Finding cruelty-free products and tasty vegan food is easy with this list of the best vegan apps.
There seems to be an app for everything nowadays and shopping for vegan beauty products has never been easier.
Advances in technology mean a number of vegan apps will do the leg work for you.
Whether it’s cruelty-free beauty products, tasty vegan eats, or faux vegan fashion attires vegan phone apps can save you lots of time.
There’s no denying shopping in 2021 looks a little different. The COVID pandemic has meant more shoppers are spending less time in stores and opting to shop online instead.
With these vegan apps you’ll be able to reduce shopping time and make a conscious decision about the products you purchase – online or in-store.
What Does Cruelty-Free Mean?
Shopping cruelty-free is a term that’s quickly made its way into the beauty and fashion worlds.
But what does cruelty-free actually mean?
To put simply, cruelty-free means the product was not tested on animals.
Purchasing cruelty-free products is an important part of the vegan lifestyle.
Even traditionally non-vegan brands are moving towards offering consumers cruelty-free products. You can learn more about cruelty-free brands in our Complete Vegan Skincare Guide.
It’s not always easy to know if a company is 100% cruelty-free. That’s why we’ve curated the best vegan apps to ensure your purchases are always aligned with your values.
Vegan Beauty Apps
1. Bunny Free
Bunny Free is one of the best vegan apps for finding cruelty-free beauty products.
The app was created by an independent app developer – Margaret Lillian Pearce – and uses data from PETA’s (1) list of cruelty-free brands. With the option to use a barcode scanner or a search bar, this app quickly lets you know if a brand has been certified cruelty-free by PETA.
This minimalist app was created by The Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics’ (CCIC) Leaping Bunny Program (2) and “provides the best assurance that no new animal testing is used in any phase of product development by the company, its laboratories, or suppliers.”
While the current app doesn’t have a barcode scanner, its alphabetized lists make it easy to identify brands and products that are certified cruelty-free.
The Beagle Freedom Project (3) created this “Activism 101” app to help you identify brands that do and do not test on animals.
Their database includes brands certified by Leaping Bunny and PETA as well as cruelty-free brands that have not formally registered themselves in either of those two programs.
The app has a barcode scanner that gives you a clear YES or NO cruelty-free status and it also offers the option to “Bite Back” on social media by exposing companies that test on animals.
Price: $3.49 (Funds support the Beagle Freedom Project)
4. EWG’ Healthy Living (Formerly SkinDeep)
Developed by the Environmental Working Group (4), the EWG Cosmetics Database app is a one-stop-shop to find out if a beauty product and its ingredients are safe to use.
The database is searched using a barcode scan or with a manual search and provides you with a product-specific hazard rating.
A rating of 0-2 indicates a low hazard, 3-6 indicates a moderate hazard, 7-10 indicates a high hazard. The app also breaks down the hazard into 3 categories of health concerns: cancer, developmental/reprotoxicity and allergy.
To top it all off, they even rate individual ingredients within a product so that you can learn which ingredients are hazardous, and which are safe.
This app is a must-have for health-conscious vegans.
5. Think Dirty
Think Dirty was created in partnership with Breast Cancer Prevention Partners (5) and the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics (6). Despite the fact that the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics has a controversial stance on animal testing, we do think this app is very helpful for determining whether a beauty product is safe to use.
It is very similar to EWG’s Healthy Living app in the way it measures the hazard of each product and each individual ingredient. This app also has a unique function that allows you to add the products you’ve scanned to your “bathroom shelf” to get an overall hazard rating on your beauty regime.
Price: Free (some in-app purchases)
Vegan Food & Recipe Apps
6. Happy Cow
Happy Cow is one of the most popular vegan apps around.
The easy-to-use app makes finding vegan restaurants a walk in the park with listings in more than 180 countries worldwide.
The app can filter by vegan, vegetarian, and even veggie options, so you can always find something to eat.
One area of veganism that is overlooked is alcoholic beverages.
Did you know not all wine is vegan? In fact, not all beer is vegan either. That’s why the creators of BevVeg designed this app to ensure your beverage choices match your lifestyle choices.
8. Food Monster
Food Monster is a self-titled “drool-worthy” app featuring a seemingly endless amount of vegan recipes.
The Green Planet app is designed to be an all-in-one recipe app for vegans and those choosing plant-based cooking options.
There are 8+ new recipes uploaded each day.
Price: Free trial available ($1.99 Monthly subscription)
When it comes to cooking, Gonutss is a vegan app designed to make your life easier.
The app helps users find vegan alternatives and substitutes for non-vegan recipes. Users can filter by fair trade, gluten-free, Non-GMO, peanut-free, raw, soy-free and more.
The app also has a baking feature that calculates how much egg-substitute is needed per egg, per recipe.
10. 21-Day Vegan Kickstart
New vegan? There’s an app for that.
The 21-Day Vegan Kickstart app is designed by nutrition experts to give users meal plans, recipes, and grocery lists for – you guessed it – 21 days. to test out a vegan diet.
The app provides a good starting platform for those who want to go vegan but don’t know where to start.