100% Vegan Lifestyle
Over 3 million The Body Shop vegan products were purchased in the US during 2018. That’s over 50% of the total number of The Body Shop products sold in the United States alone.
Everyone from celebrities to athletes are showing support for a plant-based lifestyle, meaning beauty brands are being driven to ride the wave with them. Across North America, more than 60% of the population claims to be more likely to use vegan cosmetics than standard beauty products. So much so, that at 36%, skincare makes for the largest market share in US vegan beauty.
Driven by the desire to embrace a more ethically-conscious beauty regime, The Body Shop saw an increase of 6% in sales for vegan products over the last year, with the global vegan cosmetics market now set to reach $20.8 billion USD by 2025.
Increased awareness for a more plant-friendly lifestyle demonstrates why Google searches for ‘vegan beauty’ almost doubled between December 2016 and December 2017, with this search continuing to grow in popularity throughout 2018.
The US vegan movement is changing the perceptions of beauty products, explore the rise of vegan beauty in this infographic.
Meet Faith, an intern at The Body Shop HQ
We’re committed to plant-based goodness, which is why we got chatting to our team members to share their secrets on a vegan lifestyle. Faith shares her thoughts and experiences on being vegan in New York. Read about it on our vegan blog.
IS YOUR FAVORITE INGREDIENT REALLY VEGAN?
With more people than ever before choosing to say no to animal products, there’s never been a better time to go vegan. Making the switch to a plant-based lifestyle isn’t as tough as you might think – in fact there are lots of vegan alternatives to your favorite products out there. So, you don’t have to sacrifice looking great to lead an ethically-conscious lifestyle. When choosing vegan cosmetics, remember to check that the product is 100% free from any animal derivatives, which could be in disguise.
We have a huge selection of 100% vegan skincare products for all skin types. If you have oily, blemish-prone skin, try the Tea Tree Skin Clearing Clay Mask. Or if you’re looking to hydrate, we love the Vitamin E Cream Cleanser to leave skin feeling smooth and revitalized.
Our Aloe Soothing Night Cream, nourishes even the most sensitive skin overnight, so you wake up feeling moisturized and ready for the day ahead. Or embark on a journey to youthful-looking skin with the Drops of Youth Liquid Peel.
Our 100% vegan make-up collection is perfect for anyone looking to adopt an eco-friendly beauty regime. Enriched with powerful tea tree oil, our Matte Clay Foundation is a full-coverage vegan foundation that helps promote clearer-looking skin.
Or if you’re looking to glam it up, our Liquid Vegan Eyeliner is the essential tool for creating the perfect flick. Add some drama with the Big and Curvy Waterproof Vegan Mascara or shine bright with the Drops of Glow Lustre Finish Creator– however you choose to wear your vegan make-up, we’ve got everything you need to look and feel fabulous!
Tea Tree Oil is derived from the leaves of a tree called Melaleuca Alternifolia, native to Australia. It has been used for centuries to help soothe and heal the skin, and is used as a main ingredient in many health and beauty products across the globe.
Used primarily to combat oily skin, tea tree oil contains many different compounds that have been shown to kill certain bacteria, effectively promoting clearer skin by tackling breakouts and imperfections.
Put a few drops of tea tree oil into your cleanser or face mask, or use one of our Tea tree products to leave your skin feeling clean and refreshed.
The ancient Egyptians called Aloe Vera the “plant of immortality”, and while we can’t promise it will make you live forever, it does have a range of benefits when used on the skin. The aloe vera plant belongs to the cactus family, and its leaves secrete a clear gel when broken off from the rest of the plant.
It’s this gel that’s known for its healing and antioxidant properties, and is used to treat skin imperfections, marks, sunburn and aging. Ideal for all skin types, our Aloe products will leave your skin feeling healthy, refreshed and rejuvenated.
You’ve probably got a bottle of olive oil sitting in your cupboard, but did you know olive is also beneficial for your skin? It’s rich in vitamins A, D, E and K, and is ideal for normal to dry skin types looking to boost hydration and radiance.
The Vitamin E found in olive oil has been known to help reduce dandruff and inflammation of the scalp, so add a couple of drops into your shampoo for healthier-feeling hair.
Olive is known for its fresh, Mediterranean scent so our olive selection of products is perfect for leaving skin feeling refreshed with a moreish, fragrant aroma.
It may be a permanent fixture in your fridge, but ginger also has many benefits when applied directly to the skin. High in vitamin C, potassium, vitamin B6 and zinc, ginger is known for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory qualities, so it’s a great choice for all skin types to draw out impurities and reduce the appearance of any imperfections.
Use a ginger-based clay mask weekly to give your skin a deep cleanse. Ginger-based products are also ideal for use on the scalp and hair due to their soothing and strengthening qualities – use a couple of times a week for vibrant, healthier-looking hair.
