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VEGANUARY ISN’T JUST TRANSFORMING DIETS, BUT BEAUTY REGIMES TOO – HERE ARE OUR TOP PICKS THAT YOU NEED TO TRY

What should you try this Veganuary?

With Veganuary coming into full swing and many of us setting ourselves New Year resolutions as we begin 2021 with the prevailing popular choice being “to live a more conscious, sustainable life”, the veganuary pledge is gaining ever more traction and this year’s challenge is already the biggest since the pledge began in 2014. As the vegan lifestyle becomes ever more popular across the globe, more and more we see it’s not just diets which are being transformed, but beauty regimes too. There’s no need to sacrifice on luxury when it comes to choosing vegan products, which is why we want to suggest a small range of all our favourite, highly effective products that are completely vegan friendly.

Wild Deodorant

One of our top choices for natural deodorants, these are posted straight to your door in 100% recyclable packaging. The refills are available as a one-off purchase or as part of a subscription service. Wild cases are available in a range of 5 lovely colours (and you can personalise your case also) and a variety of 6 amazing scents that are both vegan-friendly and free from aluminium salts, parabens and phthalates – including their new scent called Fresh Cotton & Sea Salt. 

Their refills are entirely plastic-free and are made using bamboo pulp which is 100% recyclable and home compostable. Basically, once you have your Wild case you won’t ever have to think about buying a plastic deodorant ever again!

RRP from £12.00

Subscribe & Save: £12.00 (1 case and 1 refill + join their flexible subscription) 

One-Off Purchase: £25.00 (1 case and three refills of your choice)

The Full Monty: £32.00 (1 case and five refills of your choice)

Available at www.wearewild.com

The Natural Deodorant Co

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Another top choice, these are made with natural fruit oils and botanical ingredients including Tangerine, Orange, Bergamot and Eucalyptus, everything’s vegan, cruelty free, and made without artificial ingredients, aluminium or parabens. The 55gr deodorants are £12.50 and come in Clean, Gentle, Active, Unscented and For Men. Made in the UK, The Natural Deodorant Co. have over 10 formulas to choose from and all come in 100% zero-waste packaging. The tinplate lid, glass jar and cardboard box are fully recyclable, and the paper label is biodegradable.

There are also three NEW mini 10gr deodorant tins in Orange + Bergamot (personal fave), Coconut + Shea and Lemon + Geranium (£4.00 each). And again, all in plastic free packaging.

Available at www.naturaldeoco.com, Selfridges and selected retailers

Faith in Nature

The Faith in Nature Grapefruit & Orange Body Wash (£5.79 for 400ml), is designed to refresh and leave skin soft and smooth. Beautifully scented with zesty Grapefruit and Organic Orange which are both known for their cleansing qualities, it gently cleanses without stripping the skin of its natural oils. This body wash gets it’s zingy citrus aroma from them and added Organic Orange Oil to help energise your day. Its 100% natural fragrance is packed with essential oils. And just like all Faith In Nature’s products, it’s vegan, made with natural ingredients, free from Parabens and SLS, made in the UK and the packaging is 100% recycled and recyclable. They also offer haircare and hand washes and of course the 5L refill options which are pretty dope!

Available at www.faithinnature.co.uk and selected retailers

Green People

The Quinoa & Calendula Hand & Body Lotion (£21.00 for 200ml) is part of Green People’s gluten-free Quinoa range which draws on the amazing benefits of this superfood ingredient. Considered a complete protein and boasting all 8 essential amino acids and rich in Omega-3&6 essential fatty acids which are great to revitalise dry skin, Quinoa forms a protective barrier on the skin’s surface, locking in moisture, to protect from dryness and transepidermal water loss. The result – skin that looks youthful and feels supple and soft.

Available at www.greenpeople.co.uk, FeelUnique and selected retailers

ishga Hebridean Sea Salt Scrub, RRP £16.00 for 50ml

This body scrub combines hand harvested Sea Salt blended with ishga’s potent Seaweed Extract, Jojoba oil, Thistle Oil and Almond Oil to produce the invigorating and moisturising Hebridean Sea Salt Scrub, which exfoliates skin to a silky, smooth finish . Essential oils of Rose Geranium, Lavender and Lemongrass give it its unique super spa-like scent. The natural sea salt in it retains over 60 naturally occurring trace elements, such as Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium and Zinc, and will leave you feeling truly invigorated, revitalised and re-energised. All the ingredients used are true to the principles of vegan skincare and are COSMOS certified by the Soil Association.


