This post was originally posted on April 29th 2019. It has been updated for freshness, accuracy and completeness.
Let’s take a look at the best products out that not only highlight our natural beauty but are kind to animals and the planet. Here is a comprehensive list of vegan cosmetics and vegan skincare for your vegan beauty kit.
Cleansing is essential to keep skin clean and fresh. But how often should we cleanse? Most dermatologists agree that twice a day is enough. Its also recommended using a makeup remover to cleanse the skin of makeup and follow with a gentle cleanser to get the skin fresh.
Milk Vegan Milk Facial Cleanser
Introducing the perfect precursor to your moisturiser. The Milk Moisturising cleanser belongs in any girls bathroom with its intense exfoliation and skin smoothing ability.
Using a winning mix of fig, oat, argan, and desert milk, this cleanser is designed to effectively eliminate all makeup and dirt to leave your skin bright and clear.
Oskia Renaissance cleanser
Oskia is an award-winning brand that delivers on quality and price. The Oskia Cleanser gives off a pink tint when applied to the skin and light foam. Once cleared, the skin is left feeling nourished and deeply cleaned.
Your skin will glow, and it’s not limited to some complexions, it’s suitable for all skin types. You also get the choice between a regular 100ml size or a handy 35ml travel size.
Versed Skin Balm exudes quality from the smell to the application. The sensual fragrance is the result of eucalyptus and clove-leaf oil. You won’t find any nasty ingredients. Everything is natural and even includes a healthy application of Vitamin E for ultra-moisturised skin.
We like the fact there is no oily residue with this product. It feels incredibly soft and gentle to apply, producing great looking skin. There are noticeable improvements to the skin with regular use.
Masks & Exfoliators
Exfoliators and peels are essential for bright, healthy-looking skin. No matter what your skin type, a good exfoliater will be welcomed..
Rub sugar on your face? Yeah, why not! Sugar Face Polish uses brown sugar along with a healthy dose of vitamin C to give your pores a serious clean and leaving your face glowing.
The face polish gently nourishes the skin, brightens complexion, and even helps with blemishes and dark spots.
This glue-like enzyme scrub from Wishful is one of the most popular scrubs on the market. Using a heavyweight combination of bromelain and papaya, the scrub helps to fade pigmentation and maximise clarity.
Wishful have also included AHA and BHA’s to help give your pores an efficient and effective clean. If you’re looking to remove any dark spots or scar, Yo Glow is your best choice.
The Ordinary has taken the world of beauty by storm and this peel is just one of the reasons why. They don’t mess about, they offer high quality for a good price using the best ingredients.
This peeling solution is a firm favourite at Dolma HQ, it is unbelievably good at clearing pores, nourishing the skin, and noticeably changing the texture of your skin for the better.
Before we recommended rubbing sugar on your face, now it’s time for some vinegar! Not the stuff you drown your chips in, this apple cider vinegar. Believe it or not, apple cider vinegar will give you brighter and clearer skin in a flash. Don’t worry; it’s not just cider.
The product is a mix of potent apple cider vinegar, glycolic acid, and a multi-fruit blend. Together they create a powerful peel that will give you amazing skin.
Everyone loves a night in. And what better for a night in than a great mask. We didn’t have to look far either. Tried and tested by the Dolma team, we give away both spots to Summer Fridays.
Time to sort your skin cells out with Summer Friday’s Overtime Mask. Your face works hard all day every day; it’s about time you gave it that Friday feeling. Using a potent blend of restorative minerals, vitamins, and pumpkin, this mask will provide you with noticeably brighter and clearer skin.
We love the addition of apricot seed powder for the scrub. Much better than any synthetic or nasty microplastics. It does the job better too, giving your skin a deep but gentle clean.
More quality stuff from Summer Friday’s, this time a extremely popular and instant sell-out Jet-Lag Mask. Why do people love it? The Jet Lag Mask is luxury skincare that will upgrade your skin’s complexion to the next level.
Using a mix of chestnut extract, vitamin C, and Niacinamide, this mask will remove any dullness from the face, boost hydration, and reduce pores, uneven skin, and even lines. It doesn’t get much better than the Jet Lag Mask.
