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Living a cruelty-free lifestyle doesn’t stop at the food you eat. Take a look at the products you use on your face and body and make sure there are no animal ingredients in them.
When you’re trying to find new vegan beauty products to add to your arsenal, it can be a lot of trial and error until you find what’s just right for you.
A great place to start though is with recommendations. So I’ve put together this list of my favorite vegan beauty products that I’ve discovered over the past 3 years or so since I went vegan.
Do you have a favorite beauty product? Share it in the comments!
Brand: ACURE Sensitive Facial Wash
I love this face wash. It is so gentle on my skin and leaves it feeling moist, clean and refreshed. If my skin is not happy, it’ll let me know by breaking out. Since I switched to this face wash, I haven’t had any cleanser-related breakouts (stress breakouts are another story, though).
The ACURE brand is 100% vegan so you never have to scour the ingredients list for those pesky animal ingredients. They also pride themselves on having natural, plant-based products that are paraben-, sulfate-. phthalate-, and silicone-free.
Brand: Thayers Witch Hazel
My boss gave me a bottle of this for Christmas a few years ago and I’ve fallen in love with it. This toner is gentle on the skin because it’s alcohol-free and they have a few different flavors that offer slightly different benefits.
I wipe it on my face with a cotton ball after my shower to remove any excess makeup or oil and it makes my skin feel clean and fresh.
These toners have been around since the year I was born (1989) and they are now all organic.
Brand: SheaMoisture sensitive skin
After a bit of trial and error, I’ve realized that many vegan face wipes make my face feel sticky or the wipe itself is rough on my skin. The SheaMoisture wipes are supers soft and leave my skin feeling clean and fresh with no stickiness.
They remove my mascara and face makeup very easily and are infused with peace rose to soften the skin, date palm extract to moisten the skin, and camellia leaf extract to soothe irritated skin.
When you want to remove your makeup or just freshen up, these wipes are a great choice.
Brand: Life Flo
This product is relatively new to my arsenal but it’s already one of my favorites. Made from the seeds of the Passion Fruit, maracuja oil is great for your hair, skin and nails.
I apply just 2-3 drops to my face before bed as a moisturizer, and again in the morning if I feel like my skin needs it. I love using it as a moisturizer for my face because it’s a very light oil that absorbs easily into my skin so I don’t feel greasy.
Maracuja oil is high in antioxidants, vitamin C and essential fatty acids, which makes it great for brightening the skin, making it look healthier, and reducing inflammation.
I’ve also read that applying maracuja oil to the scalp can help with dandruff and damaged hair, though I haven’t tested that out yet.
Brand: PLNT by Vitamin Shoppe
A little over a year ago I started getting these itchy, scaly patches all over my legs. Thinking it would help to use a more natural moisturizer, I replaced my body lotion with coconut oil. Since I made the switch, the patches have not returned.
Whatever you put on your skin gets absorbed into your body so the more natural you can get with your skin care products, the better. Coconut oil is about as natural as it gets when it comes to moisturizers.
Tip: When I step out of the shower, I wipe off the excess water with my hands then put the coconut oil on my damp skin. This allows it to really soak into my skin and the water helps the coconut oil spread so I don’t use as much and my skin doesn’t get super oily.
I want to note that coconut oil is considered to be comedogenic, which means it may clog pores and cause breakouts or blackheads if your skin is susceptible to that. I find that I cannot use it on my face for this reason.
Aloe Vera Gelly
Brand: Lily of the Desert
Everyone knows to apply aloe vera to a sunburn to help heal and repair your damaged skin. But what about when you don’t have a sunburn?
I started using aloe on my face because of its acne-healing properties that heal skin and reduce inflammation. It also acts as a moisturizer and can help fight aging with its many antioxidants that improve the skin’s firmness and keep the skin hydrated.
I now also apply it to my eyebrows as a gel to keep the hairs in place once I shape them.
I decided to treat myself to an at-home face mask and chose this bright blue vegan mask from Lush. It’s got ground rice to exfoliate the skin, murumuru butter to moisturize, and lemon juice as a toner. It’s also got silken tofu to condition the skin.
I had heard a few people rave about this mask and thought I’d give it a try. I totally see why they love it so much. After using the mask, my skin feels soft and moist, and has an undeniable glow.
It’s pretty pricey ($13 for 2.1 ounces) and expires quickly because of all the fresh ingredients, so I won’t be buying it regularly. But it will be my go-to when I want to pamper myself in the future.
Photo credit: Lush Cosmetics
Brand: Zuzu Luxe – Onyx
Last year I wrote a review on Zuzu Luxe mascara and said that even though it’s not the perfect mascara, it’s pretty darn close. And any others I’ve tried since have not been better so I always come back to it.
I find that this mascara coats my lashes really well and gives fantastic length, but it takes a bit of work to get to the final product. The only reason I say it’s not perfect is because I am comparing it to the non-vegan brand I used to use that made my lashes long and full with minimal effort.
I’d love to get some recommendations from you guys. What vegan mascara do you use and why do you love it? Share in the comments!
Brand: Kat Von D
Many vegan concealers I’ve tried don’t work. When I apply them to my under eyes or the occasional breakout, they don’t conceal. They just look cakey or translucent.
So I was very pleasantly surprised when I came across Kat Von D’s vegan concealer. It’s marketed as a concealer crème so, as you can imagine, it’s thicker than most concealers, which means you get full coverage.
This stuff lasts all day and totally blends in with my skin. It’s invisible in all the right ways.
What are some of your favorite vegan beauty products? Share in the comments!