With an increasing number of vegan skincare products hitting our shelves, it’s never been easier to take care of your skin while living ethically and sustainably! Finally, many companies are discovering the value of blending their creams, serums and moisturisers using animal-free ingredients and cruelty-free practices, meaning there’s no need to choose between radiant skin and ethics.
At Ulvmand, we recognise that sourcing animal and eco-friendly skincare can be challenging, especially if you’ve recently taken your first steps into the world of vegan living. To help you out, here’s our guide to sourcing vegan beauty products with the 10 best vegan skincare brands to shop from!
What are vegan beauty products?
Veganism is an all-encompassing philosophy that exists far beyond the dining table, but it’s fair to say that eliminating animal products from your diet is easier than finding vegan products and services for the other corners of your life! The vegan diet has simply received more attention in the mainstream than the lifestyle.
When shopping for ethical skincare products, the first thing to check is that your chosen items don’t contain animal-derived ingredients. Some of the most commonly used ingredients in the beauty industry include carmine, keratin, beeswax, honey, glycerine, lanolin, collagen, oleic acid and shellac.
Next, you’ll need to check that your chosen skincare products haven’t been tested on animals. Many people don’t realise that a product can have a vegan ingredients list, but may still have been produced by a company that tests on animals.
To help you source only vegan and cruelty-free skincare, you’ll need to get comfortable checking labels and looking for accreditations, such as the Leaping Bunny, to confirm that the products haven’t been tested on animals. At Ulvmand, however, we prefer to shop from 100% vegan, ethical and eco-conscious skincare brands - just to be on the safe side!
10 incredible eco-friendly and vegan skincare brands
Here are 10 of the best vegan skincare brands in the UK (with one exception!)
PHB Ethical Beauty
Introducing PHB Ethical Beauty, a UK-based beauty brand putting kindness and compassion first in every corner of their business model. PHB Ethical Beauty’s products are both vegan and cruelty-free, but they’re also crafted to ensure minimal environmental impact with organic ingredients and all-natural compositions. The brand believes in using as few ingredients as possible to create irritant-free blends, so you won’t find alcohol or palm oil in this skincare range.
This family-run company is one of the best vegan skincare brands for sensitive skin, with a whole range of hypoallergenic products for people with a dry complexion and eczema. Try their Rosehip & Avocado Gentle Cleanser, packaged in a recyclable glass bottle, to soothe your sensitive skin.
As one of the leading vegan skincare brands for men, Bulldog certainly deserves its spot on the list! Many men in the UK turn to Bulldog for a simple, no-fuss and no-frills solution to cleansing and moisturising their skin, yet not everyone realises it’s a 100% vegan brand.
What we love about Bulldog, in addition to their range of gentle and affordable skincare products (like this £5 Energising Face Scrub), is their commitment to minimising the impact of their production methods on the planet. Partnered with waste disposal specialists First Mile, Bulldog is working towards a closed-loop recycling system to prevent their tubes and bottles from clogging up landfill sites.
If you struggle with sensitive skin, you’ll know how frustrating it can be to use “natural” ingredients that only seem to cause further flare-ups. This is exactly how Charlotte Vøhtz felt when trying to source gentle skincare products for her daughter, motivating her to concoct a range of allergy-friendly toiletries that are vegan, cruelty-free and EcoCert-accredited.
Green People is one of the greatest vegan skincare brands for acne, hyperpigmentation, eczema, dry skin and many other conditions and skin types, and is suitable for men, women and teenagers. Each product is expertly crafted using the power of botanicals, offering a much kinder and more natural alternative to many chemical-laden creams and lotions. Their Prebiotics & Willow Bark Light Day Moisturiser is number one for sensitive skin!
Netherlands-based Abloom is the epitome of an eco-friendly, plant-based skincare brand. Combining the potent properties of more than 130 plants, Abloom seeks to create what they’ve coined “slow skincare” - skincare that takes more than 90 days to blend and infuse. This all-natural and from-the-earth approach means that Abloom’s vegan skincare range is kind to both animals and the planet.
Whether you have acne-prone skin or you’re simply hoping to give your complexion extra glow, Abloom has the perfect product for you. From aloe vera-enriched aftershave to rejuvenating SPF cream, Abloom is here to protect and enrich your skin. Try one of their organic skincare starter kits to find out which products you should incorporate into your daily regime.
