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Give Your Makeup Bag a Vegan Makeover

The following is a guest post by PETA staffer Sunny.

I’ve been a compassionate beauty junkie for as long as I can remember. I feel very lucky that there is a plethora of vegan beauty options that run the gamut from hair care to eye shadow. Here’s a list of some of the vegan beauty products that I’ve become smitten with over the years. Any of these would make the perfect addition to your makeup bag. So here they are—in no particular order, but all particularly awesome.

Crazy Rumors Lip Balm: These lip balms are 100 percent vegan and come in really fun and tasty flavors: Fresh Squeezed, A La Mode, Brew, Perk, Gumball, and Soda, and Candy Cane. I highly recommend them all! They are the perfect consistency—not oily, lumpy, or sticky—and they are packed with moisturizing ingredients like jojoba oil, organic shea butter, extra virgin olive oil, and vitamin E. They are also naturally sweetened with stevia. My faves: Amaretto and Orange Bergamot.

Giovanni Hair Care: This is a nourishing hair-care line that is salon-quality and super-effective, and it smells amazing. Giovanni offers different formulas for all hair types and hair-care needs, and it is available at Target, making it accessible to all. This hair-care line is comparable to traditional shampoos and conditioners except that it’s even better—it’s organic, primarily vegan (some products contain honey, so be sure to read the label and avoid those), and never tested on animals. A couple of my faves: Tea Tree Triple Treat Shampoo and the Smooth as Silk Shampoo.

LUSH: Bath time can be vegan, sexy, and fun, all at the same time. LUSH has a line of vegan bubble bars, bath bombs, lotions—you name it! I highly recommend the Sex Bomb and the glittery bubble bars. The company also donates money to a range of environmentally and animal-friendly charities.

Earth Science Skin Care: These products are available at Whole Foods Markets, are cruelty-free, and are primarily vegan (with the exception of a few that contain beeswax—it’s always a good idea to read all the ingredients). They are hypo-allergenic and don’t contain any methyl or propyl parabens. Also, the company’s skin-care line is pH-balanced and works like a charm. My faves include the A-D-E Creamy Cleanser (perfect for dry or mature skin) and the A/B Hydroxy Acid Night Rejuvenator (packed full of hydroxy acids, antioxidants, and hyaluronic acid—wrinkle fighters!). So there you have it, folks! If you can’t find these products at a store near you, check out the companies’ Web sites to order online.

What are some of your favorite vegan beauty products?

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  • williamspromakeup says:

    This is a fantastic article! I came across more animal-friendly cosmetics. I believe a makeup artist needs to suit their kit for vegans and vegetarians:

  • The WILD says:

    They may not all be vegan, but yah for Europe banning animal tested cosmetics! One giant leap toward animal rights!

  • Annie says:

    My friend started selling Arbonne products a few months ago; I am very weary of MLM’s and pyramid scheme companies, but I have fallen in love with all of their cosmetics, they also have vegan protein powder and meal replacement that I think tastes better than Vega! I think my favorite product is their mascara and lip tints 🙂 !

  • sofie says:

    i love arbonne, it has the best products and is all vegan!!!

  • Chantal says:

    @Lisa: Castor oil is not an animal ingredient its an oil from a plant! 😉
    The scientific name is Ricinus communis, but the common name is “castor beans”.

  • Lisa says:

    elis (and anyone else!!) – a couple of sites that might help for finding if the ingredients in your skin care and cosmetics are safe are ‘cosmeticsdatabase’ and ‘goodguide’. You can check both the items and the ingredients. I find them really helpful- check if it’s on peta’s vegan list, then check with either of the above sites to find out if there are harmful ingredients. 🙂

  • emily says:

    On the vegan store they had lipstick that contained mica,and castor oil,that’s on your list of animal ingredients…also lush had hidden animal ingerdints in a lot of there stuff…Soooo not vegan…

  • notepad says:

    We’re a new vegan cosmetics company – check us out we’re also Canadian! 🙂

  • Corinne says:

    vapour organic beauty is cruelty free and great for your skin they also offer samples

  • CarlaHIlliard says:

    Arbonne has a line of vegan certified beauty and wellness products that is awesome!

  • Charlie says:

    Highly recommend Sukin my fav products they are vegan, work amazing and great value…..<3

  • Melinda says:

    I love Gabriel Cosmetics/Zuzu Luxe, RMS Beauty (not all of it is vegan, though), and 100% Pure for cosmetics. For skin care, I love Pai and Simply Divine Botanicals.

  • elis says:

    I’m very interested in buying cruelty free products but I also care that the products I am about to buy will also be natural without dangerous/ toxic ingredients.

    So Do You Know any products that are 100% cruelty free and natural ? If so, please post them so everyone know

  • Em says:

    Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics has the best line of nail polish and lip glosses I’ve ever encountered. So much pigment! The lip gloss feels so nice too. Merry Hempsters has nice vegan lip balm with SPF.

  • Savanna says:

    L.A. Colors
    cruelty free-super fun

  • yolanda says:

    How would I know if my make up is or is not vegan friendly

  • Natasha says:

    Do you know any stores in canada that sell items like this. Id rather buy cruelty free makeup.

