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The Best Vegan Beauty Gifts for Mother’s Day

Ever since I was a child, my mom has been my idol when it comes to beauty.

As a six-year-old, I’d carefully take note of how she swept blush across her cheekbones, wiggled a mascara wand across her lashes, and pursed her lips together after applying a sleek pink lipstick. Fast forward decades later, and we still connect over all-things beauty. So with Mother’s Day coming up, I couldn’t think of a better time to introduce her to a few of my favorite vegan and cruelty-free products. 

Whether your mom is obsessed with beauty like mine, or she prefers to get out the door with the least effort required, these vegan and cruelty-free (and, importantly, Kinder Beauty–approved) gift ideas include budget and splurge-worthy items perfect for any mom, mother figure, or just for yourself. 

For moms who take pride in their skincare routine:

1. 100% Pure Rose Hyaluronic Acid Serum ($48)

Skin-care addicts will know the importance of ingredients such as hyaluronic acid in restoring skin’s youthful bounce and elasticity. This light gel also includes botanical infusions of chamomile and calendula to calm the complexion and give your mom’s gorgeous face all the hydration it needs.

2. Laurel Skin Almond Rose Exfoliant ($60)

Made from almonds, oats, and rose petals, this gentle exfoliant doubles as a face mask, helping to remove dead skin cells, hydrate, and nourish to reveal a soft, plump, and dewy glow. 

3. Snow Fox Skin Care Herbal Youth Oil ($82)

This seven-blend oil treatment features antioxidant-rich blueberry seed oil and is infused with anti-aging astragalus root extract and Brazilian paracress—known as “nature’s botox” because it helps smooth out lines and wrinkles, but the natural way. 

For moms who are clean beauty newbies:

4. Joséphine Cosmetics Lip/Power Bold Matte Liquid Lipstick ($30)

When introducing someone new to clean beauty, start with a product that screams glam, like this Lip/Power liquid lipstick. Choose a color that works best for your mom—go soft and neutral with Cloé or go bright with Rhéa—and be sure to let her know it’s enriched with natural ingredients like cocoa butter, olive oil, and rosehip oil. 

5. Aether Beauty Summer Solstice Palette ($58)

Designed to illuminate the skin, this palette offers 12 pigment-packed shadows infused with topaz, amber, and ruby that are formulated with skin-loving ingredients for a buttery-like texture that makes for easy one-swipe application. 

6. Au Naturale Eye Essentials Kit ($48)

This kit comes with a mascara, a soft-tip eye pencil, and two complementary creme eye shadow colors to amplify your eyes. Be sure to choose the kit according to the color of your mom’s eyes. With these essentials, it’s the perfect starter kit for clean beauty newbies.

7. Kinder Beauty Rose Gold Bundle ($34)

Perfect for moms who need a little rose-gold luster in their life, this bundle, featured in the Kinder Beauty Marketplace, includes 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Rose Gold Palette with a highlighter, blush, and three glamorous eyeshadows; and Skin Owl Illuminator in Rose Quartz, a scent-free body oil infused with rose quartz and mica for the ultimate body and face glow. 

For moms who are zero-waste enthusiasts:

8. J&L Naturals Simple Pack ($49.99)

For moms who are conscious about product waste, this beauty gift pack includes basics such as a full-sized lip balm, deodorant, hair serum, and face salve that are all packaged in zero-waste containers. 

9. Earth Hero Bamboo Makeup Brush Set ($103.99)

A good makeup brush is an essential beauty product, but most have handles made of plastic and bristles made from animal hair. Earth Hero has come up with an alternative, made from sustainable materials like bamboo, and it comes with five brushes of different sized bristles, a canister, and a cotton roll-up carrying case for easy storage.

10. Aether Beauty Golden Diamond Highlighter ($18)

From one of the most eco-friendly makeup brands in the world, this limited-edition highlighter is highly pigmented with skin-loving ingredients such as honeysuckle flower extract, rosehip oil, and jojoba seed oil that you can use on your cheeks, brow bones, eyes, lips, and even your body. 

For moms who are in desperate need of some “me time”:

11. Little Moon Essentials Mom’s Survival Kit ($25)

Created for all the supermoms out there, this gift pack includes an assortment of products to soothe the skin and mind, such as skin-conditioning salve, lip balm, skin exfoliant, bath salt, room mist, and a sleep salve.

12. The Kind Poppy Eucalyptus Spearmint Bubble Truffle ($7)

This luxurious bath bomb will help your mom take her much-needed bathtime to the next level because it’s loaded with skin-loving shea butter, and a calming blend of eucalyptus, spearmint, lemon, lavender, and a hint of sage. Pro tip: Buy a few. 

13. LUSH Mamma Mia Body Scrub ($19.95)

This limited-edition body scrub is filled with naturally exfoliating fine sea and Himalayan salts, as well as toning and brightening pink grapefruit purée—though our favorite part is the sweet scent, which also combines vanilla absolute, bergamot oil, and rosewood oil.

For moms who always have perfectly polished fingers and toes:

14. Sparitual Nourishing Vegan Color ($13 each)

The spring colors in this collection are the perfect pick-me-up after such a long winter. And your mom will be pleased to know her future mani-pedis won’t include any nasty chemicals, like those in conventional polish. Pick up a few shades for her to choose from, like Blossoming Beauty, Wisdom, and Save the Silence.

15. Pacifica Create Your Own At-Home Mani Kit ($40)

Create a custom mani kit just for mom. For this gift set, you choose a base coat, three vibrant shades, and one super-fun glitter formula or a translucent topper from Pacifica’s collection of dreamy colors. 

For moms who prefer to go au natural:

16. Earth Harbor Mermaid Milk ($20)

Featured in the Kinder Beauty Marketplace, this product is a classic in the Kinder Beauty universe because of its lightweight formula of superfoods such as spirulina and matcha, along with concentrated phytonutrients, antioxidants, and vegan hyaluronic acid. It’s a simple yet effective product to nourish bare skin. 

17. Farmhouse Fresh Cool Revival Hi-Bio Hemp Body Balm ($42)

For moms who would choose a day at the gym over at the salon, this super-cool, CBD-infused body balm delivers a cooling, relaxing feeling to muscle tension after strenuous activities or overworked necks and backs. 

18. Rustic Maka Soap Bars ($8 each)

For mommas who prefer to bathe with bar soaps, pick up all four, each with its own purpose (besides getting you clean): the moisturizing Hip Hop Hurray, the soothing Hello My Aloe, the nourishing Eternal Harmony, and the detoxing Charcoal + Clay. 

19. Inkling Scents Kissed by Citrus ($25)

Spray scents are a quick way to boost your mood and feel fresh. This essential oil blends the tart, bright scent of grapefruit, orange, and lemon with berries, lilies, and white musk. It’s so uplifting, mom will want to spray it everywhere.

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Nicole Axworthy is a Toronto-based writer and author of the vegan cookbook DIY Vegan.

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