Call me Pollyanna, but I think it's safe to assume that the majority of the world’s population is uninterested in contributing to animal cruelty in the name of buying skin care products, whether they’re self-proclaimed animal lovers or not. And considering how good the best cruelty-free eye creams are, that’s actually a pretty simple request to fulfill. Brightening, firming, plumping, hydrating, rejuvenating: These eye creams do it all, and they just so happen to hail from brands that are certified cruelty-free.
The caveat: The FDA doesn’t regulate the term “cruelty-free” on cosmetics labeling. That means companies can claim that their finished products are cruelty-free, though they may have contracted raw materials suppliers or labs that do conduct animal testing. So in the absence of federal regulation, the safest way to ensure that a brand is truly cruelty-free, throughout every step of the production process, is to check that they’re certified by Leaping Bunny or PETA — as every company on this list is.
Another important note: “Cruelty-free” doesn’t necessarily mean “vegan.” Some products from brands that don't test on animals may still contain sustainably sourced, animal-derived ingredients — like beeswax from worker bees, lanolin from sheep’s wool, or caprylic acid from milk. Sometimes, brands publish lists of their products that are and aren't vegan, which make things easier for those seeking vegan skin care products.