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The best vegan and cruelty-free beauty brands that you can buy in Hong Kong

Clean up your collection with these vegan and cruelty-free beauty brands available in Hong Kong.

Clean and green beauty is on the rise, and with more brands than ever before giving us the option to choose vegan and cruelty-free beauty products, there’s no reason not to make the switch! We’ve rounded up a few of the best available to buy here in Hong Kong.

Hero and featured image courtesy of Joanna Kosinska and Gabrielle Henderson via Unsplash

Drunk Elephant

Known for its candy coloured packaging and award-winning formulas, Drunk Elephant has a firm stance on ethical beauty. Certified cruelty-free by Leaping Bunny, and only producing skin and haircare products that are free from the ‘suspicious six’ — essential oils, drying alcohols, silicons, chemical screens, fragrance/dyes and SLS — the products not only do good, but leave us with a clear conscience. Although not all products are vegan (as some of its products contain beeswax, honey, and/or seashell derivatives), there are plenty of vegan options to choose from. With over 13 skincare products free from ingredients of animal-derived origin, try the JuJu Bar, Lala Retro Whipped Cream, Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil, D-Bronzi Anti-Pollution Sunshine Serum, and the infamously loved T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial.

Find it at Sephora HK

Fenty Skin

A “new culture of skincare” has arrived; Rhianna latest skincare line has launched and it’s 100 percent vegan and cruelty free. With dreams to create a line that was clean, simple, effective, and most importantly, for all to benefit from, Fenty Skin has since made an impression with three, multitasking products packed with powerful benefits. Known together as the “Start’rs’, the three mimic Rhianna’s skincare routine, and have been designed to complement her coveted Fenty Beauty line. The formulas are oil-free, vegan, gluten-free and keep coral reefs in mind having been made with earth-conscious and recyclable materials where possible.

Find it at Sephora HK


Vegan and cruelty-free beauty Aesop

A firm favourite in the world of clean beauty, you can be confident in shopping Aesop‘s range of 100 percent vegan and cruelty-free products. With none of its range containing any animal-derived ingredients or by-products, the brand make an ongoing core commitment to sourcing its products through ethical and sustainable methods, only partnering with the most reputable global suppliers. If you’re not yet familiar with its products, try its hand care range — the Reverence and Resurrection washes and creams are an ultimate classic.

Find it at Aesop.

Sunday Riley

Luxury, high-performance skincare brand, Sunday Riley is loved world-wide, and although not every product in the range is vegan (but they are all cruelty-free!) some skincare contains beeswax, honey and lanolin, there are plenty of animal by-product free options in the range that we can buy here in Hong Kong. Looking for a luxurious night oil? The Luna Sleeping Night Oil delivers more visibly youthful, luminous and even-toned skin by morning. Or perhaps you’re in need of a potent, purified grade lactic acid that immediately exfoliates dull, pore-clogging dead skin cells? The Good Genes All-in-One Lactic Acid Treatment has you covered.

Find it at Sephora HK


Derived from a recognition for clean, botanical based skincare, founder Sylvie Chantecaille created a company that tapped into the power of plants (and a dash of ground-breaking science) to create game-changing skincare and beauty products. The family owned business is committed to cruelty-free formulas and have plenty of vegan options in its repertoire. The collections also support wildlife conservation — a notion that can be seen in its ‘Vanishing Species’ collection featuring beautiful imagery on its packaging . The range has named a series of eyeshadows after the elephant, giraffe, lion, cheetah, pangolin, and rhino in order to raise support and awareness. These shimmery, creamy, gel-like formulas glide onto lids and blend effortlessly.

Find it at Net-a-Porter

John Masters Organics

“By harnessing the power of organic and natural ingredients, John Masters Organics creates high-performing hair, skin and body products that are clean, cruelty-free and sustainable.” Its range boasts botanical products that work wonders for hair, skin and body, are all vegan — with the exception of a few products that contain beeswax or honey (the list can be found here) — and available in over 40 countries worldwide. Try the Bearberry Skin Balancing Face Wash for a deep cleanse, or the Overnight Facial Mask with Pomegranate and Moroccan Rose for a much-needed burst of hydration.

Find it at John Masters Organics


Well known for its state-of-the-art primer and cult-favorite highlighting palette, Hourglass is a staple in makeup bags across the globe. Receiving the green light from PETA for its cruelty-free formulas and recently phasing out its non-vegan products from its range (it has pledged to be 100 percent vegan this year!), we can begin to confidently shop its primers and powders, highlighters, foundations, skincare and brushes.

Find it at Hourglass boutiques across Hong Kong.

Charlotte Tilbury

Vegan and cruelty-free beauty charlotte tilbury

Makeup artist to the stars, Charlotte Tilbury has made waves with her legendary Magic Cream; and although sadly this product in particular isn’t 100 percent vegan, there are plenty of products in the range that do not contain animal-derived by-products. If you’re a big fan of the brand but hoping to convert your beauty collection, you can still shop sought-after skincare and makeup such as its Magic Foundation, Full Fat Lashes, Brow Lift, Wonderglow Primer, Take It All Off makeup remover, and Goddess Skin Clay Mask.

Find it at Charlotte Tilbury boutiques across Hong Kong

Coconut Matter

Home-grown skincare and makeup brand, Coconut Matter is not only cruelty-free and vegan, but is entirely plastic-free and zero-waste. Created by a mother hoping for her daughter to grow up using products without toxins, the range started off simple and has since flourished to include deodorants, skincare, makeup and soaps.

Find it at Coconut Matter


This Canadian-born brand is doing right by the environment and animals. Cruelty-free and vegan, the sister duo behind NUDESTIX has produced a collection of easy-to-use makeup crayons that cover all the bases and give you a fresh-faced, nude look. Focussing on face, lips and eyes (and more recently anti-bacterial hand gels that give back to the community), its creamy, pigmented formulas packed in reusable tin cases are perfect for touch ups on the go.

Find it at Sephora HK

Herbivore Botanicals

Every ingredient included in Herbivore Botanicals‘ products is there for a specific therapeutic reason; each drop is ‘active’ and tested on real people — never on animals and always from scratch. Its products invite ritual and regime, asking that you make time for regular pamper sessions — and you can rest easy knowing that you’re skin is soaking up simple, clean ingredients. Treating yourself to a self-care Sunday? Take its coveted Coco Rose – Coconut Oil Body Polish and Brighten – Pineapple Enzyme + Gemstone Instant Glow Mask for a test drive.

Find it at Sephora HK

Lexi Davey
Managing Editor
A typical ‘third culture’ kid, Lexi spent the best part of her life between Hong Kong and Malaysia. A self-confessed heliophile with a thirst for travel and adventure, she moved home to foster a career in digital editing and lifestyle copywriting. Loves include: commas, nervous laughter and her rescue pup, Wella
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