Vegan Beauty: What You Need to Know
What is vegan beauty?
To put it simply, vegan beauty refers to products that are made from plants or botanical extracts, and don’t contain any animal-derived ingredients like beeswax or collagen. Vegan products are commonly grouped together with cruelty-free products – which refers to products that aren’t tested on animals. Although, the majority of vegan beauty products are cruelty-free, it’s still possible for there to be products that are vegan but not cruelty-free and vice versa, so always be sure to double check.
Non-vegan ingredients to watch out for…
It can be hard identifying what ingredients are derived from animals, since they may not be so obvious with their name. So, here are some of the most common ones found on the ingredients list of any product.
Used primarily in lipstick, blush and eyshadow, carmine is derived from a beetle-like insect and is utilised to create pigment – mainly fine, red powder, which is why it can be hard to find a vegan red lipstick. Fortunately, Hourglass and bareMinerals have a few red lipsticks which not only are vegan, but also create a striking look.
Predominantly used in anti-ageing skincare, as well as lip-plumping products, collagen is a fibrous protein that comes from animal tissue, bone, skin or ligament, usually from cows.
Also known as cera alba, beeswax is used a lot in the formulation of mascara because it keeps emulsions separating from oil and liquid components. There are alternatives in the form of plant and soya waxes.