It goes without saying that if you’re a woman, you have an array of personal care products. For your skin, you have, at the very least, a cleanser, moisturizer and sunscreen, and for your hair, a shampoo and conditioner. This is the very basic, and then we have those specific products for our problem areas – acne cream, dandruff oil, night cream and so on.
Now imagine the number of chemicals in each one of these products, which you apply every single day of your life. That’s a lot of chemicals entering your body!
The next step, naturally (pun intended), is to go for a natural personal care brand. We’ve brought you the best of India’s vegan eco-friendly brands in India. While some of the brands are pure vegan, there are some that are either vegan or vegetarian.
Whether you choose the vegan eco-friendly brands in India or the vegetarian personal care brands, one look at the list and you will note that each of the products will have 100& natural ingredients and contain 0% chemicals. It is normal for a brand to have vegan as well as vegetarian products.
What is the difference between Vegan and Vegetarian?
Each brand has a story on why they chose to be vegan and / or vegetarian. They all started with that one small step of seeking natural remedies, free from chemicals, good for us and the earth.
A vegan product would be 100 & pure; made without any animal derivate or ingredients. These animal-derived ingredients include, but is not limited to, honey, beeswax, lanolin, collagen, albumen, carmine, cholesterol, gelatin, and more. These are the commonly used animal derivatives in a product.
To many, the term “vegan” also means that a product is free from animal testing as well. But this may not be the case, as some products can perform animal testing and yet call themselves vegan.
Vegetarian products on the other hand would have vegetarian products in that, but they do not harm the skin. Vegetarian products typically would include use of milk, ghee, clarified butter and more. To put it in a simpler way; a vegan would not use any animal derivatives; but a vegetarian product would use animal derivatives. A vegetarian brand may or may not be free from animal testing.
For a brand to be cruelty-free there should no form of animal testing done at any given time of the production circle.
21 Vegetarian & Eco-Friendly Brands in India
Now that you know the difference in vegan and vegetarian brands let’s have a look at the top vegetarian & eco-friendly brands in India. I have tried most of these vegetarian & eco-friendly brands in India, but there are some that I haven’t tried which I have mentioned in the post. Some of the brands are also vegan.
Omved has been one of the most popular and consistent brands when it comes to green personal care, and it is now the first Safe Cosmetics Pledge signee. It is 100% vegan and follows ancient Ayurvedic principles in all its products, including your body constitution, or dosha.
Omved has a product range that covers all hair and skin care issues as well as health problems like sinusitis, cramps and joint pain. There is also an exclusive range dedicated to babies, made with ingredients that are 100% safe and natural. They are the first and only leading vegan brand in India. All of their products are certified vegan.
While there are several eco-friendly brands for personal care today, Juicy Chemistry is the first Indian company to be certified organic by the Ecocert organization in France. The company was founded by Pritesh and Megha in 2014 after they realized that most products that claimed to be natural contained harmful ingredients including petroleum!
Juicy Chemistry has an exhaustive product range catering to all needs of your skin and hair, including trendier products like face oils and gourmet soaps. They also have a range of essential oils for aromatherapy and pain relief. While most of the products are vegan, their deodorant and lip butters are the only products that contain beeswax, which makes it also a vegetarian brand. The entire hair care range, baby care range, shampoo bars and essential oils are purely vegan.
If you are buying from Juicy Chemistry, do use the code PRATIBHA to get a flat 15% off. Applicable on all purchases over INR 500.
Daughter Earth is true to its name, and promises that every one of its products is created without compromising on its quality. The company uses ingredients from across landscapes, extracted and formulated according to Ayurvedic principles. Prasnthy, the founder handpicks the coffee beans that goes into the wildly intoxicating Wild Mocha Scrub that is a must-use product!
The products at Daughter Earth aren’t your everyday soaps and lotions. The range features unique products like the Eternal Youth Serum (which works mystically on your skin!) Phytonutrient Moisturiser, Lotus & Vanilla Body Butter and a Panchpushp floral mist. The latest lip tint is a major hit in the market; especially for people like me who have found solace in vegan make-up.
If you are buying from Daughter Earth, do use the code PRATIBHA15 to get a flat 15%off.
Burst of Happyness
Burst of Happyness was started by Shreya Pawar who ventured into natural soap making looking for a remedy for her skin allergies. Once she realized the difference on using natural products, she got into it full time and that’s how the company was born.
