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The following article was written by PETA intern Heather Mangal.

Many people, especially nonvegans and new vegans, might think that vegan products can only be found at specialty shops and natural health stores. That would not only get expensive but also be inconvenient! And what about those times when you forget to pack your makeup bag while traveling, and you need to pick up quick, cheap replacements? Well, it’s a good thing that 24-hour drugstores such as CVS, Walgreens, Duane Reade, and Rite Aid can be found in many cities. Here is a list of my favorite inexpensive and easily obtainable cruelty-free vegan products that will help beautify you in your time of need.

Hair Care

Giovanni hair care products are not tested on animals, and most do not contain any animal-derived products. Giovanni has three different lines of shampoos and conditioners: Eco Chic, Colorflage, and Magnetic. Please note that the Magnetic products are not vegan; they contain lactoferrin. Instead, try some of the vegan products from Giovanni’s Eco Chic line. Here are my favorites:

Dental Care

Tom’s Of Maine is one of the pioneers of the vegan personal-care products movement. I can remember when you had to go to a health store to find the company’s products, but today they are so mainstream that they sit side by side on drugstore shelves with all the other popular toothpaste brands. Here are a couple of my favorite Tom’s of Maine dental care products:


Tom’s of Maine also makes great deodorants. Check out the following options:


Physician’s Formula makeup is never tested on animals, and the company has a special line of organic choices. When buying these products, be on the lookout for beeswax. In addition, the glycerin in their makeup is not animal-derived, making the following fabulous products 100 percent animal free:

If you have been vegan for a while, you are probably in the habit of checking labels for animal-derived ingredients and the “not tested on animals” promise. If you are new to the cruelty-free world, be sure to check out PETA’s database of cruelty-free companies.

Happy shopping!

What is your favorite cruelty-free and vegan personal-care product from a drugstore?

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  • Mystico Verdi says:

    Great article! I wanted to add what about brands like South of France and Wet n’ Wild cosmetics? South of France has VEGAN options for bar soaps and I believe they sell liquid forms as well, but am not completely sure. According to the Wet n’ Wild website, under the ‘Contact Us’ tab located on the left-hand side of the bottom of the homepage, the FAQs section lists a wide variety of VEGAN options available. These brands are generally sold at my local Rite Aid Pharmacy.

  • SUNBURST says:

    When I was younger, the foods tasted better. The animals were free roaming on farms and not fed antibiotics and other things. They were not caged in these cruel type settings and the little chickens that were not wanted were not put through shredding machines. Shame on all these big companies who do that. I will try to be more aware of what to eat and what to use so there is less cruelty to animals.

  • tina max says:

    Anyone know of a toothpaste for sensitive teeth and gums? My dentist gave me a tube of Colgate for sensitive teeth which I don’t want to use as it is conclusive that Colgate tests on animals.

  • Ella says:

    I read somewhere else that Palmer’s does not test on animals but does contain animal byproducts. When looking at the ingredients of one of their lotions it said glycerin. Are you 100% sure their products are vegan? The ingredients list wasn’t clear whether it was glycerin from animal or vegetable fats.

  • Ashley-P says:

    Caroline: You can read the entire statement at We feel that it’s imperative for consumers to continue buying personal-care products from Tom’s of Maine in order to support the company’s strong anti-testing stance and show Colgate that the market for cruelty-free products is growing. Large corporations now recognize the expanding market of compassionate consumers who want cruelty-free food, cosmetics, and clothing. We hope that Tom’s of Maine’s no-testing policy will persuade Colgate to abandon animal tests across the board.

  • emma says:

    The brushes for organic wear are made of goat hair.

  • pattijor says:

    My problem is finding a salon that uses cruelty-free products.

  • Caroline Hamlin says:

    I don’t care what Tom’s of Maine says. They are owned by Colgate Palmolive. Colgate tests so I boycott all their products. I have boycotted P&G for years. Too many of these large corporations hide behind labels of smaller companies who say they do not test. It is really difficult to find parent companies so be very careful when purchasing so-called cruelty-free products. I expressed my concerns about Tom’s of Maine to PETA when Colgate purchased it and to my surprise, PETA’s view is the same as Tom’s and Colgate. I personally don’t think Tom’s should be on PETA’s cruelty-free list but PETA does.

  • Mary T says:

    In Malaysia, we do not have those brands listed here. Therefore, I mainly go with The Body Shop, although they’re only vegetarian and not vegan. I will have to check the ingredients of each product before I buy them.

    Through a friend, I also found out that Parrot Botanicals soap is vegan and natural.

