How To Buy Vegan Cosmetics

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Vegans are concerned about the use of animals and animal byproducts in almost all consumer products, as well as the animal testing done during the development of these products, particularly everyday products like cosmetics.

Here are some that have made the list of not being vegan:

•    Carmine or cochineal derived from ground insect and used as coloring
•    Lanolin which is derived from sheep and used as a moisturizing agent
•    Hyaluronic acid
•    Pollen and beeswax
•    Tallow
•    Lactalbumin/Lactose
•    Lard
•    Propolis
•    Milk and whey products
•    Silk derivatives

An increasing number of cosmetic users are being more conscious of their health and the beneficial properties of vegan cosmetics, and they are now loyal patrons of these vegan cosmetics.

Here are some tips on what to look out for as well as some sources of certified-vegan cosmetics.

1.    Check online for companies that manufacture and sell vegan cosmetics. It is better to browse companies and products online rather than going around all the stores and outlets to check what is available. It is important to note that most vegan products are only available online.

2.    Vegan powdered cosmetics are easier to find, such as eye shadows, blushers and pressed powders.  A simple rule to observe is that most products that are red in color often contain carmine.

3.    Look for seals that identify the products as animal-free and vegan-certified. Look out for products that contain such seals as:

  • Vegan Cosmetics seal (Vegan Cosmetics is the sole certifying agent exclusively for personal care)
  • One Percent For The Planet membership seal
  • Safe Cosmetics membership
  • Organic Trade Association seal of membership
  • Natural Ingredient Resources Center
  • Certified Vegan seal
  • Green America seal
  • PETA seal
  • Vegan Society registration

4.    Go and check the online store of these cosmetic brands that are certified vegan. Some of these are listed below:

  • Urban Decay – this manufacturer supports the movement against cruelty to animals and lists all their vegan ingredients in their products’ labels.
  • Ecco Bella – most of their products are suitable for vegans except some of their lipsticks, which contain carmine, and some cover-up sticks that contain beeswax.
  • Beauty Without Cruelty – some of their products contain beeswax but they have a large collection of vegan cosmetics for you to choose from
  • Everyday Minerals
  • Arbonne – their products are certified to contain only natural ingredients and developed through research conducted by their own Arbonne Institute of Research and Development facility in Switzerland. Their products adhere to international standards and regulations set the US Food and Drug Administration, Health Canada, Personal Care Products Council, Cosmetics Internal Review, among others. They have a downloadable ingredient disclosure information. 
  • Aveda, The Art of and Science of Pure Flower and Plant Essences – their products are available in their stores and in professional salons and spas. Several of their products have earned an endorsement from Cradle-to-Cradle
  • Von Natur – is a private label, which is a bit more expensive than the rest. Their products are animal-testing free and vegan certified.
  • Fyrinnae – have several hundred eye shadows, as well as blushers and foundations
  • L’uvalla – their products are certified 100 percent organic by Cosmebio, the Professional Association of Ecological and Organic Cosmetics. Their products also contain the Cruelty Free and Vegan seal, Green Products alliance logo and Truth in Labeling Pledge
  • Zuzu Luxe – the products are manufactured by Gabriel Cosmetics, using 100% natural ingredients with no animal testing 

It pays to understand and know what constitute vegan products. It is very important for the consumer to read the labels to know if the ingredients that were used conform to vegan standards.


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