By Sia Papadopoulous
Veganism has become a popular lifestyle trend, especially within the food industry. According to a market study, conducted by Grand View Research.
“With more millennials embracing vegan lifestyles, it is no longer considered unconventional. It is now trendy, with many A-list celebrities supporting the benefits of living a vegan lifestyle and increased options available online and on high street.”
Vegans are also becoming increasingly more aware, not just about their food intake but the products they are putting on their bodies. The vegan cosmetics market is expected to continue growing as there are many benefits to using animal-free products, and avoiding products that were tested on animals.
“There are several advantages of using animal-free makeup products such as fewer ingredients usage, no harmful chemicals, bypassing animal byproducts, plenty of moisture from plant extracts, and favors sensitive skin.” – Grand View Research
It is important to look for the certified vegan logo to ensure that none of the ingredients are derived from an animal or animal by-products. You also want to check for the cruelty-free logo to make sure none of the products were previously tested on animals. To give you a head start, we are naming four vegan and cruelty-free skincare and beauty shops in Toronto.
1. Province Apothecary
Province Apothecary located at 1518 Dundas St. West, offers a variety of vegan, cruelty-free and natural products to help improve skin. Julie Clark, the founder, started the company based on a personal experience with allergies and eczema. She saw the importance of hand-crafting natural products stripping them from all the harsh chemicals found in many mainstream makeup lines today. If you’re looking to support a home-grown company, Province Apothecary is the place to check out, as all her products are made in Canada.
2. The Detox Market
The Detox Market located at 96 Scollard St., carries a wide range of different brands that are vegan and cruelty-free. The company began its journey from a personal story of a health and wellness coach, close to the founders, who was battling breast cancer. She believed her best defence was to live a detoxified life, hence the store name. The aesthetically appealing shop has many employees that will help you navigate the products and show you what will work best for your skin.
3. Jacob and Sebastian
Jacob and Sebastian, a unique beauty shop located at 622 Queen St. West, carrying multiple vegan and cruelty-free products that cannot be found at other retailors in Toronto. Although not all the brands are vegan, they have a range of products from hand soaps, to fragrances and candles. They also cater to men who are looking to revamp their skincare routine, offering body, face, and hair care products curated specifically for men.
4. The Cure Apothecary
Just a few blocks down, The Cure Apothecary at 719 Queen St. West, has a beautiful beauty boutique that carries many vegan and cruelty-free Canadian brands, but also showcases small, underrepresented brands. The founder, Nitasha, realized the importance of not only what goes into one’s body, but also what goes on the outside. She felt there was a gap in the market and a need for green beauty and clean products. The Cure Apothecary offers something for everybody from vegan foundations, to face oils and toners.
Although some of the products and beauty shops may require you to dig a little deeper into your bank account, it is definitely a direction of veganism worth researching and investing. By stripping away harmful chemicals, you will definitely see a recognizable difference in the healthiness of your skin.