Gucci To Go Fur Free Spring 2018

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Last week Gucci made the announcement that they would be going fur free at the beginning of Spring 2018, joining other fashion power houses Calvin Klein, Armani and Ralph Lauren.

Each fashion house owned by parent company is Kering who have now been on the road to sustainability for sometime now.

Their 2025 pledge

At Kering we believe in pushing ourselves beyond our limits and driving our brands toward higher levels of economic, environmental, ethical and social performance. We see sustainability as a necessity, for sustainability and luxury are one and the same. We began our journey over ten years ago, placing sustainability at the core of our business strategy, and are now set to open a new chapter. More than ever before, we will CARE about our impact on the planet, on climate change, on natural resources; COLLABORATE for the good of our employees, suppliers, clients; CREATE pioneering ideas to safeguard our rich heritage, and empower future generations. We will help craft tomorrow’s luxury, with our new three pillar roadmap for 2025: care, collaborate, create.

Their CEO’s statement

       More than ever I am convinced that sustainability can redefine business value and drive future growth. As business leaders we all have a crucial role to play and I worked with the CEOs of our luxury Maisons to embed sustainability across our activities while developing this next important phase of our sustainability strategy.

François-Henri Pinault,

Chairman & CEO, Kering

Kering own many fashion brands, Armani, Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Stella McCartney and Alexander McQueen to name just a few.


This could mean a beginning to the end of the Fur industry in our lifetime if Kering are true to their promise of being committed to sustainability.

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Fenty Beauty

PRO FILT’R Soft Matte Longwear Foundation


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Rihanna recently caused a huge stir in the Beauty industry by launching her own cosmetic brand called Fenty Beauty.

Im delighted to confirm that Fenty Beauty is Cruelty Free and offers a selection of Vegan products including the Pro Filt’r Soft Matt Foundation.

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The Fenty Beauty foundation collection features 40 shades to suit every complexion from extremely light suiting the palest complexion to much deeper shades for a much darker skin-tone.

“Foundation is one of those areas in the beauty industry that has a big void for women at extreme ends of the shade spectrum. There’s this middle ground that’s covered really, really well. But then if you’re very pale or if you’re very dark, there aren’t a lot of options. And so, I wanted to make sure that women of all skin tones were covered so they could be included in what I created.” – Rihanna

Shade 100 (below)

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Shade 490 (above)

Rihanna’s all inclusive foundation has seen other brands quickly reacting by updating their product lines and posting a more diverse line of models on their instagram pages than they would normally, in an effort to show that they also cater for darker complexions.


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Last week I took a trip to my local Harvey Nichols with a friend and colleague during our lunch hour to be colour matched.

Given that my friend and I have completely different complexions and there are 40 shades to potentially match to, the girl on the make-up counter was very quick to colour match us both.

Even a few weeks after the initial launch, the make-up counter was still very busy in comparison to all the other make-up counters and the clientele was noticeably diverse.


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A soft matte, longwear foundation with buildable, medium to full coverage. Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation gives skin an instantly smooth, pore-diffused, shine-free finish that easily builds to medium to full coverage. The oil-free formula is made with climate-adaptive technology that’s resistant to sweat and humidity, and won’t clog pores so that wherever you are, it’s going to work on your skin. Best of all, this longwearing, light-as-air texture is undetectable on skin — so you always look like you. 

For me personally finding a Cruelty Free Vegan foundation hasn’t been the easiest, I’ve been flitting between foundation brands and shades like a nomad roaming and never settling for the past 4 years that I’ve been Vegan.

Now I am just loving this brand, I feel like I’ve found the perfect match for me, it’s everything it says it is, it’s long lasting, provides excellent coverage, applies easily with a brush and looks light and feels natural on the skin.

The Fenty Foundation retails at £26.99 I feel this is a fair price when comparing to other brands that charge around the same or more and are not as effective.










