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?
Almost all our plant-based beauty products are vegan, except for a few which contains beeswax.
To help you be sure the product you have picked is vegan-friendly our website features a helpful vegan-friendly product filter, and all our beeswax-free beauty products feature The Vegan Society’s logo.
Is plant-based skin care organic?
All Green People products contain organic plant ingredients and most of our products are certified organic.
The organic plant extracts that we use to make our natural skin care products 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 an indication that the product contains a high percentage of ingredients derived from organic farming. We mark this percentage on many of our certified organic products and we are proud to say that some of our plant-based products are made with 100% organic ingredients.
Another way to know if your plant-based products are organic is to look at the label for some of the following organic certification labels:
Does Green People make plant-based beauty products?
All Green People formulas are made with plants that are chosen for their purity and their reputation for helping to calm, balance and restore the structure of the skin.
Some cosmetics, such as soap and lipstick, have been traditionally made using animal content such as tallow or cochineal beetles. Instead of using these animal-derived ingredients, we choose to offer organic and cruelty free skin care and hair care products that are made with plant-based actives, including plant oils, plant waxes and by-product plant ingredients.
Some of our packaging is plant-based too! The cardboard boxes used for our Nordic Roots range are made with 25% grass pulp and our unique and biodegradable One Balm pot is made with a mix of plant-polymers and by-product sawdust. A natural beauty product that’s entirely plastic-free, after use it returns these raw materials without leaving a microplastic residue behind.
Animal or plant-based ingredients?
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.
HYALURONIC ACID: PLANT
Hyaluronic is naturally produced by the skin and this makes it an ingredient that’s extremely compatible with most skin types, but is it plant-based? The Hyaluronic acid used in Green People products is 100% plant-based, quickly absorbed by the skin and is derived from vegan-friendly Sodium hyaluronate.
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 CI 75470.
For a plant-based alternative to carmine, opt for make-up made with natural earth mineral pigments like Iron Oxide and Titanium dioxide instead. Green People does not use Carmine in its organic lipsticks.
CARNAUBA WAX: PLANT
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 and ultraviolet light..
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. Green People does not use keratin.
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.
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.