Editor's Choice: Ten Cruelty Free Moisturizers To Save Your Skin This Fall

Good-for-the-earth skin-loving through all the cooler months.


With the weather getting cooler and our skin perpetually looking more and more like a desert landscape, it’s time delve back into the bathroom cabinet to dust off the moisturisers you gave up on last spring. The only problem is, you open up said old moisturiser to find its now congealed into wobbly substance you really don’t recognise. What’s more, the tub of old wobbly substance it’s now smelling as musty and your memories from the year of the use-by date. There’s only one thing for it – it’s time to update. With this desperate replacement in mind, we have put together our top 10 favorite moisturizers to give our skin the love it deserves. What’s more, all these moisturizers are all cruelty-free and sourced from ethical brands, making for good-for-the-earth skin-loving through all the cooler months. What more could you want? 


ORIGINS Original Skin Matte Moisturizer with Willowherb 

Origin’s Matte Moisturizer is perfect for giving life to normal, oily and dry skin. The solution uses a studied formula improve uneven skin tones, tighten pores and correct dullness and uneven texture. What’s more, the resilient Willowherb extracts are proven to inhibit a protein change in the skin that can result in dullness and discoloration. Also, the matte finish makes the perfect moisturizer to apply pre-makeup application. If that wasn’t already enough, the brand itself use organic ingredients and are committed to protecting the planet, using post-consumer recycled cartons and renewably powered facilities. 

Shop it here for $34.00.


DRUNK ELEPHANT Lala Retro™ Whipped Cream

Drunk’s Elephant’s ‘retro’ whipped moisterizer is perfect for hydrating, brightening and firming normal, oily, combination, dry and sensitive skin. The solution contains a light blend of african oils to lock in moisture and maintain it for hours after use. It is also free from parabens, sulfates and phthalates and is also gluten free and vegan. The formula is also carefully balanced at a pH level of 5.5 to keep the skin exactly where it needs to be, without being too heavy or greasy. They are also working in support of the IEF (international elephant foundation) and has won multiple beauty awards. Honestly, you had us at saving elephants. 

Shop it here for $60.00.


FRESH Vitamin Nectar Moisture Glow Face Cream

The Vitamin Nectar Moisture face cream makes use of vitamins C, E and B5 to instantly boost skin and relieve it from dullness, uneven texture/tones and dark spots. Described by the founder as a ‘universal face cream’, this formula is suitable for most skin types and is free from parabens, sulfates and phthalates. Fresh’s technology is all about mixing beauty rituals with modern technology, allowing us to have all the power of greek goddess right here in the modern day. 

Shop it here for $42.00.


Paula’s Choice Refreshing Moisture Mist

The great thing about a moisture mist is that it’s perfect for being lazy AF and can be quickly applied whenever you’ve got a spare second and are going makeup free. The formula leaves your skin feeling immediately refreshed and offers lasting hydration. According to their website, the replenishing formula makes use of glycerin, hyaluronic acid, peptides and plant-derived antioxidants to fight off the visible signs of pollution. This is the perfect solution to saving your skin in the midst of city life. 

Shop it here for $30.20.


MILK MAKEUP Cooling Water

Milk’s Cooling Water is not your typical moisturiser. For starters, it comes in the uber convenient form of a gel stick and works to de-puff eyes and to reduce dryness, dullness and uneven texture. The vegan formula is infused with soothing seawater and caffeine to support micro-circulation to energize and restore glow and is suitable for all skin types. The brand itself are paraben-free and dedicated to eco-conscious, innovative products. 

Shop it here for $24.00.


Mario Badescu Hydrating Moisturizer With Biocare & Hyaluronic Acid

Although this Mario Badescu Moisturizer looks exactly like that gross yellow antibiotic medicine you were given as a kid, give it a chance. This moisturizer is actually carefully developed formula suitable for the most dry and sensitive skin types. The vegan formula contains antioxidants and collagen to relax and soften sore and rough skin. This range also offers a no oil options, allowing the moisturiser to work well as part of your pre-makeup morning routine. 

Shop it here from $25.60.


Jurlique Skin Balancing Face Oil 

The Julique skin balancing face oil is a facial treatment created to hydrate the skin and reduce fine lines and wrinkles improvements to skin elasticity. The oil contains a soothing blend of evening primrose oil, macadamia seed oil and marshmallow and can be worn alone or followed by a cream moisturizer. The brand encourages sustainability and and is inspired by the natural world. 

Shop it here from $40.05. 


Institut Esthederm Cellular Water Cream 

The super hydrating cellular cream uses cellular water to “optimise the cells energy environment an boost their activity” and the aquaporins patent “continually conveys the cellular water to the heart of the cells”. Sounds sciencey. If you hadn’t worked it out already Institut Esthederm are big on working closely with the skin’s biology and aim to “re-educate the skin, teaching it to repair itself”. If that doesn’t leave you convinced, what will? 

Shop it here from $42.01.


The Bodyshop Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet 

Queens of cruelty free, The Body Shop are always a reliable source when it comes to ethical products. What’s more, their products don’t disappoint. The Vitamin E Aqua Boost Sorbet is no exception, making use of vitamin E, wheatgerm oil and Community Trade shea butter from Ghana, the result is a gentle, yet hydrating answer to dry and sensitive sky. 

 Shop it here for $23.00. 


Steamcream Orginal Silver Moisturiser

Steamcream is a lightweight ‘whipped emulsion’ that can used on the face, hands and body. Making use of the brand’s unique STEAM process, a careful blend of ingredients are fused together by a shot of steam to result in a fast-absorbing formula to ensure hydration. Approved by the Vegan Society, the brand also delivers the product in decorative reusable tins produced from recycled materials.

Get it here for $19.00.

For more information on how to pick the best vegan face moisturizer for your skin type, see this link.

To catch up with more eco-news, check our interview with sustainability campaigner, Areta Szpura here.