Vegan grooming is tipped to be one of the biggest grooming trends in 2019, you heard it here first. Along with the increasing male grooming market, veganism is fast becoming one of the biggest worldwide health movements. We were shocked when we recently read an article about how non vegans stood in line for almost 7 hours for a vegan burger at the launch of Slutty Vegan in Atlanta.
Lots of new grooming brands are starting to consider the effect they’re having on the environment as well as the ethics behind their products . A recent example of a new vegan brand is Kings Grooming, founded by Blue O’Connor who suffered from mental health issues. This new vegan grooming brand not only supports other men with mental health problems but is approved by the vegan society.
In this blog post, we take a closer look at vegan grooming and how you can refresh your grooming arsenal by embrace these cruelty and animal free products.
What is Vegan Grooming?
Most people get confused with the terms ‘cruelty free’ and ‘vegan’ products. There is a bug difference when it comes to hardcore facts. For a product to claim that it is cruelty free, it must not have been tested on animals during its creation.
A vegan product however doesn’t contain any animal ingredients nor any ingredients that are derived from animals. Some of these include honey, beeswax, collagen and cholesterol to name but a few.
The grey area here is that some of these vegan products may have been tested on animals, be sure to look out for this when considering switching to vegan grooming.
What ingredients should I look out for in vegan products?
You would be surprised as to how many animal ingredients are in your current grooming products, most companies rely on these affordable products to decrease their manufacturing costs.
If you are unsure if the vegan products you are buying aren’t vegan then just check their ingredients against this animal derived ingredients list.
The top 10 animal ingredients commonly found in mens grooming products are – Tallow, Lanolin, Ambergis, Retinol, Hyaluronic acid, Beeswax and Keratin.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of switching to vegan products?
Switching to vegan grooming products can have tremendous advantages for you, not only improving your beard and skin but also enriching you with antioxidants and natural vitamins.
Many modern day grooming brands include Lanolin in their ranges which is derived from the wool of sheep, it can dry out you hair and skin causing breakages and sores.
Switching to vegan brands might see some changes in you including; healthier skin and hair, less skin irritation, an improved outlook on life as well help saving the environment.
At the moment we are slightly limited with the vegan brands offering a variety of vegan products which unfortunately means higher retail values and availability. A disadvantage of using natural based vegan products are their low shelf life, these products need to be used quicker than their chemically infused counterparts.
Where can I find Vegan Grooming products?
One of our favourite grooming brands currently at the forefront of vegan grooming and helping provide high quality products to men worldwide is Mankind.
Check out some of our editors picks for affordable and natural vegan products…
A green tea and spinach based revitalising face wash full antioxidants to keep your face hydrated and moisturised.
A delicate and balanced shower gel with a hint of mint, designed to soothe and nourish your skin gently.
Aesop Lightweight Facial Syrum
Based on aloe vera, this oil free syrum will boost hydration levels and help balance out your bodies natural vitamins.
Derived from 100% plant base, this squalene delivers moisture retention for all skin types and helps to replenish your skin.