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By Lora O’Brien
Some may think we Brits are famous for our love of tea or how we always find ways to moan about the weather, be it rain or shine. But there’s another quality that defines the British public: according to some studies, up to 7% of the UK’s population is vegan, making us the biggest vegan population in the whole wide world. Woohoo!
This would explain the increasing number of vegan British beauty products on the market. Though vegan cosmetics and skincare are still a fairly small niche, it’s one that is only set to grow bigger as more people demand grooming and beauty products that don’t harm animals in any way.
From home spa treatments to gender-neutral makeup, these are the best British vegan beauty products I feel you all need to know about right now.
1. Oskia London
Founded by former food journalist Georgie Cleeve, OSKIA takes a nutritional approach to beautiful skin. Linking the combined benefits of minerals, vitamins, proteins and essential fatty acids, its products are formulated under the direction of internationally-recognized dermatologists. Our edit includes key cleansers, creams and exfoliants.
Hero product: If you’re looking for something that will really make a difference to your skin, this serum is it. Oskia’s fragrance-free ‘Super 16’ serum is packed with 16 nutrients and bio-actives that firm the skin, diminish fine lines and reduce inflammation. It contains Bakuchiol – derived from Indian Babchi seeds and traditionally used to heal cuts – which boosts the production of collagen and elastin, as well as suppressing the effects of melanin-producing cells, reducing the appearance of age spots and pigmentation – all without causing irritation or sensitivity.
2. Pai Skincare
Made with sensitive, allergic skin in mind, Pai ensures that each of their products is 100% free from all irritating chemicals and alcohol. The brand carefully selects ingredients with proven remedial and skin soothing properties, such as chamomile, rosehip and calendula.
Hero product: This day cream is perfect for anyone who lives in a polluted city and/or finds themselves with red blotches that need covering up with makeup.
Ever wondered what PHB stands for? Pure. Handmade. British. PHB’s ethos has always been to provide its customers with the purest AND most effective beauty products that are 100% naturally derived and ethical. All products are free from chemicals, harsh alcohols and GMO’s and are never tested on animals. Their ingredients are all ethically sourced and organic where possible, too.
Hero product: Brows really do frame your face, so if you’re looking to enhance yours, then this mineral based powder is perfect. It won’t smudge, and its staying power makes it great for day to day use.
From organic hair perfumes and dry shampoos to a superb range of conditioners and hair washes, Tabitha James Kraan has it all! Made from high quality, cruelty-free, vegan and organic ingredients, these products not only do your hair a world of good, but they look great on your bathroom shelf, too!
Hero product: It’s hard to pick just one, but their Amber Rose conditioner smells like a dream, and dee conditions all hair types.
Founded with the belief that we need to be mindful of our connection to the earth, Bamford is based at Daylesford Farm and Spa in the Cotswolds, and is home to one of the most sustainable organic farms in the UK. Made with only the purest ingredients, it’s no wonder Bamford is a favourite of British fashion designers and celebs like Kate Moss and Lily Allen.
Hero product: A bath can feel therapeutic to many, so why not kick things up a notch with this super indulgent bath oil? Infused with apricot kernel oil, vitamin-rich almond oil and oleic acid, this relaxing bath oil will soften and nourish skin, while sweet notes of jasmine, orange blossom and cedarwood will transport you to a place of tranquility.
6. REN Skincare
It seems more people are waking up to chemical-free beauty these days, but REN is a British Brand that launched clean skincare way back before it became mainstream. REN, which means ‘clean’ in Swedish, uses bio-active ingredients that actually benefit your skin’s health. REN is also on a mission towards a waste-free future, aiming to have 100% recyclable packaging, refillable solutions and bottles using reclaimed ocean plastic by 2021.
Hero product: REN’s Rose Centifolia™ Cleansing Gel is not only designed for all skin types, but it’s super gentle and works to thoroughly cleanse skin without stripping away moisture. It’s also designed to remove make-up, oil and the day’s dirt and pollution from the skin, so it’s a bit of a multitasker!
7. Green People
This family run business is something of a pioneer in the world of clean beauty in Britain. Certified organic, vegan-friendly and packed with up to 99% active natural ingredients, the wide range of products from Green People (which range from men’s grooming, babies and makeup products) all protect, nourish, balance and beautify.
Hero product: It’s hard to choose from such a wide range, but their reef-safe, scent-free SPFs are really amazing!
This family run business may have their roots in India, but their business is purely British! Harvinder, the owner of the brand, uses Ayurvedic principles and Indian traditions to create a highly effective line of hair dyes, shampoos, creams, conditioners and hair oils.