Evolve Organic Beauty
On the slightly more luxurious end of the spectrum, we have Evolve Organic Beauty. Beautifully scented creams, rehydrating serums, revitalising scrubs and vitamin-infused boosters make Evolve Organic Beauty a key player in the vegan skincare market. Environmentally responsible ingredients and packaging also mean that you can shop to your heart’s content without compromising on your sustainability journey.
If you’re searching for the very best vegan skincare products for dry skin, you’re in luck. Evolve Organic Beauty has a whole range of mists, serums, masks and balms dedicated to replenishing dehydrated skin, with hyaluronic acid featuring heavily in their award-winning formulae. Why not try their Hyaluronic Acid Serum 200 to see for yourself?
For a truly holistic approach to skincare, choose Botanicals. Handmade in the UK using completely natural and organic ingredients, Botanicals prides itself on only using elements from the Earth. This means that every product is, of course, vegan and cruelty-free, but also produced in line with the Soil Association’s strict sustainability regulations.
We love that nothing at Botanicals is mass-produced; every cream, balm, melt, oil and toner is crafted with love and care in Leicestershire’s verdant countryside. If this wasn’t bespoke enough, you can also book a free 25-minute consultation with Botanicals’ in-house skin expert. We can’t think of anything better than relaxing with a Balancing Detox Mask and a glass of (vegan) wine after a skincare talk with Sara!
An innovative company with an environment-first approach to detoxing and rejuvenating your skin, Ethique produces solid cleansers, scrubs, moisturisers and balms to brighten your complexion and tackle dryness. These zero-waste products are created using only vegan, ethical and carbon-neutral methods, so you can keep up your beauty routine without harming your environmental efforts!
Zero-waste soap and shampoo bars are taking the sustainable body and hair care market by storm, but skincare is often left behind, which is why we love Ethique’s small yet select range. Whether you opt for the zesty Gingersnap face scrub or their creamy Bliss Bar cleanser, rest assured that you’ll be coming back for more. These concentrated bars are also the perfect size for packing in a travel wash bag!
Conscious Skincare offers what its name suggests - skincare products that have been lovingly and expertly crafted with people, animals and the environment in mind. This Welsh brand takes its environmental responsibilities seriously, which means it gets a large stamp of approval from us at Ulvmand! One of the UK’s leading vegan skincare brands for sensitive skin, Conscious Skincare also rejects synthetic ingredients, including parabens and phthalates.
Conscious Skincare caters to everyone, with products blended for women, men and even children. No matter how far along you are in your skin health and beauty journey, you’ll find a gentle solution to your skin problems from this wonderful company. Start by trying the Conscious Skincare Make Up Melt Natural Makeup Remover, a refreshingly light treat for your face.
Welcome to Olivanna, your new go-to brand for sumptuous skincare products that balance luxury with ethics. Olivanna’s lavish vegan skincare range is all-natural and free from harmful chemicals, including parabens, sulphates and silicone. A combination of carefully chosen botanicals and dermatology favourites, such as hyaluronic acid, means that every cream and lotion in the Olivanna range has been concocted to illuminate your skin.
One of Olivanna’s best-loved products is their Intense Repair Night Cream, a velvety cream enriched with nature’s finest ingredients. This includes cotton thistle, which stimulates collagen and aids your skin as it replenishes its protective barriers. Whether you’re treating yourself or a loved one, Olivanna’s vegan skincare is perfect for people who enjoy the finer things in life.
The Gruff Stuff
With a skincare range of just three products, The Gruff Stuff has perfected its vegan and cruelty-free formula. So much so, that this English brand has won multiple awards for its eye balm, spray-on moisturiser and spray-on body lotion. The Gruff Stuff has one clear mission: to offer an entirely inclusive approach to superior skincare, which is why their genderless products are tested by dermatology professionals to ensure compatibility with all skin types.
We love the simplicity of The Gruff Stuff’s range, with all-natural ingredients and recyclable packaging offering an eco-responsible way to give your face the restoration it needs. Why not try their Spray On Moisturiser to see for yourself? This easy to apply solution will protect your skin against everything from powerful UV rays to city pollution.
What are your favourite vegan skincare brands?
These are 10 of our favourite vegan skincare brands for acne, sensitive skin, dry skin and many other complexion types - but we want to hear from you! At Ulvmand, we’re all about connecting with like-minded vegans and would love to hear your recommendations for wonderful ethical and eco-friendly beauty companies in the UK.
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