What constitutes K-Beauty vegan skincare?

It's important to note that just because it's labelled cruelty-free doesn't mean it's vegan. When it comes to Korean beauty, it's usually both!

As of 2018, testing skincare and makeup on animals has been banned in Korea, so most brands, including AROMATICA, KLAIRS and I'M FROM, are 100% cruelty-free. While most makeup and skincare brands featured on our online store are cruelty-free, not every brand offers vegan skincare products, so always read the label!

When a soothing skin cream or serum is 'vegan', it means none of the ingredients listed originates from an animal, including animal by-products or animal-derived products. Instead, everything comes from plants.  So if you're looking to opt-out of animal ingredients and go 'al natural' with your daily morning and night routine, vegan skincare is the way to go. 

Vegan Cosmetics and Skincare: Why They're Better for You

Vegan cosmetics are actually better for your skin compared to those made with synthetic ingredients and animal by-products. So what difference does it make to go with all plant-based ingredients?

Vegan skincare products aren't just kinder to animals. They're often more forgiving to a variety of different skin types. Vegan products often feature fewer ingredients, which means fewer nasties irritating our complexion and a brighter, glowing complexion in the long run.

Eliminating animal products daily skincare routine means eliminating the synthetic ingredients proven to aggravate your skin, especially over sensitive skin or any other clinical skin condition. Meanwhile, plant extracts are a primary natural source of skincare goodies, including vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals, essential to nourish, protect, and hydrate the skin. So it's worth doing some research to ensure you're only using non-toxic ingredients on your precious skin.

Since nature takes such good care of our skin, it's only fair that we give back too. The best vegan skin products are always 100% natural, meaning that they don't harm the environment after use and break down into non-harmful compounds and are reused in their new surroundings.

Explore our top fave vegan skincare products that can be easily be integrated into your routine today: 

  • I'm From Mugwort Cream or Mask: This powerhouse of a skincare product is made with a single ingredient- mugwort extract. Light and gentle on any complexion, mugwort are known for having antifungal, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties to soothe and lock moisture back into the skin, making it a must-have for those with dry skin or sensitive skin types.
  • Klairs Youth Activating Midnight Drop Serum: This anti-aging night serum restores skin elasticity, firmness and provides wrinkle care. It contains natural EGF and a nourishing blueberry extract that penetrates the skin layers to promote a firmer, smoother, youthful-looking complexion.
  • Aromatica Jojoba Barrier Oil: This 100% organic vegan Jojoba oil is from the deserts of Israel. Jojoba oil is a lightweight ingredient that absorbs quickly into the skin to strengthen the skin barrier and maintain moisture balance. Crafted from a cold-pressed method, it maximises the active ingredient to deliver an abundance of Vitamin A, D and E to the skin.


Any enquiries about BONIIK's extensive range of vegan skincare, or can't seem to find what you're looking for? Don't hesitate to reach out to our team, and we'll be happy to help.