Cosmetic Brands

The following list are some of the cosmetic brands that are available in South Africa, which promise various benefits – such as no animal testing, natural ingredients, social upliftment initiatives, and more. For all of them, I have purchased and used at least one of their products. You can click through to see these product reviews, under each listing.

If you would like to suggest other brands, or have additional information on any of the below, please let me know!

Lush (cosmetics & toiletries)lush-logo-sml

  • Locally produced? No – made in the UK
  • Cruelty free? Yes
  • Organic? Yes
  • Vegan? No – but 100% vegetarian
  • Palm Oil? TBC
  • Other?  –
  • Packaging? Minimal & recyclable plastic and paper – I especially love the soap being wrapped in paper, and the bath bombs being put in brown paper bags. They also have a great incentives programme, to encourage customers to return their empty containers for re-use.
  • Additional notes: Natural ingredients; sustainable farming (removing palm oil gradually); 70% products unpreserved; hand made. Lush also supports LGBT rights.
  • Website:

Products reviewed: Colour Supplement, Eyes Right Mascara, Feeling Younger Skin Tint

The Body Shop (cosmetics & toiletries)the-body-shop-logo-sml

  • Locally produced? No
  • Cruelty free? Yes
  • Organic? TBC
  • Vegan? Some products are vegan, while others are only vegetarian.
  • Palm Oil? 100% of their crude palm is supplied from sources certified by the Roundtable of Sustainably Palm Oil (RSPO). Some of their derivatives are also RSPO certified, and they will increase these when viable sources become available. They say, “Until achieved, we will continue to buy green palm certificates which means that anything which is not certified we will pay a premium for which will be invested back to the suppliers who are farming Palm sustainably. The Body Shop believes it is better to support sustainable palm oil rather than boycott it.” 
  • Other? Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI)
  • Packaging? TBC
  • Additional notes: Dedicated to social upliftment, protecting the environment, and reducing the environmental footprint of its operations. It’s worth nothing that the Body Shop’s parent company, L’Oréal, is not cruelty free and does not adhere to the same principles. Some people therefore choose not to support the Body Shop.
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Products reviewed: Aloe Calming Foaming Wash, Aloe Soothing Moisture Lotion, Moisture Foundation SPF 15, 24 Hour Intense Moisture for Dry Skin – Moringa

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SoulTree (cosmetics & toiletries)

  • Locally produced? No, made in India
  • Cruelty free? Yes
  • Organic? Yes – either certified organic or from natural forests
  • Vegan? TBC
  • Palm Oil? TBC
  • Other? Certified ‘natural’ by BDIH, Germany, which means the ingredients are either organic or forest collected without chemical contamination, and that any chemical compounds used for preservation or fragrance have natural origins and are not industrial.
  • Packaging? Recyclable
  • Additional notes: Work with NGOs to ensure ethical harvesting practices are used.
  • Website:

Products reviewed: Ayurvedic Kajal