Affordable Vegan Products: Skincare Edition!
Like it does every time I add to my budget/affordable series of blog posts for vegan beauty & skincare, it amazes me how little there is available. Veganism and sustainability have become to be regarded as luxury items, when this really doesn’t need to be the case. Although I still maintain that being a vegetarian or vegan food-wise can be cheaper or just as cheap as eating meat, the same doesn’t go for toiletries and cosmetics.
Budget Vegan Moisturiser
Bulldog have a range of skincare primarily aimed at men. They are a completely cruelty free and vegan brand, as certified by Cruelty Free International. They have a range of moisturisers starting from £6 per bottle, although if you buy online you can save up to 30% by buying in bulk. (Admittedly, this can be a problem for people on a budget!). They are also regularly on offer in plenty of mainstream supermarkets and drug stores, like Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Boots.
Sukin’s Signature Moisturiser is a great option for those who are vegan or vegetarian for the environment. This product is natural and carbon neutral as well as being a totally cruelty free and vegan moisturiser. Sukin also have a long NO list of harmful ingredients they never use. This moisturiser is currently £5.30 at Boots for 125ml.
The Ordinary are amazing for fuss-free skincare, and are all about letting you know what’s inside the bottle. They are a cruelty free brand and most of their formulas are vegan, but not all of them are. So be careful if you’re browsing! Their Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA (hyaluronic acid) Moisturiser is £4.90 for a 30ml bottle (which goes further than you think!) or £6.80 for 100ml.
I know that if you’re on a budget you’re rarely going to find yourself in Waitrose, but they actually do a decent range of vegan and cruelty free skincare. Their vegan day cream is just £3 for a 50ml jar, so comparing price-to-weight it’s actually the joint cheapest vegan moisturiser on this list.
Affordable Vegan Makeup Remover & Face Wash
Superdrug’s own brand cosmetics are all cruelty free and vegan, and usually a bargain too! Their makeup wipes come in a range of scents and skin types and range from 99p to £1.29. They also do biodegradable wipes made from sustainably sourced wood pulp & renewable plant fibres for £1.49. You can click & collect for free at any Superdrug, or if you’re a registered Beautycard holder you can get free shipping on any order over £10.
Source of Nature are a supermarket brand that you can find at Sainsbury’s. There are affordable, cruelty free, and many of their products are suitable for vegetarians and vegans. Their 95% natural green tea and chamomile face wipes are vegan and just £1.50. They also have a cleansing milk and a makeup remover oil that are both vegan for £2 per bottle. Although I haven’t put them to the test, I’d imagine a bottle of liquid would last you much longer than a packet of wipes!
This face wash by Suma is available on The Vegan Kind online supermarket. It comes in a bar wrapped in cardboard, which means no or very minimal wrapping. Its free from parabens, SLS/SLES and palm oil, and is just £2.29 for a bar which will last you forever!
B. is another of Superdrug’s own brands. When it comes to own-brand beauty, Superdrug are still way ahead of the game in their certification with Cruelty Free International and huge range of vegan products. B. is their mid-range brand, but their face wipes are still really affordable. Their fragrance-free micellar water face wipes are just £1.50 (although their next-cheapest makeup removing product is £6.99).
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