Not everyone includes toning in their beauty regime but for those who do, choosing a brand that is kind to your skin is essential. Toners offer so much more than they used to with amazing beneficial botanicals to balance, hydrate and support skin health.
Pixi Glow is a potent and invigorating facial toner that will deeply cleanse your pores and remove any excess dirt or oils in an instant. Using Glycolic Acid, Pixi Glow can gently exfoliate and purify your skin.
Ginseng improves circulation of blood while the Aloe Vera soothes and calms the skin. Pixi Glow Tonic is suitable for all skin types.
Naturally purifying and amazingly refreshing. Caudalie Vinopure Toner is perfect for all skin types and very useful. The star of the show is the use of salicylic acid, an antioxidant with the power to lock up your pores with moisture. You also get a healthy dose of grape polyphenols, a natural anti-ageing antioxidant.
Organic rosewater and a myriad of essential oils help keep the skin to purify without drying out. The texture soft and gentle to the skin, keeping you refreshed and ready for whatever the day throws at you.
Serums have made a significant impact on skincare. Add to your skincare regime before moisturizers, or some gals use it stand alone. The great things about serums are the active ingredients that can be added and sealed in with a good moisturizer. You can find a serum suited to your skin needs from age, to skin type and environmental concern.
Like a cold glass of water being thrown on your face, B-Hydra is one of the most rejuvenating serums on the market right now. Using vitamin B5, B-Hydra makes skin visibly brighter and improve your complexion.
B-Hydra is specially formulated with provitamin B and pineapple ceramide. It allows your skin to hold more moisture and for longer by improving your skin barrier. Skin is left feeling lighter and brighter instantly. Hydration of the skin is maintained well over 24 hours.
Packed full of antioxidants, Nectar Glow Juice has been specially designed to (you guessed it) make you glow! And it really works. This unique serum holds over 480,0000 nutrient-rich microbubbles which help your face replenish lost moisture and brighten your complexion.
You also get a healthy dose of lemon and orange extracts, vitamin C, E and B5, minerals and b-carotene. Together, they are like the Avengers of skincare, battling dirt, deeply hydrating your skin, and making you glow.
Life exposes our skin to a lot, and an excellent moisturizer can support our skin on such a fundamental level. Use it after a serum to lock in the active ingredients or opt for a deep treatment while you sleep.
If you’re like us, you probably drink greens on a daily basis in your smoothie. But now, you can also rub greens all over your face. Daily Greens is an oil-free gel moisturizer that is packed with moringa and papaya to deliver super-hydration for your skin.
Using another powerful combo – hyaluronic and polyglutamic acids, the gel does a great job at pushing moisture up to the surface of your skin so you feel hydrated and revitalized.
Inkey products are a firm favourite and Dolma HQ. We love their no-nonsense attitude toward skincare. This deeply moisturizing cream is packed with vitamins B, C, and E to keep your skin hydrated way beyond 24 hours.
This moisturizer also includes hyaluronic acid and vitamin B5 which act as a moisture magnet for your top layer of skin. Those with sensitive skin or eczema may find this moisturizer useful.
Having an excellent clean sunscreen is essential for everyone. The suns rays are harsher than ever. Wearing a good sunscreen daily protects your skin from damage and defends against premature ageing.
Supergloop! sunscreen is specially formulated to give your skin top protection against the sun while improving the health of your skin. We also like that it is reef-safe which means it won’t pollute the water and affect coral or marine life.
It has a velvety texture and is named “unseen” because it doesn’t leave a white cast on your skin. It can be gently rubbed into the skin and won’t make your sin suffocate like regular sunscreens.
This is another strong product from Inkey, this time as high-quality sunscreen offering a full broad spectrum of UVA and UVB protection. It is also reef-safe so you can swim without guilt.
The Inkey List have used an incredible formula that combines ultra-protective 22% non-nano zinc oxide, 1% Pollustop® to and a 2% shea butter complex. Together, they help ultra-protect skin from pollutants, premature skin ageing, and drying out.
Primer is a staple in the makeup bag. They help to smooth skins surface and help foundation last longer. As always, there are some fantastic vegan and organic options we can look at.
