As I approach my 10th anniversary of becoming a vegan, I have certainly encountered my fair share of misconceptions about plant-based living, ranging from the benign (Where do you get your protein?) to the absurd (What if you get stranded on a desert island—would you eat meat then?). On the more legitimate end of the spectrum, people often forget that being vegan is not just about what you put in your body, but also about what you put on your body.
There is a wealth of product lines that protect and enhance your skin and body without the aid of any animal byproducts. Check out the list below to get started. We’ve chosen a vegan product for every step of your skin care routine. And, hey! If you ever find yourself in the alternate reality where all vegans are in danger of ending up stranded on a desert island, make sure to grab a good supply of #6!
Why We Love It: This antioxidant-rich cleanser removes the everyday dirt and toxin from your pores, leaving your skin with a bright, youthful glow. Infused with green tea leaves, kale and spinach, this gel face wash cleanses and protects your skin with the power of green.
Reviews Say: “It’s hard to find cleansers that don’t dry out my face, and I have found the holy grail with this one. Removes all my makeup and [does not] dry out or irritate my skin at all, definitely recommend!”
About the Brand: Youth to the People is a skin care line that uses 100% vegan ingredients. Their line approaches skin care in the same way as healthy eating: the products you put on your body should be as nutrient-rich as the products you put in your body.
Why We Love It: This certified cruelty-free eye serum operates as an all-in-one product, both smoothing out wrinkles and reducing signs of fatigue such as dark circles or puffiness. Plus, its natural black tea ferment gives your skin a renewed and radiant sheen.
Reviews Say: “This is everything I was looking for in an eye product! It’s quite moisturizing and extremely lightweight!”
About the Brand: Drunk Elephant, named for the elephants who indulge in fruit of the marula tree, utilizes clean ingredients like virgin marula oil to provide your skin with a youthful, radiant glow. Their entire line is made without parabens, fragrances or irritating elements.
Why We Love It: This bright body scrub utilizes a powerful mix of vodka and oil from fresh fruit and herbs to cleanse, brighten and tighten your skin tone. Plus, the watermelon, basil and cilantro infusion leave your skin smelling fruity and fresh.
About the Brand: FarmHouse Fresh is a charming skin and body care line. While not all of their products are vegan, their line is natural and full of vitamin-rich nutrition for your body.
Why We Love It: This all-natural facial oil moisturizes your skin while simultaneously fighting early signs of aging. Plus, it’s infused with organic, mild ingredients such as olive oil, sesame oil and rosemary, which treat even the most sensitive skin.
Reviews Say: “If I could only choose one skin product to have for the rest of my life, this would be it.”
About the Brand: Eminence Organic Skin Care is a natural and organic skin care line. Their product line is scented with natural fruits and herbs leaving your skin both feeling and smelling fresh.
Why We Love It: This purifying toner leaves your skin looking clear and feeling calm. The complementary mix of witch hazel and apple cider provides a balanced treatment to your complexion and skin tone.
Reviews Say: “This toner has helped clear and purify my acne-prone skin. This toner is incredibly gentle but highly effective.”
About the Brand: SW Basics lives up to its brand name through simplicity and gentility. Their line features an array of all-natural ingredients with each product being made using five or fewer.
Why We Love It: This safe and natural sunscreen protects your skin from harmful rays without the use of harsh chemicals. Plus, it’s infused with vitamin E and essential oils to leave your skin both protected and nourished.
Reviews Say: “It has the nicest texture that I’ve experienced: lightweight, matte, non sticky, easy to apply and blend. It’s matte but didn’t dry my skin out. Instead, my skin feels slightly hydrated.”
About the Brand: Juice Beauty is a certified organic skin care line. The extensive, award-winning product line features organic and locally sourced ingredients.
Why We Love It: This hydrating moisturizer uses powerful tea tree oil to protect your skin while fighting any signs of breakout. Plus, its Youth Shield Antioxidant Complex gives your skin a calm, clear complexion.
Reviews Say: “Revives my skin in the morning, feels good and smells good. Love that is has sunscreen, my skin loves it!”
About the Brand: Éminence Organic Skin Care is a natural and organic skin care line. Their entire line is chemical free, making each product suitable for any skin type.
Why We Love It: This aluminum-free deodorant keeps you confident all day without the help of harmful chemicals. Plus, its natural bourbon cedar fragrance leaves your skin smelling fresh.
Reviews Say: “This deodorant is great. Smells like bold cedar on initial application, then when your body chemistry combines, it almost turns into a specialized cologne for your pits. Great stuff and it’s aluminum free.”*
About the Brand: Olivina Men is a men’s skin care line made from simple and natural ingredients. All products in the line are certified vegan or vegetarian.
*Review from Target
Why We Love It: This rejuvenating face serum brightens and improves your skin, leaving you with a smooth, even complexion. The ultra-hydrating hyaluronic acid helps moisturize and plump, to smooth wrinkles and fine lines.
Reviews Say: “It makes my skin feel hydrated but also keeps it clear. I really think the hyaluronic acid is the perfect ingredient for hydration without greasiness.”
About the Brand: Derma e is a natural and therapeutic body care line. Each product is made in a wind-powered facility under the sun to ensure the most natural production possible.
Why We Love It: This skin-quenching body oil uses the power of Bulgarian lavender to increase the flow of oxygen, leaving your skin calm and smooth. The rose hip seed oil helps prevent wrinkles by stimulating the production of collagen.
Reviews Say: “It is like velvet on your skin yet it absorbs quickly and makes you feel enveloped in lavender fields.”
About the Brand: Tammy Fender is a holistic skin care line that focuses on beauty and wellness. Each product from the line works to bring a harmony between the physical and the spiritual.
Why We Love It: This exfoliating mud mask revitalizes dull and lackluster skin, leaving you with a glowing radiance. The mask is also infused with willow bark to minimize pores and prevent acne.
Reviews Say: “I have rosacea and very sensitive skin. I have used several FHF products and absolutely love what they do for my skin. And best of all they don’t irritate my skin!”
About the Brand: FarmHouse Fresh is a charming skin and body care line. The product line’s inclusion of vitamin-rich fruit cells promises an enriching experience for both your body and senses.
Why We Love It: This fragrant body wash leaves your skin soft, supple and moisturized. The Moroccan Rose Otto Oil isn’t included just to make the product smell good; this essential oil is one of the most revered in the world, praised for its nourishing and stress-relieving properties.
About the Brand: REN is an award-winning skin care line. The product line’s inclusion of 100% plant and mineral actives work in perfect harmony with your skin.
Why We Love It: This oil-free remover washes away stubborn eye makeup with gentility and ease. It’s also infused with chamomile and lavender extracts to soothe your skin and prevent any irritation from your cleanse.
Reviews Say: “I love this remover! It’s gentle but still removes mascara well and does not leave a greasy residue.”
About the Brand: Éminence Organic Skin Care is a natural and organic skin care line. The ingredient farm is powered with solar and wind energy, ensuring your product is as natural as possible.
Why We Love It: This exfoliating cleanser uses sugar crystals to scrub away dead skin while simultaneously softening and smoothing your lips. Its infusion of vitamin E and essential oils provides your skin with a natural glow.
About the Brand: suki is a 100% synthetic-free skin care line. The product line seeks to facilitate a balance and harmony for younger, fresher and healthier skin.