Being vegan is about more than what you do and don’t eat. It’s also about the products you use. A main component of veganism is being cruelty-free, from your choice in cosmetics to the food on your plate. Being able to carry this ideal into all aspects of one’s life requires a fair amount of research and knowledge. Being aware of the ingredients/materials that are used in a brand’s products along with how they produce them is vital when living a vegan lifestyle.
The criteria to consider when looking for vegan products:
- None of the ingredients and/or materials contain animals products (i.e. milk, egg, honey, cowhide, fur).
- No animal testing at any point during production (cruelty-free).
***If you bought an item that is not vegan friendly before becoming a vegan, you can still use it if you would like. Just don’t buy it again after going vegan.***
Finding vegan friendly products for everyday life isn’t always easy and can occasionally be hard on your wallet. Also, some products that I’ve found to be vegan aren’t explicitly advertised as being so which can be both a happy surprise and a cautious choice. This is more common when it comes to food though (I’ll get to that in another post). As long as you adhere to the criteria I listed above, you should be good.
Now, here’s a list of some of my favorite (non-edible) vegan friendly products:
- Bali Body BB Cream – This is usually the only makeup I wear. It provides adequate coverage, isn’t heavy, and contains ingredients like green tea and ginseng that help repair and correct your skin.
- Pacifica Transcendent Concentrated Concealer – A good lightweight concealer to use on its own or with other products. (The entire Pacifica brand is vegan and fairly cost-friendly for those looking for more coverage.)
- Bali Body Bronzing Lotion – The only bronzing lotion I use and will probably ever use. Moisturizing, streak-free, and also super light. The coloring is superb and blends really well to give results while still looking natural.
- Bali Body Natural Tanning/Body Oil – This not only helps deepen your tan but also acts as a daily moisturizing oil. Also, a little bit goes a long way which makes it quite cost effective.
- “Black Angels” cleanser by Lush – Doubles as an exfoliate, which can be harsh when used too often. I absolutely love this product for how it helps clean and clear my skin but I suggest only using 2-3 times per week.
- “Aqua Marina” cleanser by Lush – My go-to for when I need really need to soothe my skin. I use this before Dark Angels as well to help counteract any harshness from the exfoliate properties in Dark Angels.
- “Dirty” Toothy Tabs by Lush – I am certain that Lush’s Toothy Tabs are the only type of toothpaste I will ever use again. I specifically like Dirty for its ability to clean and help whiten my teeth fairly well. I only use about half a tab per brushing so the bottles last a while too.
- “The Greeench” powdered deodorant by Lush – Aluminum free, neutralizes odor, and helps control perspiration. A very rare find in the world of natural deodorants.
- “Cynthia Sylvia Stout” shampoo by Lush – This is currently the only shampoo I have found that is able to consistently de-frizz my full head of hair. I also love the subtle smell and how long a 3 ounce bottle can last (which is a while).
- “Hawaiian Awapuhi Shampoo” by Island Soap Candle Works – I usually only buy this every once in awhile, but that doesn’t negate it’s incredible power to soften my hair and subtle tropical smell.
- “Respect Your Elders” bar soap by Lush – A beautiful bar, lovely smell, and gentle wash. Another staple in my collection.
***Leave any suggestions/questions in the comments and check back for added products!***