The Vegan Grooming Products That Feel Good (And Do Good)

By Eleanor Davies, Zak Maoui
13 February 2020
Grooming, Lifestyle, Vegan, Health
Did Veganuary pique your interest? We’ve broken down the best grooming brands that need to be on your radar as well as the brands offering brilliant products that just so happen to be vegan too

It’s no secret that veganism has boomed over the last few years. Countless celebrities follow a vegan diet (from Benedict Cumberbatch to Zac Efron and Ariana Grande, to name a few), entirely vegan restaurants are popping up in every corner of London and it’s not uncommon for someone you know to have at least tried it out. In fact, the number of vegans in the UK has quadrupled between 2014 and 2018, with Britain launching more vegan products than any other nation. But embracing a vegan diet is just the start. Revamping your entire grooming regime is a whole other ball game...

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The vegan trend is prompting real change in the beauty and grooming industry: in the last five years, vegan cosmetics launches have increased by 175 per cent since 2013 and the sale of vegan beauty products increased by 38 per cent in the last year. So what are you looking out for when hunting for vegan grooming products? The vegan "certification" verifies that the product (and all their ingredients) have not been tested on animals and are free from any kind of animal extract – no mean feat considering skin staples retinol, collagen and glycerin and byproducts such as honey and beeswax are all traditionally derived from animals. Thankfully we've done the hard work for you and rounded up all the best vegan grooming products for you to use. You're welcome.

Bulldog Skincare

Containing aloe vera, camelina oil and green tea, this face moisturiser is vegan and sustainable. $8 at

Lush Dream Cream

Slather this body lotion all over your skin for a silky smooth result, thanks to the combination of soothing lavender and Turkish rose. For us, this is best before bed, lulling your skin and mind into a perfect calm. $5.85 st

Awake Organics Shampoo

This shampoo is 100 per cent plant-based, plastic-free and vegan, but that doesn't mean it will leave you with dull-smelling hair. Instead, thanks to a blend of guarana seed, organic rosemary and lemongrass oil, it will smell spectacularly, while coconut milk protein will strengthen hair strands. $16.91 at

Lush Rosy Cheeks Fresh Face Mask

If you suffer from redness or rosacea, especially after drinking, then use this before a night out or big event. A formula of calamine, rose clay and kaolin help to absorb excess oils, while fresh rose petal infusion and rose oil are astringent and toning on the skin, helping to reduce redness and balance skin tone. $11.71 at

Lush Jade Roller Naked Cleansing Balm

Cleanse, tone and massage in one with this easy-to-use clarifying cleanser. Murumuru butter will leave your skin in a glossy condition, while antibacterial chamomile vinegar and soothing rose water work together to tone and balance your skin. And, if that's not enough, mung beans are embedded on one side of this cleanser so you can exfoliate with it too and hazelnut oil is rich in vitamin E, which leaves you with a healthy glow. $6.50 at

The moisturiser: Pro-Collagen Marine Cream For Men by Elemis

Made from a combination of marine algae and padina pavonica, this powerful anti-ageing cream will reduce the appearance of wrinkles, increase hydration and add moisture. Simply apply the moisturiser to cleansed skin daily and sit back and wait for the results. $75.46 at

The serum: 100% Plant-Derived Squalane by The Ordinary

Squalane is a saturated and stable hydrocarbon found naturally in the skin and is an exceptional hydrator. Suitable for all skin types this serum will soften and smooth dry skin, giving it a super-charged boost and it can even be applied to your hair to increase heat protection, add shine and reduce breakage potential. $7.16 at

The deodorant: Déodorant by Aesop

This unisex aluminium-free spray deodorant is a blend of eleven essential oils, including the likes of witch hazel, clove oil, vetiver root oil and lavender, and thanks to the active ingredient zinc ricinoleate, this deodorant conceals odour that is produced by bacterial decomposition in sweat. $29.92 at

