You’re going to want all of these.
It’s not only your dinners that can be vegan – everything you slap on your face and body can be too. Ethical products free from cruelty or animal items will leave you feeling good both inside and outside – and here’s the cream of the crop.
Green People’s Clarifying Shampoo
Green People’s buzzed-about Clarifying Shampoo (Dhs81) is free from nasties like SLS/SLES, alcohol, parabens, phthalates and artificial fragrances. With an organic blend of aloe vera, avocado, mandarin and bergamot, use this vegan shampoo once a week to deep cleanse your hair and scalp and leave your locks super-shiny. Available from treehugger.com.
The Eco Lips Bee Free lip balm
This lemon-and-lime scented balm is gluten-free, vegan, Fair Trade and certified organic by the USDA. The all-natural ingredients can stand up to the sticky Dubai heat and won’t melt in your bag, leaving you with super-soft lips. Dhs19, available from jadopado.com.
Kat Von D Lock-It Foundation
The tattoo artist is in the process of reformulating all of her makeup line to ensure every product is vegan, and there are already a host of beauty goodies in the #VeganAlert section on her site that do not contain any animal products or by-products, and have not been tested on animals. The hero product is undoubtedly the Lock-It Foundation, Dhs175, available at Sephora. Hello, matte and velvety skin all day long.
Two Faced’s Better Than Love Mascara
With lengthening, volumising and curling power, this vegan-friendly mascara is a makeup bag must. Need more convincing? It’s the best-selling mascara IN THE WORLD. Dhs147.14, Souk.com
PHB Ethical Beauty’s Sienna Mineral Blusher
This vegan, cruelty-free and halal mineral blusher contains a natural SPF15 and light-reflecting properties to minimise blemishes and fine lines. This warm, neutral peachy brown is a contouring weapon. What’s more, 15 per cent of profits from PHB cosmetics go towards charities making a difference in the Indian communities where the minerals are sourced. Talk about beauty with a conscience. Visit phbethicalbeauty.ae for stockists.
Pai’s Chamomile & Rosehip Calming Day Cream
This all-vegan, anti-redness cream packs an antioxidant punch with omegas 3, 6, 7 and 9 to leave your skin super hydrated and radiant. Buttery and light, the chamomile and rosehip calm and restore the skin so it’s perfect for sensitive skin problems. Dhs249, Ubuy.ae.
Dr Hauschka’s Almond Soothing Body Wash
We can thank the Organic Foods and Café in Dubai for introducing ethical beauty brand Dr Hauschka to the region. While not all the products are vegan, there is an extensive selection that are, including the scrummy Almond Soothing Body Wash. Packed with concentrated plant oils, it’s super moisturising on the skin, while the almonds give it a sweet and delicate scent. Dhs53, available from basharacare.com.
Derma E’s Hydrating Night Creme with Hyaluronic Acid
This Californian vegan skincare brand has made its way to our shores through Boots and selected local pharmacies. Cruelty-free, gluten-free and chemical-free, the skin-soothing products are full of all-natural ingredients like green tea, oregano, pomegranate and argan oil. The stand-out star in the range is the Hydrating Night Creme with Hyaluronic Acid. Put this sweet-swelling cream on before bed and wake up to super-smooth, hydrated skin. Dhs75, Desertcart.ae.
Words: Aoife Stuart-Madge