For those unfamiliar with the concept, Veganuary is a campaign that allows omnivores and vegetarians curious about veganism to sign up and try living the vegan lifestyle for the month of January. Upon signing up to the Veganuary movement, members are then plied with plenty of advice and recipes in order to help them throughout the month.
Over the course of the last few years, veganism has become a national phenomenon. In May 2016, The Vegan Society commissioned Ipsos Mori to to poll the dietary habits of 10,000 people. A further element of their research determined that the Vegan population in Britain had increased from 150,000 to 542,000 in the space of a decade.
With more and more people keen to combine their diet with their overall lifestyle, veganism has firmly positioned itself within the mainstream, filtering into other aspects of our lives such as fashion and beauty. In the same way that a vegan diet exists of more than a boring salad, the vegan beauty world stretches so much further than expensive, indie brands, impossible to get your hands on, nor does it compromise their quality. In actual fact, vegan beauty is one of the fastest growing categories within the beauty and skincare industry. Whether you’ve entered into veganism for health, environmental or animal protection reasons, it’s not just your food choices you should be aware of but also your approach to beauty.
Similarly to vegan food, the definition of a vegan beauty product is that it doesn’t contain animal extracts or animal products in the ingredients list or within the manufacturing process. Also, the ingredients of the products must not have been tested on animals. The EU laws have very strict regulations about animal testing whereas in China it is required by law that products from foreign cosmetics companies must undergo animal testing.
The quickest way to determine if a beauty product really is vegan is to check for the Vegan Society logo. Another logo to look out for is the ‘Leaping Bunny’ which is the only internationally recognised symbol guaranteeing that no animal testing was carried out in development of the products. It’s important to remember that just because a product is labelled as being vegan, that doesn’t necessarily mean that botanical replacements have been used in place of animal-derived ingredients. They may include synthesises ingredients developed in a laboratory.
If the idea of Veganuary has piqued your interest check out our gallery above to help you on your way with your vegan journey.