While we all know the drill when it comes to switching to a vegan diet, going animal-free in other areas of your life is a different story. Take cosmetics, for example. If you’ve come to rely on a certain foundation, finding a vegan alternative that’s just as good can be tricky. Plus, with long and complicated ingredient lists, it can be tough to tell whether a product contains any animal-derived elements in the first place.
In celebration of today being World Vegan Day, Savoir Flair has done the hard work for you. From skincare saviors to makeup must-haves, hair heroes, and body boosters, we reveal the best cult beauty brands that also happen to be 100% vegan. Happy shopping.
Want that ultimate ‘no-makeup makeup’ look and a dreamy, creamy complexion? Then look no further than Cover FX. Created by a former chief chemist at MAC, it offers everything you could possibly want for gorgeously glowing skin and a flawless base, boasting customizable products for all skin tones. Even better? Every makeup product is packed with beauty-boosting ingredients such as green tea, algae, and coconut.
Isle of Paradise
Self-tanning will never be the same again thanks to revolutionary tan brand Isle of Paradise. Created by tanning guru Jules Von Hep (the man behind the gorgeous glows of A-listers Blake Lively and Sienna Miller), it combines color-correcting technology with natural tanners to give you your best sun-kissed skin ever. Plus, everything is 100 percent natural, organic, cruelty-free, vegan, and under AED 100. And with Insta-worthy packaging to boot? Sold.
Cool-kid haircare brand R+Co has always prided itself on being cruelty-free and made without nasties, but earlier this year it went 100% vegan. Co-founder Thom Priano (who’s been vegan for over 10 years) wanted to make every product plant-based, replacing animal-derived ingredients with fruit waxes and botanicals to keep the planet and our hair happy and healthy. With five sublime signature scents and products that do everything from boosting limp locks to deeply nourishing, this is your one-stop-shop for fabulous hair.
After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004, Valérie Gradury completely changed up her lifestyle, eliminating toxins and nasties wherever she could. Fast forward five years, and she put all her research into the healing powers of plants into launching Odacité – a completely clean and vegan skincare brand bursting with nutrients essential to skin health. Her super serums and amazing concentrates were an instant hit and can be found on the bathroom shelves of pretty much every beauty editor and influencer.
We couldn’t contain our excitement when we heard that celebrity makeup artist Nikki de Roest was teaming up with renowned photographer David Roemer to create a vegan beauty brand – and it’s safe to say, it didn’t disappoint. Uber luxe, super chic, and packing a serious pigmented punch – the collection (so far) is all about eyes, with shimmery shadows, perfecting palettes, and brow boosters to boot. Obsessed is an understatement.
SALT by Hendrix
Hailing from the land down under, SALT by Hendrix is an organic, vegan, botanical skin and body range that looks after you from top to toe – literally. After seeing her son suffer from eczema, founder Kellie Collis made it her mission to create skin-soothing remedies free from harsh chemicals, full of only the finest, highest-quality natural ingredients from around the world. The result? Nourishing face oils, smoothing body scrubs, heavenly bath soaks, and organic roll-on scents galore.
Speaking of Aussie beauty brands, Aesop always tops the list. Teaming plant-based ingredients with laboratory-made formulas, it brings together the powers of nature and science to make for some super skin, body, and hair products. All vegan, of course. Each one is housed in a beautiful amber glass bottle to ensure the high concentration of botanical extracts remains stable, with the added bonus of looking cool on your bathroom shelf. From face creams bursting with sage and zinc to violet-leaf hair balms and tea tree-leaf exfoliators, whatever your beauty needs, Aesop aces it.
Got milk? When it comes to Milk Makeup beauty products, we definitely do. The cult US beauty brand has a seriously hardcore fanbase who swear by its low-maintenance, fuss-free, multi-use products and easy-to-use stick formulas – which include everything from solid facial oils to matcha infused toners, mega-watt highlighters, lip and cheek tints, and foundations. But sticks aside, there’s everything you could possibly want to nail that effortless beauty look. Coconut oil rich lipsticks? Sure thing. Charcoal and sapphire infused mascaras? Naturally. We’ll take them all.
When it comes to starting a beauty brand, there’s no denying that Instagram is now the biggest launchpad, as Farsáli perfectly proves. The brainchild of beauty influencer Farah Dhukai and her husband Sal Ali, it bridges the gap between makeup and skincare, offering facial serums and essences that just about every vlogger and blogger has been spotted dripping onto their skin. Cult classics include the ‘Unicorn Essence’, a serum-primer hybrid packed full of brightening vitamin C and berry extracts, and the ‘Liquid Glass’ inspired by the SoKo glass skin trend.
Love your locks and the planet with these 100 percent natural, vegan, and organic hair heroes. Created by Fabian Lliguin – an avid humanitarian and renowned stylist and colorist – Rahua supports Amazonian tribes by purchasing native oils directly from those who produce them. These indigenous women source the oils using ancient techniques passed down through ancestral knowledge, ensuring that local nature and the environment aren’t harmed in the process. Beauty that gives back and nurtures hair from root to tip? Sign us up.