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Retinol products that don't test on animals?

I've decided to take the plunge and start using a retinol product for anti-aging (about to turn 30 with dry sensitive skin). I was hoping to find a product that does not test on animals and unfortunately the two best reviewed products , Algenist and Peter Thomas Roth, do. I am really having trouble finding one with good reviews and starting to think one just does not exist. I've seen the Dr. Dennis Gross line but every review I read says it is over priced and does little.


I'm not a vegan so that's not a necessity, I just don't really support animal testing for non-essential products like makeup.



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I have been using Amara Organics Retinol serum with great success. It did not dry out my skin, irritate my skin, or clog my pores. I am so happy to have found this wonderful product. My skin feels softer and my wrinkles are definitely softer too.

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I strive for cruelty-free too…and it can be really challenging.


Like Amysangel below, I have had amazing results with Sunday Riley. I use Good Genes, but recently purchased Bionic and swear I have never used anything better...ever. Bionic has a retinoid-like ingredient that isn't irritating/drying, which is good for those of us with skin sensitivities. These products are expensive, however, so depending on your price point, these may be out of reach. I didn't much like Luna or Tidal, but everyone is different.


I have also had some good experiences with REN, which is a little more natural (their wake-wonderful nighttime facial is amazing). I was into their Evercalm products for awhile, but didn't find that it hydrated enough…so if you're like me with dryness, you might want to shop around their line a bit to see if they have anything with a little more moisture.


Another good one is Farmacy--I love their anti-aging serum paired with Bionic. That's all I use each night. 


I have super dry skin too, and I've noticed that the Bionic at night and Farmacy's Rise N' Shine moisture lock in the morning have saved me this winter. 

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Who makes Bionic? TIA. 

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Hello, I really respect you for this stand. I hope more women join you every day. Best wishes, Rachel

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My favorite vegan and cruelty free retinol product is Dr. Dennis Gross' Ferulic Acid Retinol Brightening Solution. So good!

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I am loving Sunday Riley and the brand is cruelty free. Luna and Good Genes are amazing. I purchased the Power Couple to try out the products before investing in the full size. Hope this might help in your search!

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I use Paula's Choice Resist 1% Retinol Booster. Paula's Choice doesn't test on animals.


Like you, I have sensitive skin, so if you try the Retinol Booster, be sure to use just a small amount in the beginning and don't use it too frequently.


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