16 vegan skincare brands that should be on your shopping list

Victoria Jowett, Keeks Reid
·7 min read
Photo credit: kylieskin - Instagram
Photo credit: kylieskin - Instagram

From Cosmopolitan

Vegan skincare has had a serious boom in recent years, chances are, you’re probs using a handful of vegan products within your routine already (without even realising it).

However, when it comes to finding skincare brands that are 100% vegan, they are still few and far between. Even some of the most clean, organic and cruelty-free skincare ranges we love, use animal by-products such as beeswax or lanolin. For a range to be completely vegan these ingredients need to be changed to include effective swaps like fruit waxes and nut butters and oils.

One of our fave vegan skincare brand? Bybi. The Insta-worthy range brings an injection of colour with their fun packaging, which is created from sugarcane, a by-product of the sugar industry. Their price point is easy on the purse to, with the least expensive product being just £5.50.

The same can be said about The Glowcery, the Black-owned brand that was born from the brand founder’s vegan lifestyle. The range harnesses the power of nutrients in fresh produce with the packaging reflecting the bright hues of a fruit and veg stall.

Another new brand on the block is LBB, a curated collection of vegan skincare products aimed at women that are always on the move, looking for effective and quick self-care rituals. Their Flight Mode Mood Rescue is coming in really handy right now, not for flights (obvs) but just for our low-vibe 2021 mood to be honest.

Take a look below at some of the vegan skincare ranges we are loving right now…

1. Pai

If you're a newbie to vegan skincare, Pai is the best place to start. They have an extensive line of products, so it's easy to find everything you could need in one place. Plus the brand's totally transparent when it comes to what's in their formulas, so every single ingredient in each of the products is clearly listed on the website.

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2. Kylie Skin

Kylie Jenner's beauty lines are the gift that keeps on giving... Not only has her makeup range delivered us some of our all-time fave eyeshadow palettes and lip colours, but her skincare range has fast become one of our most-used celeb beauty collections. Lucky for us, the skincare line is 100% vegan. Our faves include the face moisturiser and Vitamin C face serum.

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3. Odacité

If you've never heard of Odacité before, you need to listen up, because not only are their products 100% vegan, but their 'serum concentrates' are total game-changers for anyone with problem skin. The mini bottles each contain a seriously potent blend of plant extracts and oils that are targeted to specific concerns, whether it's clogged pores, hyperpigmentation or dehydration. You only need a drop or two into your skincare routine and they'll help tackle any issues, asap.

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4. PLANT Apothecary

Brooklyn-based brand, PLANT Apothecary, is one of the coolest vegan skincare lines we've stumbled across. The clean, monochrome packaging and snappy product names make their lotions and potions look like they're straight off a snazzy insta feed. But the brand isn't just a pretty face, the products themselves are packed with the high-quality ingredients and skin-loving essential oils.

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5. Skyn Iceland

While a lot of vegan beauty brands can be tricky to get hold of, Skyn Iceland can be found in your local M&S, which is très convenient. The product range is pretty vast, but one of our fave products are the mega refreshing Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels, £14. If you're hungover and need a quick wake up call, these patches will work a treat and blitz any bags or dark circles.

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6. BYBI Beauty

100% natural, vegan and cruelty-free, BYBI Beauty is a capsule skincare collection that's as practical as it is pretty. The Instagrammable aesthetics and high quality ingredients make the products a must-try for vegans.

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7. SkinOwl

A stripped back vegan skincare brand who's philosophy seems to be 'less is more'. Rather than producing a ton of overcomplicated products, SkinOwl have a capsule collection made up of 'beauty oils', a 'beauty steam', a cleansing bar and targeted products for the eyes, neck and body. They are simple, but work.

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8. Neighbourhood Botanicals

If you fancy something a little cooler (but still 100% vegan, obvs) Neighbourhood Botanical Face Oils are the perfect choice. We discovered them via Rêve En Vert - which is a great pit-stop for finding niche, sustainable beauty brands.

Neighbourhood Botanicals' impeccable formulas are packed with the highest quality essential oils, plus the glass bottles and illustrated packaging is dreamy. The indie brand have just five oils in the line up, a cleansing formula and four face oils designed to target individual skincare concerns.

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9. Evolve Beauty

If you're into natural beauty products, Evolve is well worth checking out. Not only are their formulas super-effective, but they're also all-natural and free from synthetic chemicals (yesssss). Ranging from around £16 to £30, the mid-range price point makes Evolve an accessible brand for vegans.

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10. The Glowcery

The Glowcery does a pretty great job at putting the fun in veggies. The brand only launched in March 2020 and has already built a huge following for its fun and effective formulas. A favourite of our is the Coconut Crumble Superfood Natural Lip Scrub which tastes so good you have to try not to eat it.

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11. NÁU

Náu (which stands for nature’s actives unlocked) uses the cold-pressing process to extract the goodness from the oils they use in their products. The price range is on the spenny side but the formulations are great if you’re looking to invest in a new range.

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12. NARLOA

Can you be obsessed with a bath soak because ever since we sprinkled the first few crystals of the Narloa Pink Detox Bath Soak into our bath, our cold winter nights haven’t been the same. The range, which is made in small batches in London, spans body and skin care – the rose water toner is also a fave; it’s super calming and has a lovely mist.

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13. LBB

If you want to try and include a few more self-care rituals in your day-to-day life but struggle to find the time, the LBB capsule range was designed with you in mind. Their Flight Mode Mood Rescue is formulated with 9 essential oils to calm and de-stress your mood.

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14. Starface

You have definitely seen this Insta-famous brand all over your feed. Their Hydroface spot stickers, which was the brand's initial product launch, are great for reducing the lifespan of a spot and a firm fave in the Cosmo beauty team. Since launching the brand have released a fully-fledged vegan skincare routine that's as fun-looking as it is effective.

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15. Monday Muse

If you're looking for a nourishing facial oil that is vegan and will not break you out, then your wishes have been answered with The Nectar by Monday Muse. It's the new brand's initial product launch which comprises a mix of cold-pressed oils (including prickly pear seed and black cumin seed oil) to soothe and calm even the most temperamental skin.

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16. Kyalli

Dreaming of a 'light-from'within' type of radiance? The Heavenly Glow Oil from Kyalli Skin is literally that in a bottle. Cosmo Contributing Beauty Writer Keeks has one in her skincare stash and swear by it's glow-worthy properties. The range also includes a body oil, scrub ad lotions for your soften skin ever from top to toe.

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