Vegan Beauty on a Budget

November 8, 2011By 13 Comments

As much as I wish I had gobs of cheddah to spend on fancy schmancy, high-end, exclusively vegan beauty brands, I don’t (and I know I’m not alone on this). I’ve compiled a list of must-have beauty products (many of which you can find at Walgreens, Target, Trader Joe’s, etc.) which are not only vegan and cruelty-free, but also affordable.

Here are some of my fave (and fab) vegan beauty finds for under $20:


  • e.l.f. Cosmetics ($1-5): All of their items are vegan-friendly. Woot! I love everything in their line (especially their bold, colorful eyeshadows), but one of my all-time faves is their nail polish remover pads. The have a really pleasant smell, they work amazingly well, they are conveniently packaged for travel and easy storage—and they are only $1.
  • Manic Panic makeup ($8-20): Must-have item—Tainted Love lipstick ($8) It’s the only red lip shade you’ll ev-ah need! It goes on like a dream and lasts!
  • Dr. Bronner’s Castille Peppermint Soap ($9.99 for 32 oz. at Trader Joes) – This mega versatile soap is pretty powerful (and tingly!)—you can dilute it and it’ll last you forever.
  • White Rain hair spray ($1): Their extra hold hair spray is one of my faves. It works really well, it’s available almost everywhere, and you can’t beat that price.
  • Yes to Carrots Hand Scrub ($16) …or make your own for mega cheap.
  • Trader Joe’s Lavender Body Oil, Tea Tree Shampoo and Conditioner, Tea Tree Pure Vegetable Soap, Fennel Toothpaste, Pure Castille Soap, etc. (all in the $3-10 range). For a list of VBR’s fave vegan beauty products at TJ’s, click here!
What are some of your favorite affordable vegan beauty products?

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  1. Icequeen81 says:

    I love one good red lisptick I would love to try that one

  2. Bre says:

    St. Ives not only IS NOT VEGAN but tests all products on animals. They have recently removed all labels that said that they did not test on animals too.

    • Sunny says:

      As you can see by the date on this post, it’s much older and was posted when St. Ive’s still had cruelty-free status. Post has been updated.

  3. kary says:

    St Ives now have body lotions and cleansers and body washes that says not tested on animals and does not contain animal ingredients…just.a few contain honey…and a body lotion that is collagen elastin of course those says not tested on animals but doesnt say that doent contain animal ingredients

  4. kayti says:

    everyone knows how hard it is to be 100% out and out vegan. A lot of company’s can be shady with details and a super giant company like p&g who own a vast majority of the worlds manufactured products and sister companies can be hard to avoid sometimes. All i can say is do your research thoroughly and try shopping at more wholefood/vegan specialised stores. Shopping in big chain stores can make it difficult to avoid. Or make home made products of your fave items, like hair spray. its real easy to do and will actually save you money in the long run.

  5. maria says:

    I am having the same problem. I’m very disappointed that they were sold. Some of the products are sketchy, some say not tested and others don’t say a thing at all anymore. I am thinking they may be changing their policy.

  6. Martha says:

    Anyone else having trouble finding out more info about St Ives now that they’ve been acquired? They won’t answer my e-mails! 🙁

  7. Katie says:

    I would like to chime in that the “Yes” brand is owned by P&G, a notorious animal tester. Bummer, I know 🙁

    • venus says:

      Where did you hear that the Yes to brand is own by P&G? I was just on their website and the company is not listed. As far as I know the brand is not associated with P&G.

  8. Teresa says:

    I love Yes To and Nature’s Gate products! Unfortunately the company that owns both St. Ives and Tresemme (Alberto Culver) was purchased by Unilever in 2010. Unilever does test on animals so I don’t believe those brands are really suitable for vegans anymore.

  9. Sabrina says:

    I really like TRESemmé hair products! Cheap and (most are) vegan.

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