The Beginner’s Guide To Vegan Skincare Products


You asked, we’re answering. These are the basics to know about vegan ingredients in your products.

What is vegan skincare?

  • Without animal ingredients or animal by-products
  • Cruelty-free

For vegan skincare, these commonly used ingredients may be derived from animals*:

  • albumin
  • allantoin
  • amino acids
  • bee pollen
  • beeswax
  • biotin
  • caprylic acid
  • carotene
  • cod liver oil
  • egg lecithin
  • elastin
  • gelatin
  • glucose tyrosinase
  • glycerin
  • honey
  • hyaluronic acid
  • imidazolidinyl urea
  • isopropyl myristate
  • isopropyl palmitate
  • keratin
  • lactic acid
  • lanolin
  • lanolin alcohol
  • linoleic acid
  • oleic acid
  • panthenol
  • polysorbate 80
  • retinol
  • royal jelly
  • sea whip extract
  • squalene
  • stearic acid
  • tyrosine
  • vitamin B-12

*Since many of these ingredients can be produced by plants or synthetically, it’s important to contact the manufacturer to find out the true source.

How to identify vegan skincare products

Aside from looking at the ingredient list yourself or inquiring with the skincare brand, a logo with certifications like The Vegan Society and Vegan Action might appear on the product packaging. Note: Not all companies choose to get certified but they may still be a vegan-friendly.

Which Renée Rouleau products are vegan?

While each Renée Rouleau product page on our website will indicate if the product is vegan, here’s a full list so you can see at a glance. Note: ALL Renée Rouleau products are certified with Leaping Bunny as a company that does not test on animals. We are very proud of this certification.

Vegan Cleansers

Vegan Toners

Vegan Acne Spot Treatments

Vegan Body Care

Vegan Exfoliants

Vegan Eye Care Treatments

Vegan Masques

Vegan Sun Protection

Vegan Moisturizers

Renee Rouleau Skin Recovery Lotion

Vegan Serums

NON-VEGAN Renée Rouleau Products

As of December 2018, these are the products that are currently non-vegan. For the most current information, see the individual product page.

Non-Vegan Serums

Non-Vegan Moisturizers

Non-Vegan Acne Spot Treatments

 Non-Vegan Cleansers

Renée Rouleau

Celebrity Esthetician & Skincare Expert
As an esthetician trained in cosmetic chemistry, Renée Rouleau has spent 30 years researching skin, educating her audience, and building an award-winning line of products. Trusted by celebrities, editors, bloggers, and skincare obsessives around the globe, her vast real-world knowledge and constant research are why Marie Claire calls her “the most passionate skin practitioner we know.”