From vegan tampons and nail polish without shellfish ingredients to cruelty-free skincare products and artificial eyelashes without animal hair - your ultimate guide to a vegan beauty routine.
January counts just 18 days and you can already find almost 50,000 posts under # Veganuary2021 on Instagram, under #Veganuary even over 1.2 million. There is no doubt that the environmentally conscious movement with a non-vegans living vegan for the first month of the year is growing. If you haven't tried it yourself, now may be time to jump on the bandwagon. After all, there is no planet B.
When it comes to veganism, diet is of course your starting point, with you swapping dairy and meat for plant-based alternatives. If you can't get used to the idea of skipping cheese or chocolate for an entire month, you could start putting together a vegan beauty routine instead.
In recent years, the demand for vegan beauty has increased, especially since the Covid-19 outbreak. “We know that consumer interest in sustainability and vegan recipes is increasing,” says Jenni Middleton, Director of Beauty at the trend research institute WGSN. "People will avoid animal ingredients as they now understand the zoonotic origins of the coronavirus and turn to Natur-Apotheke for tried and true solutions for beauty and wellness."
In short: there has never been a better time to give the vegan lifestyle a chance. Plus, there are now a plethora of vegan beauty brands, products, and treatments to choose from. Just look for the PETA “Vegan” logo, the UK Vegan Society's vegan flower, or the international “Leaping Bunny” symbol to make sure what you are buying is actually vegan. Avoid anything that has been tested on animals or contains ingredients of animal origin, such as beeswax, carmine, allantoin, gelatin, honey, lanolin, squalene, or ambergris.
Our guide to a vegan beauty routine.
When we think of veganism, we usually think of products that avoid all animal-derived ingredients. But it also opposes all forms of animal cruelty and exploitation, including animal testing - still a common practice for many intimate care brands. You can veganize your period by buying tampons and pads from the following vegan brands: Natracare, Organyc, Juno & Me, Masmi, The Female Company, Enroush. These are also environmentally friendly.
Biotin, keratin, beeswax, gelatin, cetyl alcohol, stearic acid, silk powder - these are just some of the animal ingredients that can be found in shampoos and conditioners. In addition, most hair care products are tested on animals.
However, there are a variety of animal-free, plant-based alternatives that can make your hair silky soft, and brightly colored without costing the world. See Bleach London, Aesop, Odacité, IGK Hair, Virtue, Beachwaver, and Evolve Organic Beauty. If possible, think of the oceans and go for brands with recycled packaging.
No matter whether you are looking for a quick glam look or just want to accentuate your eyes: a set of artificial eyelashes simply enhances any look. Unfortunately, most of the eyelash brands still use animal hair for their products, which is sourced from mink, which is usually confined in tight spaces and in inhumane conditions. Help end the cruelty and opt for lashes without pet hair from brands such as Huda Beauty, Velor Lashes, Charlotte Tilbury, Sweed Lashes, and e.l.f Cosmetics.
When deciding to go vegan, skincare - its cleansers, serums, moisturizers, and balms - can be a real minefield. Check out anything that says it will moisturize, as it may contain animal-based ingredients like squalene (oil made from shark liver). You can't go wrong with Drunk Elephant, bareMinerals, Sunday Riley, Votary, Tata Harper, and almost all Dermalogica products.
As with hair care, most deodorants have been tested on animals and can contain animal ingredients such as bee pollen, chitosan (from shrimp), propolis, stearic acid, and urea. Fortunately, there are plenty of vegan alternatives from brands like Schmidt’s, Ben & Anna, and some products from We Love The Planet.
When it comes to ingredients of animal origin, the most common naturally found in beauty products is ambergris. It is extracted from the bowels of whales and used as a fixative in perfumes, which may also contain musk from the genitals of deer, beavers, muskrats, civets, and otters. But don't worry: a number of vegan perfume brands have popped up in recent years, including Le Labo, Laboratory Perfumes, and Chantecaille.
When it comes to eyeshadow, the more shimmering it is, the more careful you are. Chances are that the pearl-like sheen that makes your eyelids shine was actually extracted from pearls, oysters, or clams. Swap these for vegan alternatives from brands like CoverGirl, Ilia, Urban Decay, Morphe, Milk, and Lime Crime.
From beeswax to carmine (made from a species of insect called the cochineal), lipsticks can be particularly damaging to wildlife. Fortunately, there are vegan alternatives, e.g. B. Hourglass, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Too Faced, and Illamasqua.
As with eye shadow, many of the opalescent pigments in nail polish come from crustaceans, while the shellac resin comes from the female lacquer bug. Try Nails Inc., Nailberry, or the German manufacturer Gitti.