In recent years’ animal testing for cosmetics has markedly reduced, with many companies now pledging to be cruelty-free. However, this horrific practice still occurs and it is our duty as consumers to support and protect our furry friends, putting a stop to animal testing once and for all. Check out these eight amazing and completely cruelty-free brands, and give your skin an extra bit of love this winter.

By Daisy Mellar



Using 100% plant-based ingredients, minerals, and essential oils, LASPA’s objective is to naturally nourish the skin while keeping it protected from the harmful rays of the sun.



Daily Sun Protection Mineral Sunscreen SPF 20 ($44)

It is no myth that sun protection should be worn all year round, as even though sunburn-causing UVB rays are weaker in winter, the UVA rays that cause skin damage and premature aging are just as strong! Harnessing the power of zinc-oxide, LASPA’s Mineral Sunscreen will protect your skin while also being super lightweight and non-greasy, making it perfect for your daily morning regime.


Province Apothecary

Helping clients feel good in their own skin is Province Apothecary’s top priority. Their products are all made from the highest quality certified organic ingredients, sourced from small farms and companies across Canada.  

Healing Eczema Balm ($19)

This product started it all for Province Apothecary, when Julie Clark (Founder) decided that there must be a natural way to heal her eczema. With ingredients such as colloidal oatmeal, beeswax, rosehip fruit oil, and zinc oxide, the Healing Eczema Balm provides powerful relief from winter flare-ups of eczema, psoriasis, rashes and dry skin.



Regenerating & Stimulating Exfoliator ($40)

Perfect for all skin types, Province Apothecary’s regenerating and stimulating exfoliator works to gently exfoliate, hydrate, and calm the skin. Ingredients include oat flour to nourish, soften, and tackle redness; green tea to stimulate and rejuvenate; and lavender to calm irritation and heal blemishes. The exfoliator itself comes dry, creating a paste when mixed with water. For an extra dose of TLC in the winter months, you can also combine the blend with honey, oils, or yogurt.




Moisturizing Cleanser & Makeup Remover ($20)

Your skin can get extra sensitive in winter, so it is important to be extra gentle when removing makeup and cleansing. The Moisturizing Cleanser & Make-Up Remover impeccably achieves this, with the unique blend of pure plant oils meticulously removing dirt, makeup, and pollution without causing irritation or clogging pores. Skin is left feeling deeply cleansed, moisturized, and radiant – fully fed with skin vital phytonutrients.

Kaia Naturals

With the motto ‘clean beauty for busy people’, Kaia Naturals is a company devoted to taking toxins out of your beauty routine – one product at a time.

 Matcha Hot Bath ($15)

What better time to enjoy a hot bath than after a day out in the cold? Inspired by ancient Japanese wellness practices, this custom blend of matcha and eucalyptus brings dull and dry looking skin back to life. Mimicking the healing properties of ‘osen’ hot spring water (Japanese hot springs), soaking in this hot bath formula will also reduce inflammation and muscle pain, boost your immune system, and help to detox the body.

Also available in Tumeric and Sleep



Dedicated to leveraging the power of plants, Graydon’s products contain a plethora of bioactive ingredients which work to maintain and restore youthful beauty.

    Full Moon Serum ($87)

Spiked with blue tansy, this luxurious ‘water serum’ shields your skin from the winter elements, combats sign of aging, and adds radiance. Perfect for all skin types to be used on its own or in conjunction with your moisturizer. Also – how beautiful will this bottle look in your bathroom or on your dresser!


8 Faces

After many years as a movie producer, Beth Shuman (founder) noticed how stress was negatively affecting her skin. She, therefore, set out to create an all-in-one product that would easily and effectively reduce this process. Beth went on to launch 8 FACES, the single product beauty brand inspired by the eight phases of the lunar cycle. 

Boundless Solid Oil ($88 USD)

Packed with antioxidant-rich amla berry and beautifully fragranced with white grapefruit, geranium, and lavender, this product fully exhibits 8 Faces philosophy that ‘self-care is sacred’. Apply their boundless oil as a daily moisturizer, primer, hair oil, lip balm, or after-sun care – the uses are boundless!



‘What goes on the body should be as pure as the body itself’– Prioritizing minimalism and quality, F.MILLER carefully blends and bottles each product in small bath quantities, remaining completely free of harmful elements.

Eye Treatment Oil ($78)

Rich in antioxidants, essential fatty acids, and Vitamins E and K, this deeply nourishing formula is applied through a stainless steel roller ball to hydrate, brighten, and soothe the delicate skin around the eyes. Twinkle, twinkle!


Lip Balm ($16)

If I could name one beauty product essential for winter, it is without a doubt lip balm. Avoid that awful chapped lips feeling with F.MILLER’s rich and hydrating blend of shea butter, coconut oil, beeswax, and botanicals – pucker up! It’s mistletoe season!


Detox Mode

Launched by North America’s leader in green beauty, The Detox Market– Detox Mode was set up with the goal of offering safe, clean, and effective replacements for toxic beauty products.


All Together Oil ($42)

A universal oil made from all natural ingredients, including grapeseed oil, macadamia oil, coconut oil, and vitamin E. For beautiful hair, use All Together Oil to tame flyaways throughout the day or apply as a pre-wash treatment to restore hydration. For healthy skin, apply on the body or face letting the rich phytonutrient and antioxidant ingredients help to tighten, brighten, moisturize, and protect. For a boost in mood, take a moment to appreciate the aromatic citrus blend.


Harlow Skin Co.

Inviting us to enjoy our mornings and adore our rituals, Harlow Skin Co. promotes ‘Simple products made from complex plants and parts’, using only pure and whole ingredients, sourced from social enterprises like Hives for Humanity.



Body Balm in Boheme ($28)

For anyone who hasn’t tried Harlow Skin Co.’s Body Balm, this product is a must, must, must! As I yet again stress the importance of giving your skin an extra moisture boost in the colder months, this nourishing balm perfectly provides silky results through its ingredients of Canadian beeswax, chamomile flower oil, and palo santo wood oil.

Also available in Night Market, Wild Heart, Daydream, Mist



Skin Gloss ($22)

A lack of sun often leaves skin a little dull… For those looking to remedy this, through a simple, multi-purpose product, Skin Gloss takes the cake! This sheer tinted balm can be used to radiantly restore rosy cheeks, brighten up eyes, or cover blue lips, all while being super hydrating.

Available in shades Blushed, Warm and Natural.




Roll On & Relax in Soothing ($26)

A combination of peppermint, spearmint, and eucalyptus help to relieve head pain, smooth breathing, and relax the mind. As part of your morning routine or after a relaxing evening bath, roll the formula onto the palms of your hands, wrists, or temples – then simply inhale and exhale.

Also available in Dreaming