January is the month of being vegan. But if eating vegan isn’t your thing, try vegan beauty instead.
Veganuary is the movement to either eat or be vegan in January. Whether that be for the whole month, or even just for a week. Or adopt the concept of using vegan beauty products only.
Adopting a vegan diet is the process of eliminating all animal products, including meat, fish, dairy and eggs. Even honey is off the menu.
Tarj Mavi, founder of beauty brand La Mav says: “The biggest benefit of embracing veganism is to visualize a world where farmed animals are not being treated as a commodity. Only a small change embraced by millions of people can make a huge difference and can change the way we view animals.”
But if the idea of ditching animal foods from your diet seems a little unattainable, undesirable, or dare I say way too stressful. Why don’t you try swapping your mainstream beauty products for vegan ones instead?
Nedahl Stelio, founder of beauty brand Recreation Beauty says: “It’s very easy to choose products created without animal parts.
I’m a big believer in not using animal-based ingredients to make ourselves beautiful. It just seems such a very easy decision to make. Even if they say the ingredient is harvested by not harming the animal, there will come a time when if you need enough of that ingredient those animals will be kept on-premises for that ingredient. And there are now other ingredients we can use to make ourselves beautiful, so why don’t we just always choose vegan?
Most cosmetics, perfume, and skincare from the last century were made with animal products. Newer, smaller brands are focused on delivering high-quality vegan products, so think small and independent when buying. The musk deer were hunted into almost-extinction for their coveted musk scent in perfumery, so this is a big one for the fragrance industry.
Always check the label – even if something looks natural and vegan unless they specifically state it on the packaging they are not.
Your conscience. As we move to a more evolved, inclusive society, these decisions are small but have a huge impact on the way we go forward.”
Research from Euromonitor International indicates Australia will continue to grow as the third fastest growing vegan market in the world, at a 9.6 percent growth with the head of Health and Wellness for Euromonitor stating Australia is one to watch when it comes to the demand for vegan friendly products. Accompanying this trend is that of conscious consumerism.
A PayPal report found 55% of Australian consumers make purchasing decisions based on their values around the environment, ethics or fair-trade. With the rise of these trends, there is no better time to showcase beauty products that are vegan.
Choosing vegan skincare isn’t only about making a powerful ethical decision – your skin also benefits from the abundance of nature’s gifts that produce incredibly powerful results!
Nature’s very own intelligence provides rich and potent sources of phytonutrients, essential fatty acids, vitamins A, B, C, E and intensive antioxidants, with remarkable anti-inflammatory and age defying benefits. We draw on Australian native botanicals rich in bioactive compounds to provide these sophisticated benefits for the skin.
Trudi Jaye, General Manager of Olivia Newton-John’s Australian beauty brand Retreatment Botanics says: “Choosing vegan beauty is also better for the planet. We set out to create a skincare range that was not only certified vegan & cruelty free, but also certified palm oil free. Formulating all of our products without palm oil derivatives meant that we were able to help protect the endangered Orang-utan rainforest habitat.”
For a while now, becoming a full vegan has been one of those life goals I have attempted to achieve time and time again. However, adopting a vegan diet can be challenging. There is a lot of preparation and thought required to maintain a healthy vegan diet. Healthy being the operative word.
There are so many ways you can fail at being vegan and find yourself eating foods which might be classed as vegan, but not entirely healthy or good for you.
So, adopting an alternative vegan lifestyle, by using only vegan beauty products, home cleaning products and even ditching animal by-product clothing as well, not only is a great way to support the cause. Ethically, it can be rewarding as well, knowing you are helping reduce the unnecessary need of using animal derived ingredients, particularly found in a lot of beauty products.
And believe it or not, switching over to vegan based beauty products isn’t as hard as you think, with many brands now being easily accessible in most supermarkets.
When I first started out on my vegan beauty journey several years ago, it was challenging to say the least, to make the switch. With many products not easy to find, especially haircare. I had to purchase most of them online. Though Priceline was doing an okay job retailing a few brands which were vegan. Most of the time, I had to source brands online for purchasing.
