Is Paula’s Choice Cruelty-Free?

Paula’s Choice is a skincare brand that has been around the corner for quite some time now, however, it gained massive popularity in the last few years thanks to everyone that decided to step up their skincare game and start investing in high-quality products.

I absolutely love this brand and I have done several reviews on their products here on my blog.

However, one of the most important things for me and many other skincare lovers is that the stuff we put on our skin didn’t come straight from a lab that relies on animal cruelty in order to come up with a good formulation.

So, is Paula’s Choice cruelty-free?

Yes! Paula’s Choice is a cruelty-free skincare brand and their products are accredited with both PETA and Leaping Bunny since 2013.

Paula’s Choice does not test their products on animals and they are very vocal about this. Paula Begoun (the founder of the company) has consistently spoken against testing cosmetics on animals throughout her 30 years of experience in the beauty industry.

All their products have a little note on them saying “Never animal tested” which is amazing because it’s a note that has a strong meaning against this immoral practice.

Is Paula's Choice Cruelty Free?

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Is Paula’s Choice Owned By a Parent Company?

Paula’s Choice is not owned by a parent company that tests cosmetic products on animals!

This is important because sometimes brands claim that they are cruelty-free, however, us, the consumers, aren’t aware of what’s going on in the background and sometimes these companies conveniently fail to mention that they are co-owned by a parent company that, in fact, tests their cosmetics on animals!

Unfortunately, these things happen often and unless a company is totally transparent about it, we have no way of knowing what’s going on behind the scenes.

However, one of the Leaping Bunny Certification requirements includes a commitment to eliminate animal testing not only from the company but also from the ingredient suppliers for that company.

Therefore, Paula’s Choice wouldn’t have acquired the Leaping Bunny Certification if this wasn’t the case and the company is also totally transparent that they do not contract with any third parties to conduct animal testing on their behalf.

Is Paula’s Choice Sold in China?

No! Paula’s Choice products are not sold in China where animal testing is required by law.

This makes me both sad and angry. Sad in the sense that skincare lovers from China are totally missing out on an amazing skincare brand that can literally change their skin for the best.

However, on the other hand, it’s really annoying that in 2020 when we have all kinds of available technology, China is still doing the same thing they have been doing since the dawn of time – using ultra-old methods of testing their cosmetics under the excuse that this is the safest way to test before mass-producing cosmetic products.

This statement is just bogus, China, when will you learn?

Are Paula’s Choice Products Vegan?

No, Paula’s Choice products are not 100% vegan, meaning some of their products contain ingredients derived from animals or animal by-products.

Here is a list of Paula’s Choice products that contain ingredients derived from animals or animal by-products.

The following products are supplied for the American market and the list for the European market is much shorter due to the fact that some of these ingredients are completely banned from use in cosmetics in Europe.

Paula’s Choice Skincare products containing lanolin or cholesterol (derived from sheep’s wool)

  •  Moisture-Infusing Lotion
  •  Lip & Body Treatment Balm
  • MOISTURE BOOST Hydrating Treatment Cream
  • Moisture Renewal Oil Booster
  • Pure Radiance Skin Brightening Treatment

Paula’s Choice Skincare products containing lactoperoxidase (cow’s milk-derived enzyme)

  • Anti-Aging Clear Skin Hydrator
  • Hydrating Gel-To-Cream Cleanser

Paula’s Choice Skincare products containing beeswax (a natural by-product from worker bees)

  • Redness Relief Moisturizer for Normal to Dry Skin
  •  Lip & Body Treatment Balm
  • MOISTURE BOOST Hydrating Treatment Cream
  • Retinol Skin-Smoothing Body Treatment

 Paula’s Choice Skincare products containing animal-derived glyceryl stearate, PEG-100 stearate (from beef tallow)

  • Redness Relief SPF 30 Mineral Moisturizer for Normal to Oily Skin
  • Shine-Free Daily Mineral Complex SPF 30
  • Advanced Replenishing Toner
  • Weightless Advanced Repairing Toner
  • Triple Action Dark Spot Eraser 7% AHA Lotion

 Paula’s Choice Skin products containing Acetyl glucosamine (from shellfish)

  • Weightless Advanced Repairing Toner
  •  Pure Radiance Skin Brightening Treatment.
  •  Advanced Replenishing Toner
  •  Anti-Aging Eye Cream

 Paula’s Choice Skincare products containing Hydrolyzed Silk (from spent cocoons)

  •  Peptide Booster

 Paula’s Choice Skincare products containing whey protein

  • Redness Relief Moisturizer for Normal to Dry Skin
  • MOISTURE BOOST Hydrating Treatment Cream

 Paula’s Choice Skincare products containing sea whip extract (from marine invertebrate)

  • BHA 9 
  • SKIN BALANCING Oil-Absorbing Mask
  • Ultra-Light Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum
  • Repairing Serum
  • Anti-Aging Eye Cream
  • Soothing Toner for normal to oily skin

My Top 3 Favorite Paula’s Choice Products

My favourite cruelty free paula's choice products

This was actually harder than I thought since I really love this brand and pretty much everything they come up with, but I managed to choose three of my absolute favorite Paula’s Choice products and here’s my list:

Regular Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution With 2% Salicylic Acid

This has been an absolute godsent product for me when I used to suffer from severe cystic breakouts. I decided to give salicylic acid a shot for the first time and I never went back to scrubs or clay masks after trying this.

On the website, it says that the formula is intended to help mild to moderate acne and they also have an Extra Strength option of the same product, however, this was more than enough to soothe and heal the severe cysts I had on my chin and jaw area.

The product is super-lightweight, absorbs quickly, my skin tolerated it well, however, it is very possible that it can give you some mild tingling in the beginning until your skin gets used to it, so don’t get scared from that.

It contains 2% salicylic acid as well as a bunch of other hydrating ingredients including hyaluronic acid, allantoin, panthenol, glycerin, butylene glycol, etc.

10% Azelaic Acid Booster

Paula’s Choice 10% Azelaic Acid Booster truly goes the extra mile and besides helping with acne, rosacea, and hyperpigmentation, it also soothes irritations and moisturizes the skin.

As soon as I started using this product, it immediately started working on some of my residual post-inflammatory erythema left from acne breakouts and I felt as if the product actually knew exactly what to tackle first. Pretty crazy, huh?

The 10% azelaic acid booster has an amazing texture and it glides on the skin like a dream. It also sets superbly without leaving any excess oily residue.

Besides azelaic acid, it also contains outstanding moisturizing ingredients including caprylic/capric triglyceride, licorice extract, allantoin, bisabolol, and a dash of salicylic acid to combat congestion.

I actually did a full review of the 10 Azelaic Acid Booster by Paula’s Choice compared to the cheaper version of Azelaic acid by The Ordinary, so make sure you check that out, too. 

Ultra-Light Hydrating Oil-Free Moisturizer SPF 30

If you are looking for must-have sun protection for acne-prone skin, you can stop looking now, cause ta-da!

This product has a matte finish, which caught me by surprise since back then I was used to those heavy Avene and Bioderma sunscreens, doesn’t leave a white cast, and it is efficient in protecting the skin from damage done by the sun rays.

It also has something that makes the pores look smaller and I can’t quite decide whether this is due to the chemical ingredients that provide sun protection, or I don’t know what else.

The only possible flaw that I can point out is that I wish this product was available with an SPF of 50 instead of 30 because that way I wouldn’t have to switch to the Resist Daily Hydrating Fluid SPF 50 in the summer months, so hopefully, Paula’s Choice reads this review and hears my prayers!

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