Hero product: Their dyes are their best selling product – no chemicals are used at all, and the results are permanent, and stunning!
Behind Clockface Beauty is a mother and daughter duo that has created a luxurious skincare range that’s dedicated to wellness. Knowing that beauty and well-being is truly skin deep, Clockface Beauty works to leave both you and your skin looking and feeling amazing. Made in Yorkshire, the brand is 100% natural, organic, vegan and cruelty-free and uses only ingredients that draw on nature to rejuvenate both mind and body.
Hero product: Skin a little on the dull side? This serum is made with a blend of 9 essential oils, each selected for their renowned healing properties, and combined with vitamin E, jojoba, avocado and argan oil to hydrate skin quickly and effectively whilst protecting against damage.
10. Clive Christian
Clive Christian’s luxurious scents are all cruelty free, but unlike most perfumes, this British artisan includes a vegan line, too. For example, the label includes notes of leather….without the use of dead animals. Using only the finest and highly concentrated ingredients provided by nature, Clive Christian recreates aromas from the ancient gardens of British nobles.
Hero product: ‘Rock Rose VII’ has invigorating top notes of Citrus, Bergamot, Black Pepper and Neroli. This is an oriental floral, with fruity top notes of Mirabelle Plum, white Peach and Bergamot which slowly and sensually unravel to reveal Jasmine, Carnation and a heart blooming with Rose.
11. BWC Makeup
With 30 years experience under their belts, Beauty Without Cruelty was one of the first cruelty-free, vegan and ethical makeup brands in the business. All of their products are made with natural ingredients and are all hypoallergenic and fragrance-free, making them great for even those who suffer from sensitive skin. Their packaging is also recyclable, and recycled material is used wherever possible.
Hero product: If you’re prone to oily skin, then you need this powder in your life. The ultrafine loose powder blends with your natural skin tone to give skin a super-sheer matte finish that will set your makeup. The light reflecting particles not only give skin a radiant glow, but the natural kaolin clay helps to combat shine, so your skin will stay matte all day long.
12. BYBI Beauty
BYBI was founded in 2017 by two beauty bloggers who were determined to make beauty products more transparent. Using only high-quality ingredients that they know will directly benefit our skin, BYBI proves that ‘natural’ skincare doesn’t need to mean basic. The brand is 100% natural, vegan and cruelty-free.
Hero product: Their lip plumper! Want a plumper pout but don’t like the idea of pumping lip fillers into your mouth? Not only does the BYBI Beauty Lip Plumper work to enhance the shape and volume of your pout (thanks to all natural ingredients and essential oils), but it also promotes healthy, well-conditioned lips so your lips will be perfect kissable all day long.
Daniel Galvin Jr has been one of the world’s most sought after colourists for over 20 years. He has brought together a talented and experienced creative team at his Belgravia-based salon to provide clients with a level of service and experience rooted in Daniel’s own values. Daniel has been at the forefront of the organic beauty movement since its inception, and has tenaciously lobbied on behalf of his industry and the wider organic community.
Hero product: The Detox & Purify Shampoo is an antioxidant-rich blend of organic extracts blended with essential oils as well as Mediterranean grape seed oil, coconut, seaweed, Arabian coffee, banana and organic orange oil. The formula lathers beautifully (despite zero SLS!) and was designed to detox, purify and rehydrate tired, stressed and over processed hair.
Tropic Skincare is an all-vegan skincare brand that has been on the receiving end of countless awards, despite their short time in the industry. Founded by Susie Ma and backed by business mogul Lord Alan Sugar, Tropic Skincare is one of the fastest growing companies in the UK. The brand is 100% vegan and cruelty-free.
Hero product: Last Extensions Mascara. Fake lashes may look great, but they can hinder the growth of your own lashes in the process. Lengthen your lashes by creating a false lash effect with this dynamic duo. The nourishing fixing gel is applied first, and then you add the extension fibres, which work to layer your lashes for up to 5x more volume, and double their length.
15. Jecca Makeup
After working as a MUA, founder and director Jessica Blackler spent a lot of time catering to a diverse range of clients and spotted a gap in the market when it came to gender-free makeup. A firm believer in the transformation of makeup, Jessica created a range of makeup that allows all wearers feel confident and celebrate their uniqueness.
Hero product: Jecca is cruelty-free and vegan and made in the UK. This concealer palette works to create a luminous base for all its wearers whilst working to cover everything from beard shadows, birthmarks and acne, thus helping even those who feel self-conscious to feel flawless.
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