However, now so many well-known brands, as much as new brands, now all have vegan products as part of their range, making it easier now more than ever to make the switch.
To help you get started, I have chosen eleven beauty products which range from haircare to skincare (even toothpaste), to help you on your journey to making the switch to vegan beauty.
A beautiful facial cleansing oil to add to your daily cleansing routine. Made with the following natural oils from Hazelnut, Avocado, Jojoba, Camomile, Carrot, Mandarin and Peru Balsam, this oil works to remove dirt and grime from the day, as well as cleanse away makeup and clear clogged pores, whilst nourishing and boosting hydration in the skin.
To help combat the frizz in summer, this essentials hair kit is all you need. Inside you’ll find a beautiful range of natural and vegan products from shampoo, conditioner, frizz no more hair spritz and hair oil. The products work for any hair type if you’re trying to beat the fuzz.
Providing medium coverage, this BB cream will mattify and balance skin tone and is ideal for sensitive skin. Made with nourishing skin ingredients like Aloe Vera, Rosehip Oil and Avocado Oil, this all vegan and all natural BB cream is a great replacement for any foundation.
Mineral Fusion Nail Polish
A beautiful shade for summer, but also available in a wide range of shades if Blue is not your thing, this nail polish is not only vegan, it is also free from DBP, TPHP, Camphor, Toluene and Formaldehyde and dries fast. for easy application and ready nails in minutes.
Why not kick start your Veganuary journey with a beautiful curated skincare box by Nourished Life. Inside you’ll find a lovely range of products from brands such as brands such as The Beauty Chef, Black Chicken Remedies, The Jojoba Company & Supercharged Love Your Gut. This box is both a mixture of skincare and gut loving products for healthy glowing skin.
This Plumping Pumpkin facial contains pumpkin enzymes and fruit acids which works to remove dead skin cells and renew skin for a dewy after finish, leaving skin feeling fresh, clean, young and plump. There is also a delicious smelling fresh fruity pumpkin scent to this mask which is most satisfying.
Available in four beautiful goddess like shades: Chilli – spicy nude (pictured), Pop – lollipop pink, Crush – boysenberry purple and Glaze – crystal clear this lip honey is made from the natural ingredients of Jojoba Seed Oil and Mango Seed Butter, which is enriched with Omega 9, Vitamins A & C, and linoleic acid to help treat lips, nourish lips and hydrate lips. Colour lasts a long time too.
Can’t get to the beach? Bring a little ocean scent into your home with this richly fragranced candle, which captures the essence of the sea and beach, with an uplifting blend of Orange Blossom and Bergamot floating over a base of Patchouli and Sandalwood.
Sure spearmint toothpastes taste good enough to eat and leaves your mouth feeling fresh and crips. But what if you could ditch more traditionally flavoured pastes for the fruit sensations of watermelon. Or perhaps warm your heart with a cinnamon flavoured paste. Archie have launched a fabulous new range of toothpastes which range in a variety of flavours, including rose, orange, jasmine, liquorice, lemonade, aloe vera, and yes for the mint fans, there is still traditional mint scented one too.
Recreation Beauty Bondi Beach
This lightweight and fast absorbing serum oil is also a genius anti-ager and skin smoother, leaving a lasting, glowy lustre on skin, and a soft, silky sheen in hair. Scented with Jasmine + Neroli and made from rosehip oil, jojoba oil and seaweed extracts, Glow Queen Glow serum oil can help to rebuild elasticity and renew skin cells, leaving you with a smooth, soft and glowing complexion.
Retreatment Botanics is the inspiration and love project of Australian singer, wellness warrior and animal rights champion, Olivia Newton-John and her team of skincare experts at Gaia Retreat & Spa in the Byron Bay Hinterland. Made from only the finest organic and natural ingredients like Aloe Vera, Jojoba Esters, Rosehip and Coconut oil, Grapefruit peel oil, this face polish will help remove dead skin cells to renew and resurface skin for a soft glowing complexion.