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Sigi Skin
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The best local sustainable, vegan and eco-friendly brands in Singapore

Kickstart your plant-based lifestyle this Veganuary with vegan beauty, skincare and even fashion products

By Cam Khalid
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No more nasties – beauty, skincare and even fashion brands are making a conscious effort to be as environmentally friendly as possible, with harmful ingredients and substances ixnayed. Enter the new era of vegan, plant-based products, where popular ingredients such as beeswax, carmine, and lanolin are eliminated from your vanity.

But just because you spot the cruelty-free bunny on a product doesn’t mean that it’s vegan too. Cruelty-free simply indicates that the product is in no way tested on animals, while vegan means that it doesn’t contain any animal-based ingredients.

Whether you're a full-fledged vegan, considering taking the plunge into the plant-based lifestyle, or just looking to reduce your carbon footprint, start Veganuary with Singapore’s very own sustainable, vegan and eco-friendly brands.

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two halves
Photograph: Two Halves

Two Halves

The brainchild of mum and daughter duo, Jo and Ashley Yong, Two Halves prides itself as a vegan beauty and skincare brand that helps even the busiest find a simple yet effective and restorative skincare ritual. Its fuss-free Better Balance Soothing Hydration Essence ($85) features skin-synchronising, plant-based ingredients that are consciously formulated to not only be eco-friendly but also bring balance to your skin for an overall healthy and glowing complexion. The lightweight and fragrance-free watery gel also suits sensitive and sensitised skin.

twohalves-skincare.com

Solos Cosmetics
Photograph: Solos Cosmetics

Solos Cosmetics

Bare, bold, or in between – whatever your style is, Solos Cosmetics will match it up with its innovative, travel-friendly, and oh-so-easy-on-the-wallet beauty essentials. The beauty brand was born from a discussion about the planet by two friends who were hard-pressed to find any sustainable, ethical, and cruelty-free cosmetics that are long-lasting, hypoallergenic, and won’t break the bank. Now, the duo offers affordable, gorgeous lippies (from $12) and sleek liquid eyeliners (from $8) that are vegan, cruelty-free, and contain no nasties.

soloscosmetics.com

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FrankSkincare
Photograph: FrankSkincare

FrankSkincare

Here’s one brand whose products will sit pretty on your top shelf: FrankSkincare’s minimalist, apothecary-like tinted glass bottles are made for #flatlays. Produced in tiny batches with certified organic ingredients, FrankSkincare was created out of founder Cissy Chen’s belief that healthy, radiant skin should be accessible to everyone. Oils (from $44) are Chen’s specialty, and a tiny drop goes a long way. Made with organic, good-for-your-skin ingredients, the product range caters to women, men, and babies, and is safe for expecting mums, too.

frankskincare.com

Sigi Skin
Photograph: Bryan Foong/Sigi Skin

Sigi Skin

Less is more with this award-winning skincare brand. Sigi Skin focuses on the idea that a skincare regimen should be simple but also effective, which is why each product is packed with superfood ingredients as well as scientifically-backed ingredients to bring out the best for your complexion. Most of its products have multi-purpose benefits, so you can do a lot with a little. The popular Kaleanser ($38) doubles as a makeup remover as well as a facial wash, while the Pink Nectar eye cream ($62) can also be used as a lip mask.

sigiskin.com

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Handmade Heroes
Photograph: Handmade Heroes

Handmade Heroes

What started as a passion project by Lynsey Lim has grown to become an award-winning, PETA-certified, cruelty-free and vegan brand. And as its name suggests, Handmade Heroes offers handcrafted skincare products that promise to do wonders for your skin. It takes inspiration from Asian beauty practices and uses natural ingredients such as rice, coconuts, hibiscus, charcoal, and turmeric. Its product range covers you from top to toe with lip scrubs ($9.90), dry shampoo ($15.90) and hibiscus face masks ($18.90), with a dedicated section for mums and babies, featuring nursing and diaper balms ($12.90).

handmade-heroes.com

Rough Beauty
Photograph: Rough Beauty

Rough Beauty

This eco-friendly brand is all about being sustainable while embracing simplicity. Move your attention to its signature bar soaps ($9.50) which are handcrafted with botanical ingredients that soothe and nourish the skin. And with the Rough Beauty Soap Club membership ($18), you’ll get first dibs on its seasonal flavours on top of your bi-monthly fresh bar soaps delivery. There are also gentle foot scrubs, moisturising oil, and roll-on perfumes, and even body wash, to boot.

rough-beauty.com

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Zhai Eco
Photograph: Zhai Eco

Zhai Eco

Not a beauty or skincare brand per se, but still big on being eco-friendly and vegan, Zhai carries stylish wardrobe essentials made from natural fibres such as bamboo, linen, tencel, and eucalyptus. The sustainable fashion label also boasts original designs that are versatile for every style and occasion, without compromising on quality, affordability, and most importantly, being kinder to the environment.

zhai.com.sg

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