Seaweed is naturally high in iodine, minerals, salts and vitamins. It also has anti-bacterial properties that make it an effective ingredient for tackling blemishes and imperfections.
Seaweed is also known for its hydrating qualities, and is a natural way to keep your skin feeling supple and looking radiant. Our selection of vegan seaweed products are the ocean treasures you need for healthy, happy skin.
BE MORE ECO: SWITCH UP YOUR BEAUTY TOOLS
Whether you’re an eco-warrior or aspiring vegan, there are lots of ways you can adopt a more ethically-conscious beauty regime. The best way to start is by swapping out some of your everyday products for vegan-friendly alternatives, and your make-up and skincare routine will be greener in no time!
Swap your make-up wipes for a bamboo cloth and cleanser
Make-up wipes, although convenient, are bad for the environment. Many make-up wipes can end up either clogging up landfills or being flushed out to sea, where they’re harmful to wildlife.
For a more eco-friendly alternative, try washing off your make-up using a bamboo cloth and cleanser. We love the Vitamin E Cream Cleanser and Camomile Eye Make-Up Remover to leave your skin feeling squeaky clean before bed.
Once you’ve removed your make-up, hydrate your skin with a vegan moisturizer. We love the Vitamin E Gel Moisturizer Cream for soft, supple, glowing skin.
Swap your shower gel for soapThere are lots of vegan-friendly shower gels out there, but they often come with more packaging than soap. For a product with less packaging but a whole lotta goodness, we love the Satsuma Soap!
Swap your Q-tips for a washclothJust like make-up wipes, Q-tips take a long time to break down, and many of them end up getting buried in landfills or flushed out into the ocean. The plastic stem of a Q-tip can be harmful to animals and marine life, so use an eco-friendly washcloth instead. We love adding our favorite cleansers to the Muslin Cleansing Cloth for gentle cleansing that’s good for our skin, and the environment too!
1. Invest in good quality vegan makeup brushesWhile it might be tempting to purchase cheap make-up brushes, it’s much more eco-friendly (and budget-friendly!) to invest in a quality set of vegan make-up brushes that will survive being washed regularly.
To keep your make-up brushes hygienic, try to wash them with warm soapy water once a week. This will get rid of any old make-up which is clogging up the bristles, so they’ll apply your make-up as flawlessly as when you first purchased them.
2. Use 100% vegan beauty products and toolsThere are lots of cruelty-free products out there, but they aren’t necessarily vegan. Always double check that any beauty products you purchase are 100% vegan and if in doubt, read the label. The Body Shop has a huge selection of vegan skincare products available online and in-store, created to help you look and feel fabulous!
Vegan Pumpkin Pie
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
2. For the filling: put 2 cups pumpkin, ½ cup of sugar and 1 tbsp vegetable oil in a roasting tin and toss together. Roast these for 35 minutes until soft and golden. Turn halfway.
3. For the pastry: while the pumpkin is baking, put 2 cups of plain flour, 2/3 cup of vegan margarine and 1/8 cup of icing sugar into a large bowl and rub it all together until it looks like breadcrumbs. Add a little bit of soya milk until it resembles a soft dough. Put in the fridge for 30 minutes.
4. For the topping: Put ¼ cup of chilled vegan margarine, 1 cup of plain flour and ¾ cup of demerara sugar into a bowl and mix until it resembles breadcrumbs.
5. Roll out the pastry, then press into a cake tin. Fill it with baking paper and beans and bake for 15 mins. Remove the paper and beans and bake for a further 10 mins.
6. Put the oven temperature up to 370 degrees Fahrenheit and put the filling mixture in a food processor with 1 cup of creamed coconut and add the seeds from 1 vanilla pod. Whizz until smooth, then spoon the mixture into the tart case and spread evenly.
7. Sprinkle the topping over the mixture and bake for 25 mins. Allow to cool slightly before removing from the tin. Serve with warm coconut milk and drizzle over the top.
Super-Fast Easy Vegan Enchiladas
1. In a medium saucepan, heat a 19oz jar of vegan enchilada sauce
2. While that’s heating, heat 1tbsp vegetable oil in a frying pan. Sauté 1 medium diced onion until soft. Add 1 tsp of cumin and 1 minced clove of garlic and cook for about 2 minutes, or until fragrant.
3. Blend the onion mixture in a food processor with 1 ½ cups of silken tofu and 1tbsp of nutritional yeast, then season with salt and pepper.
4. Dip your corn tortillas in the enchilada sauce and place in a large baking dish.
5. Place some of the tofu mixture onto the tortilla and top with sliced black olives. Then roll them and place seam-side down. Repeat until all the tortillas are filled and rolled.
6. Pour any remaining sauce over the enchiladas and bake at 350F for 30 minutes. Add a little bit of vegan cheese in the last few minutes of baking to give your enchiladas some extra flavor.
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