The other day at work, I do SEO (search engine optimization) and internet marketing in my other life and we were talking to a new client and somehow ‘hobbies’ or something or other came up. I of course mentioned Cheeky and he said he remembered seeing that on my LinkedIn account. This fella, Bart, was so darling and started asking ALLLL these questions about what Cheeky stood for, what all we focused on, etc., etc. It warmed my heart. But as he was seemingly going on and on with excitement for my blog, he mentioned that his wife is into the whole organic skincare realm. So as he was talking, I thought about how organic can mean SO MANY THINGS these days and what could Cheeky write about that falls under this realm. After we hung up and I had a chance to think on it, I realized that we haven’t focused too much on vegan skincare, which to me, falls in line with the whole organic bit. While Cheeky was a vegetarian for over 11 years, I’ve since joined the carnivores of the world, I still have a special place in my heart for the whole vegetarian, vegan lifestyle.
If this is something that you’re working towards or maybe you already are on the vegan train, this blog can help you get where you need to be. Without further adieu, let’s dive in to vegan skincare & some of our favorite vegan skincare brands and what makes them so wonderfully vegan.
Disclaimer: I am absolutely no expert in the vegan skincare realm and actually had a terrible time researching because I’m just wayyyyy too sensitive. But it’s pretty simple & we did to our research for the BEST brands for you to consider, so that may be your biggest takeaway in this booger.
What is Vegan Skincare?
Vegan-friendly skincare basically eliminates all animal-derived ingredients. Or think of vegan skincare as being made from plants and minerals as well as safe synthetic ingredients.
When on the hunt for Vegan skincare, there are several stamps of approval that you can look for. I’m sure this isn’t the full list, but these seemed to be the most poop-ular as this family likes to say (instead of popular).
- PETA offers two stamps: ‘cruelty-free’ and ‘vegan’
- Vegan Action or Vegan Awareness Foundation
- The Vegan Society
- Sephora ‘Clean at Sephora’
Common Skincare Products Derived From Animal-Derived Ingredients
If you’re looking to cleanup your skincare cabinet and have more animal-friendly products, here are common ingredients derived from animals:
- Hyaluronic acid
- Stearic acid
Please note that some of these ingredients can be made out of other materials than what is found in animals, but this is a simple list you can refer to just in case.
Top ‘Vegan-Ish’ Skincare Brands
These brands strive to create vegan skincare products, they do have a product or two in theirs line that aren’t. I did think this would be a good list to include if you’re willing to pick through some products to get to the vegan ones.
- Drunk Elephant
- The Ordinary
- Josie Maran
- Ole Henrikson
- No B.S.
- Dr. Dennis Gross
- Yes To
Top Vegan Skincare Brands
100% vegan and cruelty free, PLUS free of parabens, sulfates, petroleum, and phthalates. Skyn Iceland products are specifically formulated to heal stressed skin.
PETA actually honored Sarah Kugelman, founder, with a Trail-Blazer Award for her compassion & unwavering commitment to using only vegan ingredients and to never test on animals.
Firming eye gels that ‘cool’ the under eye area & decrease puffiness.
100% vegan & cruelty free. They claim to use the best superfoods to customize their own special potent extract blends, balanced with clinical pro-grade actives to deliver results you can actually see.
Hydrating mask that also helps with glow.
There are no animal by-product ingredients in BYBI’s skin care products and they haven’t used animal testing either. In addition, all of their products are registered with the Vegan Society.
Detoxifying mask. Good for acne prone folks.
Eco-friendly and sustainable products. And of course it doesn’t stop there, they’re also cruelty-free, vegan products that are free of petroleum, parabens, phthalates, sulfates, silicones & other gunk.
Body wash that stimulates the senses!
They use only organic ingredients that are safe, nontoxic and highly effective. PLUS, you guessed it, they’re vegan!
Use daily for 5 minutes. Here’s a great video to explain in detail!
#CheekyConfidential Stick in the fridge for added benefits!
Everything made by Pacifica is not only cruelty-free, but also 100% vegan! They offer skincare but lots of other beauty products too, whether it’s makeup, bath products, etc. This brand is one I’ve always loved seeing in Target (I’ve yet to try it!). It’s seemingly been doing really well.
When your skin is dry and needs a boost, this creams got yo back!
Pai is great for those with sensitive skin that’s prone to redness and irritation, but also conditions like psoriasis and eczema. They’re all-natural, vegan and Leaping Bunny certified (cruelty-free).
Midwife approved and suitable for eczema-prone skin, plus it’s supposed to help keep stretch marks at bay while pregnant.
Images provided by their respective brands.