Vegan cosmetics

Vegan cosmetics are not just a fad

Chicken bone marrow found in moisturizers.

“When I stopped eating animal ingredients, I never had acne again,” Woody Harrelson, a movie star and longtime vegan, told Peta in an interview. Vegan cosmetics work according to this logic. If animal products harm the body from the inside, why introduce harmful ingredients from the outside?

Not only animal rights activists are outraged by the state of the cosmetic industry, but also cosmetic experts. It is amazing that in the 21st century there is a campaign to label cosmetic products that contain traces of cockroaches. In cosmetics, we find much more: snail slime, chicken bone marrow and waste fat by-products.

Bone marrow and mucus in antiaging creams

You’ll find chicken bone marrow in antiaging moisturizers under the label “glucosamine.” The law is satisfied if glucosamine is listed among the ingredients – chicken bone marrow is an excellent source of it – but not the origin of the individual ingredient. In a similar way, snail slime enters anti-aging creams, making the skin soft and supple. You can find it in creams under the label “KNU”.

Even red lipstick is not innocent

If you have any blush at home, check whether carmine or “carmine” is listed among the ingredients. It is obtained from special bugs that feed on cacti. The workers pick these from the cacti and let them dry, and when dried, they are ground into something that the cosmetics industry calls “carmine”. Since 2011, there has been a campaign to label products containing insects, but so far it has been unsuccessful.

Emulsifier from animal fat

The American Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Association discovered even more shocking information. Waste animal fat is used as an emulsifier for soaps and lipsticks. This emulsifier comes from the by-products of cooking meat. In order to make even more profit, according to SDCS, they allegedly process expired meat, euthanized animals and even animals that are run over by cars.

There are alternatives

Scientists have all the necessary knowledge to create more humane cosmetic ingredients. Until recently, sperm whale sperm was used as a perfume stabilizer in cosmetic products. When the information became public, pressure from activists and public dismay led to the withdrawal of this ingredient from cosmetic products and a ban on its further use. Cosmetic companies with high ethical standards carefully avoid the use of these ingredients, and their offerings do not necessarily have to be expensive. Among the cheaper providers is the brand Alverde, for example.

Who suffers from beauty?

We women have always loved to be beautiful. We like to take care of ourselves, apply various creams and make-up that emphasize what is beautiful and hide our shortcomings. However, how many of us wonder where all these cosmetics come from? How do those who make cosmetics know which ingredients will have a beneficial effect on our skin, eliminate wrinkles, soothe it… And which are toxic and harmful in themselves, or have harmful effects in excessive amounts?
That’s right – all these ingredients and also the finished products need to be tested somewhere. But where? I wouldn’t already give my skin to test some new, as yet unknown and untested ingredient. And probably no other. What if it eats my skin? Does it cause skin cancer? No thanks. But what’s left? I wouldn’t have thought of it myself, but that’s why the cosmetic concerns, which are mostly about making money – albeit through corpses… In short, they got the idea: “Let’s test on animals! Yes, what a wonderful idea, the cost will be minimal, but who cares about some suffering rabbits or cats with torn skin and blinded, sore eyes! The main thing is that we sell our products! ”I do not agree with this and I uncompromisingly condemn such actions, and I also know that many other people around the world agree with me. Some, however, either don’t know how it goes at all, or they are simply rude and heartless people. Hoping to open my eyes to someone else, I decided to write a short article on how this is done so that those who don’t (yet) believe or don’t want to believe will overlook it. If the already poor blinded animals are not afraid…

Animal testing began decades ago, in 1933. In addition to medicines, animals are also tested on cosmetics and accessories, as well as cleaners, powders and similar items for household and other uses. Every year, millions of animals around the world first suffer severe pain and then die in laboratories to confirm the reliability and effectiveness of these products. There are 13 basic types of testing: testing on eye irritants, skin irritants, how much substance penetrates the skin, how much it irritates the skin, phototoxicity and photosensitivity, mutation, acute and chronic toxicity, carcinogenicity, reproductive effects, congenital effects defects, and testing the final performance of products. They test all sorts of things on animals; from basic cosmetic ingredients, of which there are about 8000, to eye shadows, mascara and soap, aggressive household cleaners, polishing waxes for furniture… They use all kinds of animals: rats, bunnies, guinea pigs and even dogs and cats.