Britain is a key player in the global vegan movement, having launched more vegan products than any other nation. Though the biggest change so far has been with the growth of people eating a vegan diet, veganism is also prompting big changes in a range of other industries - health and beauty being one of them.
Many brands have found themselves under scrutiny in recent years for selling products that are made using animal products or tested on animals in the production process. The English Shaving Company pride ourselves on offering sustainable, eco-friendly and cruelty-free grooming products, such as a synthetic shaving brush, plant-based hair care or moisturisers using natural oils.
In 2020, it’s easy to create and stick to a vegan grooming routine without having to compromise on the quality of products you use.
Common non-vegan ingredients to look out for:
The first step to adopting a 100% vegan grooming routine is to get in the habit of checking product ingredients. Although a product’s ingredients may look natural, vegan and cruelty-free at a glance, there are still a fair few animal by-products that can sneak in and be found in best selling products on the shelves. The ingredients below can sometimes be taken from non-vegan sources. Look for confirmation on the product packaging that confirms the vegan status.
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin B12
- Oleic acid
- Lactic acid
- Hyaluronic acid
- Stearic acid
What products should you include in a vegan grooming routine?
When creating a vegan grooming routine, think about the products you use on a regular basis. It is likely there will be a similar vegan alternative on the market. Once you have a strong idea of what you need, you can start doing your research to pinpoint vegan brands and products that will work for your skin, hair, and more.
For those that are new to using vegan products, it's important not to put too much pressure on yourself. Should you make a mistake and end up buying a product with an obscure non-vegan ingredient, don’t kick yourself and instead use it as a learning curve. Over time, you will find vegan brands and products that work for you and don’t break the bank every time you need to replace something.
Here are some examples of products to add to your vegan grooming routine…
Synthetic shaving brushes
A high-quality and luxury shaving brush is a key component in every shaving and grooming routine. Once you’ve started using one, you will realise the positive effects that a shaving brush has on reducing skin irritation, preparing your skin for shaving and achieving a close shave every time.
Shaving brushes have traditionally been made using animal products with many using 100% badger hair for the soft bristles that are ideal for creating a rich lather pre-shave. In more recent years, plenty of vegan options have been introduced that are just as effective. The English Shaving Company are proud to stock a wide range of synthetic shaving brushes in several colours, materials and sizes so you can find a product that suits you and your lifestyle choices.
Each synthetic shaving brush is made using black or silver-tip synthetic fibres that, when used in conjunction with high-quality shaving cream or soap, can create a thick lather on the skin helping you to achieve a comfortable and close wet shave. A synthetic bristle shaving brush allows vegans and those against the use of animal products or testing to maintain a luxury and effective grooming routine without having to compromise on the quality of their shaving experience.
With many non-vegan ingredients difficult to pick out from the product ingredients list, it’s important to be vigilant with every step of your grooming and bathing routine and not just where shaving is concerned. There are many vegan-friendly body, hair and face washes out there that use natural vegetable oils and shea butter to cleanse the skin and don’t include any animal by-products.
Vegan soaps may be far more natural and often use minimal ingredients, but they don’t fall short in other areas as they provide plenty of rich moisture for your skin and offer a range of natural and long-lasting fragrances.
Start using a complete vegan grooming routine today!
The vegan movement is growing fast and becoming more prevalent day by day. The English Shaving Company are proud to support those looking to uphold a vegan lifestyle by offering a wide range of vegan-friendly products. We strive to make it as easy as possible for our customers to stick to a vegan lifestyle by stocking a number of vegan-friendly brands. You can choose from a range of synthetic shaving brushes, luxury vegan soaps, shaving creams, face and body washes, hair care, beard care and more.
You can find all you need for a complete vegan grooming routine on our website, or get in touch with a member of our team for more advice on which of our products are vegan-friendly.