Everything you need to know about plant-based skin care

15/01/2020 — By Hannah Mepham

Everything you need to know about plant-based skin care

What is plant-based skin care? Is it the same as vegan skin care? Is it organic? Here we reveal everything you need to know about plant-based beauty products.

Some cosmetics, such as soap and lipstick, have been traditionally made using animal content such as tallow or cochineal beetles. Instead of using animal-derived ingredients, plant-based beauty and grooming products use blends of botanical ingredients to support and nourish the skin.

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Is plant-based skin care vegan?

Often, plant-based skin care will be made with plant extracts and oils and will suitable for vegetarian and vegans. However, if a skin product contains beeswax it will not be vegan-friendly.

To make it easier to understand which of our plant-based products are vegan, we are accredited by the Vegan Society and feature their logo on all our beeswax-free, plant-based products.

Is plant-based skin care organic?

No, not all plant-based skin care will be organic. Organic plants are grown in a controlled environment where they are not exposed to synthetic pesticides, herbicides and fertilisers. To be sure that the plants used in your skin care are organic always check the label for one of the following organic certification labels:

ecocert logo

Soil association logo

OFF logo

Plant-based or animal-derived? 

Could you spot a plant-based pretender in your beauty regime? Here we look at some common cosmetic ingredients in the UK and reveal how to tell if they are plant based or animal derived.


Carmine is a red dye that’s used to make cosmetics like nail varnish and lipstick red. Whilst this ingredient might sound like a plant, it is made from crushed cochineal beetles. Carmine can be listed on ingredients list by its Colour Index Number CI75470. For a plant-based alternative to carmine, opt for make-up made with natural earth mineral pigments like Iron Oxide and Titanium dioxide instead.

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Carnauba is a plant wax that is naturally nourishing and helps to make cosmetic products like lipsticks non-drying and long-wearing. Another popular plant-based wax that is used in cosmetics is Berry wax.


Jojoba oil is derived from the Jojoba bushes commonly found in central America. This plant-based skin care ingredient contains a liquid wax which is rich in Omega-7 & 9 which complements the fatty acid profile found in human sebum. When used in skin care, this moisture-retaining ingredient increases skin hydration, helps to balance sebum levels and unclogs pores.


Astaxanthin is the world’s strongest known natural antioxidant and to make it even better, it’s plant-based! It’s a form of algae and is 550 times stronger than vitamin E. It can be taken as part of a supplement to protect skin against damage from pollution, ultraviolet light and immune stress.


Lecithin is added to our creams and lotions and gives them a silky soft feel. Packed with Phospholipids it helps the skin to maintain hydration and comes from plants. The Lecithin used in our plant-based skin care is extracted from vegetable sources.


Squalane is often added to plant-based moisturisers. It comes from olives and when applied to the skin it helps to keep it moisturised and healthy. Be careful not to confuse plant-based Squalane with another cosmetic ingredient called Squalene. This is occasionally found in moisturisers and other skin care products and is derived from an endangered species of shark.


Keratin is a protein that helps to make hair and nails strong. Often used in hair care it is extracted from ground-up horns, hooves, feathers, quills and hair of various animals. For a plant-based alternative to keratin shampoos, opt for hair care made with Quinoa. This protein-packed grain is added to our Quinoa & Artichoke Shampoo and has been proven to increase shine by over 50% and reduce frizz.


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Do you need help making the switch to plant-based skin care? Our UK customer care team is ready and waiting to help you pick you perfect botanical beauty products and can be contacted on 01403 740350.

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