Illamasqua presents a part-hydrater and part-primer that effectively hydrates and protects your skin. It is a clear gel infused with microalgae, vitamin C and B3 to help give your skin ultra-hydration and create healthy-looking skin.
The microalgae actually help to calm and soothe the skin once applied. It also helps reduce redness and smooth away fine lines and open pores.
This is another strong product from Inkey, this time as high-quality sunscreen offering full broad spetrum of UVA and UVB protection. It is also reef-safe so you can swim without guilt.
Inkey have used an incredible formula that combines ultra-protective 22% non-nano zinc oxide, 1% Pollustop® to and a 2% shea butter complex. Together, they help ultra-protect skin from pollutants, premature skin ageing, and drying out.
Finding the perfect foundation is critical. We all want something that takes care of our skin, looks natural and holds. Here are two brands I think can fill those big shoes while maintaining a proper code of ethics.
Award-winning and one of the most popular cosmetic products on the market right now. No woman should be without this flawless filter from Charlotte Tilbury. Some people say that applying this filter is like adding an Instagram filter to your complexion.
The secret to the filter? “airbrush polymers” and finely milled powders. Together they can smooth over fine lines and pores leaving you with a brighter complexion. A must-have from Charlotte Tilbury.
Available in 21 different shades, The Ordinary Coverage Foundation is one of the most popular foundations on the market. Why? Because it is ultra-versatile using the brands “spreadability system”. You get full coverage and it softens and smooths the skin on application.
The result is a perfect semi-matte finish that will hold out all day and it won’t set in any fine lines. It also contains an SPF 15 formula to protect your skin from the sun.
A good mascara is equally as important as a good foundation in the makeup arsenal. As someone with sensitive eyes, buying something natural and free of irritating chemicals is essential.
Milk mascara nourishes the eyelashes and applies perfectly from root to tip. Using plant-derived oils the mascara is the perfect addition to any handbag and once applied it will hold well throughout the day.
You won’t find any flaky or clumpy eyelashes with this product.
We coudl have picked this mascara soley for the great name. But, it’s actaully a fanstatstic mascacr too. We’re big fans of Kat Von D at Dolma HQ. The “GO BIG OR GO HOME” mascara is an extreme volume mascara that is powered by plant-based fats.
The result is a smooth gliding application from root to tip, no flakes, no clumps, and it will easily hold out over the day. Lashes stay saturated and true black right up until bedtime. the formula includes a plant-based concoction of olive and sunflower oils which provide the base.
There are so many liners out there, one for any occasion. It may take you time to find just the right one for you but here are two of my favourites. They have useful tips, they last and are vegan and cruelty-free.
As the name suggests, Barry M has created an on-point eyeliner. It is a pure black and waterproof precision eyeliner with an easy-grip pen. It also features an extra-fine tip that can help to create some dramatic eyes.
We’re big fans of this premium eyeliner from INIKA. It has been crafted using natural plant-based ingredients and pure mineral pigments. It has a soft and silky texture that is easy to apply and will hold out all day.
The key base ingredient is organic coconut oil which gives it softness. It’s also suitable for sensitive eyes which is a plus.
Not everyone uses eye shadow every day or as a staple. Whether you wear it every day or on occasion, you want a palette that suits your complexion and eye colour to give that extra pop. These are my best picks!
Jane Iredale offers 12 varieties of it’s famous PurePressed® Eye Shadow. It is soft and silky with rich pigmentation and can be used wet or dry. Be sure that you select one of the vegan options, currently, the PurePressed® Eye Shadow Triple Pink Quartz is not vegan.
Perfectly curated by ELF, one of vegans favourite beauty brands, this eye shadow palette is the perfect addition to any beauty routine. If you’re looking to create bold but subtle eyewear, this a great choice.
Shading, highlighting, and defining your eyes is made simple with this palette.
Two of my go-to blushes for a perfectly highlighted and fresh face. It’s the easiest product to use on a lazy day and has the most effect. A staple!
Each duo from ININKA’s blush offers two incredible shades that will make you look bold and beautiful. the silky formula has been specially made without chemical pressing and will leave skin soft and protected.
It uses a featherlight formula with a combination of skin-nurturing minerals of a baked powder. All ingredients are naturally-derived.
