The words ‘clean beauty’ seems to be used frequently amongst cosmetic and skincare brands. Phrases such as ‘natural’, ‘vegan’, vegetarian’, ‘organic’, and ‘animal-free’ are synonymous to clean beauty. From my point of view, clean beauty equates to chemically synthetic-free ingredients which in theory should be better for your overall health, particularly over a long period. It covers cosmetics, skincare, dental, hair, fragrances, the list goes on.
Putting the rise of clean beauty into perspective, a report published by the Statista Research Department in 2019 projected the natural and organic beauty industry to grow to $22bn by 2024. (Clean Beauty Gals, 2019).
Like food, there is a difference between vegetarian and vegan cosmetics. Vegetarian-based products are derived from an animal; an example would be beeswax, produced from bees.
A further example would be red and purple based pigment cosmetics such as eyeshadows that are derived from carmine. Carmine is extracted through beetles and small insects. As the product is derived from an animal source, it is vegetarian. A beauty product that substitutes red dyes with real foods like strawberries and beets would be considered vegan.(aboutvegan.com, 2020).
Over the years, I have gradually moved towards organic, naturally derived skincare products. For me, using skincare products that have been made from olive oil, geranium, rose etc., have seen my skin look and feel better. My skin does not feel as clogged and heavy after putting on various skincare products.
Recently, I have changed my approach towards cosmetic products and now actively source brands that are natural, vegetarian, vegan and animal friendly. The change came about after years of wearing red and purple based eyeshadows and pencils, to end up with itchy eyes and sometimes conjunctivitis. It was frustrating as I was unable to wear these colours. It reached a point of enough is enough. After researching the web, I read about carmine and where it is sourced. It was then that I learnt the difference between vegetarian and vegan cosmetics. The products I was using were vegetarian, so I sourced vegan alternatives. Now I wear red and purple eye-makeup without eye irritations.
More cosmetic brands are offering vegan lines recognising people’s preference for products that are ‘cleaner’, and one can argue better for our health. We have put together a list of brands across various categories to guide our wedztyler’s into purchasing clean beauty products.
INIKA CLEAR NATURAL BEAUTY
The brand offers PETA certified and cruelty-free; all their products are vegan. I use their red and purple shadows and liners which are quite pigmented and long lasting. Diverse range of products ranging from skincare to cosmetics – click on the website for details.
Luxurious brand. One of our favourites here at Wedztyle. Hourglass has recently made the commitment to be 100% vegan by 2020. Until then, be mindful that not every product from the brand is currently free from animal-derived ingredients. (Jowett, 2019)
The entire range is cruelty-free and vegan (except for MintTint FX & MintGlaze FX). (Jowett, 2019).
Morphe now offer a complete 100% vegan range. Check out the range by clicking on the link below. It includes make-up brushes and skincare.
Tarte is brand that offers high quality sourced ingredients that are cruelty free. Not all the range of products are vegan. Vegan based products are clearly identified, making it easy to select those products. Check out the range: https://tartecosmetics.com/shop/collections/vegan-friendly/#page=4
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PUREOLOGY PROFESSIONAL COLOR CARE
Offer vegan products. The new range Nanoworks Gold is vegan and sulfate FREE. Great for restoring dry brittle hair.
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DR. BRONNER’S SPEARMINT SHAVING GEL
For all those men out there, shaving cream that is made with only plant-based ingredients – does not contain aerosol, petrochemicals, detergents or artificial fragrances no soap.
The products offered are produced environmentally, ethically free. A family business that supports fair-trade.
Dr Bonner’s extensive soap alternatives. Most impressive.
Other sites that we recommend that have a comprehensive range of vegan made products across all categories are:
- Nourished Life which offers over 7,852 toxin free products
- Vegan.com vegan made easy – offers a vast range of products that are vegan derived, including food.
Google is your friend when searching for organic, natural, vegan based products that are animal cruelty free, palm oil and toxin free. For our wedztyle couples, we are offering alternative products that we believe are better for our health. Explore what is out there!!
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aboutvegan.com. (2020, November 02). Carmine. Retrieved from About Vegan.com: https://www.vegan.com/carmine/
Clean Beauty Gals. (2019, November 2019). Top 45 Clean Beauty Statistics and Trends. Retrieved from Clean Beauty Gals: https://cleanbeautygals.com/top-45-clean-beauty-statistics-and-trends/
Jowett, V. (2019, October 14). 13 vegan makeup brands you need to know about. Retrieved from Cosmopolitan UK: https://www.cosmopolitan.com/uk/beauty-hair/makeup/a45915/vegan-makeup/
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