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10+ AAPI-Owned Animal-Free Products

As we celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month this May, let's take a moment to embrace and uplift Asian-owned brands. Now more than ever, it's crucial to support these businesses and the vibrant communities they represent. Explore these animal-free items from Asian-owned companies to demonstrate your support!

Rael Products

Providing innovative, natural, and effective solutions for women. Rael is dedicated to enabling individuals to prioritize their well-being by offering globally accessible, safe, and high-performance personal care products that encourage healthier choices for their bodies.

Fun fact: Almost all their products are certified animal-free! Our team favorites:

Apothékary's crafts clean herbal remedies targeting health imbalances like stress, gut support, immunity, energy, and mental focus. Their Honest Youth formula features collagen-boosting ingredients inspired by ancient beauty tonics.

Ghost Democracy aim to revolutionize the industry, prioritizing transparency and quality ingredients over profit, aiming to empower people with clean skincare. The Clean Lightweight Daily Face Moisturizer is an oil-free, quick-absorbing formula that intensely hydrates for refreshed, balanced skin, suitable for all skin types.

Blume, founded by sisters Taran and Bunny, has a mission to simplify self-care, destigmatize issues like acne and periods, and shift the focus from perfect to healthy skin. Milky Fade naturally fades stubborn acne spots while restoring your skin's barrier, celebrating its unique journey from spots to scars.

Cocokind formulates openly, prioritizing gentle yet effective products with fair pricing, ensuring everyone finds acceptance in the beauty industry. Beginner Retinol Gel, clinically-tested for sensitive skin, features Tri-Retinoid Comfort Complex™ to enhance fine lines and texture without irritation, buffered with soothing aloe and cica for balanced results.

Lorrie King and Celeste Lee, both over 50 themselves and acknowledging the necessity for improved skincare among women of varying ages, founded Caire to fill this void, drawing upon their firsthand experience and commitment to healthier skin aging solutions. The Triple Lift Molecule Mask provides a spa-like facial in just 15 minutes, deeply hydrating hormone-depleted skin and offering molecular nutrition for skin health recovery.

Glow Recipe focuses on blending clinical results with sensorial experiences in clean, fruit-infused formulas, inviting a community built on inclusivity, individuality, and sustainability. Papaya Sorbet Enzyme Cleansing Balm melts away makeup, oils, and SPF with its balm-to-milky texture, while natural papaya enzymes gently exfoliate for a soft, clean canvas.

Hero started in 2017 with Mighty Patch, a gentle hydrocolloid patch from South Korea, leading to a range of 30+ products aimed at treating skin issues with gentle, effective solutions. Mighty Patch Original flattens pimples and draws out impurities overnight, revealing clearer-looking skin by morning.

In 2018, Peach & Lily introduced the first Glass Skin product, sparking a movement, with the Glass Skin Refining Serum becoming a staple for countless individuals. Their Glass Skin Veil Mist gives an instant glass skin look, providing hydration and antioxidants throughout the day, offering a lightweight, moisturizing option for a glassy complexion anytime, anywhere.

Having sensitive skin for years and working in the beauty industry, Amy was frustrated with clinical brands, prompting her to create Tower 28. ShineOn Milky Lip Jelly is a non-sticky, moisturizing gloss that combines the shine of a gloss, the comfort of a balm, and a hint of color, fulfilling all lip gloss desires without any drawbacks.

In 2009, Vicky Tsai, disillusioned by corporate America and suffering from dermatitis, found healing in Kyoto's culture, inspiring her to study Japanese ingredients and rituals that transformed her skin, leading to the creation of Tatcha, a celebration of her journey's wisdom and wonders. The Indigo Cleansing Balm gently cleanses, removes makeup, and enhances skin barrier function for stronger skin from the beginning of your routine.

Laura and Connie founded Three Ships in 2017 to simplify skincare with effective, natural products, offering clear labeling and an Ingredients Glossary. The Radiance Grape Stem Cell + Squalane Day Cream revitalizes thirsty, dull skin for a nourished, radiant complexion.


As we celebrate AAPI Heritage Month, let's continue supporting Asian-owned brands and embracing animal-free living. By choosing animal-free products from these innovative brands, we not only embrace animal-free living but also contribute to a more inclusive and sustainable future. Let's celebrate diversity and empower entrepreneurs. Which of these brands should we certify and partner with next? Let's keep the momentum going towards a brighter, more compassionate tomorrow!


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