What Aveda Products are Vegan Friendly?

Vegan Aveda ProductsAs my salon's resident vegan, I'm always the go-to person to ask when a guest is looking for vegan-friendly Aveda products. Aveda is consistently recognized by VegNews Magazine and Peta as being a cruelty-free company, and they are the only major company with a professional color line that is completely vegan and cruelty-free (not tested on animals).  Truth is, Aveda makes most of their products totally vegan, so it's easier to list the products that ARE NOT vegan.  Individual salons and spas may use non-Aveda products in their services (such as waxing, manicures & pedicures) so it's a good idea to call ahead to double check before you make your appointment.

Here is a handy guide to print and take with you the next time you're headed to the salon! All Aveda color, hair, skin, and body care products are completely vegan EXCEPT THE FOLLOWING:

You will find Beeswax or Honey in the following products (CURRENT LIST AS OF OCTOBER 2012):


  • Lip Saver SPF
  • Lip Shine
  • Light Elements Shaping Wax
  • Light Elements Texturizing Crème
  • Lip Glaze
  • Lip Tint SPF 15
  • Nourish-Mint Renewing Lip Treatment
  • Nourish-Mint Sheer Mineral Lip Color
  • Nourish-Mint Smoothing Lip Color
  • Uruku Lip Pigment
  • Uruku Color Gloss


  • Men’s Pure-Formance Firm Hold Gel
  • Phomollient
  • Pure Abundance Volumizing Clay Conditioner
  • Pure Abundance Volumizing Hair Spray
  • Pure Abundance Volumizing Hair Potion
  • Pure Abundance Volumizing Shampoo

According to Aveda: "While our goal as a company is to use 100% plant or flower derived ingredients, we have not found substitutes for these particular ingredients at this time." I have some suggestions... Agave nectar, coconut oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, jojoba oil... ;)

Have questions? Comment below!

5 comments (Add your own)

1. Natalie Johnson wrote:
Frankly the thought of putting dead animals in my hair is rather yucky. So I say KUDOS to any company that goes all natural with their ingredients. Thanks for the list :-)

Wed, October 31, 2012 @ 11:40 AM

2. Sabrina O. wrote:
Thanks for the list. I thought all Aveda products were vegan so this is great to know!

Tue, November 6, 2012 @ 3:35 PM

3. Chris Murphy wrote:
Thanks Natalie! We agree!!

Tue, January 8, 2013 @ 8:22 AM

4. Chris Murphy wrote:
You're welcome Sabrina!

Tue, January 8, 2013 @ 8:23 AM

5. Cutting Costs at Aveda Institute Part 1: Haircuts | Empowerment Through Self-Care wrote:
[...] Another benefit of visiting an Aveda Institute is the quality of the products the salon and spa uses. All of their products are plant derived and Aveda does not test on animals. Most of their products do not use ingredients drevied from animals or animal by-products. The only exception to this is some of their volumizing products do contain honey and some of their lip care products use beeswax. For a full list of what products contain honey or beeswax please visit: http://www.maximumfx.com/2012/10/what-aveda-products-are-vegan-friendly/ [...]

Sun, August 25, 2013 @ 3:44 PM

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