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Vegan Skincare

Our skincare routines are undergoing a vegan revolution. Here’s everything you need to know.

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From handmade, small batch luxury labels to mainstream brands, vegan skincare is where it’s at. But you still need to do your research.

Scroll down for all the essential information to get you started, when it comes to vegan - and cruelty free - skincare.

What is vegan skincare?

Vegan skincare means that the products have no animal products in them, such as beeswax, honey, or other animal derived ingredients like lanolin. They are often also cruelty free, but do check this is as they don’t mean the same thing.

Cruelty free means the products haven’t been tested on animals but it doesn’t cover what’s in the product in terms of ingredients, while people look for the vegan label to align with many different ethics, but vegan products aren’t automatically eco-friendly.

Is vegan skincare sustainable?

Vegan skincare doesn’t always mean the products have been produced sustainably, but most vegan beauty and skincare brands care about the planet and want to create products that don’t harm the environment.

Vegan skincare brands often:

  • Use recycled plastic or no plastic packaging
  • Zero waste or have no packaging at all
  • Are made in smaller batches
  • Are handmade
  • Use all natural ingredients
  • Contain organic ingredient

Look for homegrown vegan beauty and skincare brands in your country to cut down carbon emissions from the transportation, and support local makers and artisans.

5 ways to tell if your favourite skincare brand is vegan friendly

To help you make sure your skincare or favourite brand is really vegan, look for the following:

  • Leaping Bunny logo. This is an international symbol which means the product was not tested on animals.
  • PETA approved. The PETA approved logo denotes that the brand has the backing of PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), the leading vegan charity.
  • Vegan Society logo - another way of checking the brand has been approved by a vegan third party.
  • Check the brand’s website. They should be shouting about their product’s commitment to animals, the planet and the people in their supply chain. If they’re not being transparent (as many high street bought, global brands aren’t), then it’s time to question why.
  • If you’re not sure - ask. Directly asking brands about their commitments is a great way of showing you care, what you expect from products and getting more information about where to spend your money in future.

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