What is vegan beauty and why does it matter for the environment?

Vegan beauty can be defined by not using animal-based products in the manufacture of your cosmetics. Standard cosmetic ranges include many different types of animal-derived products including collagen, lanolin, honey, gelatin, keratin and cochineal. 

Vegan beauty products are certified by four main bodies: PETA, Vegan Action, the Vegan Society and The Vegetarian Society.  Look for their seals of approval on products. In addition, look for the Leaping Bunny, Cruelty-Free International and Choose Cruelty-Free logos. These show that a product hasn’t been tested on animals, as surprisingly, not all vegan beauty products are cruelty-free too. 

Vegan beauty may not necessarily be non-toxic or environmentally friendly either. There are a whole host of ingredients in beauty products that are not animal related but are not good for you or the environment, such as sulphates.

Why does this matter for the environment? 

The production of meat for our consumption is a major cause of environmental damage. Farmers clear forests every day, not only to farm the animals for meat, but to farm crops to feed the animals.

Trees reduce the carbon in the atmosphere. The reduction of forests increases global warming and directly impacts climate change. The change in climate is already having an impact in some areas of the world, causing flood damage, major wildfires and coral bleaching, for example. 

Where can I find vegan beauty products?

Right here!  Members of Blue Patch produce vegan beauty products including shampoo, skincare ranges, perfumes and essential oils. 

“Our products are made with plant based natural ingredients without using any derived from animals. We believe in making it easy for everyone to buy Vegan skincare products so we can all help to save the natural world and the animals which inhabit it.”

Abigail, The Bath House

The Bath House has a huge range of vegan products from bath oils & bath salts, deodorants and soaps, shampoo & conditioners, eye creams & face creams, shaving lotions & beard oils, and eau de parfums. 

Conscious Skincare is a vegan and cruelty free producer of bath soaks, shampoos and conditioners, hand & body lotions, cleansers, toners, moisturisers and serums. There are skincare products for different skin types from dry to oily.

Kind2 makes vegan and cruelty free shampoo and conditioner soap bars in sustainably sourced paper packaging. 

Upcircle Beauty is a natural, organic, vegan, cruelty-free, palm oil-free and sustainable beauty brand. They make cleansers, toners, moisturisers, exfoliators, face masks and serums to suit your skin type  They package their products in 100% recyclable packaging.

InLight Beauty stock a full range of 100% certified organic products including cleansers, toners and moisturisers, serums and oils, butters and balms for men, women and children. They have a vegan-friendly range.

Sop is a vegan and cruelty free brand that makes hand and body wash, shampoos & conditioners, face scrubs and candles in sustainable packaging. 

Terre Verdi is one of the first UK brands to be certified COSMOS organic to add to their vegan and cruelty free credentials. They make organic oils, body oils, body creams and body toners, cleansers, toners & moisturisers, serums, and more. 

Finding vegan beauty products doesn’t have to be difficult. Every business we work with is working towards making their company sustainable and eco-friendly from materials to packaging and systems to delivery. 

Join the Blue Patch member directory today.

Annette Clubley

Annette is a keen wildlife conservationist, mindful of sustainability and our impact on the environment. Outside of work, family is her focus and she loves teaching the next generation to enjoy the outdoors.