Vegan Skincare

Vegan Skincare

Are You Caring for Your Skin with Plant-Powered, Cruelty-free Ingredients?  

Many people switch to natural skin care products after years of trusting cleansers, serums, and moisturizers made with potentially harmful chemicals, synthetic ingredients that can compromise ecosystems and disrupt healthy skin function. But not all natural skin care products are made with ethically sourced, vegan ingredients.

Similarly, not all vegan skin care products are entirely natural.1 Far too many companies make their  “vegan-friendly” formulas with questionable ingredients you might not want in your skincare routine. When you’re ready to invest in natural skincare products, consider how your complexion might benefit from plant-powered, vegan-friendly, cruelty-free ingredients.

What Is Vegan Skin Care?

A vegan skincare routine is quite similar to a vegan diet. Animal products of any kind simply aren’t allowed. That leaves many natural skincare ingredients off the table, including beeswax, honey, lanolin, collagen, and keratin. Vegans also tend to steer clear of products made with silk protein, squalene, gelatin, and carmine, a red coloring agent made from crushed insects.2

Although plant-sourced skincare products are popular with many people living a vegan lifestyle, it’s important to read the complete list of ingredients. Technically, any product ingredient not sourced from animals is fair game.3 That’s why people looking for natural, plant-based skincare products can’t trust vegan-friendly labels at face value. 

Are all Vegan Ingredients Cruelty-Free?

For decades, skincare companies have been testing their formulas on animals to determine which formulations are safe for their intended use. Today, many consumers consider animal testing needlessly cruel. Although there’s no universally accepted or legally binding definition of “cruelty-free,” the term is generally used to indicate manufacturing practices that support the ethical treatment of animals.4

For any company to identify their skincare products as cruelty-free, the finished products cannot be tested on animals. Neither can any of the ingredients purchased from suppliers. Instead, skincare companies often rely on computer models, laboratory-generated cultures, and human trials to evaluate product formulations.

Although many people assume vegan-friendly formulas are, by nature, cruelty-free, there are no guarantees. There are still plenty of vegan skincare products sold by companies that rely on animal testing or purchase products from suppliers selling animal-tested ingredients.5

How Vegan Skincare Products Benefit the Environment

Most vegans won’t purchase clothing made from wool, silk, cashmere, or leather. Many won’t sleep on down pillows, burn beeswax candles, or wear pearls. While preferences vary from one person to the next, a considerable number of vegans also gravitate towards products made with recycled or recyclable materials whenever possible. Not only do these lifestyle choices support the ethical treatment of animals, they’re also good for the environment. If you’ve been wondering how your choice in skincare products might impact the planet, consider the following environmental benefits of choosing a plant-powered, vegan-friendly skincare routine.

Improved Air and Soil Quality

Plants cultivated for their oils and extracts often have a symbiotic relationship with the air and soil. As they help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, some plants also help balance nitrogen levels, prevent soil erosion, or draw potentially harmful contaminants from the soil as they grow.6

No Animals Are Harmed  

When skincare products are sourced from animals, the creatures are often treated inhumanely. Even when the animals aren’t killed, they’re often harmed. When you use vegan skincare products, no sheep have been injured for their lanolin, and a few more bees have a better chance of surviving the winter.7

Protecting Water Supplies

Not only can nearly 60% of the (mostly) untested chemicals commonly used in skincare products absorb through your skin, they can also contaminate drinking water and damage ecosystems. Many are suspected endocrine system disrupters that could have long-term effects on aquatic life.8,9

What to Look for In Vegan Skincare Products

While shopping for vegan-friendly skincare products, it’s important to realize that not all vegan ingredients are good for your skin. For example, mineral oil is certified by the American Vegan Association, but the petroleum product can clog your pores. Silicone is also vegan but can dehydrate your skin while inhibiting skin cell turnover.10,11 That’s why it’s so important to read product labels and select vegan-friendly skincare products made with plant-sourced ingredients.

The best vegan skincare products are made with non-GMO botanicals, meaning the natural plant oils are extracted from plants that have not been genetically manipulated. Although current investigations suggest the practice is safe, some scientists have expressed concerns over the possible health consequences and potential environmental impact.12

To modify a plant’s genetic code, scientists first extract desirable genes from the DNA of viruses, bacteria, plants, or animals. The new genetic material is introduced into the plant the modifications are intended to alter. This type of manipulation creates an entirely new genetic organism typically not found in nature. Current research shows a troubling correlation between GMOs and food allergies, antibiotic resistance, reduced nutritional value, and more.13

Are You Ready for a Cruelty-Free, Plant-Powered Skincare Routine?

At BOTA™, we believe in cruelty-free, vegan-friendly, plant-powered skincare. That’s why every serum, toner, moisturizer, and body care product we offer is made with hand-selected, non-GMO plant-based ingredients. We’ve not only identified the best elements nature has to offer your skin, every product in our skincare line is enhanced with hemp-derived CBD.

CBD is an active plant element that could make a significant impact on how your skin looks and feels. When applied topically, the full-spectrum CBD in BOTA™ plant-powered skincare products penetrates the surface of your skin. Once absorbed, the cannabinoid interacts with important receptors found on nearly every type of skin cell, including the receptors that help regulate moisture retention, skin cell turnover, collagen production, and inflammation.14

Are You Ready to Read Our Complete Guide to Natural Skin Care?

To learn more about BOTA™ vegan-friendly CBD skin care products, we invite you to read our Complete Guide to Natural Skin Care. Then, when you’re ready, take a look at our selection of naturally cultivated, plant-powered CBD skincare products.

All BOTA™ skincare products are made with hemp extracts sourced from naturally cultivated, non-GMO crops grown on American soil. Our CBD skincare products are also third-party tested to ensure product purity and potency, cruelty-free, and made with botanical oils and extracts selected to help nurture, protect, and revitalize your complexion.



1. Lost in Daydreams. (2018 July 27) The Difference Between Organic, Natural, and Vegan Skin Care.

2. Shape. K Carter. (2021) What Does Vegan Skin Care *Really* Mean?

3. Plant Based News. M Chiorando. (2017 August 09) 14 Non-Vegan Ingredients to Look Out for In Make-Up and Beauty Products.

4. Cruelty Free Soul. (2021) What Does Cruelty Free Really Mean? (Ultimate Guide).

5. In the Flux. (2021) What Does Cruelty-Free Mean? Here’s What You Should Know.

6. American Ostrich Farms. (2021) Is Veganism Sustainable? | Vegan Diet Environmental Effects.

7. PETA. D Prater. (2016 June 17) Is It Ok to Eat Honey, Royal Jelly, and Bee Pollen?

8. Kitchen Stewardship. K Kimball. (2020 May 07) Dangers of Parabens: What They Are and Where They’re Lurking.

9. EPA. (2021) Contaminants of Emerging Concern Including Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products.

10. The Derm Review. (2021 June 08) Mineral Oil – What Is the Controversy Surrounding Mineral Oil And Is Mineral Oil Actually Safe?

11. Fit Glow Beauty. (2021) 10 Reasons Why Silicone Is Bad for Your Skin.

12. Healthline. R Raman. (2020 July 02) GMOs: Pros and Cons, Backed by Evidence.

13. Greenworld Friends. (2021) What Is the Side Effects Of GMO Foods- 7 Proven Side Effects of GMO Foods!

14. Molecules. K Toth et al. (2019 March 06) Cannabinoid Signaling in the Skin: Therapeutic Potential of the “C(ut)annabinoid” System.


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