Vegan Cosmetics for a Happier, Better World

A lot of people nowadays want to live better and healthier. They start going on diets, they start exercising more, and they start paying more attention to their spirituality. Many people also convert to veganism or vegetarianism. In connection with that, they are also more conscious with the products they use. They do more research about organic produce, vegan cosmetics, cruelty-free clothing, and many more.

What Are Vegan Cosmetics?

Many people believe that cruelty-free and vegan are basically the same thing. However, there is a difference between the two.

There are products that can be cruelty-free but not vegan. They have a strict no-animal-testing policy. They are also certified by PETA’s Beauty Without Bunnies Program and Leaping Bunny. But sometimes these products contain animal by-products. Some examples are milk, honey, royal jelly, lanolin, hyaluronic acid, and carmine.

Pure vegan cosmetics are those that don’t do animal testing at all. They also don’t use any animal-derived ingredients in the production of any of their products.

Benefits of Vegan Cosmetics

In case you didn't know, in some ways, vegan cosmetics are actually better for you that the regular cosmetics you use. Not only are they beneficial for you, but they also help animals and the environment overall.

Better for Sensitive Skin

Since vegan cosmetics basically use a lesser amount of ingredients, they are better on sensitive skin. The ingredients used are from nature. That means there are no harmful chemicals present that could irritate your skin.

Promotes Healthier Skin

Vitamin C is a great fighter against liver spots, sun spots, and age spots. It is also a vital factor for the skin’s overall health and plays a huge role in the production of collagen.

Vegan cosmetics have naturally obtained vitamin C in their ingredients list. This means it’s more effective in fighting against unwanted skin pigmentation.

Avoids Chemical-Induced Side Effects

Did you know that the avergae woman puts on more than 500 chemicals on her body every single day? That’s right. Eventually, these harmful chemicals seep into our pores. They can cause birth defects, damage to the brain, damage to the lungs, cancer, and even overweight and obesity.

Here are some examples of harmful chemicals present in nonvegan cosmetics:

  1. Phtalates disrupt the endocrine system. This leads to obesity. They also cause developmental defects and delays.
  2. Butylated hydroxytoluene causes eye and skin irritation.
  3. Formaldehyde leads to asthma, a damaged immune system, and cancer. And yes, this is the same chemical used when embalming dead bodies.
  4. FD&C color pigments are coal tar–derived synthetic colors. These contain metal salts that release toxins into the skin.
  5. Mineral oil acts like plastic and clogs pores. This is actually a by-product of petroleum.
  6. Sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate are used on about 90 percent of foamy products. However, these chemicals are normally used in engine degreasers, garage floor cleaners, and car washes.
  7. Polyethylene glycol is a moisture-reducing petroleum carcinogenic. This leaves you susceptible to aging and more bacteria.
  8. Triclosan is actually a registered pesticide with the EPA. Obviously, it is damaging to both humans and the environment.
  9. Diethanolamine, triethanolamine, and monoethanolamine are chemical compounds. They possess hormones capable in the formation of nitrates and nitrosamines. These cause cancer.
  10. Propylene glycol and butylene glycol penetrate the skin. They weaken protein and also destroy cellular structure. As an added FYI, these chemicals are powerful enough to remove barnacles from boats.

Just imagine that these, and many other more detrimental chemicals, are present in nonvegan cosmetics.

Saves the Animals

These cosmetics don’t do any animal testing at all. Vegan companies believe in the equality and proper treatment of animals. They don’t resort to using these poor, defenseless creatures as test subjects just for the sake of vanity.

When we put on our favorite makeup products, admit it, we don’t give it much thought. But animal testing is one of the most cruelest things in the world. Testing labs usually use rabbits, hamsters, and mice. Sometimes, dogs are used as well. They are shaved completely, and lab technicians use their skin to test the effects of certain chemicals. Some even undergo electric shock.

Now tell me, are you still willing to use nonvegan cosmetics for their sake? I think not!

Saves the Environment

Along with doing no testing on animals, vegan cosmetics make sure their packaging follows their wholesome practice as well. These companies use earth-friendly ingredients and use consumer plastic or containers that are recyclable when empty. This means that fewer chemicals are emitted into the air and water.

Top Vegan Cosmetics

Many  vegan brands are somewhat lying low in the radar, but with the growing vegan scene, for sure they’ll be bursting into the mainstream in no time. Here are some popular brands that I'm sure you've heard about and probably tried out.

Kat Von D Beauty

Her real name is Katherine von Drachenberg, but we all know her as Kat Von D. She is a popular American tattoo artist, entrepreneur, and TV personality. Kat came out as vegan on 2015 and hasn’t looked back since. She is currently restructuring her makeup line, and most of its products are now 100 percent vegan and cruelty-free. Some of her famous products include Studded Kiss Lipsticks, Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks, Metal Crush Liquid Lipsticks, Lock It Concealers, and also Metal Crush Eye Shadows.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics

All of this brand’s products are cruelty-free and vegan. It’s founder is David Klasfeld, a New York–based makeup artist. It started out in 2004 with just a pair of lip balms. Right now they have a variety of makeup products. These include pencils (for the lips, eyes, and anywhere else), body glitter, primer, concealer, moisturizer, and their very popular Lip Tar.  

Anastasia Beverly Hills

Everyone who’s anyone in the eyebrow game knows this vegan cosmetics brand. The brand is actually named after a person, Anastasia Soare. She’s very famous in Beverly Hills salons as the go-to person for brow shaping and brow products. In 1997, she eventually struck out on her own, and it’s been nothing but good things after that.

Though her top-selling products are her Brow Wiz and Dipbrow Pomade, she has also extended her brand to other makeup products as well, including lip glosses, primers, lipsticks, eye shadows. Not all of her products are vegan, but they’re getting there! However, rest assured that they condemn animal testing.

PHB Ethical Beauty

This is a British family–owned cosmetics company. Its founder is Rose Brown, together with her partner John and his mother Sally. The brand was launched in the summer of 2012. It believes that everyone “should be able to enjoy truly ethical, conscious, and effective beauty products.” It also believes that Mother Nature supplies us with all we need to have healthy and happy skin. Their entire product range is certified vegan and also cruelty-free.

Another plus of this awesome company? They donate 20 percent of their profits to charities that improve the lives of children and animals in the UK and all around the world.


Here’s another current fave of all beauty enthusiasts out there. ColourPop’s founders are actually brother and sister, John and Laura Nelson, from Los Angeles. The brand came about in the year 2014.

Amazing color choices—check!

Pocket-friendly prices—check!

Easily available—check!

100 percent vegan and cruelty-free—double check!

Really, what more can you ask for with this brand?


Here’s another vegan cosmetics brand to try out. This brand started out with its founder’s love and fascination with fragrances. Brook Harvey-Taylor started mixing her own blend of scents from essential oils. In college, she studied aromatherapy.

Today, Pacifica is one of the most innovative and creative natural beauty brands available. They offer a wide array of products, from makeup, to fragrances, to skincare, and also body and hair products. Their products are 100 percent vegan and cruelty-free. Their packaging is super cute and eye-catching too!

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