Do you know the difference between cruelty-free and vegan when buying cosmetics? If not, we are here to help you! Cruelty-free claims that no animal testing was performed on their product. A cosmetic can be cruelty-free but not necessarily vegan. If the product claims to be vegan then no animal products are contained in the ingredients.
What type of animal products are used in cosmetics? See our list below:
- Cochineal Dye or otherwise known as Carmine: dye collected from crushed beetles produces a red color and is often found in lipsticks and eye shadows.
- Guanine: crushed fish scales that can be found in mascara, lipstick, and nail polish.
- Tallow: animal fat that is used in a variety of cosmetics.
- Gelatin: boiled skin, ligaments, bones, and tendons of animals that can be found in a variety of creamy cosmetics.
- Lanolin: excretions from wool-bearing animals and is typically found in lipsticks and makeup removers.
- Squalene: a substance that is extracted from the liver of sharks. Found in lipsticks and eye makeup.
- Ambergris: derived from the waxy oil that lines the stomach of whales. It can be found in perfumes.
- Collagen: a fibrous protein from animal tissue that is used in many lip plumping products.
- Estrogen or Estradiol: extracted from the urine of pregnant horses and used in various cosmetic creams and lotions.