If you’re among the skeptical lot who thought veganism was just a fad diet, we’ve got news for you: The plant-based lifestyle is here to stay. Not only are grocery store aisles filled with more vegan meal options than ever, but beauty retailers are filled with more makeup, hair, and skincare packages donning symbols of bunnies and other adorable animals signifying their animal-friendliness. This, my friends, is no trend. It’s a shift in the collective consciousness that’s finally making headway in the beauty space.
Whether you’re a full-fledged vegan, considering taking the plunge into the lifestyle, or just looking to reduce your carbon footprint, you might be on the market for vegan skincare now. Abstaining from eating meat and animal byproducts in your meals is one thing, but this behavioral shift also means that popular skincare ingredients like beeswax, carmine, and lanolin, although they can sometimes be sourced organically and sustainably, are suddenly disqualified from your vanity. Gulp.
With all the misleading labels and claims out there, we thought it would be helpful to do the heavy lifting for you and outline 16 of the best skincare brands you can shop that are completely vegan. We’re not just talking one-off products here. Each of the brands mentioned here offers 100% vegan products, period. Check out the list ahead, and shop the editor-approved staples from each brand.