20 Vegan & Cruelty-Free Retinol Products to Try

Looking for cruelty-free retinol products to help fight aging?

I’ve got your back!

While pretty much every brand has jumped on the retinol bandwagon, very few can call themselves vegan or animal-friendly.

To make shopping easier for you, here’s a very straightforward no-nonsense list of the handful of brands that do fit that critiera.

Let’s start with a quick look at our top picks, then keep reading for all the glorious details.

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Cruelty-Free Retinol Top Picks at a Glance

Check the table below for a side-by-side comparison of our favorites!

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Cruelty-Free Retinol Shopping List

Retinol can come from numerous sources, some of which are definitely NOT vegan. These include egg yolks and fish liver oil.

However, it’s also plentiful in vegetables that contain Vitamin A.

Every one of these products below sources their retinol (or, in some cases, retinoid-like compounds) from plants, so they’re not just cruelty-free, but vegan as well.

I’ve included certifications when applicable, but keep in mind that not all brands pay to be certified. It doesn’t make them less cruelty-free than those that do.

20 Vegan & Cruelty-Free Retinol Products

1. MARYANN RETINOL CREAM

ALSO READ: Mary Ann Retinol Cream Reviews

2. Secret Essentials Natural & Organic Vegan Retinol Serum

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3. Juice Beauty STEM CELLULAR Anti-Wrinkle Retinol Overnight Serum (Leaping Bunny & PETA)

Juice Beauty STEM CELLULAR Anti-Wrinkle Retinol Overnight Serum

TRY CHECKING: Retinol vs Hyaluronic Acid

4. Graydon Phyto Clear (formerly Green Cream)

Graydon Phyto Clear (formerly Green Cream)

5. Patyka Pro-Collagen Lift Mask

Patyka Pro-Collagen Lift Mask

6. Fitglow Beauty Vita Youth Oil (Leaping Bunny)

Fitglow Beauty Vita Youth Oil

7. ClarityRX Healing Fine Barrier Ointment

ClarityRX Healing Fine Barrier Ointment

8. Fitglow Beauty Brightening + Age Defying Kit (Leaping Bunny)

Fitglow Beauty Brightening + Age Defying Kit

9. Schaf Skincare Revitalizing Serum

10. 100% Pure Multi-Vitamin Antioxidants Ultra Riche PM Treatment (Leaping Bunny & PETA)

100% Pure Multi Vitamin Antioxidants Ultra Riche PM Treatment

Also Check: The Best Crueltyfree Powder Foundation

11. LilyAna Naturals Retinol Cream for Face

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12. Retinol Serum by Poppy Austin

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13. Drunk Elephant A-Passioni Retinol Cream

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14. PurOrganica RETINOL SERUM (made in FDA-registered eco-labs)

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15. No B.S.Retinol Cream for Face with Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin E & Pomegranate Extract

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16. EarthsCure Anti-Aging Cream with 2.5% Vegan Retinol & Botanicals

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17. Little Victory Anti-Aging Retinol Night Face Moisturizer

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18. BLOOMMY Collagen & Retinol Cream (Leaping Bunny)

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19. Ecco Bella Retinol Moisturizer Anti Aging Cream (PETA)

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20. Kleem Organics Anti Aging Retinol Moisturizer Cream (PETA)

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Related: The Best Cruelty Free Gel Eyeliner

Final Words and Notes

There you go! Now you should have no problem finding a great vegan and cruelty-free anti-aging product, right?

One last thing: I HIGHLY (like, a million times highly) recommend shopping through Safe & Chic for cruelty-free beauty products.

Every single item on their site is 100% vegan and animal-friendly. So there’s no guesswork and no reading labels carefully to find hidden animal ingredients.

That said, if you prefer Amazon, I did find a lot of great brands on the mass retailer.

The thing is, you have to be really careful because some less-than-honest brands toss keywords into their product names to get you to click.

So, you do have to read through the ingredients and descriptions a bit closer. Reviews are also a good source of information.

I found a great checker on Double Check Vegan that you can use to cross-check a specific ingredient that you’re unsure of.

I even found this Ah-mazing list of Vegan CBD Gummies. I am definitely trying one of these! Be sure to check this list out!

Our Recommendation

Juice Beauty STEM CELLULAR Anti-Wrinkle Retinol Overnight Serum certified by Leaping Bunny & PETA

Juice Beauty STEM CELLULAR Anti-Wrinkle Retinol Overnight Serum
a curly-haired lady putting a cruelty-free retinol moisturizer on her face

Do you know of any other great cruelty-free retinol products we missed? Share below!

About Lily Scott

Lily is the Editor-in-Chief and one of the writers here on Those Graces. Growing up with sensitive and fair skin, she's always been passionate about finding the gentlest yet most effective products. When she can't find what she needs on the market, she makes her own! READ HER LATEST ARTICLES FOLLOW HER on FACEBOOK. Learn more about her HERE.

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