Along with the backbreaking shoveling, frost tipped eyelashes, and horrendous travel, cold weather also zaps moisture from the air causing all sorts of unpleasant side effects for us, including dry, cracked, and irritated skin.

It’s time to stock up on that cruelty-free, vegan-friendly moisturizer!


Yet, for some of us, we need a little something extra to heal, nourish, and infuse moisture into your skin.

So, what should you look for?

First off, go with the obvious popular ingredients such as vitamin E, vitamin C, jojoba oil, and aloe vera. Take your moisturizer one step further by finding one that includes a combination of antioxidants, — to boost the skin’s natural defenses — replenishing ingredients, — such as plant-based hyaluronic acid, ceramides, and alpha-hydroxy acids — and emollients, — “lubricating ingredients that thwart water loss” such as “shea butter, cocoa butter, fatty acids, borage oil, linoleic acid, oleic acid, coconut oil, evening primrose oil, sunflower oil, and mango butter.”

1. MARLOWE 002 Extra Moisturizing Body Lotion

MARLOWE 002 Extra Moisturizing Body Lotion/


This MARLOWE 002 Extra Moisturizing Body Lotion has just a bit of everything that your thirsty skin needs! It has a unique blend of green tea extract, — to boost skin repair — willow bark extract, — to reduce inflammation — passionflower extract, — to restore and moisten — deep-sea algae extract, — to soothe sensitive skin — and that wonderful aloe vera! MARLOWE promises this mixture to offer an intense moisturizing effect, while soothing and protecting the skin. Plus, this mixture is vegan, cruelty-free, and free of parabens and phthalates. A 15-ounce bottle costs $11.99.

Badhound says “This is such a great lotion!!! It has a faint clean cucumber smell and is so rich and moisturizing. I bought these at Target originally but was so relieved that amazon started selling them when target stopped. I am picky with lotion and scents and this one is my favorite of all time.”

2. Beauty Without Cruelty Fragrance-Free Hand & Body Lotion

This Beauty Without Cruelty Fragrance-Free Hand & Body Lotion melds together a unique blend of intense moisturizers, protective emollients, and healing pro-vitamins. This lotion includes plant-based soothing agents such as shea butter, kukui nut, jojoba oil, and aloe vera, as well as clarifying benzyl alcohol. Beauty Without Cruelty promises their product to be pH balanced, with zero animal testing and zero animal ingredients. A 16-fluid ounce bottle costs $11.91.

ZOBO says “This is my 2nd order of this stuff. It works amazingly for my very sensitive face. I am prone to acne, redness, dry patches, etc. And by far including some much pricier pimple inducing face creams, this has worked the best. I was looking through some pictures from last year where my skin looked nice and checked my amazon to see what products I was using and tada! I’ve been back on using this lotion for 2 days now and already my acne is clearing up and my skin glows and is hydrated without being greasy or sticky and actually looks really nice for once in a long stint of trying out different products. Very happy with it, and best of all it is cruelty-free and lots of natural healing ingredients :)”


3. Vitamin C Face & Body Lotion with Shea Butter & Jojoba Oil

Vitamin C Face & Body Lotion with Shea Butter & Jojoba Oil/Amazon

Did I mention vitamin C? This incredible natural plant-based healing agent is one of the most important ingredients in your deep moisturizing product. This Vitamin C Face & Body Lotion with Shea Butter & Jojoba Oil uses a blend of premium vitamin C, shea butter, jojoba oil, green tea, aloe vera, and vitamin B5. With these replenishing, moisturizing, and healing agents, this lotion aims to not only provide deep moisturizing, but it also softens fine lines, fades age spots, and gives skin a radiant glow. Plus, this product is vegan, cruelty-free, and free of parabens, dyes, and fragrances. An 8-ounce bottle costs $15.96.

alwaysmore says “I had been using a more expensive product to try to minimize age spots on my arms, this product works so much better I can’t believe it. Best body lotion I have ever used, and like that it is unscented so it doesn’t clash with my perfume. Highly recommend.”

4. MyChelle Dermaceuticals Pumpkin Renew Cream Antioxidant-Rich Moisturizer with Shea Butter 

MyChelle Dermaceuticals Pumpkin Renew Cream Antioxidant-Rich Moisturizer with Shea Butter/

Looking for that new super unique plant-based ingredient that may be your new favorite? This MyChelle Dermaceuticals Pumpkin Renew Cream Antioxidant-Rich Moisturizer with Shea Butter blends together pumpkin seed oil — a “rich source of vitamin E, which is a potent antioxidant that protects skin from environmental stressors” — plus other powerful antioxidants including spin trap, tocomin, and astaxanthan. Plus, get that ultra-deep moisture from organic shea butter and cloudberry extract! MyChelle Dermaceuticals is proud to offer a vegan-friendly, cruelty-free product free of GMOs, gluten, parabens, petroleum, phthalates, silicones, sulfates, ureas, artificial fragrances, and colors. A 1.2-fluid ounce jar costs $18.40.

Amber Daniels says “I have combination skin so I had a hard time picking which lotion. So I decided on the normal and it’s great! I’ve been looking for a new moisturizer because mine wasn’t working for me. My friend suggested this and I love it! I love how thin the moisturizer is. So light on my face but 100% does its job. If this doesn’t work for you it’s probably because you chose the wrong type and you actually have oily or dry skin.”


