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Vegan Beauty: Everything You Need To Know

Searches for vegan beauty products are up by 281%. THESE are the brands you need to know about…

According to Pinterest, searches for vegan beauty products were up 281% YOY, and with a 175% increase in vegan beauty products available to consumers since 2013, you might say that #veganbeauty is having a bit of a moment. We reveal everything you need to know about the vegan  beauty trend, including the brands to look out for… 

The rise of Vegan Beauty products

Sales of vegan beauty products saw a 38% increase in the UK between 2017-2018 alone according to a report by the NPD group. But what does that mean for the beauty industry? Well, for starters it means that consumers are becoming more contientious. According to Helen Duxbury, senior UK beauty account manager at NPD:

There has certainly been a rise in the number of vegan brands in prestige beauty and this coincides with consumers adopting a more conscientious approach when purchasing products, looking closely at the underlying philosophies and actions of the brands.

They not only investigate ingredients and efficacy: they want to know about traceability, and how animal friendly they are.”

What does ‘vegan beauty’ mean?

Similarly to a vegan diet, vegan beauty products are cosmetics that are free from any animal derivitives, including but not limited to:

  • Lanolin
  • Shellac
  • Glycerine (unless specified vegetarian)
  • Casein/Sodium Caseinate or Caseinate
  • Squalene
  • Guanine
  • Oleic Acid/Oleyl Stearate/Oleyl Olate/Tallow
  • Non-synthetic hair
  • Stearic Acid
  • Carmine/Cochineal/Natural Red 4/E120/C/I/ 75470
  • Collagen
  • Elastin
  • Keratin
  • Beeswax/Cera Alba

Vegan Brands We ❤

paul mitchell #veganuary beauty

#VeganHaircare

All Hair: Paul Mitchell
The nature-loving brand that promises never to test on animals, Paul Mitchell has a range for everyone, including men. Our pick is the vegan Tea Tree range . Suitable for all hair types,it smells fantastic and gives your scalp a unique tingle for a refreshing, cleansing feel.

Coloured Hair: Pureology
100% Vegan, Pureology is also zero-sulfate. A salon-led brand, this is serious colour care. We recommend Strength Cure, a treatment range that fortifies damaged, coloured hair, and strengthens with a soft, velvety finish.

 

#Veganuary Beauty A'Kin

#VeganSkincare

Many brands nowadays are turning to organic, natural ingredients, but for a 100% fully vegan choice A’Kin is our go-to. This Australian brand is not only vegan but features organic ingredients, contains no nasties and is cruelty-free. We absolutely adore their Rosehip Oil, which works wonders on scars, dry and ageing skin. If pigmentation is a problem, choose their Rosehip Oil with added Vitamin C. But it doesn’t stop there, because A’Kin has a whole range of skincare from micellar water to day cream, cleansers and body care.

 

#Veganuary Beauty A'Kin

#VeganMakeup

Mineral makeup is so well known, it’s hard to remember the days when it was considered weird and unusual! But back in the early 2000s it certainly was a new thing, and pioneering the way was Jane Iredale. Her mineral makeup was first loved by cosmetic surgery clients who needed something very kind but very effective while they healed from their treatments. It wasn’t long before everyone noticed how fabulous mineral makeup looks on the skin – the natural, dewy effect just can’t be missed. It was also amazing for anyone suffering with acne, as the acne virus just can’t thrive in the mineral pigments. Jane Iredale products are certified cruelty-free but some do contain carmine and beeswax that dedicated vegans will want to avoid (see details here).

 

#Veganuary beauty weleda

#VeganBath&Body

100% natural and completely at one with nature, UK company Weleda has a whole range of products from bath and body to skincare. Around 3/4 of their products come from organic or biodynamic farming and Weleda believes strongly in fair treatment of everyone from suppliers to partners and customers. While not all products are vegan (some contain lanolin, beeswax or goat milk – check here for more info),  most are and as a company with a strong ethical stance, they’re defintely on our ♥ list. Try their vegan Lavender Bath Soak as a real treat!

 

Stella Mccartney Pop allbeauty blog #VeganFragrance

A completely vegatarian company, all of Stella McCartney’s fragrances (produced by COTY) are vegan friendly. With no ingredient tested on animals or made from animal origin, including bees, Stella McCartney has deliberately removed all of her fragrances from China where animal testing is required by Government regulation. We can’t get enough of Pop, with top notes of tomato  and violet leaves, green mandarin and base notes of violet, tuberose and cedarwood.  Find out more about Stella McCartney’s ethical and sustainable  policies here.

#veganuary beauty tan organic#VeganFakeTan

The first and only Eco Certified organic tanning product in the world, Tan Organic is the natural way to get a New Year glow. Only using natural and organically grown ingredients, from ethically run producers, this fabulous brand truly cares about people, animals and the environment. Certified by PETA and free from animal testing, their products also contain no nasties such as parabens.

