What's the Difference between Vegan and Organic Skincare?
Guiding you through the terminology jungle.
We are in the middle of Veganuary, one of the most popular yearly vegan challenges around the world. But what is vegan skincare and, how does it differ from organic skincare? Is one better than the other, and most of all, can you have them both?
The jungle of terminology is definitely there. You can find vegan, cruelty-free, organic, natural, clean beauty products...and the list goes on. Today we’re going to dive deep in the difference between vegan and organic skincare. If you are wondering about the difference between natural and organic skincare, you can read more about it here.
What is vegan skincare?
To make things a bit trickier, vegan skincare doesn’t have any legal definition. Knowing the ingredients is vital as you want to avoid any animal extracts, by-products or testing. You can look for labels such as the Vegan Society or Leaping Bunny logo to help with your decision. Vegan Society logo ensures that the product doesn’t contain any animal extracts or animal by-products in the ingredients or the manufacturing process. The product and its ingredients have also never been tested on animals. The Leaping Bunny logo guarantees that no animal testing was carried out in developing the product.
Some of the most common animal-derived ingredients include glycerin, collagen, gelatine, retinol. The Vegan Society also recommends avoiding some ingredients such as pearl, silk, snail gel, milk protein, cochineal (E120), tallow, lanolin, unless specified as made from synthetic origin.
There are a couple of useful apps out there to help you to tackle the ingredient lists. We recommend downloading apps such as CosmEthics or Think Dirty App. You can easily set your own filters and scan the products to be sure they don't contain any unwanted ingredients. You might also find our free guide 'How to understand INCI lists' useful.
What is organic skincare?
Organic skincare products use naturally grown ingredients that are free from toxic pesticides and fertilisers, they don't leave a harmful footprint on the planet. By using organic skincare products, you're helping to minimise your environmental impact and support the sustainability of our environment. The ingredients are biodegradable and packaging minimal with maximum recycled content. As with vegan skincare, there are also internationally recognised certificates for organic skincare. Look, for example, for labels from Soil Association or Cosmos to guarantee that your product truly is organic.
Synthetic cosmetics can contain human-made chemicals and toxins that could be residues of pesticides. Studies show that they can contain mineral oil, petroleum, parabens, and other chemicals and, with long term use, these can cause, for example, skin irritation, hormone imbalance, and even cancer.
What’s in common with organic and vegan skincare is that neither are animal-tested. When you buy organic skincare products, you are buying cruelty-free skincare products and also supporting the move towards abolishing animal testing in the industry.
Can you get both vegan and organic skincare?
You might wonder if it’s possible to get both, vegan and organic skincare. Luckily lots of organic skincare brands are also passionate about veganism and don’t use animal-derived ingredients such as bee’s wax in their products. Koti Lifestyle has an extensive range of vegan and organic products in stock - you can browse the collection here.
Our top 3 vegan products
Frantsila Calendula Face Mist - This award-winning facial mist is a must-have for all the skin types. It features a double dose of Calendula flower water and Calendula extract, a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory combination that infuses skin with restorative moisture and a radiant glow.
Flow Balm to Milk Facial Cleanser - An excellent balm for all skin types. The formula will deep clean, brighten, and moisturise the skin. Its gel-like consistency is created with nutritious organic oils – like jojoba, coconut and castor – and will penetrate your pores deeply. A perfect way to remove impurities, makeup and dirt, just add water to great an easy-to-wash-away milk.
Hetkinen Crowberry-Spruce Salt Soap Set - The perfect soap to wash the hands with. Crowberry is an excellent ingredient in skincare as it contains a lot of antioxidants, flavonoids, anthocyanins and vitamin C. Black spruce oil is naturally antistatic and keeps hands clean for a long time.