Tips and advice for a Vegan life

Start making vegan-conscious beauty choices, one eco-friendly step at a time, with our lifestyle tips and advice.

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With more of us than ever before choosing to adopt a plant-based lifestyle, there’s never been a better time to go vegan. Switch up your beauty regime to vegan-friendly and help to work towards a greener future with our top tips.

Stay in the know about ingredients
There are lots of naturally-occurring ingredients out there that you might think are vegan, but are derived from animals. To adopt a vegan-friendly beauty regime, it’s important to stay in the know when it comes to ingredients, so you won’t get any surprises later down the line.

Invest in good quality make-up brushes
Our vegan make-up brushes are made with super-soft, fluffy synthetic hair. The range includes a blusher brush, foundation brush and eye shadow brush as well as a mini make up brush set for those days where you’re on the go.

Washing your make-up brushes and sponges regularly to keep them hygienic, rather than continuously buying new ones, is more eco-friendly and you’ll notice a huge difference in quality too.

Use 100% vegan beauty products
There are lots of products out there that are cruelty-free, but this doesn’t mean they’re vegan. When buying your beauty products, be sure to check that they’re vegan-friendly, and if in doubt read the ingredients.

Here at The Body Shop, we have 100% vegan collections for your face, body and hair – so you can help protect the planet and feel fabulous too!

Use 100% vegan make-up
Just like other cosmetics, there are some make-up products that seem like they could be vegan, but still use ingredients derived from animals.

The Body Shop collection of 100% Vegan Make-up has been specially formulated without any animal by-products, but still has an amazing choice of shades – so being vegan doesn’t mean sacrificing your style.


Moving towards a more vegan-friendly skincare routine is a great step towards embracing a vegan lifestyle.

The transition is all about learning, so here’s some ingredients that aren’t actually vegan, with some vegan-friendly product alternatives, for you to keep in mind in the future.


What does it do?
Used to lock-in moisture, beeswax acts as a protective layer over the skin while still allowing it to breathe. The result is hydrated, supple skin that feels soft to the touch.

What is it found in?
Beeswax can be found in a variety of cosmetic and health products all over the world. Due to its creamy consistency and super staying power, it’s often used in lipsticks and lip liners.

Beeswax is a vegetarian ingredient, but as it is produced by bees it’s not vegan. Try our British Rose Body Yogurt, which contains hyaluronic acid, or Mango Softening Whipped Lotion for a vegan alternative to beeswax that will leave your skin feeling hydrated and silky smooth.


What does it do?
Keratin is a natural protective protein that’s found in our skin, hair and nails. When used on hair, products containing keratin are used to strengthen, smooth and eliminate frizz.

What is it found in?
Although keratin is found mostly in hair products, you might also find it in skin and nail cosmetics.

As keratin is derived from animals, it’s not vegan. For a vegan alternative, try our Strawberry Clearly Glossing Shampoo for strong, shiny hair.


What does it do?
Used for its moisturising effects on the skin, lanolin is usually found in either oil or wax form. It lubricates the surface of the skin, leaving it feeling soft, supple and smooth.

What is it found in?
Lanolin can be found in a wide variety of cosmetic products for skin and nails.

Lanolin is derived from sheep’s wool, so it’s not vegan. Try natural plant oils and butters for a vegan alternative that will leave your skin feeling just as gorgeous.

We love the Coconut Hand Cream for super-soft skin and strong nails.


There are lots of ways you can adopt a more ethical beauty routine. The best way to start is by swapping some of your everyday products for alternatives. If you’re looking for some great beauty alternatives, check out these tips below!

Swap your make-up wipes for a muslin cloth and cleanser
Make-up wipes may be convenient, and great for when you’re on the go. For everyday use, instead of using wipes to remove your make-up, try an organic Muslin Cloth and a cleanser or soap. We love the Seaweed Cleansing Gel Wash for super-soft and fresh skin.

Discover a vegan shower gel or soap
There are lots of vegan-friendly shower gels and soaps out there, we love the luxurious Coconut Soap for skin that feels amazing and smells good enough to eat!

Try a vegan face wash, our Seaweed Cleansing Gel Wash which will effectively remove impurities, leaving a shine-free matte finish.

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