These genderless beauty brands suit the skin types of all kinds of people – and are vegan friendly, too!
By Lora O’Brien
It seems demand from both men and women for cruelty-free, clean beauty products is booming, and the notion of über ‘masculine’ or ‘feminine’ packaging, fragrancing and marketing is growing old. Now is definitely the time for gender neutral beauty.
But what exactly does that mean, I hear you asking. Well, for us, it means beauty products that work on the skin and hair of all genders. Products whose scent isn’t clearly ‘girly’ or ‘boyish’. Products whose packaging doesn’t scream ‘male’ or ‘female’.
We’re not sure gender neutrality works for ALL products; after all, men’s skin is generally thicker than women’s, they shave their faces, and they often have beauty concerns that women usually don’t, such as hair loss – but as with clothing, there are definitely some things that are better shared!
Here’s our list of the cleanest and best genderless beauty products.
15 Genderless Beauty Brands
1. Context Skin
Instead of focusing on creating products for specific genders, Context Skin instead made it their mission to become a go-to source of healthy beauty products for both men and women. All of their products are derived from natural ingredients, such as herbal extracts and rich botanical oils, and are formulated to work for all skin types. Whether you’re looking for a face mask or a moisturizer, Context Skin’s entire range is free from chemicals, parabens, phthalates and is never tested on animals.
Types of products: Cleanser, sunblock, eye cream, color cosmetics like nail polish and lipstick Price range: $$
Ever wished you could strip your skincare routine back to basics? The ethos behind Panacea is to reset what’s already happened to damage your skin and prepare it for what lies ahead by creating a range of products that hit the ‘refresh’ button by reversing damage and protecting your skin from further damage, be it in the morning, noon or night.
With the belief we don’t all share the same skin type, all of Panacea’s products are made to adapt to specific skin needs for both genders and all skin types, and of course they’re all paraben-free, sulfate-free and vegan friendly.
Types of products: Cleansers, toners, creams Price range: $$$
This Australian based brand is obsessed with delivering three things to all kinds of skins: collagen, elastin and hydration, and it does so in a completely natural way. Products generally have a light, citrusy scent that anyone’s would love -take their Vanilla and Orange Peel hand cream, for example. It smells practically edible, and the fragrance isn’t too ‘girly’ or ‘masculine’ – like the brand itself, it’s gender neutral!
Using only the most sustainably gorgeous, minimalistic packaging, Grown Alchemist delivers its vegan, organically sourced skincare products around the world.
Types of products: Shampoo, conditioner, cream, serum, you name it Price range: $$
With an impressive 28 years of history under its belt, Aesop is an Australian skincare brand that has been smashing gender stereotypes for years now. Not only has Aesop’s developed a stylish yet simplistic packaging design that both men and women love, but their unisex products and formulations highlight the power behind nasty chemical-free, vegan friendly beauty.
Types of products: Shampoo, perfume, hair masques, creams…loads of stuff! Price range: $$
Ever get sick of your boyfriend pinching your expensive shampoo? Now you can both share the indulgence thanks to the legendary vegan friendly hair care brand that is Løre Originals. Formulated to provide a simplified, unisex range of products that will work on every hair type no matter your gender, the deliberately minimalist brand combines natural, plant based ingredients with scientific compounds to give multiple results depending on how each product is used.
Manufactured exclusively in the UK, Løre Originals are vegan and free from both parabens and sulfates.
Types of products: Hair care mainly Price range: $
African Botanics’ founders Craig and Julia Noik deliberately created a brand they could both use! Today, their genderless beauty brand sustainably sources its vegan ingredients from South Africa’s Fynbos region – a remote utopia for antioxidant-rich plants and natural resources. Inspired by traditional African beauty rituals, their many face and body treatments are renowned for their healing, nourishing and therapeutic attributes.
Types of products: High end skincare including serums, creams and balms Price range: $$$
Overwhelmed by the length of his skincare routine, former practicing attorney Brian Oh created VENN as an effective, simple solution to solve all his skincare problems. Today, his unisex VENN skincare line combines twenty years of research and innovation with high-performing, clean ingredients that have been closely analyzed to ensure quality and safety. All products are cruelty free, and are housed in minimalistic containers.
Types of products: Luxury skincare including serums and masques Price range: $$$
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. No wonder this brand constantly receives rave reviews from customers and beauty editors alike!
Types of products: Serums, face washes, creams, even gradual tanning drops! Price range: $$
9. One Ocean
The world’s seas hold some precious beauty secrets, and One Ocean Beauty knows exactly how to harvest them. Their formulas fuse high performance peptides with cutting-edge Blue Biotechnology, which is based on anti-aging marine actives. All ingredients are sustainably sourced from coasts as far reaching as France and Antarctica to boost the overall health and radiance of skin.
Types of products: Creams, supplements, serums Price range: $$
10. Le Labo
Cult New York-based brand Le Labo hand manufactures unique unisex scents composed by some of the world’s finest noses. Unfortunately those perfumes, while delicious-smelling, are not all natural, nor are they vegan. On the other hand, Le Labo’s skincare is – and the best part? They smell just as wonderful as the label’s perfumes, boasting scents infused with mandarin, basil, sandalwood and other plant-based fragrances.
Types of products: Shampoo, cream, handwashes Price range: $$
Formulated with a host of rejuvenating botanical ingredients, Votary’s luxurious, vegan friendly skincare range works to improve skin’s appearance and reduce signs of aging no matter what your gender. Their chic, green glass apothecary bottles not only look great in the bathroom, but ensure the organic ingredients inside don’t get damaged by sunlight.
Types of products: Eye oils, cleansing oils, lip balms Price range: $$$
British based REN Clean Skincare caters to all skin types and all genders with its toxin-free range. Each product is formulated with 100% pure plant and mineral-derived extracts and ethically sourced oils – including Argan, Jojoba and Moroccan Rose Otto – that serve to nourish and soothe your skin.
Types of products: Day cream, night cream, shower gel, sunblocks Price range: $
After being amazed by the benefits of argan oil’s powerful antioxidant properties on her own skin, Kahina Giving Skincare’s founder, Katharine L’Heureux launched her label to spread the benefits of this oil to all people and all genders. All of Kahina’s organic ingredients are ethically sourced from Moroccan cooperatives, supporting the Berber women who extract these incredible oils by hand.
Types of products: Cleansers, toners, eye creams, soaps Price range: $$
Sometimes, you just want a shampoo that beautifully cleans your hair without making you reek of synthetic ‘parfum’, and Rahua does that perfectly. Their 100% organic products have fast become cult beauty favorites due to the fact that they not only do wonders for your hair and skin, but also because they help protect the Amazon rainforest by incorporating Rahua Amazonian nut oil into their products. This oil is highly prized by the Quechua-Shuar tribe as the secret to their thick, glossy hair.
Types of products: Shampoos, conditioners, body lotions and oils Price range: $$
Of all the genderless beauty brands, this one is the newest – and perhaps, the most unique! The new range of CBD oil-infused products offered by American Eagle are designed to soothe your skin – and your mind, thanks to the presence of 100% hemp-derived CBD, which works naturally to create a calming effect.
Types of products: Body lotion, lip balm, bath bombs, scrubs Price range: $