Veganism is more than what we eat, it’s a conscious choice not to buy or engage with anything that is a product or promotion of animal oppression and consumption. Make-up is one thing, among many things, that can be left out of the conversation. However, you don’t have to get animal-tested, animal-filled products to feel and look your best.
In honor of Black History Month, here are 9 vegan beauty brands that will not disappoint. Be sure to let us know if there are any other amazing brands that we missed.
9 Vegan Beauty Brands to Support This Black History Month
Shea Moisture is a long time, heavyweight champion in the world of vegan hair care. The company has thrived for over 100+ years and their products will leave your hair feeling better than its ever felt before. It’s worth noting that Shea Moisture is mostly vegan, with their only non-vegan products being the few that have honey in them.
PLANT Apothecary was founded by Holly McWhorter and her husband. The pair are based in Brooklyn and partner with BKLYN UNLTD to promote healthy ingredients that are environmentally friendly. They offer everything from body washes, to moisturizers, to masks, and oils. BKLYN UNILTD are a nonprofit who work with adults with mental and physical disabilities.
Kyra’s Shea Medleys
These great-smelling, multi-purpose hair and skin products are handmade in Los Angeles and were inspired by founder Kyra Nicole’s struggle to find quality, effective, and affordable all-natural and organic hair/skin care products. Kyra’s Shea Medleys only use the best-certified organic and natural ingredients in their products that actually do what they say they will do: moisturize, hydrate, smooth, soften, shine, restore, and heal. Every time you make a purchase from them, they make a donation to a local nonprofit, group, shelter, or community campaign.
The Lip Bar
The Lip Bar founder Melissa Butler made an appearance on Shark Tank, and although the visit didn’t work out in her favor, she still managed to develop a hugely successful, profitable lip beauty brand. This brand has you covered for any and all your lipstick needs.
Blac Minerals Cosmetics
Blac Minerals Cosmetics produce all natural makeup for women of color, by women of color. Their products are clean and effective, the brand has no interest in producing chemicals or any animal tested products for your face.
OBIA Naturals, founded by Obia Ewah, a trained chemist, makes formulas with ingredients that people can understand. Ewah has a B.A. in Chemistry and Biology and an M.A. in Public Health, so it’s safe to say they know what they’re doing.
This brand keeps everything cute and sweet (remember their vegan Nutella lipstick?). Cashmere Nicole founded Beauty Bakerie back in 2011, to go against the typical “bad girl” narrative that brands were selling people. Her bakery-inspired line contains everything from liquid lipsticks, setting powder, and illuminators to eyebrow gel, eyeshadows and eyeliners.
This nature-inspired brand takes the very best of fruits, roots, and flowers to provide natural, hard-working products. The brand was co-founded by Barbara Jacques, who is also the CEO, her products aim to help people of all skin types. Everything from Jacq’s Organics is handcrafted in South Florida.
Lisa Price founded this brand from her kitchen in Brooklyn back in 1993 after her mother, Carol, encouraged her. Carol’s Daughter has since been going strong for 20+ years. Price’s products can found in Targets nationwide.
Bonus: Foxie Cosmetics
This one doesn’t officially make the list, because, as of this article’s publication, Foxie was closed for new orders. However, once she opens up, we’d highly recommend that you shop her handcrafted products, especially if you’re someone who suffers from aches and pains. The brand’s founder and owner Foxie (Kayla) suffers from chronic pain herself and promises that her products will work for you.
Image Credit: Blac Minerals Cosmetics