Cruelty-Free vs. Vegan Beauty: What’s the Difference?

Ask any beauty editor and they’ll agree that “cruelty-free” and “vegan” are buzzy topics in the beauty world right now. That’s not a huge surprise—with conscious consumerism on the rise, people are starting to be more thoughtful about what they buy, eat, and put on their skin. But like other buzzwords that appear on product packaging (see also: natural), cruelty-free and vegan may not mean what you think they mean.