Animal Ingredients in Cosmetics

Cruelty Free doesn’t automatically mean that a product is Vegan.

Here are some ingredients to be aware of:-

Honey/Beeswax

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Used in natural skin care products due to it’s healing properties and as an emulsifier in cosmetics.

Often people ask why is honey/beeswax not Vegan and what’s so cruel about using Bee derived products?

In order to keep the queen from flying away and creating a new hive, one of the Queen Bee’s wings will either be cut or pasted with nail vanish to prevent her from being able to leave her hive.

Bee’s produce honey to sustain themselves and there is a great risk of taking too much honey and when this happens the Bee’s will starve to death over the winter.

In manufactured Beekeeping, Bee’s are often killed during the process of obtaining the honey and beeswax.

The number of Bees have massively declined over the last couple of decades and these little critters are our biggest pollinators and our own survival is based on their survival so it’s really important that we look after these little guys.

 

Lanolin

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Lanolin is obtained from washing freshly shorn Sheep’s wool in hot water. Lanolin is a by product of the wool industry and used in many skincare and cosmetic products.

Again people will often ask “why is wool industry deemed as being cruel, don’t sheep need shearing?”

Sadly sheep in the wool industry are seen as a commodity as shearers are often paid by the volume of wool that they shear so the care for the sheep is not a priority.

Peta investigations have uncovered that sheep have been beaten and mutilated during the process and not given any veterinary care and many sheep have died as a result of shearing. One undercover reporter saw a shearer moping urine from the floor using a sheep.

 

Animal Hair

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Animal hair is used in cosmetic brushes. The hair is often derived from squirrels, horses, badgers, mink’s and goats.

So why is using animal hair in cosmetic brushes cruel?

Well animals are not giving their hair willingly, animal hair used in cosmetic brushes will be a by-product of another cruel industry, such as Minks being skinned for the fur industry or horses slaughtered for the meat industry.

Keratin

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Keratin is a strong protein found naturally in our hair, skin and nails. Keratin is mostly used in hair and skin cosmetics and is derived from horns and hooves.

As with most animal products used in the cosmetic industry Keratin is an ingredient obtained from animals being killed for the meat industry.

Stearic Acid

Found in both animal and vegetable fats and in cosmetics is often used as an emulsifier which is a chemical that allows oil and water to mix.

Legally companies do not have to label if stearic acid used in cosmetic ingredients is obtained plant or animal derived.

 

Tallow 

Rendered from Beef and Mutton, it is a by product of the meat industry, so you could also call it slaughterhouse waste. Tallow is used as an emulsifier in cosmetics and soaps.

Carmine

A red dye used in cosmetics as a colourant, obtained from crushing thousands of insects.

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Carmine is often identified on the ingredient labels of foods and cosmetics as E120.

 

Shellac

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Used in nail varnish, shellac is a resin that comes from the secretions of the lac beetle. The beetles secrete the resin onto trees in southeast Asia as a protective shell for their larvae. Males fly away but the females stay and when the resin is scraped from the branches many of the female beetles are killed.

Guanine

Used in cosmetics such as nail polishes, mascara’s and many skin care products, guanine is derived from ground up fish scales.

Hydrolysed Silk

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Hydrolysed Silk is chemically altered proteins obtained from silk. Silk is made from boiling/steaming silkworm (a moth caterpillar) cocoons while still containing their pupae. It takes around 2500 caterpillars to create a single pound of raw silk. Hydrolysed silk is used in hair and skin products for it’s moisturising and binding properties.

 

Squalene

Can be derived from vegetable oils or Sharks liver. It has become a popular trend for Sharks to be killed and hunted to process their livers for the purpose of making health capsules. Used in cosmetics squalene acts as a lubricant on the skin, giving it a smooth appearance and can also used in some hair products.

 

Ambergris

Is Sperm Whale vomit used in perfumes and aftershaves.

Ambergris is found in the ocean and sometimes the stomachs of dead sperms whales It is not actually harvested from whales but in many countries there is a ban on the trade of ambergris as part of the more general ban on the hunting and exploitation of whales.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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