Luxury Brands That Are Changing the Vegan Skincare Game

New Vegan Beauty Masks Changing Skincare

Luxury skincare products are a holy grail for beauty enthusiasts. Does the vegan stuff actually stand a chance? 

When I was in college over 12 years ago, veganism looked like this: waif-thin, black-rimmed glasses, hardcore band T-shirts, tattoo sleeves and sometimes a very militant attitude to put the image over the edge. As a vegetarian at the time, I certainly had respect for the vegans I knew for having the conviction to eschew any and all animal products. But it definitely felt radical, even to someone as progressive as myself. In those days, the lifestyle had everything to do with politics and, for the most part, very little to do with clean eating and skin care.

Fast forward to 2017 and wow—veganism looks more like Jessica Chastain and Liam Hemsworth. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not exactly giving celebs credit for putting that cruelty-free life on the map years after predecessors who’ve been woke were already entrenched in it. But I’d be lying if I said that the new social acceptance of veganism in the last couple of years didn’t influence me to take the leap for myself.

Before I even gave up dairy and eggs, I was already vigilant about avoiding beauty products that are tested on animals. To me, there’s just no sensible reason for the archaic practice to continue. Also, if formulas are loaded with synthetic additives that need to be tested, I personally feel it’s risky to put those chemicals on my skin—and on my eyes! When I went vegan last year I felt I had to streamline my beauty arsenal even more. (Full disclosure: Don’t be mad, but there’s at least one staple I haven’t let go of yet that has beeswax.)

Are “natural” and vegan products less effective? Well, many beauty marketers and some aestheticians and dermatologists might say so if conventional skincare is what they’re selling. I simply don’t buy that. Plant-based products harness the power of organic ingredients that are rich in antioxidants and phytonutrients (natural chemicals that protect plants from environmental stressors). Veggies and fruits are pretty indisputably the healthiest foods to nourish from within, so it makes sense that they do good on the outside, too.

Look, I know vegan skincare isn’t for everyone, but the trend toward organic living and ingredient-conscious skincare is undeniable. Considering so many amazing brands could be vegan if it weren’t for one small piece of the ingredient puzzle (e.g. honey, lanolin and carmine), disrupting the narrative around this once niche market is important because those who want high-performance plant-based beauty would love more options.

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Odacité Deep Hydration Masque Luxury Brands That Are Changing the Vegan Skincare Game

Odacité Deep Hydration Masque ($50)


A brand that fuses French luxury with green California living—does it get any more covetable than that? Odacité (the French play on the word “audacity”) believes that fresh ingredients are the most active. In fact, their formulas contain absolutely zero preservatives, which is why you use their products within six months — when the nutrients are most active. This ethos allows them to craft products that meet high standards for both efficacy and purity. Their serums have a high concentration of the most potent plant extracts and oils to manifest the skin of your dreams: green tea and lemongrass for radiance; black cumin and cajeput to banish blemishes; rosehip and ylang ylang to smooth deep wrinkles; and many more. The whole point is you can feed your skin based on what it’s asking you that day. (For example, if you’re hungover, you can add a few drops of the green tea and lemongrass concentrate into your moisturizer to resurrect your dull skin.) Genius! Their formulations are truly audacious, and I love that.  

Kypris Glow Philtre New Luxury Vegan Brands Changing Skincare

Kypris Glow Philtre ($88)


The goddess Aphrodite is the inspiration for this eponymous brand (Kypris is what the people of Cyprus once called the Greek goddess of love). With a nod to the femininity and sensuality of a beauty regimen, the Kypris aesthetic is totally swoon-worthy. But it’s not all about looks. Everything is made with organic, sustainably sourced plant oils and extracts that are rich in skin-protective phytonutrients. A look at the ingredients in the Glow Philtre Mask says it all: pomegranate for cell renewal, sea vegetables to plump and brighten, silver ear mushroom to hydrate and softening neroli to “romance your senses.” Yes, please!

Osea Malibu Black Algae Mask New Luxury Vegan Brands Changing SkincareOsea Malibu Black Algae Mask ($48)

OSEA Malibu

OSEA was founded on the idea that the ocean’s full spectrum of minerals and trace elements could be powerfully healing and restorative to the body. Seaweed, which has evolved over thousands of years to withstand constant UV exposure, is one of the superhero ingredients. The Ocean Cleanser, Undaria Algae Oil and Sea Minerals Mist are a few of the brand’s most dynamic elixirs powered by the sea.

