15 cruelty-free beauty gifts to give for the holidays — from limited-edition makeup sets to skin-care essentials

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Through trial and error, I’ve learned that beauty and skin-care gifts are almost always a safe bet – whether your loved one is a skin-care expert, makeup novice, or somewhere in between. Even as a well-adjusted adult, I still revel in unwrapping cosmetics and skin-care gifts around my family’s Christmas tree.

However, many beauty brands still use animal testing on their products. Globally, over 115 million animals undergo experiments each year, and according to Cruelty Free International, that figure is growing – even as more shoppers opt for ethically-made products.

The good news is that there are tons of cruelty-free beauty products that make great presents. From soothing lip scrubs to personalized bundles, all of these gifts are vegan and cruelty-free (though if a brand also makes products that are not vegan, we’ve noted it below). And for added assurance, everything on this list is either Leaping Bunny or PETA certified.

See our picks for cruelty-free beauty gifts, below:

Still looking for gift ideas? Check all of our 2019 holiday gift guides.


Bite Beauty Agave Lip Scrub

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Sephora

$21, available at Sephora

Bite Beauty’s Agave Lip Scrub exfoliates flaky, parched lips with natural ingredients, including fair-trade golden sugar. Bite Beauty has earned the “Clean at Sephora” seal, which means their products are free of potentially harmful ingredients.

Checklist:

  • Cruelty-free: Brand does not test on animals
  • Vegan: Does not contain animal-derived ingredients, brand is not 100% vegan
  • Certifications: Leaping Bunny and PETA

Clove + Hallow Lip Sets

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Clove + Hallow

$53 on sale (originally $59), available at Clove + Hallow [you save $6]

Clove + Hallow’s lip sets feature different variations of reds and pinks, from neutral and understated to more vibrant and bold. They work well for everyday wear or fancy occasions.

Checklist:

  • Cruelty-free: Brand does not test on animals
  • Vegan: Does not contain animal-derived ingredients, brand is vegan
  • Certifications: PETA


Milk Makeup MVPs Set

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Milk Makeup

$39, available at Sephora

A beloved media darling, Milk Makeup has bundled its bestsellers, like the Deluxe Kush Mascara, and cooling stick in this set.

Checklist:

  • Cruelty-free: Brand does not test on animals
  • Vegan: Does not contain animal-derived ingredients, brand is vegan
  • Certifications: Leaping Bunny

ILIA True Skin Primer

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$52, available at Sephora

ILIA’s True Skin primer has a soft, silky texture that is neither oily nor runny. Before applying foundation, we recommend allowing it to sit on your face for a minute or so.

Checklist:

  • Cruelty-free: Brand does not test on animals
  • Vegan: Does not contain animal-derived ingredients, brand is not 100% vegan
  • Certifications: Leaping Bunny

Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Anti-Wrinkle Eye Treatment

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Juice Beauty

$50, available at Juice Beauty

Dark circles, fine lines, and wrinkles – begone. This eye treatment uses organic, all-natural ingredients to smooth sensitive under-eye skin, and smells citrusy and fresh.

Checklist:

  • Cruelty-free: Brand does not test on animals
  • Vegan: Does not contain animal-derived ingredients, brand is not 100% vegan
  • Certifications: Leaping Bunny and PETA

Kosas Limited-Edition Game Changer Set

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Kosas Cosmetics

$160, available at Kosas

Kosas’ Game Changer collection features eight full-sized liquid eye shadows that won’t smudge or smear throughout the day. For “Euphoria” fans, these shades will make replicating Jules’ colorful eyelids a breeze.

Checklist:

  • Cruelty-free: Brand does not test on animals
  • Vegan: Does not contain animal-derived ingredients, brand is not 100% vegan
  • Certifications: Leaping Bunny

Beauty Counter Limited-Edition Lip-Care Set

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Beauty Counter

$49, available at Beauty Counter

Winter weather can make lips chapped, cracked, and even painful to touch. This repair kit is a great solution, with products that work together as part of a regimen.