Focusing largely on skin care, this brand has a solution for your complete skin care regime, from cleansers to scrubs to serums and even natural deodorants. Most of her products are vegan except the lip balms that are vegetarian. Burst of Happyness products use unique ingredients like pink clay, kaolin, lemongrass and others that set apart her brand from the others. Her Wash to remember scrub is by far one of the best scrubs I have come across. And the simplistic clay mask Clay-o-Patra is my to-go for skin cleanser.
What I recommend: The range of organic deos’s especially Rose Crush that is one of my favourites and the What a Girl Wants scrub that leaves your skin asking for more.
Anveya believes that reconnecting with nature will solve all our problems, and help us become our best selves. With this vision in mind, they have created a store with products made with nature as a base, along with a blog packed with tips and tricks for natural living.
Anveya’s main area is essential oils, and their products are formulated based on the benefits of specific oils. They have a detailed hair care range of award winning products as well as a specialized product for pain relief. The Wintergreen muscle relief spray by Anveya is a bliss to soothe the tired muscles.
As its name suggests, Mitte Se is a brand that’s close to the Earth. The team features experts in Ayurveda, Natural Personal care, Oils and organic products. All their products are packed with the benefits of natural products and are completely free from chemicals.
Mittie Se features home care and personal care products, as well as a range of essential oils. They have all the basic products you’d need for skin and hair care, many of them infused with the benefits of essential oils.
Blue Nectar is a brand that puts Ayurveda at its core, and creates all its products around this science. They use over 150 Ayurvedic herbs and ancient formulations to create their range of natural luxe products.
All Blue Nectar products have a luxurious look and feel to them, especially the gift boxes. They have very carefully created products for skin, hair as well as overall wellness like massage oils and migraine oils.
The Nature’s Co
The Nature’s Co makes products using 100% vegan ingredients and they go a step further – they ensure that their packaging is made using biodegradable and environment-friendly materials.
The product range of The Nature’s Co is extensive, covering everything for the face, body and hair, and also including special ranges for men and overall wellbeing. The company also offers a subscription service where you can buy a box of luxury products at special prices.
What I recommend: While I have used an array of their products their body butter (especially Nori) is a huge hit for me. Ditto for the hair cleansers.
Soulflower as a brand believes in offering customers a spa-like experience in their own homes, with products that reflect the ‘natural luxury’ theme. Their products, packaging and marketing go with this theme.
Soulflower specializes in essential oils, which make up the base of all their products, from personal care to home fragrances. Their website is also quite user-friendly, helping you pick a product based on whatever your issue is. A lot of their products are vegan, especially the essential oils and soaps.
What I recommend: The geranium essential oil and the soaps! All of them are vegan.
Earthy Sapo was founded by Sheetal Kabra, who faced a lot of trouble finding pure, handmade products for her baby daughter’s sensitive skin. She set out to create Earthy Sapo, a natural alternative to all our regular personal care products.
Earthy Sapo has an impressive product range that covers home care as well as personal care. Apart from hair and skin care, the brand focuses on baby care and also has eco-friendly tools like bamboo combs and brushes.
Earth Rhythm is a relatively new brand, started by Harini Sivakumar in 2018. It is committed to offering quality products to its customers, but it also does its part to Earth and society. All the packages sent out are 100% plastic free, and the company employs underprivileged women after providing them with training.
Earth Rhythm has the regular products you’d find in any personal care range, but it has some more unique products you wouldn’t find elsewhere – solid perfume, shampoo bars, body yogurts and makeup mists.
What I recommend: Definitely the shampoo bars and solid conditioners. These are the two products I have tried from them. On my wish list is the cleansing balm and cleansing buff that look super promising and I have read some rave reviews about them.
As a brand policy, Krya is concerned not only with giving customers products that are 100% natural and good for their skin, but also with doing what’s good for the environment. To this end, they take steps to reduce their carbon footprint and make sure their ingredients are sustainably and responsibly sourced.
Along with the usual skin and hair care products, Krya has some specialized products in its range, including products for pregnant women and teenagers. Another USP is their range of natural hair colors, made without any toxic chemicals.
With a pretty expansive range of products, I generally associate them with the range of soaps they have! They have a limited range of vegan and vegetarian products. I quite enjoy their range of bath salts that double up as a foot soak too. They are really good to use almost on a daily basis to draw out the toxins and relax your feet.
What I recommend: The Coffee Cream body scrub and the Verve face scrub are the vegan products from this brand.
Calling itself ‘Luxury by Nature’, Organic Affaire is a premium brand, started by three friends in 2017. They aim to create personal care products that are in stark contrast to commercially available products packed with all kinds of chemicals and toxins.
