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Cruelty Free Beauty: Top 5 Body Lotions

Finding animal friendly, cruelty free products is a big part of my lifestyle. That’s why today is all about cruelty-free body lotions!

I figure if I love Soda as much as I do, I wouldn’t want her – or any animals like her – suffering for products that I use. I also happen to appreciate good quality products, so I’m always on the lookout for fabulous, functional AND animal friendly products.

For me, the process is easy. Whenever I need a new moisturiser, a new handbag (or even a new window cleaner!) I look out for the freshest and the absolute best cruelty free products on the market.

First up, just in time for getting my legs ready for Australian summer – my top 5 cruelty free body lotions!

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Aesop Rind Concentrate Body Balm

1. Aesop Rind Concentrate Body Balm- SHOP NOW

Dermalogica Body Hydrating Cream

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Perricone MD Vitamin C Ester Photo Brightening Moisturiser Broad

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 Roll over image to zoom in Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Cream

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5.e.l.f. Holy Hydration Face Cream, 1.8 Oz SHOP NOW

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26 responses to “Cruelty Free Beauty: Top 5 Body Lotions”

  1. Taylor says:

    I use two of these! Awesome!

  2. Veterinices says:

    I am a veterinarian from Portugal and I just found out about your blog via Dog Milk …I am so in love!! Aolso, I am joining you on The 13 Project, such a good idea!

  3. Sarah says:

    Thank you for touching on this, Serena. As a 7-year vegan, this is extremely important to me. I’m actually going to write a blog post on veganism for my 13 Project (I’m almost done with my list)! 🙂

    • An absolute pleasure Sarah. I am inspired by people like yourself every day. Cruelty free living is such an important part of my life, and it’s something all of us can do – especially when it comes to beauty products. I look forward to sharing even more fab finds in this column! xx
      PS. Looking forward to seeing your 13 project list! 🙂

  4. Mary Kate says:

    I would love to see anything that is cruelty free – maybe something about brands you can find at the grocery of drugstore?

    • Brilliant idea Mary Kate! It used to be so hard to find cruelty free products at the supermarket or drugstore, but it’s getting so much better. I’ll definitely do a post on my favs 🙂
      PS. I’m not sure if it’s just an Australian product or not, but the Palmers lotion above comes from the grocery store – makes it so easy!

  5. Tonya says:

    I LOVE this, Serena! I hope you’ll make this a regular feature on your blog. Always love using and finding new cruelty-free products!

  6. Patamaki says:

    Totally agree with this – there´s no way i want animals to be mistreated. In our petshop in Madrid we try to stock animal-friendly animal products, but it isn´t always obvious whether they are tested on animals or not. Maybe you can add this type of product to your blog too? So far the only brand of dog shampoo I have found that actually states that it is not tested on animals is Menforsan (Bilper). I will keep searching for more!

    • says:

      Great idea Patamaki! There are some beautiful options out there on the markets, so I’ll definitely do a post on them in the future. 🙂

  7. BooBerry says:

    According to PETAs website, Kiehl’s is NOT cruelty free?

    • says:

      Hi Booberry,
      I think that’s because PETA doesn’t list any brands that have parent companies that test on animals – which in this case is L’Oreal. The case was similar when The Body Shop was bought out by L’Oreal.
      So while the brands themselves remain cruelty free and staunchly against animal testing, some believe their parent companies cancel this out. Personally, I think the more cruelty free products are supported, these parent companies will see the profit in them – which sadly is often the only way to bring about change.
      Hope this helps! 🙂

  8. BooBerry says:

    I looked at Kieh’s website and their wording was disturbing – …”We do not conduct animal testing on our products or ingredients, nor ask others to test on our behalf, except when required by law. ”

    ‘Except when required by law’ is often used by companies to evasively indicate that they do indeed perform animal testing.

    Here’s the link:

  9. I also like to use vegan products. Recently i bought a vegan body lotion from just @ 8.80$ us. I am satisfied.

  10. Christina says:

    Pure Fiji is the best lotion ever!!! It is a bit pricey,but so worth it and Cruelty free of course!

  11. Anne says:

    Kiehls does test on animals, look on the Peta site, it’s on the companies that do test list!

  12. Sabrina says:

    I’m really sorry to be the bearer of bad news but Palmers Cocoa Butter uses palm oil which is killing the population of orangutans. I was gutted when I found this out as it was my staple body lotion. Also, while Body Shop doesn’t directly test on animals it’s a part of l’oreal which does test on animals. Body Shop is also sold in China where animal testing is necessary before it can be sold to the public. Any cosmetic sold in China goes through the same legislation.

  13. Emily says:

    Hi there,
    I love that you are pushing cruelty free products, but like Sabrina points out, Palmers Cocoa Butter use palm oil … an industry destroying thousands of acres of rainforest and killing thousands of Orangutans. Which makes it far from cruelty free sadly.

  14. Kari says:

    Hi, sttumbled upon this blog and really like what you have mentioned but are you sure Keihl’s doesn’t test on animals? L’oreal owns the brand and no one is sure that the labs at L’oreal don’t test Keihl’s products on animals. Products that increase the killings of orangutans for palm oil plantations in places like Indonesia is still cruelty to animals amongst many other places.

  15. Simon says:

    I know it’s not on the list but one of my favourites has always been Yu-Be Body Lotion from Japan. It’s a natural Glycerin lotion that’s not tested on animals and doesn’t contain any animal sourced ingredients.

  16. s says:

    Kiehl’s is not a cruelty-free brand unfortunately. I was recently referred to the Creme de Corps, but checking on the PETA website, Kiehl’s is clearly listed as _not_ cruelty-free:

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