Aromi Beauty – Matt Liquid Lipstick

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Aromi Beauty is a Vegan, Cruelty free and Paraben free, American Beauty Brand based in Minnesota that is certified by both PETA and Leaping Bunny. Owner and founder Hannah Follis a chemist by trade, combined her passion for chemistry and beauty products to create her own beauty brand.

The Matt Liquid Lipsticks are by far my favourite lipstick of all time. It applies like a lipgloss and dries to a matt finish within 30 seconds.

There is an incredible selection of colours to suit the demure, subtle make-up wearers to the creatively loud, artistic make-up lovers and everyone in-between.


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This lipstick is super longer lasting, you can eat and drink all day longer and the lipstick will barely even fade and this in my view makes it extremely good value.

It retails at £9.95 at Cocktail Cosmetics in the UK.

Or you can buy via the Aromi Beauty Etsy Shop for £13.24 plus shipping, this in total shipping to the UK cost me £20.00

Cocktail Cosmetics do have a decent selection but there is a much larger variety in the Aromi Beauty Etsy Store, they also have Matt  Liquid Lipstick bundle packages available.

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Rose Gold Metallic

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Preppy Red and Toasted Almond

The only drawback buying this brand online can be tricky as when buying any make-up product online, even with the great colour guide on the website, it’s always much better to be able to see if the colours are right for you.

To avoid disappointment I recommend checking out the Aromi Beauty Instagram Page as they shares customer selfies which can help give a better idea if the lipstick you want to purchase will suit your skin tone or achieve the look you want.

I recently purchased a lipstick I passed on to a friend because it wasn’t the red lipstick shade I would usually go for in autumn. She reported back saying that it was best staying on lipstick she’d ever used and enquired about the price as she expected it to be an expensive lipstick due the quality, she was really pleasantly surprised and felt that it was a brand of lipstick she would consider buying.


Drops Of Youth Liquid Skin Peel From The Body Shop

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The Drops of Youth Liquid Skin Peel from the Body Shop and is a gel formula.

This product is amazing and has revolutionised my facial exfoliation skin care routine.

It’s gentle exfoliator and leaves the skin fresh and clean. The Body Shop have recently run an anti-pollution campaign helping to raise awareness the effect of living and working in the city can have on our skin.

Pollution can clog pores that lead to blemishes and breakouts. It can also accelerate cell oxidation, which brings on dull skin with uneven texture and greyish tones. Constant exposure to pollution can lead to dry skin and even premature ageing. To help combat all the effects of urban pollution it’s recommended to have a good nightly cleansing routine followed by a non-comedogenic moisturiser.

The Body Shop


How to use

Apply 2 -3 pumps worth of product on to the face spreading evenly. Leave for 20 – 30 seconds, using your first 2 fingers on both hands gently in circular motions rub the gel peel into the skin. Immediately you will feel dead skin cells and dirt be lifted from the skin. When the gel can no longer be rubbed in, take a warm flannel of water and remove the remaining residue and dirt from your face.

Use 1-2 weekly.

This liquid peel retails at £18.00 and is totally worth the money and using once or twice weekly will still last a long time.

The Liquid Peel Range has been popular with customers and they have created a Drops of Light Liquid Peel (also Vegan friendly) and a Vitamin C Liquid Peel which is not Vegan.


Aqua, Alcohol Denat., Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, Carbomer, PPG-26-Buteth-26, Palmitamidopropyltrimonium Chloride, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Quaternium-80, Parfum, Behentrimonium Chloride, Linalool, Citronellol, Cetrimonium Chloride, Isopropyl Alcohol, Crithmum Maritimum Extract, Eryngium Maritimum Extract, Leontopodium Alpinum Callus Culture Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Citric Acid, Xanthan Gum.


Great at removing dead skin cells and dirt from the feet.






Harmful Chemicals To Avoid In Cosmetics

For me the philosophy of being Vegan is ultimately about being kind and this means also to ourselves.

