My Go-To Vegan & Cruelty-Free Beauty Products

One of the hardest things about going vegan is being bombarded with so much information and having to make so many changes in your life. Not only is the grocery store a new and completely different experience, but so is shopping for hair, makeup and hygiene products.

I’ve been testing vegan & cruelty-free products since I went vegan in September 2017 and I’m finally ready to share my go-tos. These are products I have purchased with my own money, I have no affiliation with any of these brands, and I have purchased them more than once – that’s how much I like them.

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1. Soap Works Shampoo & Conditioner Bar

I have been on the hunt for shampoo/conditioner bars for months. I tried the very popular ones from Lush, and was so disappointed. The shampoo worked, but it was so packed full of unnatural products that it literally stripped my hair and made it dry and brittle – something my hair has never been. Don’t even get me started on their conditioner bar – it literally does not work. It doesn’t lather. Don’t buy it. Save your money!

When I saw this one for $2.19 at Nature’s Fare in Langley, BC – I literally could not believe it, and I had the lowest of hopes for it. I bought it, because I am a big fan of their body soaps (more on that later) and I figured it I didn’t like it for my hair, my husband would be able to use it at the gym.

Oh. My. Goodness. This shampoo/conditioner bar actually leaves my hair feeling clean, and not dried out. It lathers great in the shower – I have a ton of hair, so I have to lather 2-3 times to get my whole head covered, but it is totally worth it. My husband and I share the bar, and it has lasted probably 4 months. It’s amazing. I wash my hair every few days, and I only use this and the leave-in conditioner I talk about next. I couldn’t be happier!

THE PROS:
  1. It’s low waste
  2. It actually works
  3. It’s extremely affordable
THE CONS:
  1. There is a barcode sticker attached to it (although it’s recyclable and made with vegetable inks) so it isn’t completely zero-waste
COST/WHERE I BUY IT:

$2.19 – I buy mine from Nature’s Fare in Langley, but Bulk Barn also sells them!

2. Headwear Super-Charged Leave In Conditioner 

I do have a lot of hair, and I occasionally use my blow-dryer or flat-iron on it, so I wanted to make sure my hair was being properly protected – especially considering I’m not using a conditioner in the shower (other than the bar mentioned above). Finding an affordable, vegan and cruelty-free heat protectant was literally next-to-impossible. Some stores were selling them for over $40?! I popped into Sally Beauty in Pitt Meadows and asked the employee if they had any cruelty-free & vegan heat protectants and this is the one she recommended. It also happens to have 23 other amazing benefits that I 100% agree with!

THE PROS:
  1. It smells amazing
  2. It actually does what it says it does
  3. A little goes a long way
THE CONS:
  1. It’s in plastic (How amazing would it be in a glass bottle!?)
COST/WHERE I BUY IT:

$9.99 – I buy mine from Sally Beauty!

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3. Better Than Sex Mascara by Too Faced

I have tried literally every vegan/cruelty-free dupe for this mascara because it is not cheap but nothing is even close to comparable. This stuff literally makes my eyelashes look like I’m wearing false lashes with just two coats. Plus, it is definitely waterproof (even if you don’t buy the waterproof one)

Also – a quick side note: I stopped using makeup remover to cut down on my plastic waste, and now I just use a washcloth and warm water! I just hold the wet washcloth over my lashes so the warm (almost hot) water starts to break down the makeup, and it wipes off no-problem!

THE PROS:
  1. It is easily the best mascara I’ve ever tried
  2. It’s in a super aesthetically pleasing tube
  3. You can find it at any Sephora
THE CONS:
  1. It’s super expensive
COST/WHERE I BUY IT:

$31.00 – I buy mine at Sephora!

4. NYX Micro Brow Pencil 

I used to religiously buy the Brow Wiz by Anastasia Beverly Hills, but this Brow Pencil by NYX is a third of the price and works just as well! It lasts all day and doesn’t wipe off if you happen to touch your eyebrows.

THE PROS:
  1. It’s affordable
  2. It’s available at drugstores
THE CONS:
  1. NYX is owned by a parent company who tests on animals
COST/WHERE I BUY IT:

$12 – I buy mine at the NYX store in Burnaby, but you can find it at some Shoppers Drug Marts!

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5. Soap Works Pumice Body Soap 

This is another product that I love by Soap Works! It’s super affordable, low-waste and smells so good! I have very sensitive skin and will break out with some body soaps, but this one just leaves me feeling fresh and soft!

THE PROS:
  1. It’s affordable
  2. It’s low-waste
  3. Smells amazing
THE CONS:
  1. There is a barcode sticker attached to it (although it’s recyclable and made with vegetable inks) so it isn’t completely zero-waste
COST/WHERE I BUY IT:

$2.19 – I buy mine from Nature’s Fare in Langley, but Bulk Barn also sells them!

