You know about natural and organic skincare, but what about vegan skincare products? There are some good reasons to go vegan with your makeup stash—and it’s easier than you think. With so many boutique brands springing up on the market lately, vegan skincare and cosmetics are easier to find than ever before. And the internet makes it a cinch to seek out vegan brands and do your research.
When it comes to vegan skincare products, there are two things to look for. First, you’ll want to make sure a brand doesn’t test their products on animals. The best way to do this is to look for the Leaping Bunny seal on the packaging or search for a brand in the Leaping Bunny database. I’ve found that brands are almost always very open about not using animal testing, but if there’s nothing on a brand’s packaging or website stating that they don’t test on animals, there’s a good chance that they do, especially if it’s a big-name brand.
The second part is a little more involved—you also need to make sure the ingredients in a product are not animal-derived because while the Leaping Bunny seal certifies that a product isn’t tested on animals, it doesn’t mean that a product doesn’t contain ingredients from animals. PETA has a really thorough list of animal-derived ingredients on their website; some common ones include honey (nope, honey is not vegan!), lactic acid, collagen, lanolin, and propolis.
If you read through that list, you might think, “How can I possibly remember all these?!” Well, the easiest way to buy vegan skincare products is to buy natural products with short lists of straight-forward ingredients. Instead of buying a drugstore moisturizer with dozens of unpronounceable ingredients you’ll need to research, use something simple like jojoba oil. And, of course, you can make your own vegan skincare too! It doesn’t even have to be complicated—pulverized oats or rice are fantastic exfoliators and coconut oil can be used for just about everything from washing your face to shaving your legs.
To get you started, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite vegan skincare products below: