Ethical skincare brands include a broad spectrum of companies, some who focus on cruelty-free production and others who make clear ethical policies the core of their business. Our list includes UK brands only to avoid the need for overseas shipping. We’ve selected a mix of small and large skincare companies who are trying their best to boost ethical living.
Ark skincare is an award-winning British skincare brand that prides itself on it’s all natural range; however, there is no clear information on the website about the source of their ingredients. The brand is cruelty-free and vegan friendly. The moisturisers are packaged in jars with airless pumps to avoid wastage. The company accepts returned packaging and encourages customers to use the TerraCycle system.
Lucy Bee skincare is rated as the top skincare brand by Ethical Consumer magazine. This is thanks to their approach to ethical production covering all aspects from the ingredients, manufacture, packaging, and testing. Lucy Bee products are palm oil-free, leaping bunny certified, and when possible, ingredients are fair trade.
Evolve Organic Beauty
Evolve products are made in small batches in Hertfordshire, England. The company focuses on using natural organic ingredients to create fresh products. They use recycled packaging on all their products, and their range is both vegan friendly and cruelty-free.
Queenie organics sell a range of creams that have been specifically developed to be free from palm oil. The company has created a bespoke emulsifier that does not require the use of ingredients that have a negative impact on the environment. Queenie organics are accredited by the soil association and are selected by ethical consumer magazine as a best buy.
Sknfed products are organic, natural, and vegan friendly. The company limits the use of plastic packaging with moisturisers produced in pouches and soap bars wrapped in paper.
Lush fresh handmade cosmetics has a clear and thorough ethical charter. Their strong stance against animal testing is not only focused on the products they produce, but they also campaign for animal rights. They are committed to fair wages for staff and aim to reduce their business’s impact on the environment to make a positive change.
Lani skincare products are packaged into glass bottles and jars. The UK produced products are made with high quality natural vegan ingredients, and the company has a clear no animal testing policy. Lani is passionate about campaigning against animal cruelty and support several charities with a percentage of each product bought.
Neals Yard makes ethical sourcing the heart of their business. They focus on all parts of their manufacturing process from sustainably sourced ingredients to using recyclable packaging. Their eco-factory in Dorset is set in acres of organic gardens and wild meadows to help improve the local environment. The company are proud of their iconic blue glass bottles and encourage customers to reuse these whenever possible.
Green People are a well-established skincare brand who have pioneered the legislation to regulate the skin industry. Working with the soil association Green People have help set the standard for organic beauty. The company are against testing on animals and make sure all the ingredients are ethically sourced.
Up Circle beauty has a clear mission ‘to leave the world better than we found it’. The inspiration behind the brand is to use waste products such as coffee grounds to create sustainable skincare products. The brand uses recycled packaging, and their products are cruelty-free, palm oil free and ocean-friendly.