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Is Your Vegan Make-Up Really Animal Friendly?
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Is Your Vegan Make-Up Really Animal Friendly?

These days it’s not uncommon to find animal-derived substances in make-up, which is a concern for vegans (and really should be for every woman).

Checking the ingredients lists on make-up products is the first big step. You want to be sure that what you are putting on your face is completely vegan. But for truly vegan cosmetics, you also want to check that the cosmetics company itself has the same values you do concerning your make-up: no cruelty to animals or the use of any animal-derived ingredients.

Company Checklist

Before you invest in a new make-up product, make sure the company has the following:

  • Transparency:

You want to be able to see the ingredients list without a hassle - it should be clear and open because they are showing you they have nothing to hide. Which is exactly how it should be.

  • Certified Organic

Chances are, your vegan products will make use of more plant-based substances, such as herbs. Check that they are certified organic! (If it says that they are natural, this is not necessarily authentically organic. The certification is key.) The problem you might face is that you could be focusing on cruelty-free brands without thinking of harmful chemicals that could be in the products. So, keep an eye out to check that the product is both vegan and certified organic. This helps you skip synthetic substances such as parabens, petroleum (or Mineral Oil), Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Laureth Sulfates (SLS) and phthalates.

  • Help at Hand:

You want to be able to ring up or e-mail the cosmetics company and ask them questions about the product. They should be available for this, as well as to give you direct and simple answers. For instance, if you spotted the word 'squalene' on your make-up and it is not specified if this is shark- or plant-derived, then you should be able to contact the company and ask them. If they are not reachable and they do not give you clear feedback, then you should consider shopping for pure vegan goodies elsewhere.

When choosing cosmetics that list themselves as vegan, do your research so that you get the real deal. Clarity and kindness should be their motto! 


*Images courtesy Flickr creative commons.

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  1. B Carlisle
    Such a useful post! Thanks!


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