If you’re new to veganism or veg-curious, the idea of vegan products that aren’t food might seem a little strange. You don’t eat soap, and last I checked, shampoo wasn’t good in smoothies, so what’s up with vegan beauty products?
Veganism is about more than the food you put into your body. It’s a lifestyle based on compassion, and that means avoiding any product that harms animals or people, whether it’s food, soap, shoes, or lip gloss. When it comes to beauty products, that means avoiding animal ingredients and also choosing products that weren’t tested on animals. Companies like to say that animal testing is critical to making safe products, but it turns out that animal testing really only gives very limited safety information, and there are plenty of completely safe, cruelty-free beauty products out there.
You can find vegan beauty products from bigger companies like Lush, but why not take that compassion a step further and support indie businesses with your shopping, right?
Based right here in Atlanta, Crazy Rumors makes vegan lip balms that are out of control! I snagged one of their peach lip glosses at Atlanta Veg Fest this year, and it’s been keeping my lips safe from this cold, dry winter weather for months!
I am a long-time fan of Tracy Perkins of Strawberry Hedgehog fame. Her vegan beauty lines are freaking fantastical. They smell great, and she makes all of her products by hand in her Arizona studio. Everything she makes is awesome, and she now even sells natural deodorant that’s 100% vegan!
DIY Vegan Makeup
I don’t wear a lot of makeup, but I have to admit that I’m intrigued by this awesome make your own makeup printable from Justine Haynes. It includes food-based recipe for foundation, powder, eyeliner, mascara, blushes, bronzer, and 4 kinds of lip gloss. What??
Do you have a favorite handmade artist that makes vegan beauty supplies? Add to the list in the comments!