All natural, vegan beauty is slowing taking over the world one product at a time! Let’s review my 13 all-time favorite vegan beauty products!
13 Organic Makeup & Skincare Product Reviews
Welcome, ladies! Today, I’m going over my favorite vegan beauty products of all time – how well they work, what they do, and most importantly, why they’re great! If you’re interested in all natural, organic skincare and makeup, and are thinking of transitioning from your current beauty regimen into a gentler, more eco-friendly one, tune in to read my review of products I’ve used and swear by!
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If you stay up to date with all of the beauty news and trends we post on Makeup Tutorials, you’ve more than likely read about my obsession with Andalou Naturals products. From the very first time I stumbled upon them at Whole Foods to several years later, I have exclusively used their skincare products to treat and repair my skin. They’re an absolute godsend and I can’t recommend them enough. The line I’m currently using is their 1000 Roses skincare line that’s formulated for sensitive skin. Andalou Naturals uses only organic ingredients, as well as fruit stem cells to new the skin at a cellular level. While I won’t get all science-y, I will say that since using their products my skin has been softer, more supple, radiant, and feels like an absolute dream compared to my previous skin tone which was dull, dry and hyper-sensitive.
The 1000 Roses line is formulated for specifically for sensitive skin and will not only repair it at a cellular level, but will also boost your skin’s resistance to external elements such as stress, pollution and the occasional dietary slip up (hey, sometimes I really gotta have that donut!). Their floral facial toner is made with Alpine Rose Stem Cells, hyaluronic acid (read about the importance of it here), pomegranate, white tea extract, and lots of other naturally occurring oils and ingredients. This toner will balance your skin’s pH level (a factor important in dictating the appearance of your skin) and restore its natural texture and appearance. It’s you’re in the market for a new facial toner, I highly HIGHLY recommend this one.
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This was the first ever product I tried from Andalou Naturals. For those who live close to a Whole Foods, they sell their entire line there. This pumpkin honey glycolic mask is a great exfoliator that will effectively slough off dead skin cells, revealing an even, visibly bright new layer of skin. I only recommend using this product once a week as it can be a bit intense, especially for those with sensitive skin. Leave this mask on for 10 minutes, as any time over that will likely result in irritated, red skin (something I learned the hard way).
This mask is formulated with pumpkin, Manuka honey, citrus glycolic AHA, apple and grape stem cells, superfruit berries, and Vitamin C. This is best used if your skin is looking dull, feeling dry, or to aid in the reduction of the appearance of acne scars.
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Derma E is another line sold at Whole Foods (now you can see where I get the bulk of my beauty products) and is an all natural, effective skincare line formulated by Dr. Linda Miles – an Oriental Medicine and Holistic Practitioner. The overnight peel is formulated with 5% glycolic acid, plus lactic and malic acids, which make it a great exfoliant. The way it works is fairly simple: apply this baby on clean, dry skin in place of your nightly moisturizer and rinse off in the morning.
Whenever my skin is in need of a quick pick-me-up (if I have an event the next day or just want to pamper myself), I’ll apply this and wake up with bright, even-looking skin. If you’re looking for a gentle exfoliant that requires little to no work on your part, please try this amazing product.
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Sure, this isn’t a beauty product perse, but I swear by coconut oil for many things: hydrating hair mask, eye and face makeup remover and body oil. While you don’t have to stick to Nutiva (Dr. Bronner’s is another great brand), be sure to always use unrefined, organic and virgin coconut oil – especially if you’re applying it on your face.
If using on your hair, what I do is coat my hair in a layer of coconut oil, put it up in a bun and cover it with a shower cap, then let sit for 20 minutes. After the twenty minutes are up, wash your hair as usual and voila! This hair treatment leaves my hair shiny, silky and soft to the touch – no easy feat for me as my hair is thick and coarse. As for eye and makeup remover, I massage coconut oil into my face using my fingertips before moving on to my 1000 Roses Foaming Facial Cleanser. This helps loosen up my makeup and removes any traces of mascara and eyeliner. Last, but not least, a principle of Ayurveda is to give yourself daily body massages. While this isn’t possible for me, I do try to do them at least thrice a week. What I’ll do is gently massage coconut oil onto every part of my body, let sit for 15-20 minutes and then shower as usual.
5. LUSH Cupcake Fresh Face Mask
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I absolutely adore LUSH Cosmetics! I love their packaging and the fact that you can see who made your product. They’re a great company that promotes transparency, organic ingredients and quality. The Cupcake face mask was formulated for teenage skin, but can be used on oily skin tones or for those with acne (slight to moderate).
With ingredients such as spearmint oil, cocoa powder, vanilla absolute and Rhassoul mud, this cleanser will deep clean your pores and leave your skin matte, cleansed and smooth.
I usually apply this baby a couple of days before my period as my skin will start to become oily and more sensitive.
