Ah, the eternal struggle between wanting to save the planet & be ethical in every fiber of your being, and wanting to use all kinds of fun skincare (or makeup, or hair care) products. The back and forth of “is it worth it?” and “that looks so cool, but it’s also wrong.”
To help you get the best of both words, we’ve created a handy dandy list with 30 different vegan skincare brands that are 100% vegan.
Every product from each of these brands is vegan. You don’t have to worry about checking the ingredients lists on each product, just because the brand claims to be “mostly” vegan. These are all the way!
Best Vegan Skincare Brands
It should be no surprise that a brand centered around transparency, no-frills, and no-nonsense, would be vegan.
Each of their products is targeted for very specific skin concerns, allowing you to curate your skincare routine at a level previously unattainable!
Skin&Co is a pretty niche brand, with all of their skincare products being from one line – Truffle Therapy.
It kind of works for them though; I can personally attest that their Truffle Therapy Toner smells AMAZING, and putting something on my face that contains truffles is simply the height of luxury!
Skyn Iceland is a brand that prioritizes quality of ingredients over all else.
These products are formulated to work, rather than lure you into buying something that turns out to be useless goo in pretty packaging.
Yup, Birkenstock has skincare now, who knew?
It’s pretty rugged, as you would expect, but you can find a good variety of creams, lotions, and balms, all of which are vegan.
Although makeup is in the name, Milk Makeup has a variety of high-quality skincare, all of which is 100% vegan.
Some of their most innovative products are cleansers, toners, and masks, in solid form! Hello, easy application!
KraveBeauty is the epitome of simple & effective skincare.
With only 5 products to their name, all of which are vegan and incredibly highly recommended, you can’t go wrong.
The darling of social media, Curology not only curates the products directly to your skin, but they somehow manage to do that while remaining vegan!
If you need powerful formulas that help with acne, definitely check them out.
Derma E started as a health food store, so you know they’re about as Earth & health conscious as it gets.
They champion clean beauty, avoiding any ingredients that could possibly be harmful, and caring about the environment.
Acure’s slogan is 100% Vegan. 0% Pretentious. Which, when you think about it, is a bit pretentious. But we’ll move past that, because their products truly are amazing.
On top of all that, their list of “frees” is pretty long: Paraben free, Sulfate free, Mineral oil free, Petrolatum free, Formaldehyde free, Cruelty free.
Beauty In The Raw is unique in that their products are formulated to combat two issues: inflammation and skin barrier dysfunction.
Evidently, most skincare problems are derivative of these two plights, so Beauty In The Raw aims to cure the disease, rather than the symptoms.
While this brand does sell makeup products, they have a wide range of skincare products as well such as cleansers, moisturizers, exfoliators, serums, and more.
Plus, all of their products are vegan, cruelty-free, paraben-free, and non-toxic. At the mid-tier price range, you can find high-quality products between $26-$62.
Lani is all about natural, vegan, cruelty-free skincare (and also hair care!), that is good for both humans, and their planet.
Their packaging is super cute and durable – because they avoid plastic (no need to grow the plastic island in the middle of the ocean, thank you very much!), their products are packaged in glassware.
Teadora’s founder grew up surrounded by the botanicals of the Amazon Rainforest, and has channeled that beauty and passion into this skincare brand.
On top of being one of the top vegan skin care brands, Teadora is toxin-free, cruelty-free, sustainably harvested, gluten-free, and synthetic fragrance-free, all of which is very good news for my beautiful friends out there with sensitive skin.
As you might have guessed from this brand’s name, they’re all about the CBD in skincare.
CBD has been shown to have healing properties when applied in skincare, and can even mitigate dryness, itching, and other skin concerns.
I was going to come up with a witty pun about the name, but just looking at it is making me crack up, and how is one to improve upon perfection? Aside from their fabulous name, Meow Meow Tweet is known for their natural, low-waste items that would appease even hard-core hippies.
If you’re looking for a spiritual brand, Kypris is a great one to check out. Kypris embodies the goddess Aphrodite’s energy and femininity, and has a line of luxury skincare products with organic and sustainable ingredients.
Bulldog is a self-proclaimed skincare for men company, and although gendered skincare really isn’t necessary sometimes specifying that it is “for men” is the only way we’re going to get some men to actually wash their faces.
Sweet Chef is the kind of cutesy skincare brand that you wouldn’t expect to work, or that wouldn’t have the best ingredients.
But boy do they surprise! Their potent products, their ethics, and their adorable packaging combine to make a brand that could push Tony Moly from the top spot of cute skincare.
The A Method is a 100% vegan, medical-grade skincare line created by Tina Alaster, M.D, who believes that dermatologist-created skincare should be accessible to all.
Not only are the products vegan, but they’re also free from gluten, fragrance, parabens, and colorants. Their line of skincare products includes their Cleanse Silky Vitamin C, Cleanse Glycolic Peel, Skin Perfecting Serum, and more.
Another of the vegan skincare brands that’s growing in popularity, Biossance did not start as a skincare company – their first project was creating an accessible malaria cure.
At some point, they decided to use their biotechnology to create innovative skincare with quality ingredients. We’ve also shared an in-depth review of this brand!
Now you can try some new products! Pick your favorite few vegan skincare brands (might I suggest The Ordinary?) and try out the products that speak to you, confident that you have made an ethical choice.
Might I also suggest, if you’re doing research on vegan skincare brands, to also take into account the brands that avoid environmental hazards like plastic packaging and microbeads in exfoliators. These things are bad for the environment as well (and by extension, animals).