Now most companies will tell you that only a minute amount of the following ingredients can be found in cosmetic products. This is probably true but consider this, the average woman is exposed to at least 12 toxic chemical ingredients before they even leave the house every morning, over time this ultimately creates a build up of toxins in the body.


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Remember the skin is our largest organ and it’s the first to absorb toxins applied topically and also absorbs toxins and pollution from our atmosphere but it is the last to receive nutrients so it’s important to ensure we take care of our skin and be mindful about what we apply to it.

Here are some of the chemical ingredients that can be found in cosmetics that I recommend avoiding as much as possible.

Aroma compound – (aka odorant, synthetic fragrance, or flavour)

An engineered scent or flavouring agent. Synthetic fragrances are derived from petrochemicals and are toxins that are linked to cancer, birth defects, nervous-system disorders and allergies and can be found in the whole range of cosmetics and beauty products.

Benzalkonium chloride: (aka – alkyldimethylbenzylammonium chloride) : 

A disinfectant which is used in a number of disinfectant solutions and pharmaceutical products, it’s even used in outdoor cleaning products that remove lichens from paths so it’s somewhat worrying that you can find this in some cosmetic product such as deodorants and shampoo’s, it’s used for it’s preserving properties.

Long term exposure to this ingredient can potentially cause  asthma, chronic dermatitis and other immune system disorders.

In September 2016, the FDA announced a ban on nineteen ingredients in consumer antibacterial soaps citing a lack of evidence for safety and effectiveness. A ban on three additional ingredients, including benzalkonium chloride, was deferred to allow ongoing studies to be completed

Bismuth Oxychloride: (In cosmetics its name is C.I. 77163)

This ingredient has been used since ancient Egyptian times and it is a mineral that can be an irritant to the skin especially in people who already suffer from skin conditions such as acne.

Dimethicone or silicones: (aka – polymethylsiloxane) 

Prevalent in moisturisers, cleansers and primers, it’s used for it’s lubricant properties helping products to glide across the skin easier. It helps to fill in pores or fine lines which potentially can clog pores and worsen some skin conditions.

Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (aka -EDTA): 

Is a binding agent primarily used to sequester metal ions in aqueous solution, but it is also used in cosmetics, shampoo as an agent to improve their stability in air.

Ethanolamines (may also appear as below)

  • Cocamide DEA
  • Cocamide MEA
  • DEA-Cetyl Phosphate
  • DEA Oleth-3 Phosphate
  • Lauramide DEA
  • Linoleamide MEA
  • Myristamide DEA
  • Oleamide DEA
  • Stearamide MEA
  • TEA-Lauryl Sulfate
  • Triethanolamine

Used as emulsifiers, foaming agents and to control ph levels in a variety of cosmetic products such as soaps, shampoos, hair conditioners, dyes, lotions, shaving creams, eyeliners, mascara, eye shadows, blush, make-up bases, foundations, fragrances and sunscreens.

The most serious concern about these kind of ingredients is that there is evidence to suggest that it’s linked to cancer when used over a prolonged period of time.


Acts as a preservative in cosmetics and can be found in  shampoo, body wash and bubble bath. A known carcinogen that has also been linked to cancer and a variety of other health problems.


Used as a topical application in skin whitening to reduce the colour of skin found in skin-lightening creams and sunscreen. A chemical that inhibits the production of melanin and is linked to cancer, organ toxicity, and skin irritation.

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Parabens – (aka – methyl-, isobutyl-, propyl- and others):

Widely used as a preservative in cosmetics, it can be found in foundation, spray tanning products, shampoo, toothpaste and body lotions.

Parabens have been found to inter with hormone function (endocrine disruption) and can cause skin irritation, dermatitis and rosacea  in individuals who are sensitive skin.

Parabens main purpose is to extend shelf life of cosmetics.