Available from uk.ishga.com

Wild Science Lab Haircare

Founded by Zoe and Ali, Wild Science Lab is a British company that was created following Zoe’s personal battle with pregnancy related hair loss and driven by a desire to innovate their own solutions. Combining their own industry experience with some of the most instinctive and dynamic experts in natural beauty, Wild Science Lab was born. Founded on science, wisdom and creative expression, committed to producing high-performance, botanical and sustainable products that are built on efficacy, whilst maintaining a continued promise of environmental responsibility.

Wild Science Lab use recyclable and part recycled packaging, are cruelty free, vegan and free from phthalates, parabens and silicones.

The two haircare collections are under the range LEAF + SEED and are Head First, which boasts scientific, new to the market formulas with CBD for a soothed scalp and stronger hair and Root Planner, which uses hemp seed (if you don’t have an irritated scalp and just want glossy locks). THey also created a skincare line, called ROOT + FRUIT, which is designed for anyone looking for a radiant glow, even skin tone and texture and protection against environmental aggressors.

 Available at wildsciencelab.com and prices start at £20.00

HASK Argan Oil Repairing 5-in-1 Leave In conditioner, RRP £6.99 

This absolutely gorgeous spray is formulated with luxurious Argan Oil from Morocco. The specialty blend of ingredients is designed to pack hair strands with moisturising & conditioning agents that help restore dry and damaged hair. Hollywood hairstylist, Johnny Villanueva, credits HASK for how Rose Byrne kept her locks in perfect condition whilst filming Instant Family: “I was blow-drying and heat-styling Rose’s hair daily on the set, so my first step was to always apply HASK’s Argan Oil 5-in-1 Leave-In Spray. It acted as the perfect primer to keep her hair protected, frizz-free and camera-ready.” I love that this is such an incredibly affordable product that delivers really great results and is also packed with soothing and detangling ingredients to improve hair manageability and shine. 

Available from Boots, Sainsbury’s and Tesco

Q+A Skincare

One much loved skincare brand here at Boyfriend is super-affordable, natural British brand Q+A, which is no surprise really, with amazing formulas like their new Grapefruit Cleansing Balm or Apple AHA Exfoliating Gel to the Ginger Root Daily Moisturiser, Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Cleanser or Serum which perform incredibly well, and with prices starting as low as £6.50 and capping at £12.00, we’re spoilt for choice. And all but one of their product formulations (the Collagen Moisturiser which contains beeswax) are fully vegan. 

Available at qandaskin.com, Holland & Barrett, Sainsbury’s and other selected retailers

Slow Ageing Essential Moisturiser, RRP £45.00    

Believing that the term ‘anti-ageing’ is a misnomer (and we totally agree!), Slow Ageing are keen to help change the narrative around skin ageing and in turn offer products that help to slow down the impact of external factors of skin ageing with their carefully crafted products. This softening and barrier-restoring day cream leaves skin smooth, hydrated and resilient to environmental aggressors​. Firming Seaweed Polyphenols, plumping oceanic Biopolymers and free radical-fighting antioxidants neutralise damage from pollution, UV and stress for a healthy glow.

Available from www.slowageing.co.uk

BYBI Babe Balm, RRP £18.00

Instead of using beeswax like most balms, BYBI’s Babe Balm uses creamy vegan fruit wax instead for its protective, skin-smoothing properties. This multi-purpose beauty balm can be used almost anywhere; to repair dry patches, hydrate chapped lips or soothe dry hands. It’s made with rich, moisturising ingredients such as Shea Butter, Squalane and Coconut Oil, to leave skin super soft, replenished and healthy. Babe Balm also contains Coenzyme Q10 and Hibiscus Oil, both rich in antioxidants, they work together to help repair damaged skin and help prevent skin issues such as stretch marks and severe dryness.

Available from www.bybi.com

3INA Cream Eyeshadows & Color Pen Eyeliners, RRP £14.95 & £12.95 

Inject some colour into bleak winter days (and mind-boggling long lockdown weeks) with super-fun brand 3INA. With 18 Cream Eyeshadow shades and 8 Color Pen Eyeliners to choose from, from bright blues, vibrant yellows and daring oranges to demure pinks and cool purples, you really are spoilt for choice when it comes to highly pigmented, vegan, long-lasting eye makeup. Personal favourites are the Cream Eyeshadows in shades 106 (a cool shimmery yellow), with its counterpart in the Color Pen Eyeliners being shade 137, 188 (a vibrant matte orange, also available as Pen Eyeliner), 300 (a soft pale shimmery pink), 482 (a fun-filled shimmery lilac, also in Pen Eyeliner format) and 759 (a vibrant shimmery forest green, also with matching Eyeliner). And check out the Color Pen Eyeliner in shade 850 for your shot of bright blue!

