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Life is beautiful

We take a look at vegan and cruelty-free beauty

We’ve all been stood in the shops, or browsing cosmetics online, without a clue of what is vegan and cruelty-free, or of what actually looks good and works well. Whilst animal-testing of cosmetics is illegal in Europe, more needs to be done to stop it from happening elsewhere — luckily, there are many organisations campaigning for this, and alternative testing means being developed and implemented. Additionally, and often overlooked, is the use of animal-derived ingredients in our beauty products — the use of these must be eliminated, to stop the suffering of our animal-friends for the sake of a creamy moisturiser or a pretty lipstick. According to The Vegan Society, 76 per cent of people in the UK think that more effort should be made to develop alternatives to using animals in the cosmetics industry — for ingredients, or in safety testing. On the back of this, the sale of vegan prestige beauty products in the UK, reported an increase of 38 per cent between February 2017 and the end of January 2018. Even more recently, Superdrug’s own brand vegan cosmetics saw a 750 per cent sale increase in January 2019 alone. Obviously, the demand is there, and as it continues to rise, so will the pressure for an end to animal-testing and non-vegan beauty products. Across the next few pages, you’ll find our selection of everyday beauty essentials, and a roundup of the best vegan and cruelty-free cosmetics, skin and haircare products. We’ve also put together two handy lists of what ingredients to look out for, and which trusted companies you can turn to.

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About Vegan Life

Welcome to our May issue. It’s undeniable that one of the best ways to advocate veganism to non-vegans is through food. There are so many wonderful and talented chefs creating mind-blowing vegan cuisine — the game has totally changed from a few years ago. The options for eating out have exploded, as we see unlikely meat-based chains even offering vegan options, and gone are the days of nibbling on a side salad, as plant-based food rightfully takes centre-stage in many restaurants. But, maybe you live somewhere with not so much choice, what happens then? Well, thanks to the range of brilliant cookbooks and videos available, anybody, no matter their location, can have a crack at a vegan showstopper. Recognising the need to make vegan food as appealing and appetising as possible, our cover stars, Ian Theasby and Henry Firth, created BOSH!, with the sole mission of bringing meat-free to the masses. We caught up with the innovators. Beauty is an another aspect of veganism that is growing rapidly, as cruelty-free, ethical and vegan products become more and more in demand. We rounded up some of our favourite items, brands and bloggers, as well as the ingredients you need to avoid. Finally, we had a really interesting debate this month, sparked by a feature written by Andrew Miles on the topic — is it easier for women to be vegan than men? Find out his, and our readers’, thoughts.

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