Petrochemicals – (aka mineral oil/paraffin)

Can be found in perfumes and paraffin waxes. Petrochemicals are a mineral found in crude oil and really should not be used on the skin, paraffin is a by product of petroleum and a toxin strongly linked with cancer and birth defects.

Polyethylene glycol (PEG compounds):

Another of petroleum-based compounds that are widely used in cosmetics as thickeners, solvents, softeners, and moisture-carriers found in creams, sunscreens and shampoo.

PEGs can potentially be contaminated with ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane which are known carcinogens and linked with cancer. 1,4-dioxane doesn’t easily degrade and can remain present on the skin after you have showered.

PEG compounds are found not to be safe on damaged skin but despite this they are approved to be used in cosmetics.

Retinyl palmitate and Retinol (Vitamin A):

Vitamin A as we know is a natural nutrient but high doses of Vitamin A applied topically has been found to accelerate cancer and have been linked with causing skin tumours.


Is a mineral is used in some mineral make up products and talcum powder and is a known human carcinogen and has been linked to having similar properties to asbestos.










Skinny Tan

When looking for a self tanning brand for me personally it’s not only important to find a Vegan friendly brand, I also want a product that is free from harmful chemicals.

Our skin is the largest organ of the body and it’s the first to absorb topical applications  of both chemical and natural products in to the bloodstream but it’s the last to receive nutrients of vitamins and minerals and so we should give careful consideration as to what ingredients we apply to our skin. Especially when we are applying the product all over.

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Firstly I love the Skinny Tan story, two mom-trepreneurs Kate Cotton and Louise Ferguson who came together to create a tanning product that contained naturally non-toxic derived ingredients.  Skinny Tan has a natural tanning agent that is derived from the seeds of the Brassica napus plant which works naturally with the amino acids in the skin to create the darkening reaction for a natural-looking tan. The product also contains Guarana, a caffeine derivative which is considered an important ingredient in the most popular firming and cellulite creams.

Together these two ingredients help create a natural tan that is safe to use and aims to give a “Skinny” effect.

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(Photo taken from the Skinny Tan Instagram)

 Skinny Tan claims that the tan will last 7 days, results varying dependent on how much your skin naturally exfoliates.   

I purchased the Rose Gold Limited Edition online from Superdrug 

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For every purchase of the the Skinny Tan Rose Gold Edition, £2 goes to Marie Curie. I purchased the tan when it was on special offer for £9.99, the usual price is £24.99 which is quite expensive I feel for a 100ml tube which I got 2 full applications from.

The tanning cream is bronze in colour to help give you a colour guide and to ensure you don’t miss any areas. For me this was quite a messy experience as I applied the cream with my hands rather than a mitt as I personally don’t feel I have as much control applying tan products with a mitt. This means that you do have to be careful with clothes and towels, but if like me you do manage to get the tan everywhere it does wash out very easily. 

I left the tan on overnight to develop, Im always a little apprehensive to see how the tan turns out and with the Rose Gold Skinny Tan I looked like I had a really dark tan which worried me slightly. 

It’s worth mentioning that initially after applying Skinny Tan I could feel my skin beginning to heat up which felt uncomfortable to me I have however had this experience before with other products such as shower gels and body butters. Although Skinny Tan does contain natural ingredients it is still possible to have an allergic reaction so if unsure always do a skin test at least 48 hours before applying all over.

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It’s true most of us look healthier and feel better for having a tan. 

I was really pleased with the effect of this tan, I did have a slight streak on my leg but this was no fault of the product as it was due to a patch of dry skin. 

Skinny Tan didn’t last a full 7 days for me but it did last longer than most self tanning products I have used, I also didn’t use the Skinny Tan Afterglow to help maintain the tan.


