To celebrate World Vegan Day, we round up the best vegan products for your face, hair and body
Today is World Vegan Day. Set up in 1994, World Vegan Day is the annual holiday dedicated to celebrating veganism. Since its establishment, veganism has grown exponentially with 7% of the country now choosing a plant-based lifestyle (that’s 3.5 million people).
Although veganism is traditionally thought of as a dietary choice, it has grown to encompass all aspects of one's lifestyle, from the food we consume to the make-up we use. Vegan skincare searches have gone up 281% since 2017, according to a recently published Pinterest report. And this public interest in ethical beauty consumption is reflected in the beauty industry itself with more than 6% of products launched in the UK in 2017 being certified as vegan; a figure that’s expected to double in the next five years.
To celebrate World Vegan Day, we have compiled a list of our favourite beauty products which steer clear of animal testing and do not use animal extracts in their products.
For more vegan beauty information check out Peta’s website
Eco Tools: Founded in 2007, Eco Tools are not only 100% vegan but are also made from recycled materials, including bamboo, while their packaging is made with tree-free paper. These make-up brushes are also super cheap and available at most retailers.
Spectrum Beauty Fix: Not only ethical but suitably stylish. With all brushes 100% vegan they also come in a range of different styles, from millennial pink to horoscope themed brushes.
Elixi: Elixi brushes are vegan and cruelty-free they are also hypoallergenic and antibacterial. The latest brand to commit to veganism, their brushes are inexpensive, eco-friendly and durable.
PHB Ethical Beauty: There are a plethora of vegan make-up brands to choose from, and as veganism gains in popularity, the list gets longer and longer. However PHB Ethical has everything to satisfy your beauty needs while ensuring the safety of animals. Handmade in the UK, they are home to the world's most extensive range of Natural, Vegan, Cruelty-Free & Alcohol-Free (Halal Certified) beauty products. The brand also wanted to use their platform to raise awareness about ethical issues that arise in the cosmetics industry, such as the constant use of animal-derived ingredients, animal cruelty, plastic micro-beads and the destructive use of Palm Oil. Also, 20% of their net profit goes to charity!
Skyn ICELAND: Offering skin care solutions which aim to treat the damage caused by stress, Skyn ICELAND takes its inspiration from nature. The brand is 100% vegan and cruelty-free and offers carefully researched and executed solutions to modern life problems.
Body Shop - Not only are the Body Shop’s products cruelty-free but they are pioneers in changing the laws surrounding animal testing in the beauty industry. Campaigning for a cruelty-free beauty industry since 1989, the Body Shop first helped ban animal testing in the UK. It then took its fight to the EU and has now gained 8 million signatures for a petition they are taking to the UN.
Bleach London: Founded by Sam Teasdale and Alex Brownsell in 2010, Bleach London is the world’s first salon that focuses on colouring rather than cutting. With the brand now creating their own products, which are being shipped all over the globe, Bleach London decided to go 100% vegan in 2017. Their packaging is also 100% recyclable.
Maui Moisture: Inspired by the “handpicked and handcrafted ingredients that can be found on tropical islands like Maui”, Maui Moisture is against the suffering of animals, carefully monitoring all of their ingredients to ensure cruelty-free products. These hair products are not only ethical but amazing for your hair, focusing on the benefits of natural ingredients.
Le Labo: The options for vegan perfumes are few and far between. Le Labo, however, is 100% cruelty-free. Smell like their signature scent, Santal 33, while being safe in the knowledge that every spritz in entirely vegan.
Nail Berry: Nail Berry is the award-winning nail polish that is vegan-friendly, gluten-free and halal. Founded in 2012 by Sonia Hully, the brand began as a luxury nail bar in Chelsea and swiftly transitioned into a full range of premium polishes. Coming in a variety of shades and colours, these polishes are a vegan beauty essential.
Yope: Based on a desire for original and natural products with innovative aromas, Yope is the soap company which is 100% vegan. Set on creating products which use fewer chemicals and are less damaging on our skin, this company has products ranging from hand creams to kitchen soaps.