If you want your complexion to pop and glow, look no further because Iconic London has you covered. This fabulosu sheer blush is formulated with special plant-extracts that fight off pollutants and leave you skin soft and hydrated.
The product is a gel-like formula that transforms to liquid when applied for the perfect blush. There are six beautiful shades to choose from for any occasion.
When it comes to lipstick, you have to get it right. That’s why you only need one brand to fulfil these big shoes. Axiology only sells lip products which means they have it right. They are dedicated to being the number one Lip station in the world. That includes being the cleanest and most ethical.
Super moisturising and super norusihing, you don’t get much better than Axiology when it comes to lipsticks. Made with just ten ingredients including butter, avocado, and coconut oil, each lisptick is simple but beautiful.
There are many shades to choose from but all are silky, smooth, and long lasting.
It is not always comfortable being a die-hard vegan, cruelty-free and organic makeup lover. But these days you can find everything you need and good quality too. EcoTools is no different. They offer a vast range of tools for your makeup needs.
EcoTools are one of the best cruelty-free and vegan cosmetic tool companies in the world. We love their sets, especially this Daily Essentials kit which includes:
1 large brush handle, 1 small brush handle, 1 large angled blush brush head, 1 large base buffer brush head Small, 1 spoolie brush head, 1 small angled crease brush head, 1 small airbrush concealer brush head and a reusable tin tray with lid
This is a revolutionary brush set that exudes elegance and makes your makeup routine limitless for styling and application.
Getting your nails done is a pamper session like no other, but the toxicity and animal ingredients used in commercial nail varnishes is enough to never get your nails done again. But the tide is turning, and more and more brands are popping up offering natural and vegan alternatives.
Nailberry is setting a high standard for other brands hitting the market. They are free of 12 toxic chemicals, vegan, cruelty-free, breathable, moisture permeable, Halal certified and long-lasting. Did you get that all? Check out their
Salon Quality Hair Care
Vegan and cruelty-free hair care that is salon quality was once a dream. Roll in 2020 and now we may just have too many options available.
If you’re after sexy beach hair, look no further. This spray from Kevin Murphy will help you create great styles and deeply nourish your hair at the same time. It won’r weigh your hair down and is non-aerersol. The result is a soft, natural looking hold that will fill you with hair confidence.
It’s also sulphate, paraben, and cruelty-free (of course!)
For all those with dry and damaged hair “Don’t Despair, Repair!” with Briogeo’s deep conditioning mask. Winner of the 2019 Allure Reader’s Choice Awards, this prodcut will repair your hair and leave you with soft and nourished locks.
To be used as a intensive weekly treatment, it will help to restore your hair’s hydration and enhance it’s resilience protecting your hair from future damage. To do this, it blends rosehip, sweet almond and argan oils with vitamin B5 and biotin.
Don’t you love the feeling of spraying on a decadent perfume? You walk out of the house ready for anything. Wafts come by you during the day easing the stresses and reminding you of that power. Well, now you can feel the power of perfume with Dolma Vegan and Cruelty-Free Perfumes and Colognes.
Dolma Vegan Perfumes offers a wide range of perfumes. They also provide box sets or trial sizes so that you can find your best scent before buying into a larger bottle.
There people. A full comprehensive look at a beauty regime that is vegan and cruelty-free. It’s never been easier to make better choices as consumers. As people with the privilege to wear makeup, we should be choosing a brand that stands for something. Brands that are looking toward a more sustainable, conscious future.
Don’t know which to choose?
Some like the full show and others like a simple routine. We asked the fabulous Emily-Jane, founder of The EMJ Company and top make-up artist what she thinks are your basic beauty must-haves.
These are her top recommendations:
- A concealer
- A brow product
Yes, we doubled up on the SPF. We all know how vital SPF protection is to skincare. Em-J also gave us a handy tip; get a blush that doubles up as a lip tint for an even easier routine. Her current lip and cheek tint fav is the Beetroot Cheek & Lip Tint from Ere Perez Natural Cosmetics.
Follow Em-J on her Instagram for amazing content on things beauty, vegan and cruelty-free. She often shares tutorials and runs the Goddess hour live every week.
There you have it, a complete list or just the bare essentials.