Vegan Beauty Brands That Are (Almost) Good Enough To Eat

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There’s a running joke about vegans that goes along the lines of; “How do you know someone is a vegan? Punchline: Because they tell you”.

Now before you turn back to your bacon sandwich/tuna nicoise/cheese and biscuits/rare steak (delete as appropriate), thinking this article is not for you, then think again.

Now, I’m not a vegan (phew, I can hear you all sigh with relief that I'm not going to preach) HOWEVER, in a show of solidarity with my colleague I agreed to go vegan for April, as the draw of potential chocolate biscuits was proving too strong to go it alone.

I’m three weeks in and whilst I don’t want to preach, it really is going remarkably well. Not only do I have more energy, but my skin seems brighter and my hair looks glossier. Another significant change for me wasn't visible but I’ve found that by paying close attention to what I’m putting in to my body, I’m also a lot more aware of what I’m putting ON my body, and no I’m not talking clothes and shoes (that’s a whole other article) I’m talking about my favourite subject, beauty products! So this month I have been reading the labels and swotting up on all natural ingredients and vegan beauty brands to go with my new squeaky clean lifestyle.

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First of all, going vegan doesn’t have to be expensive. Faith In Nature is a fantastic, affordable vegan beauty brand that are passionate about keeping their products affordable for everyone. They believe everyone should benefit from what the earth provides - the best natural ingredients. By ensuring they are within everyone’s reach they can truly make a difference, and by supporting the local community by being made locally, they keeping their carbon footprint to a planet-friendly minimum. Faith in Nature Pineapple & Lime Shampoo £4.11 is incredibly uplifting and the blend of organic Pineapple, Lime and Mango that smells good enough to eat. If you aren’t already hungry enough, then mix and match the shampoo with another equally mouthwatering conditioner. Faith in Nature Lemon Tea Tree Conditioner £4.12.

Next up is German vegan beauty brand Weleda. For nearly 90 years, Weleda have managed to avoid artificial ingredients and use only raw materials such as salt, aloe vera and cocoa butter all grown organically and bio dynamically. I’ve been starting my mornings with Weleda Wild Rose Creamy Body Wash £6.30 which smells like you’ve stumbled into a English, rose garden and leaves skin velvety soft. To complete my shower routine and before I dry off, I like to nourish my skin with Pai Royal Jasmine Replenishing Body Oil £36.00. By using oil on wet skin, it really locks in the moisture. The strawberry seed oil infuses skin with nourishing ingredients and adds a subtle sheen to skin. Which is perfect for Spring’s first foray into bare legs. Pai products are ultra-pure certified organic products, loaded with skin-soothers and completely free from irritants. They smell as delicious as they sound!

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This week I was also lucky enough to meet the team behind Inika, an organic, vegan, halal and cruelty free makeup brand, the impressive winner of over 35 cosmetic awards, it’s a brand that has smashed the myth that natural makeup has to compromise on performance or trends. Inika Vegan Creme Eyeshadow £18.00 glides on so easily, is totally budge proof and the combination of aloe vera with Shea butter, jojoba seed oil and sweet almond oil is suitable for even the most sensitive eyes.

So whilst I might not be able to give up cheese for good. Going vegan, raw and natural with my beauty routine and feeding my skin and hair vitamin-rich goodness straight from nature, seems like a good compromise.

Want to nourish your body with animal friendly products, shop the full range of Faith in Nature here.

Interested in other natural cosmetics? Read a review of Burt's Bees latest make up launch here.