I always find the arrival of Spring as a great chance to review my skincare products and routines. With ever more vegan skincare options coming into the shops, we felt like it was time to revisit some of the best vegan skincare brands that we are trying.
Beauty giants within this sector have started to expand their vegan ranges, but it can be difficult to find companies which are 100% vegan. We have done the hard work for you and found the best vegan skincare brands for you to know about this Spring.
5 Reasons to try Vegan Skincare in 2023You don't have to be a vegan to enjoy vegan skincare but if you haven't thought of switching then here are some reasons to give it a try.
- Vegan skincare products don’t contain any ingredients that come from animals. Ingredients like collagen or lanolin can be replaced by plant based components.
- No animal products means no hormones on your skin. Something to consider if your skin comes out with acne or irritation when using some products.
- Plant-based ingredients often have a lighter carbon footprint than animal-derived ones, making vegan skincare more environmentally friendly.
- Many vegan skincare brands and their products are free from harsh chemicals such as sulfates (an ingredient that can be found in household products) and parabens (added to prevent the growth of bacteria) which can irritate the skin.
- Vegan Skincare products should be cruelty-free products, and not tested on animals. Always check the label, and look out for the Leaping Bunny!
If we've convinced you to give it a try, then take a look at some brands you should consider. If you are new to a brand it may be worth checking to see if they have travel sized bottles that will be cheaper than full sized options.
10 Vegan Skincare Brands to Consider this year
If you have been wanting to give your beauty products an animal-friendly shake up. These eco-friendly bathroom essentials are a good place to start. We have the top ten vegan skincare brands you need to know about:
- Susanne Kaufmann
- The Glowcery
- Summer Fridays
- Plant Apothecary
- Monday Muse
- Evolve Organic Beauty
- Skyn Iceland
This is a new brand to me. I spotted their small concession in Harrods and loved the feel and smell of their hydrating face gel. The eponymous brand was founded in Austria with all of their products made by hand and tested by their founder. The face gel is vegan, paraben-free and not tested on animals.
Created in the kitchens of co-founders Elsie and Dominika, BYBI produce natural, vegan skincare. Full of nourishing ingredients, the duo wanted to pack each product full of juicy vitamins and skin-strengthening minerals, that ultimately reflect in glowing skin. What drives the passion for this company are the founders own beliefs that sustainable and vegan skincare is the only beauty standard we should be having. When asked what being a vegan skincare brand actually means to them they said:
“The same high performance efficacy can be achieved using vegan alternatives, it just takes a little research to find them.”
Shop BYBI transparent vegan skincare ranges, to unlock happy and healthy skin! Choose from cleansers and toners, to balms, moisturisers and more. You can even choose gift sets from their consciously curated range. So you can treat the ones you love without having to compromise on sustainability.
Born in lockdown 2020, The Glowcery have developed nutritious vegan skincare which uses household ingredients you would find in your fridge! Even their vibrant packaging represents the natural fresh fruits and plants contained in each product. The founder, Roshanne, goes on to say that she wanted to prove that providing healthy products doesn’t have to be boring. We couldn't agree more! These rich superfood products have become beauty cabinet favourites in a very short amount of time. This has been represented by The Glowcery winning Best Facial Oil of 2020, by Women’s Health Beauty Awards, for their Clean Greens serum.
Pai is the perfect starting place for anyone wanting to branch into vegan skincare for the first time. With an extensive range of items to choose from, you have everything you could need at your fingertips. From face oils, to body care and gift kits. Each product displays a helpful video on how to use the formula to be most effective.
Pai is a vegan skincare brand that's suitable for a range of skin types including sensitive and eczema-prone skin. They independently patch tests all their products to make sure they are suitable for everyone. Using natural, ethical and sustainable ingredients, Pai has been certified by The Vegan Society, Cruelty Free International and COSMOS.
Summer Fridays vegan skincare is a combination of beauty, efficiency and simplicity rolled into one. The company was formed when beauty influencers Marianna and Lauren were left desiring more from the promotional products they were constantly being sent to review. They wanted vegan skincare which ticked all the boxes. Being easy to use, clean ingredients and aesthetically pleasing to the eye. From this checklist, their first product Jet Lag Mask was formed. As an award winning product, you can use this hydrating cream face mask as a moisturiser, eye cream and hand cream! Perfect for packing in your handbag to achieve radiant skin which is ready for any trip!
