The Mainstream Beauty Brands You Didn't Know Were Vegan
I have a friend named Amy who is a vegan. I see her a few times a week and we usually chat all things beauty and fitness (we're gym buddies). Sometimes we talk about how tricky it is for her to eat vegan and live an animal product-free lifestyle. She knows I have no idea. I once spent a week eating vegan food, because ~Beyonce~, but even then I didn't attempt the "lifestyle" element. I figured most vegan beauty brands would be small batch and local (both very excellent things), but not mainstream. I'm a beauty editor—I spend my days testing and trialling mainstream—how would that work exactly? It wasn't until Amy told me Le Labo (aka my favourite fragrance house) is vegan-friendly that I realised quite a few unexpected brands are either 100% vegan or thereabouts. That moment was the inspiration for this post, and the list of products that follows. Because everyone should have access to pretty things.
Keep reading to discover the mainstream beauty brands you didn't know were vegan!
Eminence Organics Blueberry Soy Exfoliating Cleanser ($61)
Eminence Organics is, as the name would suggest, an organic brand that turns out some of the finest skincare you can try. Not everything is vegan but the brand is proudly cruelty-free. Look for a vegan badge on the U.S. site listings to suss out what's what.
Korres Santorini Shower Gel ($18)
Korres describe the "vast majority" of its products (including this dreamy body wash) as suitable for vegetarians and vegans. The brand labels its products pretty clearly, which is an excellent help—each item states on the label whether it contains animal products.
Pacifica 7 Free Nail Color in Red Red Wine ($19)
Another 100% vegan beauty company (hurrah!). Pacifica makes makeup, skincare, bodycare, fragrance and nail polish so it's a pretty great one-stop-shop. The nail colours are also free from nasties like toulene which is just another reason to feel good about them.
Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil ($142)
According to this correspondence from Sunday Riley, it is a completely vegan company. Its high-end skincare is really clever; try this non-irritating retinol face oil and tell me otherwise.