My Top 10 Vegan Beauty Products (1-5)

I like the idea of doing top 10’s, so I decided to do another on vegan beauty-related products.  Let me define what I mean by vegan here because it’s not always obvious to everyone.  These products are not tested on animals and they do not contain any animal by-products.  Now, what do I mean by “not tested on animals”?  It seems pretty simple, but companies can be tricky.  These products are not made by companies who A) do their own animal testing; B) hire other companies to do animal testing for them or otherwise endorse animal testing in any way; or C), as if it weren’t covered by A and B, use individual ingredients that were tested by other companies in their finished product.

Some of these products are made by companies that have other products that are not vegan, but none are made by any company that has any association with animal testing to my knowledge.  So for example, you’ll see LUSH products listed here.  Lush does make some products that contain eggs, and therefore, they are not a 100% vegan company.  However, all LUSH products are cruelty free.  The same goes for Urban Decay.

So without further delay, here are my top 10 vegan beauty products (in no particular order):

#1 R&B Hair Treatment by LUSH
This products is wonderful and I haven’t found a comparable alternative anywhere.  On a basic level, it works as a leave-in conditioner; however, R&B also helps tame frizzy hair and fly-aways and it works as a styling product too, even though it has no long-term hold.  It will help you achieve the style you want, but you’ll have to use hairspray to keep it.  R&B is great for dry, frizzy, or curly hair.  If you have thin or oily hair, stay away!  The star ingredients are oat milk, avocado butter, coconut oil, orange flower absolute, and  jasmine absolute.  The dominant scent is jasmine, but it’s not too strong.   I’ve gotten a lot of compliments on the scent of my hair when I use this.  If you have dry or curly hair, you know your worst hair days are the days you actually wash your hair.  As soon as you hop out of the shower, smooth in a little R&B and comb through.  Just use a nickle-sized amount.  Even if you have long, thick hair like I do, it will be enough.  There now… all better!  (P.S. As with all LUSH products, don’t let the price scare you off.  They make quality products and most of them will last you a lot longer than you think.  Just 3.5 oz of R&B lasts me around 5-6 months and I use it at least 4 days a week.

#2 Tea Tree Water Toner by LUSH
This toner is like a breath of fresh air for your face.  It instantly removes make-up, dirt, and sweat while reviving your skin.  It’s meant to tone and detoxify oily skin, but it’s not too strong, so it can be used on normal or combination skin too.  If you’ve tried other tea tree products before, they can dry out your skin, but this toner is pretty balanced, so no worries.  I wouldn’t recommend it for dry skin though (try LUSH’s Eau Roma Water toner if you have dry skin).  The star ingredients are tea tree water, juniperberry, and grapefruit.  Tea tree water is antibacterial and antifungal and will help control breakouts.  It smells very faintly of tea tree oil.  I recommend using after LUSH’s Coalface or Fresh Farmacy soap. (Notice how I keep throwing in LUSH recommendations here. I tried to limit myself to 3 of their products for diversity, but it was really hard!)

#3 Vanilla Puff Powder by LUSH
Okay, last LUSH product (but they’re all great!).  Who uses body powder anymore, you ask?  Smart people, lovely-smelling people, and YOU, once you try this!  This powder smells of light, fluffy, vanilla cake and rubs into your skin to be invisible.  It can be a bit messy to use, so I recommend shaking a small bit into your palm and then rubbing it onto your skin quickly (don’t let it escape!).  This method works best for under arms and around your breasts.  Use it in the places where you sweat most to help absorb moisture and make you smell like cake!  LUSH is so serious about this yummy scent that you’ll find a whole vanilla bean in with the powder!  My favorite way to use this powder is to first put on deodorant, then shake a bit of Vanilla Puff Powder into my palm and press it against my armpit quickly, rubbing it all in.  The tackiness of the deodorant helps the powder stick.  This works especially well with a natural deodorant that doesn’t have any aluminum (like #4).

#4 Tom’s of Maine Deodorant
By now you’ve probably heard about the evils of aluminum in deodorant, yet companies continue to use it because it acts as a antiperspirant.  Putting aside the debates about whether aluminum is truly liked to breast cancer, Alzheimer’s, and DNA damage, let’s just think about it in general.  The aluminum in deodorant actually affects your sweat glands and prevents sweating.  HELLO!  Sweat is how your body releases toxins, regulates body temperature, and cleans the skin.  We probably shouldn’t be plugging up our sweat glands, and our armpits are one of the main places we release toxins through sweat (because most people sweat more in this area).  So what do you do if you want to make the switch, but you don’t want unsightly sweat stains on your clothes?  The answer is simple!  3+4.  Take a powder, like the one I mentioned above, and apply it over an aluminum-free deodorant like Tom’s of Maine.  I recommend the “Beautiful Earth” scent, which is slightly fruity and sweet.  The deodorant will help prevent odor-causing bacteria and the powder will help keep you dry.  You won’t be bone dry, but you’ll be dry enough, even if you go running.

#5 Hot Chocolate Sugar Scrub by Giovanni Cosmetics
This sugar scrub smells good enough to scoop out with a spoon and devour!  Crushed cocoa beans and sugar polish your skin while the intoxicating scent of chocolate fudge fills your shower.  There is a slight warming effect when you first rub it in.  Scoop out a small amount and scrub your arms, elbows, legs, and feet.  It won’t leave the tub slippery or your skin slimy like some sugar scrubs can as it isn’t over-loaded with oil.  Your skin is left soft and smelling of dessert!

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