 

 

 

8 Steps To A Cleaner Beauty Routine With Jayn Sterland

8 Steps To A Cleaner Beauty Routine With Weleda’s Jayn Sterland

A total, holistic approach to beauty and wellbeing, Weleda has led the way to cleaner beauty since 1921. 

Weleda has led the way in cleaner beauty since 1921. For us, it has always been far more than a mandate to ensure products are free-from all ‘nasties’ such as artificial additives or synthetic fragrances and preservatives, GMO ingredients, mineral oils, silicones and petroleum derivatives. It’s a total, holistic approach to beauty and wellbeing, understanding the connection between nature and human beings and taking the mind, body and spirit into consideration because beauty is more than skin deep.

Weleda Cleaner Beauty allbeauty blogTowards the end of 2017 Jayn Sterland, MD of Weleda UK, claimed the top spot in the ‘Who’s Who in Natural Beauty’ list of industry movers and shakers – for the second year running. As an advocate for cleaner beauty, Jayn is on a mission to clean up the beauty industry by eliminating greenwashing and encouraging the industry to be socially responsible for what they put on the shelf.

“It’s important to show the true face of natural beauty and expose the ugly side of the industry’s false claims. I recently joined a panel at The Big Stink – an event hosted by the Women’s Environmental Network – to discuss what can be done about the harmful chemicals in everyday products. Work is being done, but we all need to play an active role in cleaning up the beauty industry.”

Clean beauty, or to be more accurate we should say ‘cleaner’ beauty, has primarily come about because of the ever-increasing rates of skin disorders we are facing, says Jayn. “Today in the UK, we have the highest incidence of eczema and dermatitis than we have ever had – affecting one in four babies and one in twenty adults.

“Cleaner beauty is a fundamental need for many people as they find that through pollution and stress their sensitised bodies are starting to react to the environment and everyday chemicals. This isn’t a fad. Until we change how we formulate our beauty products it’s here to stay. In an ideal world we would have a choice over what we put in our bodies. One way we can do this is to adopt a ‘cleaner’ beauty routine.”

8 steps we can all follow to make our beauty routines cleaner:

1. Focus on everyday essentials

Cleaner beauty can easily be incorporated into daily life, by simply replacing each conventional cosmetic product with a natural and organic alternative when you run out. Start with the products you use most of – your toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant.

2. Read the labels

Familiarise yourself with the ingredient names that you want to avoid. Websites such as the Women’s Environmental Network and EWG’s Skin Deep are useful references. Or try apps such as SkinNinja or ThinkDirty to identify common culprits with a quick product check.

3. Start small

You could begin by simply deciding to avoid a couple of particular ingredients that you have concerns about. For instance, if you are pregnant, it may be that you are keen to reduce chemicals such as triclosan or parabens (EDCs).

4. Ditch the bubbles

At bath time, in the shower, even when cleaning your teeth. Detergents such as SLES are not skin-friendly and foaming agents do not make you any cleaner. They are known to cause skin irritation for many of us (research shows that one in two under 35-year olds have a skin sensitivity, ranging from mild dermatitis through to severe eczema). Weleda uses plant-based cleansers such as Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate, which is made from coconut oil and plant sugars, is biodegradable and creates a low foaming sudsy lather.

5. Wash less (no, really!)

Not something that you will find many beauty brands suggesting! But if we wash less, we use fewer products, which means we are less likely to strip our skin of its natural protection or alter its pH, which in turn means we don’t need to replenish it with moisturising products (we’ll waste less water too! Over the past thirty years we have tripled the amount of water that we each use daily from three gallons, to more than fifteen today.)

6. Simplify your beauty routine

Weleda Calendula Shampoo and Body Wash allbeauty blog cleaner beauty
This is important if skin has become particularly sensitised or you are stressed. Certified natural baby products are a good option. For example, our top selling product is our Weleda Baby Calendula Shampoo & Body Wash and it’s equally popular with adults who want to reduce the number of products they are using.

7. Look for multi-taskers

Weleda Skin Food allbeauty blog cleaner beauty

This is so that you are exposed to fewer ingredients. Weleda’s Skin Food is my own ‘miracle cream’ – always in my pocket, bag, car and by my bedside. You can use it anywhere – for dry skin, hands, feet, face. I have even been known to use it on my hair! A classic product formulated in 1926, it uses just five simple natural ingredients and it works. It’s Victoria Beckham’s favourite Weleda product too so I’m in good company.

8. Get certified

Look out for a respected natural or organic certification standard’s logo on the pack. This means you can know at a glance that the product won’t contain potentially troublesome ingredients that you want to avoid. For example, every single Weleda cosmetic bears the NATRUE seal, meaning they are all verified cruelty-free.

Are Weleda cosmetics vegan-friendly?

Some of our products do contain animal products and their derivates like beeswax, lanolin, goat milk and lactose, as well as honey in the elixirs which is why we do not say we are a Vegan company. However, there are more than 60 products in Weleda’s range that are suitable for vegans. Find out more information about Weleda Vegan products here.

 

You can shop Weleda at allbeauty.com