Odacite blends the luxury of French skincare with the green California living. Proud to have secured the PETA certification, Odacite is a cruelty free and vegan skincare brand. They source high-quality oils and ingredients to create each unique potent formula. The freshness and purity in each formula is what can help to instantly improve the way your skin looks and feels. You can even book a skin consultation to determine which products are right for you, or you can jump right in and shop by collection or concern. Either way, you have a wide variety of vegan skincare to choose from!
Awaken your skin with the help of vegan skincare brand Plant Apothecary. Based in Brooklyn, Plant Apothecary is on a mission to make plant skincare efficacious. They describe their formulas as “awakening the senses, imbue your skin with radiance, and restore its natural potential.” With limited products on offer, they can provide you with the necessities to start a plant based, skincare bag easily. From their Cloud Break Enzyme Cleanser, to their Virgin Skin Brightening Emulsion Serum. Each product is full of high-quality ingredients that your skin will thank you for!
Minimalism is at the forefront of vegan skincare company Monday Muse. With beautiful packaging and uncomplicated products, it is easy to see why they are a fan favourite. In terms of what Monday Muse can offer you, they focus on skin health first. What they mean by this, is that they understand each person has unique skin that needs to be nourished. Instead of pursuing formulas which have a nice scent or colour, they concentrate on protecting the skin's barrier. The elegant formulas of The Nectar Vitamin Facial Oil and The Juice Daily Serum, are not only effective but they are multi-purpose inorder to keep up with our busy lives.
Evolve Organic Beauty
Right in the heart of Hertfordshire, England, lies Evolve Beauty’s artisan studio, which creates their products in small batches. Not only is their skincare super-effective, it is vegan, cruelty-free and eco-friendly! Each product is created by hand to ensure the natural ingredients are fresh and free from synthetic chemicals. Evolve Beauty’s promise to its customers is that when you buy their vegan skincare, “you are buying a bottle of our care and passion.” The personality and ethos from founder Laura, really shines through especially in their natural skincare ranges, which include Pregnancy Friendly products. Allowing everyone to enjoy radiant skin!
In need of vegan skincare which is specially formulated to treat stressed skin? Skyn Iceland has the formula for you. Born in the natural oasis of Iceland, this vegan skincare brand encapsulates all that is beautiful about the green, mineral rich country. Skyn Iceland’s focus is to use pure and potent botanicals sourced from the Arctic to formulate products which can result in balanced, glowing, younger-looking skin. Elements we all would dream to achieve!
Available in your local M&S, shopping Skyn Iceland is convenient as buying a loaf of bread. With a vast array of options to choose from, discover their moisturisers, serums and masks to start you on your way to youthful skin.
Cruelty-free, fragrance-free and 100% vegan, what more can you ask for from a skincare brand? SkinOwl incorporates all these aspects to create high-quality products that are suitable for all. What started off as a beauty professional sharing wisdom on a private Facebook group, moulded into a vegan skincare company which has strong ethos and values running through its veins. At the heart of this company lies SkinOwl’s mission, ‘to educate you about your skin & deliver the best products”. Discover how this is possible by browsing their face and body formulas today. You can even use SkinOwl’s SkinScanner to choose the best products to add into your regimen. Adding vegan skincare into your beauty bag has never been easier!
Looking Beyond the Logo
You don't have to be vegan to enjoy vegan skincare, and look after your skin in an animal-friendly way. With more brands joining the vegan products movement, now you can find men's vegan skincare. We can often get bombarded with buzz words ranging from vegan and cruelty free to natural, clean and organic. So much so, it can be difficult to distinguish between the words as they are often used interchangeably. Currently there are no laws that control companies from using these words on their products, even when they are not. What we are referring to here, is when companies ‘greenwash’ customers by using terminology that may influence their purchases. The trick to establishing whether a company is truly vegan or cruelty-free is to check the certifications. These are traditionally represented by the Cruelty Free International’s Leaping Bunny or The Vegan Society.