Difference Between Cruelty Free, Vegan & Organic?

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Last Updated on 02/22/2022

Ever wondered what’s the difference b/w Vegan & Cruelty-free beauty? f you’re anyone like me..well hey there! The terms – Vegan, Organic, Natural, and Cruelty-free often tend to confuse us.

It can be a mind-boggling job trying to decipher the meaning of the labels on your beauty products.  These terms are used interchangeably but they signify different things. We, as consumers should be aware of what we are using.

Cruelty free vs organic vs vegan

Difference between cruelty free & vegan

It is not compulsory for brands to mention these terms on their products. However, it is compulsory to mention the ingredient list.

These terms are often labeled to attract customers. It makes people more aware of what they are purchasing.

Before beginning, this is Part 3 of our Cruelty Free Guide. Here, we are discussing the basic difference between Cruelty-Free, Vegan & Organic Products!

Organic Products:

Firstly, even the products that label themselves as Organic are not 100% so.

To receive an “Organic label”, there must be at least 95% organic ingredients. A minimum of 70% composition gets a “made with Organic” label.

Secondly, a company needs only a minor percentage of Organic ingredients to grab the Organic label.

Check the labels to know the percentage of organic ingredients.

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Often, organic products are manufactured using sustainable resources. They use organically farmed ingredients. These ingredients are not sprayed with insecticides, pesticides, or medicines.

Organic products may or may not involve animal testing. These products may have animal ingredients. These animals are reared without dependence on artificial hormones and antibiotics.

Organic products are often free from controversial and harsh chemicals like Parabens, dyes, and artificial fragrances.

They may have a certain natural or small percentage of synthetic preservatives to prolong the shelf life of the products.


Vegan products are those which do not contain ingredients derived from animals. The common skincare and cosmetic ingredients derived from animal sources are Glycerin, Collagen, Gelatin, Algae extracts, Pearls, Silk, Milk proteins, Retinol, etc.


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Vegan products can be tested on animals. Also, vegan products need not be organic and may contain lots of synthetic ingredients. Vegan products are mostly but not always cruelty-free!

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Aisha K. Ashi

Ashi K. is an environmentalist, researcher, and certified makeup artist. She loves to rescue cats and currently has 2 rescue babies. Join her on the journey as she uses this beauty blog to spread awareness regarding ethical ways of living.

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