Organic Affaire has products rooted in both Ayurveda and modern science, and covers hair care and skin care. The brand also has specific ranges for baby care as well as specially curated gift boxes.
What I recommend: The Keralicious hair oil that relaxes you after a long day at work! Follow it up with the Silka shampoo to manage your hair. A gentle cleansing that promises to get rid of the build-up.
Treewear Ecological Living
Treewear has a limited but quite a varied range of products that free from the nasties. Most of the packaging can be reused for knock knacks at home. For example the alcohol free hand sanitizer comes in a box that can be recycled to a pen stand! They also have a deo that I am yet to try!
What I recommend: The vegan lip balm with a very light fragrance of coconut oil that keeps the lips hydrated for a long time. The 100% alcohol free hand sanitizer is one of my favourites that I use almost on a regular basis. Another product on my wish list forever has been their natural deo!
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Aroma Treasures started out as an aromatherapy brand, founded by Nirmal and Araadna Minawala in 2000. They went on to add herbal extracts, clay and sea salts to create a unique range of personal care products.
With essential oils being their strongpoint, Aroma Treasures has individual products for every skin and hair type as well as kit combos that include everything you need for your personal care regime. They also have specialized products for hands and feet.
What I recommend: The vegan lip balm with a very light fragrance of coconut oil that keeps the lips hydrated for a long time. The calm roll-on is a mild roll-on that induces sleep and helps you unwind after a long tiring day.
Just Herbs was started by Dr Neena Chopra, an award winning biochemist, and today the brand has grown to be one of the top natural personal care brands in India. All products of Just Herbs have been certified as Ayurvedic by the Ministry of Ayush.
Just Herbs has pretty much everything you need for your skin – cleansers, toners, scrubs, moisturizers, sunscreens, packs, night creams and much more. All the products are beautifully packaged and presented.
What I recommend: The hair oil that controls dandruff is one of my favourite hair oils from them. I haven’t ventured too much into their products till now.
Started in 2015, Alanna Naturals promises products that are good for you. They source all their ingredients from accredited organic vendors, and formulate them into products that heal skin that has been assaulted by chemical products for a long time.
Alanna has a range of products for the skin and hair, with special ranges for lips and bath. Many of their products are multipurpose, like the hydrating and toning rose and grapeseed mist, or the 4 in 1 exotic clay mask.
What I recommend: The lip scrub that buffs away dead cells and keeps your lips soft and smooth.
Skincare Villa was born when a random DIY powder cleanser showed amazing results. Sonali Patil, the founder of Skincare Villa, realized the power of a powder cleanser after her experiment and the first product she made, Oats Almond Cleanser, literally prevented her breakouts. So later on she made many variants to suit all skin types and concerns. Oats Almond Cleanser, Green Tea Mint Cleanser, Ubtan are some of the variants which are best-selling ever since they were launched.
Powder Cleansers don’t require preservatives as such but do have a short shelf life and need extra care for storage too. Unlike foaming cleansers, powder cleansers don’t strip the skin of its sebum in the name of cleansing. Powder Cleansers from Skincare Villa are vegan and free from artificial colour or fragrance.
What I recommend: The powder cleansers. Powder Cleansers can also act as a multi utility product, sufficing the need of a cleanser, mask or scrub. So using a powder cleanser is one of the top choices for people who are looking to have a minimalistic approach to their skincare routine or stash. The range is falls in affordable price tag so that everyone can experience the power of a powder cleanser.
Wow Skin Care
They have an array of skin and hair care products that seem to be storming the market. While I haven’t used any of their products, going by the reviews on Amazon and on Instagram, I see that they have a good rating. I’ll save these products when I am out of my stash for skin and hair care.
What I recommend: If you go by the reviews, most of the products are good, so I would recommend you to choose something that you are comfortable with according to your skin and hair type.
Suganda was created by Bindu Amrutham who was on the lookout for pure and safe skin care products for her newborn who had dry, sensitive skin. The result was a company that creates a select range of products made painstakingly from scratch without any harmful chemicals.
Suganda focuses on skin care, and the products target specific problems like acne, dry skin or pigmentation. All products use essential oils that are packed with plant-based antioxidants.
What I recommend: Try the anti-oxidant serum that works wonders on your skin to lighten pigmentation and even the skin tone.
That’s an exhaustive list of vegeterian & eco-friendly brands in India. Do you know of a brand that should have made it to list, but hasn’t? Drop us a mail and we’ll be happy to add it to the list.