5. Puracy Organic Hand & Body Lotion Fragrance-Free

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With Puracy Organic Hand & Body Lotion Fragrance-Free it’s all in the name! Puracy Organics offers a pure, plant-based, vegan, cruelty-free, hypoallergenic, and gluten-free product. This new fragrance-free moisturizer has a blend that boosts overall skin hydration using a lightweight formula complete with organic sunflower oil, ale vera, shea butter, jojoba seed oil, and vegetable glycerin. This non-greasy blend contains zero harsh chemicals, silicones, parabens, dyes, fragrances, phthalates, formaldehyde, PEG, petrochemicals nut-based ingredients, or animal by-products and it’s certified cruelty-free. A two-pack of 12-ounce bottles costs $20.99.

Vanessa M. Horner says “I love this lotion. I originally purchased it for my girlfriend who suffers from eczema on her hands & feet. She also just has very sensitive, dry skin all over. We both fell in love with this lotion! I now order it regularly for both of us so we don’t run out. It goes on smooth & absorbs nice; it doesn’t get white residue on your clothes like some other natural lotions I’ve tried. Also, some unscented products will smell weird & Puracy Organic Lotion actually smells good to me; I’m hooked on the mild aroma. This is the best lotion & has become our favorite lotion product!!”

6. Poppy Austin Hyaluronic Acid Serum for Skin with Vitamin C & Green Tea

Poppy Austin Hyaluronic Acid Serum for Skin with Vitamin C & Green Tea/

Poppy Austin is one of the most trusted brands for quality cruelty-free, vegan skincare. This specific Poppy Austin Hyaluronic Acid Serum for Skin with Vitamin C & Green Tea is not a moisturizer but targets the skin from a different angle. For those that simply can’t stand the greasiness of lotion, a serum may be the perfect compromise! This product uses vegan-certified, Grade A hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, and antioxidants to penetrate deep into the layers of your skin providing intense moisture. This product is cruelty-free and contains zero additives, parabens, silicones, alcohol, fillers, and artificial fragrances. A 2-ounce bottle costs $18.49.

Londonfarmer says “The hyaluronic acid has done wonders for my skin. I use it in the morning and at night. I use three small pumps to cover my face. I also use rose water with this product as suggested. Since my purchase, after two weeks I added the Poppy Austin face cleaner and the Poppy Austin mask. I am looking to add the rosehip oil to my skin regimen as well.”

7. Klairs Rich Moist Soothing Cream

A new brand to our cruelty-free, vegan list! This Klairs Rich Moist Soothing Cream has a mixture of all those moisturizing goodies including glycerin, stearic acid, shea butter, jojoba, and ceramides, as well as a few super unique plant-based ingredients such as cabbage, tomato, and turnip extract. Klairs Rich Moist Soothing Cream is a vegan-friendly product that provides deep moisture, helps control oil production, and provides a gentle and soothing skin salve. A 60-milliliter bottle costs $19.00.

Maglio says “This is the hands-down best moisturizer I’ve ever used. I have super sensitive skin that easily breaks out but is dehydrated. Often moisturizers targeted for my skin type are too thin where my skin feels dry still or way too thick where it can’t breathe. It also doesn’t really have a scent at all and is smooth. I do use other moisturizing serums with it but it hits all my checkboxes.”

9. Earth Science Almond-Aloe Facial Moisturizer with Jojoba, Shea & Hyaluronic Acid

Earth Science Almond-Aloe Facial Moisturizer with Jojoba, Shea & Hyaluronic Acid/

This Earth Science Almond-Aloe Facial Moisturizer with Jojoba, Shea & Hyaluronic Acid offers a fragrance-free, vegan-friendly source of skin-enhancing, moisturizing, and clarifying hyaluronic acid. Along with hyaluronic acid, this moisturizer also includes nourishing and hydrating powerhouse emollients, as well as plant-based skin rejuvenators and soothers, almond, aloe, jojoba, chamomile, and ginseng. This product is vegan-friendly, cruelty-free, paraben-free, and fragrance-free! Great for all skin types. A 5-ounce bottle costs $8.05.

Eileen W. says “THE best facial lotion I’ve ever used. I’ve been using this brand for about 15 years and it’s a great lotion. Not greasy. Goes on easily and soaks right into the skin. My face is very soft and I think it’s helped manage my wrinkles keeping them at bay which is no easy feat as you get older! This lotion is not a heavy fragrance. It’s not irritating and it feels so good going on each day.”

10. Avalon Organics Nourishing Lavender Hand & Body Lotion

Avalon Organics Nourishing Lavender Hand & Body Lotion/

When it comes to soothing cracked and dry skin, as well as soothing an anxious mind, you can’t do better than the scent of lavender! This Avalon Organics Nourishing Lavender Hand & Body Lotion provides deep hydration and nourishment via a unique blend of organic lavender essential oil, aloe vera, vitamin E, and beta-glucan. This product is vegan-friendly, contains natural and organic ingredients, and has zero parabens, harsh preservatives, synthetic colors, fragrances, phthalates, or harmful sulfates. A 32-ounce bottle costs $11.95.

Heather Williams says “I still love this lotion and I am not going to change my previous review or the stars. However, the attached picture how I received my most recent shipment. With the cost of the lotion, this is a huge waste. Love Avalon Organics lotions. They smell amazing and don’t sit on my skin making me feel greasy and leaving exaggerated fingerprints everywhere. The lemon really makes it feel like sunshine a smiles. The lavender is calming and sexy. Great stuff, really.”

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