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Green beauty is big business and with more and more brands offering both vegan and cruelty-free products, we’re letting you which you can find in store and online in Hong Kong.

1. Aesop

Long-time favourite beauty and skincare brand Aesop is 100% vegan and cruelty-free, with none of its products or ingredients containing any animal-derived ingredients or by-products. The brand is also firmly against testing its products or ingredients on animals.
Coupled with Aesop's now famous minimalist aesthetic and wide range of heavenly smelling products, its green credentials make it even more appealing. If you’re looking to hydrate and nourish your hands, we recommend trying the Reverence Aromatique Hand Wash and Balm.
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2. Antipodes

Describing itself as a “Scientifically Validated Organic Beauty™ brand”, Antipodes uses only certified organic and premium natural ingredients in all of its products.
Striving to launch a green beauty brand over a decade ago, founder Elizabeth Barbalich drew on her background in science to create a range of all-natural anti-aging skincare products. Today, the brand’s natural skincare and make-up is approved by the Vegetarian Society of the United Kingdom, as well as being certified cruelty-free – not testing finished products or ingredients on animals, and neither does its suppliers or any third-parties.
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3. Coconut Matter

Homegrown beauty brand Coconut Matter’s product’s are not only 100% plastic-free and zero-waste but are also both vegan and cruelty-free.
Beginning in 2015 with a range of coconut-based products, including lip balms, lipsticks and oils, the brand is now famed for its range of all-natural deodorants.
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4. Le Labo

If you’re thinking that green products stop at make-up and skincare, think again. Indie brand Le Labo is not only cruelty-free and vegan, but ticks yet more boxes by being free from preservatives.
Known for its sleek and minimalist branding, Le Labo is perfect for those looking for a unique scent. Believing that there are that “there are too many bottles of perfume and not enough soulful fragrances”, all scents are hand-bottled to order, with personalised labels also offered in store – making for the perfect gift.  
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5. Purearth

Founded in 2012, artisanal skincare and wellness brand Pureaerth specialises in natural and clean beauty products. The brand is Leaping Bunny Certified, achieving the gold standard in cruelty free certification – signifying that there is no animal testing in any of its ingredients or formulations. Going one step further to be gentle on the earth and its creatures, all products are vegan, along with being free-from alcohol, petrochemicals, parabens, phthalates, palm, formaldehyde, silicones, sulphates, carbomers, glycols, phenoxyethanol, PEG, MEA, DEA, TEA and GMOs
The brand is also soon to be launching its own Refill Program as part of its commitment to zero-waste.

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6. Drunk Elephant

Cult favourite, Drunk Elephant’s products are not only free from the “suspicious six” – essential oils, drying alcohols, silicones, chemical screens, fragrance or dyes and SLS – but the entire line is also cruelty-free, with many products also being vegan.
As some products contain honey, not all are 100% vegan, but top-rated products including Beste No 9 Jelly Cleanser, T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum, Juju Bar, A-Passioni Retinol Cream and more are.
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7. The Ordinary

Famed for bringing high-quality and science-backed products to the masses at an affordable price point, The Ordinary is also 100% cruelty-free. The majority of The Ordinary’s line is also vegan, with each product on its website featuring a handy key to signal whether it is gluten-free, nut-free and vegan.
If you’re looking to up your skincare regime with trending ingredients such as AHAs and BHAs, Retinol, Niacinamide and more – The Ordinary is where to start.
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8. Hourglass

Since its launch in 2004, luxe beauty giant Hourglass has been committed to being 100% cruelty-free. The brand currently has a large range of vegan products, and has also pledged to become totally vegan in 2020.
What’s more, Hourglass donates 1% of all profits to its partner, the Nonhuman Rights Project, the only civil rights organisation working to secure fundamental rights for animals. If you’re new to Hourglass products, we love the Vanish Seamless Finish Liquid Foundation, Ambient Lighting Palette and the refillable Confession Lipstick Duo.
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9. Charlotte Tilbury

Great news for make-up junkies as beauty giant Charlotte Tilbury does not test any of its products on animals.
Although not all CT products are vegan, the brand has a huge range of products that are – including favourites such as the Magic Away concealer, Cheek to Chic blush, Pillow Talk lip pencil, Brightening Youth Glow and more.
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