Paid Deep Cleanse AHA Mask New Luxury Vegan Brands Changing Skincare


Pai Capaiba Deep Cleans AHA Mask ($40)


This one’s for those sensitive (skin) types. Not only are Pai products vegan-friendly, but they’re also completely free of parabens, alcohol, phenoxyethanol, petrochemicals, detergents (SLS/SLES), artificial fragrance and any other potentially irritating additives. The full range of moisturizers and toners and gentle offerings like the Kukui & Jojoba Bead Exfoliator and Rosehip BioRegenerate Rapid Radiance Mask will be just as kind to your skin as the brand is to the animals.

Kahina Antioxidant Mask New Luxury Vegan Brands Changing SkincareKahina Giving Beauty Moisture Mask ($88)

Kahina Giving Beauty

Inspired by ancestral traditions and knowledge from Morocco, Kahina Giving Beauty ethically sources only the best, authentic argan oil as its crown jewel, along with other time-honored Moroccan ingredients like prickly pear seed oil (boosts collagen production and improves skin elasticity), rhassoul clay (detoxifies skin and tightens pores) and blue tansy (anti-inflammtory and acne-fighting). One of the best things about vegan brands is social responsibility is often built into everything they do. Kahina Giving Beauty takes as much pride in producing luxurious elixirs—like the certified-organic and fair trade argan oil and a face cream that combines the anti aging properties of argan oil and red wine grapes—as they do in elevating the Berber women who’ve harvested argan oil in Morocco for centuries.

Root Science Detox Face Mask New Luxury Vegan Brands Changing SkincareRoot Science Detox Face Mask ($60)

Root Science

This California-based company has roots in Iceland, where medicinal plants have been used forever. Think superfoods for your skin. Nothing watered down, ever—only the purest botanical oils, restorative plants and mineral clays, all crafted in small batches and packaged in violet glass containers to maintain freshness and the highest potency. How many conventional luxury brands go to such great lengths to ensure their offerings are this pristine? With serums to balance the complexion and enhance youth and masks to detox and revitalize, Root Science is high-performance skincare at its finest.



  1. I have heard about a couple of brands out of this list. It’s great to see so many brands making vegan products. We’ve only a few brands here in India which make vegan skin care products. None of them make good quality makeup as of now! 🙁

  2. Wow great post. I am very interested in switching over to vegan products, and have heard about how healthy they are for your skin! (Just as what we put in our body is important for our insides.) Super excited to try Odacite.

  3. Wonderful beauty stuff you have shared. Thank you for sharing such content here!

  4. Nice post, I use the ocean cleanser by Osea myself and I have to say it is really good at removing oil from your skin.

  5. I’ve been looking into switching over to some vegan skin care product. I love this post ! thanks for all the great information !

  6. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful list of beauty product

  7. Hi,
    It was very useful for me. Keep sharing such ideas in the future as well. This was actually what I was looking for, and I am glad to come here! Thanks for sharing the information with us.

  8. Hello!!
    Yes, vegan Products are really very good for our skin. Very good information you have shared here. Thanks for this informative post. Keep sharing.

  9. I personally feel that these products are of good quality. I have tried some of the brands.

  10. I have a great interest in vegan/natural beauty products mainly due to the ethical and health advantages. I don’t use them entirely but I try to with every chance I get. Very helpful blog post! Definitely going to get my hands on some of these! xx

  11. It’s so great to see a list of vegan products that work. I am loving the skincare and makeup from LimeLight by Alcone lately. They’ve got a nice line of vegan makeup too and everything is Leaping Bunny certified, which is nice to know. Thanks for showing all these great companies!

  12. It’s so great to see a list of vegan products that work. I am loving the skincare and makeup from LimeLight by Alcone lately. They’ve got a nice line of vegan makeup too and everything is Leaping Bunny certified, which is nice to know

  13. Thanks for sharing this post! It’s about time people start adopting vegan beauty products.Keep it up!

  14. Thank you for sharing information. Wonderful blog & good post.Its really helpful for me, waiting for new posts. Keep Blogging!

  15. I’m interested in trying out vegan products and this is list was very helpful. Thanks for the recommendations. Am going to definitely try out the Kahina Giving Beauty!

  16. I’m 65 and have been using Peter Thomas Roth for ages. It’s done its job and I do look at least a decade younger – but I’m vegan now and even though they say they don’t test on animals, they do use some animal-based ingredients in some of their products. Which of these products will work to maintain aging skin? It always seems like products are made for and tested on people in their late 20s and 30s when they are maybe starting to crack a smile line. We are an aging population in most Western countries. So, do you know which of these products might be helpful for my generation? Thank you!

    1. Hi Joy, it depends on your skincare needs. In general, as the skin matures, moisturizing and hydrating is the way to go! I suggest the Odacité Hydrating Mask and facial oils like Herbivore–

      Let us know what you decide!

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