Tuesday, October 1, 2013

World Vegetarian Day: The Growing Appeal of Vegan Beauty Products

Photo by Rhonda J. Wilson
The artful/edible goodness of Romanesco broccoli, also known as Roman cauliflower, at Whole Foods in Glendale, California.

Leeks, turnips and broccoli--oh my! Remember when your mom told you to eat your veggies? The time has come to make her proud, as today marks World Vegetarian Day. Established by the North American Vegetarian Society in 1977, the celebration brings awareness to the benefits of a meatless lifestyle.

Veganism and vegetarianism have gotten a lot of attention in recent years due to a growing number of Hollywood A-listers who take part in the practices. Celebrities such as Portia de Rossi and Ellen DeGeneres, Olivia Wilde, Emily Deschanel and Lea Michele follow a plant-based/non-dairy diet, which studies say promotes better overall health. It not only reduces the risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer, but it also lowers the incidence of depression and anxiety, according to the latest research. 

The popularity of veganism/vegetarianism has prompted many beauty manufacturers to eliminate animal proteins from their formulations. Products marked as "vegan" or "vegan-friendly" not only appeal to people who eat a plant-based diet, but to consumers who have environmental, general health, humanitarian or ethical concerns. Keep in mind that while a "cruelty free" label indicates that the manufacturer hasn't conducted testing on our furry friends, the product may still contain animal proteins.  

In honor of World Vegetarian Day and Vegetarian Awareness Month, which also begins today, we've compiled some of our favorite vegan skincare, nail, cosmetics and hair products. Enjoy, and don't forget to eat your veggies. 


Photo by Angela George
Portia de Rossi and Ellen DeGeneres

Photo by Thomas Atilla Lewis
Olivia Wilde

Photo by David Shankbone
Lea Michele

Photo by David Shankbone
Emily Deschanel


SHINE: Beauty Without Cruelty Soft Natural Lipgloss (Nude). BEAUTY: Castor and jojoba seed oils, and vitamin E lock in luscious lips with a non-sticky formula. BEACON: Vegan and no animal testing. Free of parabens, SLS/SLES and synthetic fragrances.

SHINE: Pacifica Enlighten Eye Brightening Shadow Palette (iridescent purple, gold shimmer, satin coral and matte nude) and Radiant Shimmer Coconut Multiples (golden shimmer, dewy pink and iridescent pale shimmer). BEAUTY: Add a glamorous glow to your cheeks, eyes and lips with these high pigment mineral blends. BEACON: Vegan and no animal testing. Free of parabens, petroleum, SLS, sulfates, phthalates, talc, carmine and FD&C colors. Supports Clean Water

SHINETarte Cosmetics BB Tinted Treatment 12-hour Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 (Medium and Tan). BEAUTY: These tints multitask to serve as a powerful five-in-one primer, moisturizer, light foundation, anti-aging treatment and sunscreen. BEACON: Cruelty free and vegan. Formulated without parabens, mineral oil, sodium lauryl sulfate, phthalates and synthetic fragrance. Supports the Sustainable Amazon Partnership.


SHINEAlba Botanica Replenishing Conditioner. BEAUTY: Boost bounce, softness and shine for dry, damaged and color-treated hair with aloe vera leaf juice, and jojoba and sunflower seed oils. BEACON: No animal testing and vegan. Free of sodium lauryl sulfate, parabens, phthalates, artificial colors and silicones. Supports Furry Friends Rescue and Farm Sanctuary.

SHINE: SkinnySkinny Lavender & Rosemary Organic Dry Shampoo. BEAUTY: When you don't have time to wash your hair, this dry shampoo refreshes and restores your strands with brown rice powder, kaolin clay and essential oils. BEACON: Vegan and cruelty free. Contains no artificial preservatives, sulfates, parabens or perfumes.


SHINE100% Pure Organic Argan Oil. BEAUTY: Deeply moisturize and mend key areas of the body--face, decollete, hands and hair--with vitamin E, phenols, carotenes, squalene and essential fatty acids. BEACON: Vegan, and gluten and cruelty free. Also contains no detergents, synthetic chemicals, or artificial fragrances or colors.

SHINE: Skyn Iceland Arctic Hydrating Balm. BEAUTY: Strawberry, cranberry and jojoba seed oils help rebalance, restore and revitalize super sensitive and dry skin. BEACON: Cruelty free and vegan. Contains no parabens, petroleum, phthalates, mineral oil, sulfates or dye. Supports Making Strides Against Breast Cancer


SHINE: Zoya Nail Polish Zenith Collection (winter/holiday 2013). BEAUTY: Give your tips a galactic glow with Seraphina (silver metallic), Cassedy (pewter metallic), Belinda (purple metallic), Payton (cranberry halo), Dream (deep blue halo) and Mosheen (ice blue topper). BEACON: Vegan, and no animal testing. Free of toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin and dibutyl phthalate.

1 comment:

  1. Great vegan products is one reason why the number of vegans has doubled in less than 3 years. Here's a video to help everyone understand why so many people are making this life affirming choice: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKr4HZ7ukSE

    Join the revolution! 21-Day Vegan Kickstart http://www.pcrm.org/health/diets/kickstart/kickstart-programs


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