Skin, hair and beauty stars from the latest Nourish Vegan Awards
A roundup of current favourites in vegan skin, hair and beauty, as voted in the latest Nourish Vegan Awards.
For many new vegans, food comes first, with other lifestyle changes gradually following. If you’re in those early days of your plant-based journey, you might be wondering about how to veganise your personal care and beauty routine. Get inspired with this recap of the most-loved brands in vegan hair, skin, body care and makeup, as voted in the 2021 Nourish Vegan Awards.
Sukin have won Best Vegan Haircare both years of the Nourish Vegan Awards so far, and best skincare too (read more below). It’s really no surprise: this brand is 100% vegan, cruelty-free, easy to find, and great value – as well as using all-natural ingredients that are good for us and the environment. Free from sulphates, silicones, and parabens, their haircare range caters to all hair types and concerns, promising good hair days, naturally. You can keep it simple with shampoo and conditioner or perhaps go for a truly great hair day with a treatment oil, hair masque, scalp scrub, or deep cleanse.
Thanks to patented bond-building chemistry, Olaplex works on a molecular level to repair damaged and broken bonds in hair caused by chemical, thermal, or mechanical damage. All products are non-toxic, cruelty free, and vegan, and the at-home range means we can all enjoy healthier, shinier, more vibrant hair every day. And clearly that’s exactly what many of us are doing, with Olaplex voted straight onto the finalists’ podium in the Nourish Vegan Awards Haircare category this year!
Ethique began in a New Zealand kitchen when founder Brianne decided to save the world from plastic bottles by creating solid shampoo and conditioner bars for all hair types. And she’s making ground! The now-global brand is a favourite everywhere and has an impressive list of certifications, including vegan, cruelty free, palm oil free, 100% plastic free, and now climate positive, too. If you’re looking to go low-waste with no compromise on results, the Nourish community vouches that Ethique’s got the goods – voting them to the Haircare finals both years of the Nourish Vegan Awards so far.
Not just loved for their haircare range (see above), Sukin are clear favourites for skincare too, winning a Nourish Vegan Award in this category two years running! The entire range is vegan, cruelty free, Australian made, and carbon neutral, and they’re bound to have a natural skincare range suitable for you, no matter your skin type or concern. Sukin was among the first brands to say no to artificial additives and harsh chemicals and they’ve been developing and growing their ranges since. Cleansers, toners, exfoliators, moisturisers, masks, oils, serums – they’ve got it all, at affordable prices and widely available too.
Aesop unite luxury and minimalism with their carefully-considered skincare range. They believe in a straightforward but consistent approach: assiduous cleansing, toner to balance, and adequate hydration for fresh, supple, healthy skin. All products are certified vegan friendly and cruelty free, while the company is carbon neutral and a registered B Corp. This combination of performance and ethical integrity saw them voted to the finals for Best Vegan Skincare in the latest Nourish Vegan Awards, in addition to a place in the finals for Body Care (see below).
Natio is the ancient name for the goddess of nature, chosen by this Australian, family-owned brand to symbolise the pure, natural, plant-based origins of their product range. Based on a foundation of aromatherapy, they use pure plant extracts to support happy, healthy, radiant skin for all types and concerns. The brand delivers great value, all products are certified cruelty free, and the vast majority are also vegan friendly – so it’s no surprise they were voted to the finals for Best Vegan Skincare in the latest Nourish Vegan Awards.
Beloved for their fresh, handmade products, LUSH have been cruelty free and vegetarian since day one, and over 80% of their range is now vegan. Creative and often whimsical, their body care range includes colourful soaps, scrubs, fizzy bath bombs, quirky bubble bars and shower jellies, as well as dreamy lotions, solid deodorant bars, and scented massage bars. They believe natural plants, clays, butters, and essential oils are safer, have a proven history of effective use, and are much kinder to the environment. They favour naked packaging, and are working hard to remove preservatives too. Loved the world over, we weren’t surprised to see them scoop the winner’s trophy for Best Vegan Body Care in the Nourish Vegan Awards two years running.
Nourish Vegan Awards finalists not only for Skincare (see above) but Body Care too, Aesop are clearly loved for their gorgeous range of aromatic 100% vegan formulations. Their body care products deliver a complete sensory experience, leaving you feeling elevated, elegant, and beautifully-groomed. Their soaps, cleansers, balms, scrubs, treatment oils, and hydrators are all enriched with nourishing botanicals and pleasurable aromatics, adding a touch of thoughtful luxury to our daily routines.
TOM ORGANIC set out to take the taboo out of period care and transform the feminine hygiene industry with their range of Certified Organic tampons, pads, and liners. The range has now expanded to include reusable period underwear and menstrual cups made from 100% medical-grade silicone. Most products are fully biodegradable, and everything is PETA-Approved Vegan. The Nourish community evidently approves, voting them to the finals for Best Vegan Body Care in the latest Nourish Vegan Awards.
Luxury, cruelty-free, and now 100% vegan, Hourglass have redefined how make up should look, feel, and perform. Known for their long-wearing foundations in 32 shades and mascaras that give the look of lash extensions, they also have stunning, high-impact eyeshadows, richly pigmented lipsticks, and a full range of vegan-friendly brushes – all available at MECCA. Their makeup is designed to be undetectably transformative and effortless to apply. They’ve even developed a patent-pending replacement for carmine, for the reddest of red vegan lipsticks. It’s little wonder they took home the winner’s trophy for Best Vegan Makeup at the latest Nourish Vegan Awards.
Sienna‘s stunning range of over 40 nail polish hues landed them a well-deserved finalist’s place in the Makeup category at the latest Nourish Vegan Awards. Made with renewable, plant-based ingredients, this Byron Bay brand is certified vegan, cruelty free, and nontoxic, and is also a B Corp. They are the first to offer microplastic-free, aluminium-free, and nanoparticle-free nail polish. It’s water permeable, breathable, long lasting, and luxurious.
Globally recognised for their natural and organic makeup range, Australian brand Inika Organic has also been celebrated two years in a row as finalists in the Nourish Vegan Awards. They use powerful botanical extracts and rich mineral pigments to protect, nourish, revitalise, and enhance all skin types, colours, and beauty features – and are the only natural makeup brand to be used on fashion show runways. They also boast the strictest ingredient criteria of any makeup brand in the world, with all products certified organic, natural, cruelty free, and vegan.
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Learn more about the 2021 Nourish Vegan Awards, and access exclusive offers from a selection of the winners, finalists, and nominated brands – many of which remain valid throughout Veganuary 2022 and beyond!