While my first passion is food, I also love good-quality vegan beauty products. This is a running list that I will continue to update as I discover new HG (“Holy Grail”) products. For more info, check out my:
Pacifica – Solid Perfumes
From candles and diffusers, to sprays and lotions, I love everything from Pacifica. They’re a 100% vegan line of home and beauty products that smell absolutely incredible. If I had to pick a favorite, it would be their solid perfume tins. They’re affordable, lightweight and air-travel friendly. I always have one or two of them in my handbag, and I love giving them to my girlfriends. My favorite scents right now are Hawaiian Ruby Guava, Indian Coconut Nectar and Tuscan Blood Orange.
Alba Botanica – Kukui Nut Body Cream
I’ve been giving Alba Botanica Kukui Nut Body Cream to friends for years and now so many people I know are hooked on this awesome vegan body cream! It’s rich and creamy and smells kind of like chocolate. I use it year-long, but it’s especially essential if I’m going somewhere tropical and my skin needs some after-sun pampering!
Yes To – Facial Moisturizers
I use the Yes To Carrots Daily Facial Moisturizer SPF 15 everyday and when I’m not lazy and don’t forget to wash my face (Oops!), the Yes To Cucumbers Calming Night Cream at night. I like that the formulas are lightweight and Petroleum, SLS, & Paraben-Free, that they’re packaged in a pump rather than a jar, and that they’re inexpensive and widely available. While some of the Yes To range contains honey or beeswax, these products are 100% vegan and receive good reviews from beauty product reviewer Paula Begoun.
derma e – Evenly Radiant Overnight Peel
Eating right, drinking lots of water, working out, and using a good SPF can go a long way in making you feel and look younger than you actually are. But sometimes you need a little help, and that’s where AHAs come in. The Evenly Radiant Overnight Peel With Alpha Hydroxy Acids from derma e gets a great review from beauty product reviewer Paula Begoun. I’ve been using it for a few weeks now, and I’ve been very pleased with the way my skin looks and feels in the morning. Derma e is a family-owned 100% vegan skincare line that doesn’t contain harmful parabens, phthalates,sodium lauryl sulfate, petrolatum, mineral oil, artificial colors or GMOs.
I’ve replaced margarine with coconut oil in most of my baking, and I’ve also been using it in my beauty regime for some time now. My favorite uses for it are as a deep conditioner for my hair (put it on, wrap a warm towel around your head for 20 minutes, wash it out), and as a gentle eye makeup remover (it does wonders on waterproof makeup). Try to buy cold-pressed extra virgin organic coconut oil if you can. For more info and tips on using coconut oil, read my “What is Coconut Oil?” post.
Where to buy: Health food stores, some grocery stores, Amazon
Too Faced – Kabuki Brush
This is my #1 favorite beauty tool. Too Faced sweetly claim that their cruelty-free Kabuki Brush is made with “100% teddy bear hair”. Love it! While this brush may seem on the pricey side, it’s a good quality tool that will last you for years. I use mine with my bronzer everyday and hand wash it every other week. I even bought it for my mom a few years ago and she still talks about how great it is. I can’t say enough good things about this brush!
Too Faced – Sun Bunny Natural Bronzer
This is another product that I’ve been using for years. There are certainly cheaper alternatives on the market, but I keep going back to the Sun Bunny Natural Bronzer from Too Faced because of how natural looks. It gives me a sun-kissed glow any time of the year, the packaging looks great, there’s a mirror inside the compact’s lid, and one of these babies lasts me about a year and a half. Love!
Wet N Wild – Mega Last Lip Color
Super affordable and providing great coverage, Wet n Wild’s Mega Last Lip Color is my go-to vegan lipstick. I particularly love the shade #902C (Bare It All) – it’s the perfect nude matte lipstick, and you can top it off with a bit of gloss if you want a shiny look. (Note: not all Wet n Wild products are vegan, as some do contain carmine. Here’s a complete list of vegan Wet n Wild products.)
Where to buy: Some drugstores, Walmart, Amazon
Urban Decay – Lush Lash Mascara
I really love the vegan Lush Lash Mascara from Urban Decay. It’s got a great brush and the mascara itself is very wet so you can layer it without it looking brittle or clumpy.