The face scrub: Volcanic Face Scrub by The Lost Explorer

Both removing impurities and dead skin cells and nourishing the skin, this scrub by The Lost Explorer will leave your face smooth and hydrated. Thanks to willow bark, aloe vera and blood orange it will help your skin fight pollution and environmental damage, plus the siliceous rock will help sebum control. $40.33 at

The shampoo: laurel and echinacea shampoo by Korres

Fight against both the environment and your dry scalp with Korres’ laurel and echinacea shampoo. It effectively balances sebum levels, moisturises your scalp, reduces itching and removes dead cells, thus preventing dry scalp conditions such as dandruff. Win win. $13.01 at

The eye serum: Baobab-Sarsaparilla Serum Concentrate Eye Contour by Odacité

With a mission to produce the most effective, 100 per cent vegan, cruelty-free and non-genetically modified products sans les toxins, Odacité includes only the highest quality ingredients. This baobab-sarsaparilla eye serum is rich in nutrients and vitamins specially formulated for the delicate skin around your eyes. Rich in vitamins A, E and F, it will help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, increase skin elasticity and relieve puffiness. Simply mix two to three drops with your facial cream of choice or apply direct for a more intensive treatment. $50.74 at

The cleanser: Refreshing Cleanser by Tata Harper

Ideal for sensitive, dry or dull skin, this cleanser gently exfoliates and removes surface impurities while also moisturising and calming the skin, resulting in a healthier, more supple texture. Kind to both the environment and your skin, it can even be used by eczema and psoriasis sufferers. $92.37 at

The bodywash: Invigorating Hair & Body Wash by Neal’s Yard

At Neal’s Yard, all products are suitable for vegetarians and now it's got a growing range of vegan products, including this invigorating hair and body wash. Thanks to the energising aroma of organic grapefruit, bergamot and bay essential oils this multi-action product makes for the perfect start to your day. $20.17 at

The toner: 05 Face And Eye Essence by Dr Jackson

With the belief that beauty should be clean, safe and, most importantly, effective, Dr Jackson is a sustainable, science-led cosmetics company that uses only natural ingredients. Caring both for your skin and the planet at the same time, the Face And Eye Essence is perfect for when your skin needs a bit of a pep talk. Rich in vitamin C, this toner has a lightweight formula with fragrant botanicals that will balance your skin tone in between cleansing and moisturising. $78.06

The beard oil: Argon Oil & Lemongrass Groom & Condition by B Skincare

B Skincare wishes to leave as small an environmental footprint as possible: its glass jars and bottles are sourced from the UK rather than imported, its products are posted in cardboard boxes re-used from other local businesses, its packing chips are compostable and dissolve in water and its beard oil is 100 per cent vegan as well as brilliant. Lemongrass, cypress and rosemary essential oils are combined with argon oil, sunflower and vitamin E leaving your beard shiny and you skin moisturised. $11.06 at

The soap: Exfoliating Seaweed Block by Haeckels

Free of synthetic fragrances, this low-foaming, vegan-friendly seaweed soap is luxuriously hydrating and moisture rich, leaving your body smooth, clean and refreshed. A formula of raw crushed botanicals, including coriander seeds and peppercorns, scrub away dirt and smooth rough patches of skin, while the seaweed, aloe vera and tea tree actively hydrated and repair. Plus, it’s suitable for all skin types. $23.42 at

The face wash: Kalamazoo Beard And Facial Wash by Lush

Killing two birds with one stone, this face wash works for both your skin and beard. Fresh pineapple juice cleanses the skin and zaps away dirt, while almond oil, jojoba oil and cupuaça butter will leave your beard strokably soft. To use, simply scoop a dollop out, massage in and rinse off. $11.06 at

The peel: Nordic Skin Peel by Skyn Iceland

With a mission to treat and alleviate the effects of stress on skin, while also promoting a stress-free life full of balance, health and wellness, Skyn Iceland has a strong commitment to nature. Simply smooth a pad over your face once daily, or three to five times a week for sensitive skin, and it will gently dissolve dead cells to restore a smooth, even surface. The perfect way to restore a dull, congested complexion to its former glory. $50.74 at

Via British GQ