Plant-based Skincare & Hair Care: Ingredients & Benefits

You’re likely already familiar with the concept of plant-based skincare and haircare, thanks to the increasing popularity of both over the years. The benefits of plant-based hair care and skincare are earning these products a spot in beauty regimes the world over.

Whether you’re interested in plant-based ingredients for personal reasons or you’re simply looking to get the most out of your products, there are countless benefits to be found for all skin types and hair types. 

This guide will walk you through all the basics of plant-based beauty and hair care, touching on common questions like ‘is vegan skincare better for your skin?’ and ‘are organic skincare products efficient and effective?’. We’ll also show you which naturally derived ingredients to look for when you’re choosing plant-based beauty products.


What is plant-based skincare?

The movement towards naturally derived ingredients and plant-based skincare has gained traction as many of us look towards the natural world for skin and haircare benefits. Plant-based skincare embraces the skin benefits of essential oils, plant oils, fruits and other natural origin ingredients that come from plants. These ingredients can be used in a huge variety of skincare products, including the nourishing creams in our Body Superfood range.


What is plant-based hair care?

Much like with skincare, plant-based hair care focusses on taking things back to nature. Incorporating vitamin-packed fruits, plant oils and more can help take care of your hair and scalp while harnessing the power of natural origin ingredients. Our Fructis Hair Food range is centred around these. Macadamia, jojoba, sweet almond and coconut oils are just a few nature-derived ingredients that can be used to hydrate, nourish and protect your strands.


The benefits of plant-based skincare and haircare

Plant-powered skincare and hair care can achieve many of the same skin benefits as traditional ingredients, with the added benefit of knowing exactly what you’re bringing into contact with your skin, hair and scalp.

From an ecological perspective, it’s important to ensure the plant-based skincare and hair care products you choose contain sustainably sourced ingredients. When these ingredients are sustainably sources, they can contribute to responsible farming, supporting local communities and protecting biodiversity. Read our Green Beauty commitments to learn more.

Plant-based hair care and skincare are subject to the same testing requirements as all other hair and skincare products, so you can be sure that the highest standards are being maintained. 



Discover our plant-based hair & skincare ingredients

At Garnier, we champion simple and sustainable beauty and haircare solutions using naturally inspired and derived ingredients. Discover our range of plant-based face products, plant-based hair products, body products and shampoo bars.


Aloe Vera

The gel-like inside of the aloe vera plant is known for its intensely hydrating and comforting properties, as well as its cooling benefits. Aloe vera is best suited for dry skin, but it can help other skin types too, making it a staple of plant-based beauty.

Our Body Superfood Aloe Vera & Magnesium Body Cream contains aloe vera to leave skin instantly hydrated. For your hair, our Hair Food Aloe Vera Hair Food 2-in-1 Shampoo Bar will help nourish your strands.


When it comes to plant-based skincare, oil from the avocado fruit is known for its intense moisturising capabilities. This ingredient can also support deeper hydration. Our Body Superfood Avocado & Omega 6 Body Cream contains 97% natural origin ingredients, including avocado for a 48 hour nourishing effect.

Cacao Seed Butter

For dry skin types or skin which could use a boost of hydration, cacao butter is one of the most effective ingredients. High in fatty acids and antioxidants, this plant-based skincare ingredient hydrates skin deeply whilst protecting the skin from drying factors. For plumped, supple skin, opt for a nourishing body cream like Garnier Body Superfood Cacao & Ceramide Body Cream


A super refreshing plant-based hair product, papaya can help calm stressed hair in a few ways. For those who experience oily scalps, papaya extract helps to break down excess oil while keeping healthy moisture intact. For damaged, dry or brittle hair, papaya can be used to add nourishment for healthier looking hair. To help protect and boost dry and damaged hair, opt for a papaya-infused conditioner like Fructis Hair Food Conditioner With Papaya


In plant-based beauty products, watermelon boasts antioxidant and hydrating qualities. Our Body Superfood Watermelon & Hyaluronic Acid Body Cream uses the power of both these ingredients to hydrate up to 10 layers deep. In our Hair Food Watermelon 2-in-1 Shampoo Bar, watermelon leaves hair feeling volumised and plumped. 



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