If you're a vegan like me, you'll know it's not just about food and drink- it's also about skincare and beauty products. I love finding top-quality and affordable skincare products that work with my skin and make me feel good- and that don't harm any animals in the process.
When shopping for skincare it now takes a bit longer than before because I’m a stickler for requiring the products I do want to buy to be both cruelty free and vegan!
Sometimes this can mean buying a product from a brand whose parent company isn’t cruelty free or vegan, but this happens with a lot of vegan products because a lot of them are bought out by companies whose main product items aren’t vegan in the slightest!
I like to think of it as creating demand, the more sales of their vegan/plant based/cruelty
free products, the more they’ll have to produce and so the cycle continues! Or so we can
There is a key distinction between Cruelty-Free and Vegan products.
For a product to be Cruelty-Free, it means no animals were harmed in its production.
For a product to be Vegan, it means there are no animal derived ingredients in the product.
Some products will be both Cruelty-Free and Vegan (yay!) but it's important to look out for products that are one or the other- as they don't mean the same thing.
If a product is Cruelty-Free AND vegan it means it wasn’t tested on animals and it does not contain animal products or ingredients.
If a product is Cruelty-Free BUT NOT Vegan it means the product wasn’t tested on animals but it DOES contain some animal derived ingredients or by-products.
If a product is Vegan BUT NOT Cruelty-Free it means the product does NOT contain animal products or animal-derived ingredients, but sadly products or their ingredients may have been tested on animals.
There are 4 certifying organisations who audit and accredit companies that are Cruelty-Free and Vegan - when you see one of these logos (below), it means the product or company doesn't test on animals or use animal derived ingredients.
In this post, I've put together 10 vegan skincare products to try out this Spring, including completely natural and sustainable options and products that are free from animal testing for ethical beauty purchases.
1. Liz Earle
These Liz Earle products are cruelty-free and vegan, and they really suit my skin. The Milk Cleanser lathers up beautifully and is easy to use either in the shower or first thing in the morning when I'm still bleary eyed!
The two moisturisers sink easily into my skin, have a pleasant fragrance and provide my skin with all the nourishment and moisturisation it needs to be left feeling soft and smooth all day long.
I really recommend trying out these vegan skincare products this Spring.
The Botanicals skincare range is organic, vegan, cruelty-free and created using sustainably sourced natural ingredients.
This company creates products for skin, body and bath for anyone and everyone, and their products aim to be fresh and good for you - without having a bad impact on the environment.
This beauty brand uses waste byproducts to create fantastic skincare products that people love! First using old ground coffee beans to create their coffee scrub, they have now created a face toner using residual water from mandarin fruit, which would normally be thrown away by the juicing industry.
This is a fun and exciting new brand, and they are constantly coming up with new cruelty-free ideas for their skincare range.
Why not try out this skincare product this Spring?!
4. Skin and Me
As I've mentioned in previous posts, I have struggled for many years with my skin.
However, I love Skin & Me Prescription Skincare Treatment, as the product is kind to my skin, and I understand how to use it to improve my skin and make myself feel good.
My prescription continues to keep my skin clear and free of any acne which may think about appearing!
I'm coming up to my 12 months anniversary of Skin and Me which just blows my mind because at first I remember thinking it wasn't working- and now I can't live without it!
But I guess it shows that it's worth persevering with skincare!
5. Traditional Skin Care Skin Cream Rich & Moisturising (Boots)
I love the Boots range of vegan and cruelty-free products, and this rich and moisturising skin cream and toner combination, is perfect for my skin!
I found both of these products because of someone I follow on Instagram. I immediately went to Boots to find them and have loved them ever since!
I find that with my Skin+Me doser that my skin can get quite dry, due to the Tretinoin.
So occasionally I'll use this really rich & moisturisering skin cream after applying my treatment.
I find it really helps with keeping the flakiness under control.
Plus of course it's a good moisturiser to use in winter for the same reason!
The toner is also a good one to use as it is quite calming & doesn't leave my skin red after use. I don't often feel the need for a toner, but if I do then it's this one I turn to.
I think finding the right skincare routine for you can be so important for your skin confidence and it's always great when the products you want are also cruelty-free or vegan.
6. ORGAID Purifying Face Polish - Honey Crystal and Brown Rice
I love this product so much! Unfortunately it's not completely vegan as it has some honey in it, but it is otherwise cruelty-free and a great choice if you're looking for new skincare products to try out this Spring.
This product is also 98% organic content, which is fantastic!
7. Brightening Vitamin C Radiance Boosting Serum (ASDA)
Vitamin C is so good for your skin, and it gives your skin the boost of radiance it needs throughout the day.
I love using this Brightening Vitamin C Radiance Boosting Serum in the morning to give my skin a brightening boost.
I find it works well within my routine and is easy to apply, quick to sink in and smells wonderfully of oranges!
I love that this Radiance Boosting Serum is from ASDA, it's a great choice if you need a cruelty-free or vegan skincare product, but you don't want to break the bank!
I love the Naturally Radiant Hot Cloth Cleanser, B Superdrug Intense Hydrating Serum, Vitamin E Hot Cloth Cleanser, Naturally Radiant Day Cream and Invigorating Vitamin C Skin Booster- all of them from Superdrug!
I love using these Superdrug products, and they help my skin stay hydrated and refreshed every single day.
I love the fact that they are cruelty-free and vegan, even if the company itself still needs to take some big steps to be completely ethical.
9. Evolve Organic Beauty Daily Renew Facial Cream
Evolve Beauty is a fantastic vegan and cruelty-free brand, and I love their daily renew face cream.
It's gentle enough to use each and every day, and I love the ethics behind the brand - especially as a passionate vegan.
10. LACURA Rose Hot Cloth Cleanser (Aldi)
It might shock you to find cruelty-free skincare at Aldi, but I love the LACURA Rose Hot Cloth Cleanser- and it is great to find an affordable but ethical beauty brand when I'm out shopping!
I really recommend checking out this skincare product this Spring, especially if you're looking to make a sustainable and ethical choice.
Have you tried any of these skincare products, or do you have any recommendations of cruelty-free or vegan skincare products this Spring? Let me know!
Love, Sarah xoxoxo