Available from www.3INA.com

Dear Dahlia Dual Palette, RRP £26.00

From prestige vegan Korean brand Dear Dahlia comes a collection of portable mini palettes which house duos of eyeshadows, blushers with multi-purpose balms or concealers duos. Rich in versatile formulas that blend effortlessly, vegan ingredients don’t compromise on the blend and pigmentations of these pocket rockets. With amazing colour stories like Autumn Scandal (which combines a muted peach blusher with a deep maple brick red balm), Forbidden Fig (a nude coral pink blush with a light shimmery glow and a muted pink mauve balm with subtle hints of silver shimmer) or Strawberry Crush (a duo eyeshadow in metallic frosty gold glitter and metallic frosty berry pink glitter with a matte pink coral balm) and Coco Delight (a metallic rustic copper glitter eyeshadow a balm duo in matte pink beige and matte deep red brown), you’re spoilt for choice and can do eyes, lips and cheeks with just one small palette! 

Available from Look Fantastic and Feel Unique

ICONIC London HD Blend Complete Set, RRP £75.00

This nine-piece set is packed with hundreds of bristles in a uniquely shaped brush head. HD Blend Brushes are perfect for applying and blending any formula of makeup, from powder to cream or liquid, to create a “second-skin” finish to your makeup look. Each HD Blend Brush is uniquely designed to push makeup products into the skin and create seamless and perfectly beautiful looking skin. And the uniquely designed handles make application super easy!

Available from  www.iconiclondoninc.com 

Ardell Naked Lashes 425, RRP £5.49

These feathery lashes are ideal for people that prefer a more subtle, natural makeup look, allowing you to make your eyes pop without going over the top. The lightly volumising false lashes offer a boost of density and drama, whilst blending seamlessly with your natural eyelashes. These lashes are synthetic and contain no animal products, so you can be safe in the knowledge that your purchase was a kind and conscious one, with the reusable feature encouraging you to enjoy the falsies for as long as possible. Totally faves to keep on my kit, they are my go to for when I have to create more volumised lashes with going OTT. 424 are my absolute must-haves!

 Available from Look Fantastic

Peacci Nail Care

Peacci create professional quality products that are vegan and cruelty-free. Best known for their nail polish collection, the brand has since branched out into mani-pedi products introducing Peacci S.K.I.N.. The new collection includes three main products; Peacci Peach Mani-Pedi Scrub (£9.00 for 60g) Peacci Vanilla Mani-Pedi Mask (£15.00 for 75ml) and Peacci Peach Mani-Pedi Cream (£7.00 for 30ml) and two, one-of-a-kind accessories; Peacci Smooth Foot File (£14.00) and Peacci Shape Nail File (£8.00).  The range comes packed with highly beneficial ingredients and a full professional mani-pedi #PeacciPamper routine to follow, all sold in a chic reusable bag.

 Peacci polishes and Peacci S.K.I.N is available from www.peacci.com

CLEAN Reserve Travel Sprays, RRP £20.00

CLEAN Reserve was one of our TOP chosen gender-fluid fragrances last year, and continue to be so, with their most coveted scents now available in 10ml formats, these sustainable, eco-friendly, recyclable travel fragrances fit perfectly in a purse or wash bag allowing you to have your favourite, vegan, scent available at all times. Rain [Reserve Blend] is still at the top of our list together with Warm Cotton [Reserve Blend] and Skin [Reserve Blend].

Available from Space NK and Clean Beauty

Glo32 Whitening Stilo Pen, RRP £15.00

This pro vegan formula whitening pen with Coconut Oil is designed to offer a healthier way to achieve a whiter, brighter smile. Ideal to top up your teeth brightening between whitening treatments, this was designed to be used on the go for those final touches, and it helps to leave teeth bright and white within 60 seconds.

Available at Boots

The Humble Co Bamboo Cotton Swabs, RRP £1.99 for 100

Made with 100% sustainable and biodegradable bamboo, and packaged in plastic free packaging, these are the perfect alternative to ban plastic buds for good!

Available at Holland & Barrett

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