Want to celebrate Veganuary but can’t quite face the idea of giving up cheese or chocolate? Why not try making your beauty routine more vegan-friendly, instead?
Demand for vegan beauty is on the up, especially since the outbreak of Covid-19. “We know consumer interest in sustainability and vegan-friendly formulae is increasing,” says Jenni Middleton, director of beauty at trend forecasters WGSN. “People will shun animal-derived ingredients as they now understand the zoonotic origins of coronavirus, and want to turn to nature’s apothecary to provide tried, tested and time-honoured beauty and wellness solutions.”
In short, there’s never been a better time to give veganism a go. What’s more, there is now a wealth of vegan beauty brands, products, and treatments to choose from. Just look for the PETA-approved vegan logo, The Vegan Society or (if you’re in the US or Canada), the Leaping Bunny trademarks to make sure what you’re getting is actually vegan. Avoid anything that has been tested on animals, or contains animal-derived ingredients such as beeswax, carmine, allantoin, gelatin, honey, lanolin, squalene or ambergris.
Buy vegan-friendly tampons, menstrual cups and sanitary pads
When we think of veganism, we generally think of products that eschew all animal-derived ingredients. However, it also rejects all forms of animal cruelty and exploitation, including animal testing — and many intimate-care brands continue to do this. You can veganise your period by buying tampons and sanitary pads from the following vegan brands: The Honey Pot Co, Natracare, The Honest Company, Seventh Generation, and Dame. They’re eco-friendly, too.
Invest in vegan hair care
Biotin, keratin, beeswax, gelatin, cetyl alcohol, stearic acid, silk powder — these are just some of the animal-derived ingredients found in shampoos and conditioners, and most hair care products are also tested on animals.
Like hair care, most deodorants have been tested on animals and can contain animal-derived ingredients such as bee pollen, chitosan (from shrimp), propolis, stearic acid and urea. Luckily, there are plenty of vegan alternatives from brands such as Schmidt’s, Zion Health, Herban Cowboy, Habitat Botanicals, and Booda Organics.
Smell good with vegan-friendly perfume
When it comes to animal-derived ingredients, one found commonly in beauty products is ambergris. Taken from whale intestines, it’s used as a fixative in perfumes, which can also contain musks taken from deer, beaver, muskrat, civet cat, and otter genitals. Fear not: a whole host of vegan-friendly perfume brands have sprung up over the past few years, including Le Labo, Eden, Laboratory Perfumes, and Chantecaille.
Swap your regular eyeshadow for vegan alternatives
When it comes to eyeshadow, the more shimmery it is, the more cautious you should be. The chances are that the pearl-like sheen that’s brightening up your lids has quite literally been taken from pearls, oysters or mussels. Swap these for vegan alternatives by brands such as CoverGirl, Ilia, Urban Decay, Morphe, Milk, and Lime Crime.