Checklist:

  • Cruelty-free: Brand does not test on animals
  • Vegan: Does not contain animal-derived ingredients, brand is not 100% vegan
  • Certifications: Leaping Bunny

Tower 28 Jelly Lip Gloss Duo

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TOWER 28

$22, available at Sephora

With so many sticky glosses on the market, trust the Tower 28 duo to provide slick, around-the-clock sheen. We love this nontoxic brand because their products are affordable, high quality, and certifiably clean.

Checklist:

  • Cruelty-free: Brand does not test on animals
  • Vegan: Does not contain animal-derived ingredients, brand is vegan
  • Certifications: PETA

Cover FX Glam & Glow Liquid Lights Vault

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Cover FX

$235, available at Cover FX

Gift these multi-colored, shiny highlighters that will survive any office holiday party. Made for all skin types, this massive vault includes seven shades of drops that can be mixed and matched.

Checklist:

  • Cruelty-free: Brand does not test on animals
  • Vegan: Does not contain animal-derived ingredients, brand is vegan
  • Certifications: PETA


Tatcha Create Your Own Kit with The Water Cream, Cleansing Oil, and Essence

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Tatcha

$55, available at Tatcha

If I were somehow stranded on a deserted island, I’d hope to have Tatcha’s skin-care products nearby (among other necessities, of course). Hailed for delivering exceptional Japanese skin-care, Tatcha created this set for those seeking an all-inclusive routine at a reasonable price. You can choose up to three products, but we suggest sticking to these vegan-friendly basics.

Checklist:

  • Cruelty-free: Brand does not test on animals
  • Vegan: Does not contain animal-derived ingredients, brand is not 100% vegan
  • Certifications: PETA

Ellis Brooklyn Rose Perfume Set

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Ellis Brooklyn

$108, available at Sephora

Fragrance enthusiasts will appreciate this curated gift set by Ellis Brooklyn, a fragrance brand that has amassed a cult following. These perfumes have hints of fresh rose and peony that’ll transport you to an open flower field – even in the dead of winter.

Checklist:

  • Cruelty-free: Brand does not test on animals
  • Vegan: Does not contain animal-derived ingredients, brand is not 100% vegan
  • Certifications: PETA

First Aid Beauty Hello FAB Ginger & Turmeric Vitamin C Jelly Mask

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Sephora

$32, available at Sephora

An Allure Best-of-Beauty winner, this hydrating jelly mask is especially ideal to use during the holiday chaos, as stress can wreak havoc on the complexion.

Checklist:

  • Cruelty-free: Brand does not test on animals
  • Vegan: Does not contain animal-derived ingredients, brand is not 100% vegan
  • Certifications: PETA

Briogeo Ultimate Hair Repair Vault

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Briogeo

$89, available at Sephora

Hair damage goes beyond split ends and can take a while to fix. Thankfully, Briogeo has a low-maintenance system that moisturizes, conditions, and strengthens locks, saving a visit to the salon.

Checklist:

  • Cruelty-free: Brand does not test on animals
  • Vegan: Does not contain animal-derived ingredients, brand is not 100% vegan
  • Certifications: Leaping Bunny


Jane Iredale Starter Kit

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Jane Iredale

$56, available at Dermstore

Packed in a TSA-approved travel bag, this starter kit sticks to the basics, which conceal blemishes, under-eye bags, and fine lines. Natural ingredients, including aloe vera, green tea, and vitamin E, can help your complexion look brighter and healthier.

Checklist:

  • Cruelty-free: Brand does not test on animals in the U.S.
  • Vegan: Does not contain animal-derived ingredients, brands is vegan
  • Certifications: Leaping Bunny and PETA

Tarte Sugar Rush Goals Goals Goals Eyeshadow Palette

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Tarte Cosmetics

$26, available Tarte Cosmetics

Tarte is at the forefront of cruelty-free cosmetics, known for its pigmented beauty products that are creative, high quality, and well-received. This whimsical eyeshadow palette features 36 shades, from natural and understated to colorful and exciting.

Checklist:

  • Cruelty-free: Brand does not test on animals in the U.S.
  • Vegan: Does not contain animal-derived ingredients, brands is not 100% vegan
  • Certifications: Leaping Bunny and PETA