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Vegan Cosmetics

June 7, 2014

Since I’ve been on a bit of a mission to replace all of my household products and beauty products with vegan-friendly ones, I’ve been experimenting and researching quite a bit. I’ve tried a few products, obviously some haven’t been quite right, but that’s almost half the fun. Here’s what I’m currently using, and I’m pretty darn happy with them all. I’m certainly no beauty blogger, but in my research I found so many blogs useful – although it did take quite some time, and meant piecing together different opinions and combining blogs that were strictly listing products that weren’t tested on animals, with blogs that were listing vegan products with no mention of animal testing. Personally, I was looking for both – plus something that actually works, was a joy to use, and didn’t have a ‘hemp-vegan-hippie-mother-earth’ kind of vibe. Sorry, but a lot of vegan products are useless, and only around because they are vegan. This is the case for shoes, too.

Anyway – here’s my daily routine:

Oqibo cleanser & toner//Naked shampoo and conditioner
The Little Bubble Co shower gel//Raw virgin coconut oil

All of Oqibo’s products are vegan, including their candles (which I’ve heard are amazing), and this cleanser & toner is pretty good. Honestly, I’ve never really used cleanser before but this is a great product to use, and makes you feel a bit like an after dinner mint because it smells just like one. It’s currently on offer, with an extra 100ml for nothing. I’m not sure if I’ll be buying it again, as I haven’t been blown away by it, and want to try something else to compare.//You can buy the whole range of Naked products at Boots, and I really like them. They smell great, do the job, and are really affordable – if you find them on offer they are usually two for £6. Not too shabby. I shampoo and condition my hair every other day, and shampoo twice when I do it.//The Little Bubble Co make the best products! I use their shower gel and handsoaps in our house, and they smell incredible. The coconut handsoap is a dream. I buy their products in Waitrose.//Raw virgin coconut oil. A staple in my bathroom right now!

I’d heard so many good things about coconut oil, so I figured it was worth a try. It was pretty much love at first sight! I’ve been using it to remove my make-up in the evenings, as a hair mask and as a foot softener (is that the correct term? Who knows…)

I use one cotton wool ball to remove the make-up on my skin (foundation, powder, blusher) and another to remove my mascara. It smells coconuty (obviously…) but isn’t overpowering – it’s super subtle, and makes the whole experience even better. It leaves my skin really soft – as well as my lips. I then cleanse twice to remove all traces of the oil, before moisturising. I haven’t photographed it, but I use Dream Cream from Lush. I’ve used this product ever since I went vegan – almost nine years ago – and I absolutely love it. Plus it’s great for both men and women – Trout uses it, too.

I only wash my hair every other day in an effort to try and repair some of the damage that blowdrying and straightening every day for years has done – plus I lose so much hair in the shower that it’s best to try and limit that as much as possible! I’m really trying to bring some life back into my hair – it’s so fine that it breaks very easily, and then just decides to stop growing. It’s very frustrating. I go for a trim every 6-8 weeks but it’s being stubborn and not really growing an quicker. I take hair, skin and nails vitamins from Holland and Barrett and leave my hair to dry naturally as much as possible, and pretty much always eat at least my five-a-day, but it’s still frazzled. Anyone have any other tips?!

You can’t really see in this photo, but the label says, “We don’t believe in testing our ingredients on Bambi, Lassie or Skippy. Vegetarian and vegan friendly.” Isn’t that nice!

Now, onto the make-up:

I’ve been gradually replacing products as and when I run out of my regular (no doubt) non-vegan cosmetics. It took a lot of research to find decent replacements, but here’s what I’ve got so far:

All of the make-up above is from B. at Superdrug. So far I am loving all of these products! Plus the packaging is so nice. I’ve bought liquid foundation, eye concealer (which I also use around my nose which can be quite red at times, and on certain red pimples) and a couple of lipsticks. Eventually I plan of testing out other products – powder and blusher for sure, then liquid eyeliner and maybe eyeshadow (which I never wear, but it might be worth a try to see how it looks). Their range of nail polishes is also really good, but I’ve got quite enough of those right now…if that’s even possible? Anyway, bravo Superdrug – you’ve nailed it (no pun intended). Plus your staff were super nice and helped me pick out the right shade and product for me. It was a lovely experience. Enough of that, though. I bought this So Eco powder brush from Sainsbury’s, and was so happy to find. We get an online shop delivered once a month or so, and I was curious to see what they stocked – and, as it turns out, they stock a range of vegan make-up brushes! Chuffed. This was £9 and is so, so soft. It’s like a dream to use. Love.

I bought the Illuminating Foundation in Linen, and I love it. They have five or so different shades, but I prefer to go au naturel, so this is definitely the one for me.

Vegan and not tested on animals. Yay! Now, the whole Made in China thing. Is this something I should worry about? What are your opinions?

I love the design of these lipsticks! Instead of pulling off the lid. You click the end and it pops out. That doesn’t explain it well at all – just go in and see what I mean. I think I’m going to put in an order from ELF next, and give their range a try. Any recommendations?


A few more words about how I use coconut oil…

I’ve used it as a hairmask, both overnight and for a few hours during the day, and it’s lovely. You need to use it fairly regularly to really see a difference – although even after just one overnight use my hair felt much softer and was definitely shinier. When I leave it overnight, I smother my whole head in it – from root to tip – and then pin it up so it’s out of the way. I wrap my pillows in an old towel, as the oil will stain your pillows and sheets – and your pyjamas, as I learned the hard way. I’ve heard of people wearing a shower cap or covering their pillow with a carrier bag, but really – who on earth can sleep like that? I can confirm that I slept absolutely fine with my towel-pillow. For a foot-softener, I smother my feet and then pop on some old socks before going to bed – it leaves my feet super soft! So basically, I definitely recommend investing in a jar of coconut oil. It’s a pretty darn cheap addition to your bathroom if you think about the amount you would spend on each product separately. I think this small jar was around £5.

So, there we have it. I hope this little guide was useful! I might put together a post on the vegan cleaning products that I use, as I think that could be quite useful? I think cleaning products are generally much easier to find, though – and most are labelled as vegan.

Do you use vegan cosmetics?
Any products I should try/avoid?


Just FYI: I haven’t been sent any of these products, I bought them all myself and all opinions are my own.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. June 8, 2014 2:58 pm

    Some one has just recommended Moroccan oil to me for hair, I’ve also used Fushi hair oil that has been great but I need a better routine of actually using it!

    • June 9, 2014 9:06 pm

      Definitely need to look into oils like these – have heard so many good things! I’m the same with routine – try it once and then convince myself I’ll do it every weekend and then…

  2. June 8, 2014 8:06 pm

    I can’t swear by coconut oil enough. I’ve been using it everyday as a moisturiser to keep my skin hydrated. I also love organic body oils like Fushi which are also great!


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