How to Try Plant-Based Beauty this Veganuary
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This January 2022, go vegan. For 31 days, participate in Veganuary, an annual movement to commit to one month of vegan living. Begin to understand the connection between your daily consumption and the sustainability challenges of our Earth. Here at Yuty, we take it one step further. Beyond removing meat from your diet, choose plant-based beauty, starting with your vital routines for bathing and make-up.

 

What is Veganuary?

This annual eponymous movement was created by the UK-based charity Veganuary. Since 2014, each year, people join the movement after the holidays and experience the vegan lifestyle for one month, with the option to continue on indefinitely. 

20 years ago, going vegan seemed like an extreme thing. These days, with improved insight into the patterns of global trade and economics, people willingly cut back on meat and dairy consumption, recognising the damaging impact of meat production on the planet.  

Trying a vegan beauty regime means choosing products that contain plant-based ingredients, are sustainably sourced, contain no animal derivatives, and have never been tested on animals. This includes production processes, product contents, and product packaging. 

On Yuty, explore our vegan selection using our global search or selection filter sidebar. 

 

6 Ways to Make Your Beauty Routine Vegan

Stop using animal-derived ingredients. Begin by checking your ingredient bottles. Common animal-derived ingredients found in beauty products include honey, beeswax, lanolin (wool grease), squalene (shark liver oil), carmine (red dye derived from beetles), gelatin (cow or pig bones, tendons or ligaments), allantoin (cow urine), ambergris (whale bile secretions), and glycerine (from animal fats). Look for brands that are proudly certified by NATRUE, a Brussels-based non-profit organisation committed to protecting and promoting natural and organic cosmetics worldwide.

Herbes Folles is proudly one of these brands, creating unique 'weeds-based' skincare that's vegan and palm-oil free. 

Select products using sustainable vegan ingredients. Upcycled products imagine new beauty uses out of items that would otherwise clog up landfills. Phena London creates new candles out of vegan restaurant waste oils, both closing the production loop and creating delightful new vegan wellness items that reduce the environmental footprint.

Shop from cruelty-free businesses. Buy from brands that do not test on animals. Choose brands with a Leaping Bunny certification or which are part of PETA's Beauty without Bunnies program,  like Sabreen Cosmetics who create high quality, non-toxic, vegan, cruelty-free, PETA certified luxury cosmetics. 

Try natural at-home remedies. Exfoliate in satisfaction with a self-mixed sugar or salt body scrub, or apply a homemade banana-turmeric mask for glowing, radiant skin. Alternatively look to brands such as Spraise who creates body scrubs which are plant-based, natural and vegan. 

Support vegan packaging. Brands that are serious about eliminating animal byproducts will choose natural glues (created from naturally occurring materials in nature), inks based in soy or vegetable oil rather than petroleum, water-based inks, and biodegradable or compostable material. Look for brands that proudly explain the choices behind their packaging. NAYA Glow’s packaging is recyclable (glass, card and PET), plant-based ink and a member of the Woodland Carbon Offset scheme.

Buy from brands that give back. Conscious brands ethically recognise their carbon footprint on our planet and buy offsets or donate to green charities that plant trees, support sustainable farming, or do other collective activities that do good for the environment. 

Modern Botany not only creates fine quality, multipurpose body care with superb vegan ingredients, but they're also a proud member of 1% for the Planet, pledging to give back 1% of sales to support environmental causes. 

 

Do you want to do more? Learn more about what sustainability really means in beauty, and how you can make a change. 

 

Where you and beauty meet. Yuty takes into consideration your genetics, lifestyle, environment and preferences when providing you with personalised recommendations. Take the YUTY Advisor © today to find your perfect match.

 

 

References

Cheng, A. (2019, February 26). Why You Should Care About Vegan Beauty. The New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/26/style/why-you-should-care-about-vegan-beauty.html

Vegan. (n.d.). Packhelp. Retrieved January 2, 2022, from https://packhelp.com/eco-properties/materials/vegan/

Wood, Z. (2022, January 1). Veganuary set to pass 2m milestone as more firms join movement. The Guardian. https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2022/jan/01/veganuary-set-to-pass-2m-milestone-as-more-firms-join-movement

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