A Quick Guide To Vegan And Cruelty-Free Cosmetics

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Vegan beauty products are flooding the market with the beauty industry keen to keep up with consumer demand for clean, organic, eco-friendly products.

This has led to an increase in marketing tactics and greenwashing - blurring the lines between a vegan (does not contain animal products) item and a cruelty-free (does not test on animals) item.

Feeling confused?

Let's unpack this issue in the article and find out exactly what it is you need to know about vegan and cruelty-free products.

What Is Cosmetic Animal Testing?

Cosmetic animal testing is when a product ingredient is tested on a live animal for safety reasons; usually to determine hypoallergic properties. These tests have proven less accurate than the scientific alternatives.

According to Cruelty Free International, there are safe alternatives to animal testing that are available and affordable.

"Almost every type of human and animal cell can be grown in the laboratory. These can be used instead of animals to study biological and disease processes, as well as drug metabolism". - Cruelty Free International

What Is A Vegan Cosmetic Product?



100% Vegan

These all mean the same thing; the product doesn’t contain animal-derived ingredients or by-products.

Vegan cosmetics include makeup, skincare products, hair care products, nail care products and perfume.

When it comes to non-vegan ingredients there is a very long list.

Finding out if a product is authentically vegan can be difficult for consumers.

A few common ingredients include carmine, silk, glycerin, lanolin and beeswax. Non-vegan ingredients are found in cosmetics such as lip balm, nail polish, perfume, soap, deodorant, blush, eye shadow, false eyelashes and more.