Vegans like beauty too you know
A round up of the best vegan gifts. Like Jammy Dodgers, Oreos and Party rings, all of these products are suitable and delicious to non vegans also. They certainly beat the herbal tea advent calendar, which is an actual thing.
Listed in prices from High-Low, or Acquaintance - Person you really like.
Not all of these companies are vegan. I highlight this in BIG SHOUTY CAPS. But these particular products are, and all brands are cruelty free.
Lani Tropical Hair Treatment, £13.99
A conditioning treatment with coconut and macadamia and so many natural ingredients you could probably eat it.
Nailberry polish in Mystique Red, £14.50
Entirely vegan and cruelty-free, this lovely brand offers polishes in sumptuous shades, as well as essential nail care and accessories. Their philosophy is to create a ‘healthier manicure’ by ‘allowing air & water vapour to pass through to make sure your natural nail is respected’ which is, you know, well meaning if slightly wank.
Wow You Beauty - mint babe scrub, £17
A lovely brand I came across on instagram recently. It’s hardly avant garde to be using coffee as a scrub anymore, but the added vitamin c made me sit up and pay attention and the tingly mint is delightful but WARNING: keep away from your privates as that tingly feeling will last all day…..and then burn.
Le Labo - Basil Shower Gel
Surprise! One of the greatest brands of the moment is totally vegan!
I would legit wet my pants if someone got me anything from Le Labo for Christmas, I love it so. This is among the cheapest they have to offer, but obviously if you want to make a vegan really happy you could get them a Rose 31 fragrance. They’re saving the planet so probably deserve it.
So this section here was meant to be a nars product, but having done a bit of research it would seem that nars used to be a cruelty-free company, then actively made the decision to start testing on animals. I’d just like to take this opportunity to say - Nars, isn’t that the wrong way round?
Lost in scent candle in Himalaya, £22
Back to those with a conscience. I adore Lost in Scent - a company founded by couple Andy and Darrell, inspired by their adventures. Not only is it a great opportunity to support a tiny local business, but their candles are seriously chic. Each is named after a journey travelled - Big Sur (bergamot, sea salt, citrus), Mulholland Drive (vintage leather, gardenia, tuberose)…..but I’ve gone with Himalaya (Oud, vetiver, sandalwood) as £1 from each purchase goes to the charity Childhope. It’s gonna smell gorgeous in Rebecca’s Bedroom (musk, febreeze, dirty cat).
Oh and also, if you use the code LAUNCH at checkout those nice boys will give you 10% off your first purchase (nails emoji)
Charlotte Tilbury - Eyes to mesmerise in Marie Antionette, £22
DISCLAIMER - CHARLOTTE TILBURY IS NOT FULLY VEGAN.
But they are cruelty -free, and have many many products for vegans. Including this one, which is a sexy shimmery christmassy shade described as ‘Oyster gold’ i.e. light gold.
Pixi double cleanse, £24
Caroline Hirons, the Queen of skin (have you seen hers? Like, OMG) teamed up with vegan company Pixi earlier this year and the results were out of this world. I swear I must have scouted every M&S in West & Central London (I never go East) for this baby, and when I finally got my grubby hands on one it did not disappoint. A satisfyingly solid oil to get your make up off and a second cream to really get stuck in there.
Siskyn Luxe mini gift set, £28
A yummy collection of oils, my favourite. A rose & neroli roll on, a Frankincense (festive) & jasmine night oil and a macadamia & myrrh (FESTIVE) body oil, which isn’t in the above picture for some reason.
The Body Shop Finest Facial Mask Duo gift set, £32
DISCLAIMER - THE BODY SHOP IS NOT FULLY VEGAN.
I know, right? Would have bet money the hippy favourite was banging the vegan drum. But still, The Body Shop has been cruelty free since you were in Buffalo trainers and these masks contain no animal products and loads of good stuff instead. The rose plumping one truly does a good plump job, and anything with rose in is a’right by me.
Tata Harper - The Glow Getter, £42
Another Queen Hirons brand of choice this one. Visit their website to have fun with their ‘regimen finder’, or just cut out the middle man and go straight for the Glow Getter, a cleanser & resurfacing mask combo, which I can confirm does exactly what it says on the tin.
*NB Claire just asked whether Tata Harper was that steel factory where loads of people got laid off. That was Tata Steel. But I’m so glad she asked.
Lush - Secret garden gift set, £43.50
DISCLAIMER - LUSH ARE NOT FULLY VEGAN.
What the actual f?! Lush?! But no, in some instances they use milk, honey and eggs. Which brings me to my next big reveal - this product is not completely vegan, as the Scrubee body butter contains honey. Shit. But listen, lots of vegans still do consume honey so I didn’t want to leave this beautiful kit out. It also features the sleepy shower gel & lotion (lots of lavender so it really does work), rose jam shower gel (back in stock!), the golden pear soap (which smells more like a pear than an actual pear) and Ro’s Argan body conditioner. Sorry about the scrubee. Some vegans don’t mind.
Tan Luxe Wonder oil, £45
DISCLAIMER - TAN LUXE ARE NOT FULLY VEGAN.
The best tanning product I’ve ever used. Seriously, on Monday night I convinced someone I was half Italian and it was because of this. Go the the reviews page for a full report.
Function of beauty personalised shampoo and conditioner, ¢49 + delivery
I’ve got Dame Sali Hughes to thank/blame for my obsession with this NY based brand. Pop on to the website to waste an afternoon putting in all your hair care woes, deciding on a colour and scent and deciding what cool pseudonym you’re going to use on the bottle. They bloody work - I used to have split ends that looked like the tree hands that claw at Snow White, but this product got rid of them. It’s magic and I don’t understand it but god damnit I’ll buy it again. Also, ring the sulphate free alarm - and if you don’t know what that means you should, as you need sulphates out of your life/hair.
Cowshed Bath & Sleep set, £50
Sometimes I’m a ‘Gorgeous cow’, often a ‘Dirty Cow’ and, on occasion even a ‘Horny cow’. But I am always, always a ‘Knackered Cow’. Here we have bath salts, a pillow mist, a candle, a body oil and a shower gel. If that doesn’t knock you the fuck out nothing will.
(Claire is sitting here making inappropriate jokes about roofies. These products do not contain rohypnol. As far as we’re aware.)
Hourglass Ambient lighting edit volume 4 £69
DISCLAIMER - HOURGLASS ARE NOT FULLY VEGAN.
I urge you to re-read the name of this. I mean……guys. It’s not a movie franchise. Nevertheless and despite delusions of extreme grandeur, this is a really lovely thing to prise open. The picture tells you all you need to know really.
Ultimate luxury manicure at Cowshed Spa, £60
You’ve done really well to get to the end of this list. And here is your reward:
The best thing you can possibly get a vegan or non vegan person this Christmas is any treatment at a Cowshed spa. A facial, a massage, whatever. Trust me. If you go for the Ultimate Mani as I’ve suggested, make sure you book it in to the adorable Clarendon Cross branch near Notting Hill. The cosiest armchairs and vintage TVs to watch. When I had mine, I watched a particularly explicit Sex and the City and fell asleep. Heaven.