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When I used the product for the second time I applied it 48 hours before going on holiday, naturally the tan quickly faded due to the chlorine in the pool and because the process is quite messy and I didn’t have much of the product left I didn’t bother applying it each night so it’s not a tan I would use pre-holiday again but overall I think it’s a great product. I wouldn’t pay the £24.00 for the Rose Gold Edition but I would certainly buy other products in the range that retail at £9.99. Superdrug often do buy one get one half price offer so I would definitely check out the afterglow gloss to see if this made a difference to how long the tan lasts. 
















Cruelty Free, Vegan Make Up Beauty Brands

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Adorn(Toxic free)

Afterglow Cosmetics



Au Naturale(Organic & Paraben free)

B (From Superdrug)

Beauty Without Cruelty

Bleach London(Hair & Make-up)

Cover FX


Dolma(Paraben & Palm Oil free)

Dusk By Adele(palm oil free)

Eco Tools(Offer a range of makeup and hair brushes)

Elate Cosmetics(Toxin & Gluten Free)


Ella Mila



Everyday Minerals

FACE atelier (in the process of going Vegan)

Fairy Girl Cosmetics

Fior Cosmetics



Juice Beauty

Kat Von D

I should state here that Kat Von D is in the process of making all her products Vegan so it is worth checking the ingredients at this point.

Kavella  (haircare brand also gluten free)

LivOliv(Nail Varnish Brand)

LVX (Nail Varnish Brand)

Mellow Cosmetics

Mirror and Makeup

NCLA(Nail Varnish Brand)


Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics


PHB Ethical Beauty(Organic Certified ingredients, Palm Oil free, Alcohol free, Gluten free, Paraben free)

Priti NYC(Nail Varnish Brand)

Real Techniques (Make Up Brushes)

Red Apple Lipstick(Gluten & Paraben free)

So Susan Cosmetics(Paraben & Gluten Free)

Sugar Venom

Trifle Cosmetics

Trust Fund Beauty(Gluten & Paraben free, they even use recyclable packaging printed with Soy ink)


Zoya (Nail Varnish Brand)


Is Vegan Beauty Chemical Free

Often people assume that Vegan diets are healthy and this is not necessarily the case there are many junk food Vegans out there, myself included in that.

The same is often presumed of Vegan Beauty products, it is assumed because they are Vegan that they must also be made from natural ingredients and this is not the case.

Pacifica is a beauty company that are completely Vegan, Cruelty free and use natural ingredients, they are even gluten free.

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Elf Cosmetics is a Cruelty free Vegan brand that uses synthetic ingredients which helps them keep the cost of their products down making them more affordable. Most natural cosmetic companies use Beeswax in their ingredients making them Vegetarian friendly but not Vegan friendly. Elf have replaced the ingredient Beeswax with a synthetic beeswax and Lanolin with Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladinpale-2  keeping their products suitable for Vegans.









Vegan Vs Cruelty Free

Are Vegan products necessarily Cruelty Free?

No but they  probably should be…..

Products can be labelled Vegan and still be tested on animals, which I guess kinda goes against the whole point of being Vegan.

Recently some make-up companies have responded to the rising Vegan movement by labelling their products Vegan when they don’t contain any animal derived ingredients yet they will still allow for their products to be tested on when sold to mainland China.

In china it is mandatory for cosmetics to be tested on animals.

Are Cruelty Free products always Vegan?

Cruelty free labelling just means that a product has not been tested on animals.

Here are some examples of labels that you can trust.


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It is worth noting that not all cruelty free / vegan brands use these labels and the reason for this is because there is application process and a charge to be registered with these organisations.

Lush have created their own label 

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Other companies such as Bayliss and Harding have created their own Cruelty Free labels.

Be aware though because some unofficial cruelty free labels are misleading, for example Batiste have their own Cruelty Free logo and they do sell to mainland China, allowing for their products to be tested on animals. Therefore they are not Cruelty Free!




Animal Ingredients in Cosmetics

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

Here are some ingredients to be aware of:-


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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 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.


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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.



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.


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.



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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.


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.



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.



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.