  • Stefanie says:

    Can I name 2 products? Lush’s color supplement is amazing!! And Pangea Organics balancing oil is fantastic as well-even for my acne-prone skin!!

  • Jen M. says:

    Katy – I believe Benefit DOES test on animals.

  • Cristina says:

    I want to recommend you BIOLAND brand. This Costa Rica made products are cheap, ecological, safe, organic, natural, vegan and animal test free.

  • Rose says:

    If you have a Trader Joe’s in your area they have their own line of sls-free (+ cruelty-free of course) shampoos and matching conditioners as well. I do not have it in my shower atm, but I think it is Tea Tree formulation…it does not have the pungent aroma of tea tree…for those who may dislike that scent this shouldn’t be a problem. A bonus is that each bottle sells for about 3 dollars. Another good vegan product is No Miss nail polishes, removers etc. Alot of heath food type markets sell No Miss. Pangea(theveganstore) has them online.

  • mary says:

    I also live in Spain and would love to know which of the biggies in the cosmetics industry are useable, about 30 years ago Avon said they were going to stop testing- have they? I doubt it actually and as I don’t like them -don’t use them.I use very little make up so would like to be able to use the basics-foundation, false tan, mascara and lipstick knowing some poor bunny hasn’t gone blind for my vanity.

  • Bec Andrew says:

    Lucas Paw-paw ointment is a great lip balm. Not only is it vegan, but it’s an all purpose ointment that heals naturally.

  • Colleen says:

    I love e.l.f. I use it all the time. And Physicians Formula organic wear. Their mascara is amazing (unfortunately not waterproof, though.)

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  • Toni says:

    I thought that hyaluronic acid came from animal tissue? Does anyone know if that is true?

  • Matei Monica ( Jitaru ) says:

    Already my bag has vegan products. I want it …hope I win.
    All the best.

  • Iris says:

    Lush is great, but you should check out Duross & Langel for soap & body products. They are a local Philadelphia company that makes cruelty-free & vegan body products.

  • Elle says:


    Smashbox has recently (finally) come out a waterproof mascara!! I just ordered it online a week ago! They also have a fantastic deal going on where you get an eye shadow, eyeliner, and mascara for $32! check it out!

    As for my favorite vegan and cruelty free product line, i have fallen in love with NORTH AMERICAN HEMP CO. Yes I am from Canada, so i’m not sure if you can get it outside of here! But you should definitely check it out!

  • Krista says:

    Mac Pro Lash Mascara is a vegan product, and is AMAZING! Urban Decay is also so wonderful, making it hip to be veg! Also, for haircare, you have to try Pureology products. They are 100% vegan, and they are cruelty free. Use the conditioner ONE TIME, it will change your life!!!

  • Alexandra Z. says:

    I adore Urban Decay, and the fact that they cater to the teen market’s need for fun colours, while remaining cruelty free.

  • Sarah says:

    Anyone looking for good vegan make-up should try Beauty Without Cruelty. I found it for the lowest price online at and they sell other crulety free products like Alba, Nature’s gate, Kiss My Face, and are the first place I go if I need lotions, shampoo, soap etc. Also check Leaping Bunny for a complete list of vegan and Crulety Free companies.

  • Victoria says:

    I live in Philadelphia and there is a LUSH right here on Walnut Street. I love it there and now that I know how great a company they are…I love it more

  • Lori says:

    All products made by Arbonne International (available in the US, Canada, UK & Australia by independent consultants) are 100% vegan certified. So no animal testing and no animal products or by-products!! Botanically based and organic ingredients used whenever available.
    They have a new full line of cosmetic, anti-aging skin care, hair and body products. And the most amazing marine botanical detox spa products! Fantastic products 🙂

  • Nancy says:

    I have about 35 makeup bags

  • RachelP says:

    I love Physicians Formula’s Organic Wear product line. It is all cruelty-free, super gentle, and easy to find. Their mascara is awful though, not waterproof and gives me raccoon eyes.

  • katy says:

    Do you know if Benefit is safe to use without hurting animals ?

  • Arly says:

    I am trying to find a good vegan waterproof mascara. Any ideas?

  • Heather F says:

    Thank you for sharing this! I would love to overhaul my make up collection because I am taking small steps to being less dependent upon the products made with animal ingredients or tested on animals. You always see “this final product not tested on animals,” meaning that the ingredients used to make it could have been tested on animals or the ingredients themselves were made from animals! Eek!

  • Deborah says:

    Eyes Lips Face (ELF) is a Peta supporter, but I am not sure they are totally vegan. They have nice products at a nicer price.

  • Faith says:

    All skin, body, baby and of course makeup – by Daisy Blue Naturals!

  • charlotte says:

    i’m in new zealand, there’s a shampoo and conditioner that’s simply called ‘organic care’. It’s the cheapest one i could find at the warehouse but it’s organic, vegan and it’s completely awesome. How it’s not more exclusive or expensive i do not know but it’s a great product.

  • ana rodriguez perez says:

    where can I get this cosmetics? I live in Tenerife (Spain)

  • Elle says:

    I love the Hourglass line! It’s Vegan and gives great coverage and makes any problematic skin look amazing!!! With Natural Anti-Aging ingredients(not to mention it plumps the skin) and the desired look you achieve after using any of their products, this line is by far one of the best Vegan Lines out there on the market!