You're going to want ALL of these
Words by Sarina Munro and Lucy Abbersteen
Vegan beauty products have completely blown up in recent years, with every skincare and make-up enthusiast now wanting to get their hands on good quality vegan beauty products that are also animal friendly.
But if you’re new to the world of vegan beauty, you’re going to want to know the brands you should start with and the best products they have to offer. What make-up and hair buys do you really need to be making?
Scroll through our round up to find your new vegan beauty heroes…
Kat Von D Beauty has a ‘Vegan Alert’ on the website, boasting several vegan products including brushes. We’re hooked on the ‘Lock-it’ Foundation, which promises up to 24 hours of amazing coverage – ideal for a night out or day events where you need your base to go the distance.
Too Faced’s Better Than Sex Mascara is a make-up bag essential that’s rightly earned cult status in the beauty world, and rightly so. The hourglass-shaped brush is designed to curl and lengthen every single lash. It’s quite a big brush so it’s ideal for really plumping and exaggerating the all-important top lashes – and it’s vegan, too.
Odylique is well-beloved for their skincare products (Coconut Cleanser, anyone?), but they’ve also got a killer vegan make-up range too. We’re particularly in love with their mascara, which comes in black and brown shades, and is totally free from synthetics (and which Emma Watson recently wore on her press tour Instagram account). Besides defining and lengthening, their mascaras are also made with aloe vera, calendula and sea buckthorn fruit to condition your lashes as well.
Vegan blushers are a bit harder to source. Watch out for carmine (also known as natural red 4, cochineal and crimson lake), which is made from crushed insects. Also be careful of guanine – actually fish scales – which is often used to add shimmer to make-up.
PHB have a range of both pressed and loose mineral blushers. Their Sienna Mineral Blusher is a warm, neutral peach shade with brown undertones, which adds the perfect shade to naturally contour the cheeks.
Vegan make-up brushes can be tricky to find – good vegan make-up brushes are even harder to find. The Glam Clam provides you with a full set of brightly coloured, cruelty free make-up brushes that come in a fun clam-shaped case, meaning you can take them on the go. We’re thinking you should treat yourself before that holiday you’re planning…
As well as providing you with a flawless, demi-matte base, PUR’s latest face and body foundation also helps to correct some of the biggest skin concerns over time. In terms of coverage it really goes the distance, lasting for as much as 12 hours. Winner!
You probably recognise the brand’s signature cupcake bath bombs (SO Instagrammable), which are a serious treat for when you need a bit of relaxation. And they’re entirely animal-free meaning vegan beauty lovers can stock their bathroom cabinets aplenty.
A lot of supplements on the market aren’t vegan-friendly, but if you eat a plant-based diet and are looking to support it with extra vitamins, Wellwoman by Vitabiotics has you covered. Containing 23 different nutrients and extra supplementation that’s been carefully selected for women, it’s a great way to get that extra boost alongside your nutrition. You’ll feel better for it.
Pai’s cleanser comes with a dual-effect sensitive skin cloth. The cleanser itself is rich in omegas 6, 9 and vitamin E and the dual-textured cloth allows you to switch between a gently exfoliating muslin and an ultra-soft terry side.
Ethical beauty has been at the core of Dr Hauschka ever since they launched in 1967, and it’s been a cult favourite of vegan beauty lovers ever since. The Almond Soothing Body Wash has a sweet, delicate natural aroma from the almond fruit, and the creamy foam moisturises skin with its high concentration of plant oils.
As well as taking off all of the day’s make-up and impurities, NYASA’s all-natural cleansing balm also works to give you a much more radiant and glowing complexion. The perfect way to give your pores a deep clean and get the perfect luminous skin for summer.
Sarah founded her hand-made skincare line during her sister, Lauren’s recovery from cancer, when the two found it seriously difficult to decipher cosmetic labels and find products that wouldn’t irritate Lauren’s extra sensitive skin. The entire collection is Soil Association certified organic, cruelty-free and cold-pressed, and only the lip balm (which contains beeswax) isn’t vegan. The noticeably short ingredients list on the front of each container is exactly what you’re getting – no long and complicated chemicals in sight – and all of the body products are seriously gentle and nourishing.
Besides the mega cute packaging, this vegan skincare brand really packs a punch. BYBI, which stands for By Beauty Insiders, is a totally vegan, natural and cruelty-free range and this rosewater and hyaluronic acid spritz is a major standout. Use it in your nightly skincare routine or mist yourself throughout the day for a little pick me up.
With a minimal approach to skincare ingredients, Romilly Wilde pride themselves in their take on clean and effective beauty products; they list all the ingredients used on their website and use no chemical preservatives or enhancers whatsoever. The Supercell serum is like radiance in a bottle, encouraging skin regeneration and plumping the skin with hyaluronic acid.
Vegan hair care
Swedish hair brand Maria Nila count Emma Watson as one of their long-time fans, which alone are enough. It’s hard to believe that their new range of styling products (two waxes, one cream and a thickening paste) don’t contain lanolin or beeswax, but the brand is entirely vegan and of course, doesn’t test on animals. ‘Gneiss’ will add texture and thicken fine, flatter hair, while ‘Gabbro’ is a super strong hold for much finer styles.
Rahua haircare is vegan, cruelty-free, gluten-free and uses ethically sourced rainforest-grown 100% natural symbiotic ingredients. Your hair will feel noticeably softer and more bouncy. Their shampoo contains coconut and shea-butter betaines, while the conditioner contains aloe and rice-bran wax.
For a regular beauty treat that’s cruelty-free, look no further than TheVeganKind‘s Beauty Box.
Each box contains between five and eight items from brands such as Green People, Dr Organic, faith in Nature, The Konjac Sponge Company and many more.
It’s sent out quarterly (giving you a chance to use up what was in the previous box), in February, May, August and November.