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I came across sea buckthorn oil one night while I was researching all-natural beauty ingredients. Sea buckthorn oil is a wonderful moisturizer that also boasts possessing a boatload of antioxidants such as Vitamin A, C and E. This oil is usually recommend as an anti-aging product as its moisturizing properties will help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Whenever I use this product (I’ll apply this after my toner before going to bed twice a week), I wake up with smooth, moisturized skin. This product is great at reducing redness, healing inflammation and, as previously mentioned, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
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With the word out on the harmful side effects of standard, commercial deodorants, it should be mandatory that everyone use all natural deodorants. But, we’re not going to start preaching here! All natural deodorants have a bad reputation for smelling great, but not being able to stop sweat at all and while this can be the case for some, it’s definitely not for this rose deodorant. Dr. Hauscka has great products in general, so of course this deodorant is going to be just as stellar. With the delicate smell of fragrant roses, coupled with Alchemilla essence (which regulates the secretion of sweat), this deodorant will leave you smelling fresh and staying dry all the live long day. Another deodorant I’d recommend (and one my husband is in love with) is Zion Health ClayDry Natural Deodorant.
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I definitely have nights where the thought of washing my makeup off before bed seems like a nearly impossible task. For those nights, I reach for these babies – Yes To Cucumbers Facial Towelettes. Because my skin is so sensitive (and I mean sensitive), these have been the only towelettes that will gently remove my makeup without breaking me out the next day. Even if you don’t have sensitive skin, these towelettes are effective at removing all traces of makeup and will leave your skin soft and smooth. The Yes To brand is one of the few drugstore brands I trust, as most of their products are formulated with all natural, organic ingredients and the difference is apparent after one use.
This brand recently released an activated charcoal facial bar which I have yet to use, but would love to hear about so if you’ve tried it, let me know how it works in the Comments section below!
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Tarte Cosmetics is a great makeup company that promotes their use of organic ingredients that benefit the skin. This hydrating cheek tint is no exception to their company motto. While there are days when I prefer using powder blush, for days when I just want to swipe something on really quick and jet out of the house, I turn to this cheek tint which is hydrating, long-lasting and delicate. This tint leaves you with a natural, glowy flushed appearance.
10. EcoTools Complexion Collection Brush Set
EcoTools Complexion Collection comes with 4 brushes: Mattifying Finish Brush, which was developed to control shine and oily skin; Skin Perfecting Brush, which was designed for smooth and even application of CC/BB creams; Eye Perfecting Brush, which mimics the shape of your finger for easy eye makeup applications that won’t tug at your skin or transfer oil; and, the Concealer Correcting Brush.
This specific set of brushes was designed to treat dark circles, oily skin and fine lines. I personally love this set of brushes because it’s cruelty free and formulated with duo-fibers; feels soft on the skin; and, enhances the appearance of my skin.
The Body Shop has a myriad of vegan products that are affordable and live up to their purpose. Definitely up there in my list of favorite beauty shops, The Body Shop continues to impress with their line of baked eyeshadows.
What I love most about this line of eyeshadows is the pigment and durability. The colors in this line (my favorite is Amethyst) are soft and last more than 8 hours, this is even the case on hot, summer days when every part of my body is sweating (TMI? Maybe.). They blend easily, so you can use your finger to pat these bad boys on.
12. Herbivore Coco Rose Body Scrub
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While I love creating my own body scrubs (my go-to has been organic, fair-trade coffee grounds with coconut oil and cacao), the Coco-Rose body scrub is perfect for at-home spa days or special occasions.
This scrub is formulated with raw sugar, coconut oil, Bulgarian rose absolute and Vitamin E, making it an incredible treat for the skin. I recommend exfoliating your body at least once a week to remove dead skin cells. This is especially the case during summer when dirt and oil from sweat can stay trapped on your skin, resulting in a dull, gray appearance.
For a scrub that will leave your skin feeling soft, supple and brand new, try this scrub.
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AHA! Last, but certainly not least, my personal long-time favorite: Indian healing clay! The tagline of this mask is “Feel Your Face Pulse” and that couldn’t be more true. This stuff is really intense, so I recommend using it twice every two weeks for a deep clean that will suck out (hence the pulsating) all of the dirt, oil and makeup that’s been trapped in your pores. This is a great deep pore cleanser for those with oily and/or acne-prone skin.
I mix mine with Apple Cider Vinegar and let sit for 5-10 minutes. Afterwards, I rinse this mask off with warm water and voila! Oil-free and clean skin.
I hope you found these reviews useful and if you have your own favorite all natural beauty products, let us know what they are in the Comments section below!
- The Importance Of Balancing Your Skin’s pH
- What’s Your Skin Type?
- Best Moisturizers For All Skin Types
- DIY Botanical Facial Serum
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