  • jessmarie says:

    ok so im very happy to see all those product cause those are the ones i use giovanni is amazing toms of main is great phyiscian formula is great i use the powder blush masquera and it works wonder best thing ever i recomend

  • Ashley-P says:

    KarenC: In a written statement, Tom’s of Maine founders Tom and Kate Chappell assured customers, “You will continue to be able to rely on our tried and true Natural Care products based on our model of stewardship and sustainability. We will continue to make products without artificial preservatives, sweeteners, or dyes and without animal testing or animal ingredients.” You can read the entire statement at We feel that it’s imperative for consumers to continue buying personal-care products from Tom’s of Maine in order to support the company’s strong anti-testing stance and show Colgate that the market for cruelty-free products is growing.

    Frequently, when a massive corporation buys a smaller, more compassionate company, the big company learns from the smaller company’s success that consumers are concerned about issues such as animal testing and cruelty to farmed animals. For example, Boca Foods—maker of vegetarian burgers and other vegetarian products—is now owned by hot-dog giant Oscar Mayer, and ConAgra owns faux-meat maker LightLife. Dean Foods—the largest dairy-product company in the world—owns White Wave, the maker of Silk soy milk and other nondairy products. These conglomerates’ purchases of compassionate companies have meant that more humane products are widely promoted and sold than ever before. Shoppers see them on stores’ shelves and in advertisements, which enables these cruelty-free products to become more popular.

  • Anna says:

    Super drug in the uk are fab! They have a points card they do not test their body face or home products on animals and the items state vegan on the backs!super cheap as well xxxxxx

  • Camilla says:

    @Lotte Ustrup: Urtekram is BUAV approved (for not testing on animals) – and I have a written confirmation from Urtekram from November 2010 which states that all their beauty products – except their Lip Balm – are vegan.

  • Camilla says:

    @Lotte Ustrup:
    Since you live in Denmark, check out the following lists before buying a beauty product:

    If a brand that sells in Denmark is not on either of those lists it means that the company doesn’t guarantee that the ingredients they use have not been tested on animals. I often write to companies that make beauty products that I won’t buy any of their products as long as they are not to be found on either of the above lists. The answers I get are pretty much the same: That the company itself doesn’t test on animals (that just means that they don’t check their suppliers), that testing cosmetics on animals is no longer legal (that is NOT true). Please don’t fall for all that marketing stuff.

    It is very simple actually: If a company has checked that the ingredients they use are not tested on animals it should be no problem for them to sign up with PETA’s Caring Consumer Program – and it is free for the company. That is all I answer the companies – and I give them this link:

    Please join me in contacting beauty companies that are not guaranteed cruelty-free. Believe me, it works!

  • KarenC says:

    Isn’t Tom’s of Maine now part of Proctor & Gamble, one of the biggest animal-testing companies on the planet (and refuses to sign the pledge to stop)?
    That’s why I buy Jason’s toothpaste and their other products. Or Kiss My Face products (gotta love the name in itself!).

  • dataway says:

    I found that Mary Kay is “against animal testing” but they do it anyway….so to be against and still do it isn’t helping the animals any.

  • Mel says:

    Natures Gate, Abba and Pureology are vegan and great hair shampoos &conditioners.

  • Judy Dodson says:

    I absolutely hate companies that test on animals. I have not trusted any Procter& Gamble product for years because of reading about what they do to animals eyes and skin. Thanks for being there to tell whoever will listen about the animal testing.

  • Veronica Thorne says:

    There is another line of products that don’t test on animals. That product is: Aubrey Organics. Their products are great, I have been using it for years. Highly recommend it!!.
    Their Web Site is:

  • MalkatHaMuzika says:

    I find “Tom’s of Maine” deoderants to be totally useless actually. What about those crystal rock ones?

  • Jess says:

    Physician’s Formula has a complete line of one hundred percent cruelty free, organic products. I am in complete love with their loose powder foundation and jumbo wear mascara 🙂

  • Tara says:

    Awesome! I’ve been accidentally buying not-quite-vegan products for years, so I really appreciate this!

  • Janine says:

    Thanks for this! another thing to watch out for with Physicians Formula is the brushes that come with the pressed powder- they are made of goat hair.

  • Ann Davis says:

    I believe that Arbonne is all vegan. If anyone has heard differently please let me know since I love their products and would hate it if I was mislead. thanks.

  • Rachel Eden McQuade says:

    great list, very helpful! any suggestions for nail care? i have found some cruelty-free products, but they are still kind of pricey. thanks!

  • lotte ustrup says:

    Good work you are all doing – thumbs up to that. I´m looking for the list about companies that doesn´t test on animals. Best regards Lotte from Denmark

  • Ashley-P says:

    B: As far as we know the products listed here are vegan, so if you know otherwise please share!

  • B says:

    If i recall right, some of those arent 100% vegan. They contain animal byproducts.