6. Schmidt’s Ylang Ylang + Calendula Deodorant 

I’ve been on a life-long hunt for a natural deodorant that works. I found this brand at Costco just over a year ago, and I was immediately hooked. I originally purchased the Bergamot & Lime scent, and fell in love. It smells so fresh and actually works.

The only problem I have with this company is that their customer service is terrible. For some reason, whenever I push the lid down on this deodorant, the tiniest amount of product slides down the tube and sticks between the lid and the rest of the plastic (which is not fun to deal with when I’m transferring this between my house and the gym). My mom had the same problem, and we reached out to them to see if it was a known-issue. Instead of providing “top of the line” customer service (which they claim to have), they basically just blamed us for using it wrong – it was actually the worst customer service either of us had ever experienced.

That being said, Schmidt’s is the only natural deodorant that I’ve tried that actually works. So, until I find one with the same quality and better customer service, this is what I’m sticking with.

Also – don’t buy this stuff in regular stores. It is SO overpriced. Buy it at Costco in a three-pack, or check at Winners/Homesense/Marshalls in their natural section. I buy this one at Winners for 4.99, and some natural health food stores have the audacity to sell this for 14.99!

THE PROS:
  1. It actually works
  2. It smells amazing
THE CONS:
  1. Awful customer service
  2. The product does seem to transfer down the tube when you put the lid back on
COST/WHERE I BUY IT:

$4.99 – I buy mine at Winners, but you can also buy multi-packs at Costco!

7. The Body Shop Seaweed Cleanser

I’ve been using The Body Shop facial cleansers since before I was vegan. The seaweed one is my favourite. It doesn’t dry out my skin, and it doesn’t make me break out. However, it is definitely not the most natural product and it is in plastic, but it’s the best I’ve tried so far!

Don’t buy this at regular price – and don’t buy it in their stores! Their website always has lower prices and there’s almost always some sort of BOGO deal going on.

THE PROS:
  1. It actually works
  2. It doesn’t make me break out or dry out
  3. A little goes a long way
THE CONS:
  1. It’s in plastic
COST/WHERE I BUY IT:

$17 in store – but I buy it for no more than $12 on The Body Shop’s website!

8. The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Mask

I love this mask SO much because it comes in a glass container (that I can definitely repurpose!) and it makes my skin feel so soft. I usually use it 1-2x a week, and it just makes my skin feel fresh and amazing.

Again, don’t buy this at regular price – and don’t buy it in their stores! Their website always has lower prices and there’s almost always some sort of BOGO deal going on.

THE PROS:
  1. It feels great on my skin
  2. It’s in a glass container (with a plastic lid)
  3. A little goes a long way
THE CONS:
  1. It has a plastic lid
  2. It can be very expensive, especially if purchased at regular price
COST/WHERE I BUY IT:

$28 in store – but I buy it for no more than $23 on The Body Shop’s website!

9. Preserve Triple Razor

This was the first razor that I bought when I went vegan. It’s made of recycled plastic and the moisturizing bars have no animal products, plus it’s completely cruelty-free (and most mainstream razors are not). I buy mine on Amazon, along with their 4-pack refills. They don’t irritate my skin and they leave my legs feeling super soft!

THE PROS:
  1. It’s made with recycled plastic
  2. One of the only cruelty-free/vegan razors available
  3. It actually works
THE CONS:
  1. It’s made of plastic (even though it’s recycled/recyclable)
  2. They can be expensive, especially if you buy them at natural food stores like Whole Foods.
COST/WHERE I BUY IT:

$12.47 – I buy mine on Amazon, along with their refill packs!

10. Tom’s Clean and Fresh Toothpaste

I think this specific Tom’s toothpaste has been discontinued (boo!) but I have tried several of their toothpastes and they’re easily my favourites. Other toothpastes that are natural/vegan/cruelty-free do not leave my mouth feeling clean, but this one always does! I also love their Wicked Fresh mouthwash. Plus, I have been to a dentist recently and my teeth are cavity-free and healthy!

THE PROS:
  1. It actually leaves my mouth feeling fresh and clean
THE CONS:
  1. It has plastic packaging
COST/WHERE I BUY IT:

I only ever buy it when it’s on sale at the Superstore for $3.98, and I usually buy 2-3 at a time!

10. Sprmal Bamboo Toothbrush 

I’ve also been using bamboo toothbrushes since I went vegan. I love that their compostable and so much better for the environment than regular plastic toothbrushes. Plus, they look SO classy.

I buy mine on Amazon because it’s way more cost-effective. This specific package comes with 5 toothbrushes that are numbered (perfect for me and Nate because sharing toothbrushes is disgusting) and there’s no plastic in their packaging, either! These ones are a good size for my mouth and definitely work.

THE PROS:
  1. Low waste
  2. Way better for the environment
THE CONS:
  1. Bamboo toothbrushes can be expensive at natural food stores
COST/WHERE I BUY IT:

$12.99 – on Amazon!

If you’ve made it this far down to the list – thanks for reading along! Cheers to vegan & cruelty-free beauty!

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