WHETHER it's cutting back on waste or eliminating the use of palm oil, we should all try and do our bit for the environment.
From Lush cleansers to The Body Shop body yogurts, these eco-warriors all get the green seal of approval.
Vegan products are often a gentle alternative to animal products which can be harsh and clog pores
Vegan and vegetarian beauty is a big deal in the beauty industry, with vegan cosmetic launches increasing by 175% between 2013 and 2018.
Vegetarian products can contain derivatives from animals, such as lanolin, beeswax and lactic acid, whereas vegan products don’t.
But if you’re worried they won’t benefit your skin in the same way as standard formulations, it’s time for a rethink.
“Many mainstream cosmetics stop the skin from doing what it needs to do to be healthy – plant-derived ingredients in vegan formulas contain more vitamins and antioxidants that help to repair and hydrate,” explains Ariane Chui, wellness coach and co-founder of organic beauty blog Ftoxins.
“Animal ingredients can be harsh and clog pores, so vegan products are often a gentle alternative.”
Look for the Vegan Society logo on packaging to check certification.
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Lush is 80% vegan, 100% vegetarian and uses ethically sourced ingredients. Try Lush Let The Good Times Roll Fresh Cleanser, £21.25, which leaves skin feeling fresh and clean.
Simple Biodegradable Cleansing Wipes, £2 for 25, have no animal derivatives and degrade in 42 days.
The Body Shop has been dedicated to producing 100% vegetarian and cruelty-free products for decades. Try 100% vegan The Body Shop Body Yogurts, £8.50, packed with Community Trade almond milk, which absorbs super-quickly and leaves skin soft.
Bare Minerals is cruelty-free, as are the manufacturers it works with – we love Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Hydrating Foundation Stick SPF25, £29.
- Lush Let The Good Times Roll Fresh Cleanser, £21.25 from Lush — buy now
- Simple Biodegradable Cleansing Wipes, £2 for 25 from Boots — buy now
- The Body Shop Body Yogurts, £8.50 from The Body Shop — buy now
- Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Hydrating Foundation Stick SPF25, £29 from John Lewis — buy now
Eliminating Use of palm oil
Palm is the most popular vegetable oil produced in the world. It contains a large amount of antioxidants and nutrients, making it hugely beneficial to skin and hair.
According to the WWF, it is used in almost 50% of beauty products and packaged products we find in supermarkets – but it’s causing global devastation.
“It is a major driver of deforestation in Borneo and Sumatra and is rapidly destroying the habitat of some endangered species like Bornean orangutans,” explains Katie White, Neom wellbeing specialist.
“This loss of trees, combined with other factors, is throwing out huge volumes of greenhouse gases, which are significantly contributing to climate change.”
Thankfully, more beauty brands are starting to address the problem. Neom Organics, Chantecaille and Odylique skincare are all palm oil-free and there are many products by Tisserand, Green People and Neek that don’t contain it either.
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Neom Organics Real Luxury Magnesium Body Butter, £36, contains 24 essential oils plus your daily dose of magnesium.
Neek Skin Organics 100% Natural Vegan Lipstick in Pash, £15.99, has shea butter, avocado oils and vit E for a perfect pout.
- Neom Organics Real Luxury Magnesium Body Butter, £36 from Neom Organics — buy now
- Neek Skin Organics 100% Natural Vegan Lipstick in Pash, £15.99 from Feelunique — buy now
Cutting back on waste
It’s not just natural ingredients getting the green seal of approval. More and more brands are now homing in on creating sustainable packaging for the sake of the environment.
“We live in a world where resources are scarce,” explains Arnaud Meysselle, CEO of Ren. “Using ethical materials and being recyclable is vital for reducing consumption.”
There are a few things to consider. First, what kind of plastic are you buying?
“Opt for products packaged in PCR (post-consumer recycled) resin, indicated by the recycling triangle with a percentage inside it. It’s environmentally friendly and helps to reduce impact on landfill,” says Arnaud.
“Also, buy products where the packaging is predominantly white or clear – if colourful plastics are recycled together, they create a muddy brown colour making them harder to reuse.”
Finally, step away from sachets, they’re not recyclable.
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Ren uses 100% recyclable packaging, 20% of which is reclaimed plastic from the ocean. Try Ren Atlantic Kelp and Magnesium Anti-Fatigue Body Cream, £22, which helps to smooth and replenish the skin.
Love Beauty and Planet is not only vegan, but the products are filled with organic, sustainable ingredients packaged in 100% recycled materials. Love Beauty and Planet Coconut Water & Mimosa Flower Shampoo, £7.50, smells good enough to eat.
- Ren Atlantic Kelp and Magnesium Anti-Fatigue Body Cream, £22 from Ren Skincare — buy now
- Love Beauty and Planet Coconut Water & Mimosa Flower Shampoo, £7.50 from Superdrug — buy now
Giving to charity
Many beauty brands now donate a portion of their sales to worthy causes. All-natural British brand Soaper Duper uses sustainable packaging and has pledged £150,000 to WaterAid to help with worldwide water, sanitation and hygiene issues.
Burt’s Bees also uses ethical ingredients and helps to save our honey bees by sponsoring the British Beekeepers Association Adopt A Beehive Scheme.
Also helping British wildlife is Chantecaille, which aims to protect endangered species such as butterflies and bees. Its limited-edition collection even features blushers with wildlife imprints.
Meanwhile, Axiology, with its strong “100% evil-free” approach to beauty, uses profits to help animal sanctuaries, in particular the Orangutan Foundation. What’s not to love?
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Soaper Duper Deluxe Shea Butter Hand Cream, £6.50, leaves hands gorgeously nourished, thanks to shea and macadamia oil. Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Nourishing Mascara, £12.99, contains jojoba oil to condition lashes.
- Soaper Duper Deluxe Shea Butter Hand Cream, £6.50 from Soaper Duper — buy now
- Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Nourishing Mascara, £12.99 from Boots — buy now
How to Spot Cruelty-free Beauty Products
Sadly, 80% of countries have no laws against animal testing.
“But in 1998, the UK banned animal testing and since 2013, the sale and importation of these products was banned in the EU,” explains Jessie Macneil-Brown, head of global activism at The Body Shop.
Look for the leaping bunny symbol.
“It shows neither the product nor its ingredients have been tested on animals,” says Jessie.
Stockists: Bare Minerals (Johnlewis.com), Burt’s Bees (Boots.com), Love Beauty and Planet (Superdrug.com), Lush (Uk.lush.com), Neek Skin Organics (Feelunique.com), Neom Organics (Neomorganics.com), Ren (Renskincare.com), Simple (Boots.com), Soaper Duper (Soaperduper.com), The Body Shop (Thebodyshop.com)
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