Housewives and Vanderpump Rules. When she's not busy binge-watching TV, you can find her hanging out with her tuxedo cat Tom.