Vegan Beauty – Cruelty-free makeup

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Are you a vegan since the beginning of the ecological concept? Are you discovering that you would like to become vegan at some point? Or are you just interested to know more about products without any animal ingredients or animal testing?

Today our topic is: Which products do you need to remove from your makeup purchases to support the vegan beauty?

The best way to avoid non vegan products is to know what to look out for on the ingredient label. We highlight what these animal derived ingredients are and provide you with vegan alternatives so you can make kinder choices.

Lanolin: A wax-like substance that is derived from sheep’s wool. It is an emollient that forms a layer on the skin. It is an important part of moisturizing creams and lotions and preventing water loss.

Other plant or petroleum-based ingredients can replace the lanolin without any loss of effectiveness. Some examples of what you can find them: olive oil, shea butter, cooca butter, coconut tryglycerides (Capric/Capylic Triglyceride) or petrolatum.

Stearic Acid: This product comes either from animal tallow or palm oil. It is a fatty acid and a raw material used for soap manufacture. Unfortunately there is no way of knowing which form is used in your products. unless it specifically states that it is vegan or palm derived.

N-Acetyl glucosamine: This one is derived from the shells of crustaceans like crabs and lobsters. It is used as an ingredient to treat your skin against uneven skin tone and skin pigmentation. This product as an effect to help your skin regrowth and fight against skin imperfections. Recently, this product has been developed with a vegan version of its! People asked a lot if it was possible to create this very sought ingredient in a vegan free cruelty concept and now it is activated!

Keratin: Probably one of the most famous ones for cosmetic products. Keratin is a protein that occurs naturally in our hairs and nails. It is derived from hair, nails, horns, and hooves of animals though. You find it a lot in shampoos (this is where you might hear from it). But not only; for anti-aging formulas too.

Is there any vegan alternative for it? Unfortunately, not yet, but an alternative ingredients you can use instead is called Amino Acids. It is called “Amino acids” and occurs in nut and berry oils like almond oil, sea buckthorn oil, and avocado oil. It actually can replace keratin for vegan lovers!

Carmine: Apparently considered as the most violent of these ingredients to avoid as a vegan person is carmine. Carmine is a bright red pigment obtained by crushing female cochineal insects like beetles to isolate carminic acid that is found in their shells.

Because the color is a bright red, it is mostly used for lipsticks but also everything that requires a deep red color.

Is there any alternative? Well, unfortunately at the moment, nothing can be compared to the depth and intensity of this type of color. So if you are 100% vegan, it is advised not to touch this product at all. To make sure you don’t you can watch out this list: CI 75470, E120, carminic acid, cochineal, and crimson lake. These are all the names you would find possibly for carmine.

I hope you have enjoyed and learned more about how to avoid certain types of beauty products if you are into veganism.

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