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.

Do you know which brands do not test on animals?

In the flood of products recommended to us daily by beauty bloggers on YouTube, it’s hard to decide which one is right for you. And while we often don’t think about the origin of the product and what happened before it hit the shelves, it’s important to many. In recent years, the name Cruelty-free, which some brands can be proud of, has become more and more widespread. We also see the Vegan label on the packaging several times. But what does this mean and why is it important?

Cruelty-free means that the product has not been tested on animals, nor have its ingredients been tested on animals. But many times it can mislead us when we see the inscription Vegan on the packaging. Labeling that a product is vegan does not mean that it is cruelty-free and vice versa. The terms are not mutually exclusive, but they mean two completely different things. Vegan means that the product does not contain animal products.

Of course, a product can be both vegan and cruelty-free, but many companies in the cosmetics industry abuse the label vegan to convince consumers that the product is ethically produced but still tested on animals. You can find out if a product is really cruelty-free after the certification of the three largest organizations that deal with it. These are PETA, Leaping Bunny and Choose Cruelty-Free.

Of course, companies have found loopholes in the law here as well. Animal testing has been banned in Europe for several years, but not in the rest of the world. Many major cosmetic manufacturers do not have a cruelty-free label because they sell their products in China, where until recently all imported products were mandatory to be tested on animals. Now this law is no longer in force, but that does not mean that the products are not tested on animals. In China, they perform so-called blind tests. Laboratories buy products and test them on animals. So basically no brand that sells its products in China is cruelty-free, even though it says they don’t test products on animals “unless required by law.

But what are cruelty-free brands anyway?

It’s really hard to find yourself in all this mess. Examples of such brands are Essence, Becca, Catrice, bareMinerals, Beautyblender, KKW Beauty, Marc Jacobs Beauty, Milani, LUSH and elf. A detailed list can be found at crueltyfreekitty.com.

And you, you make sure you buy cruelty-free, don’t you care?

I’ll stay free

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Free range, pasture, organic labels, etc.

Regardless of the quality of life before death, farm animals are eventually sent for slaughter.

There is a misconception that these animals can “live a beautiful life” before they die for our food. In fact, animals die as soon as they fulfill their purpose, i. as soon as they reach a profitable size, which is well before the end of their life expectancy.

There are also signs of free range, soil breeding, etc. in many places very undefined and can vary greatly. These labels do not guarantee that the animals had a quality and beautiful life, they only mean that the farm meets certain minimum standards for obtaining such status.

Of course, this does not mean that all farmers treat their animals desperately, some actually allow them a relatively decent standard of living before cutting their necks. However, it is completely naive and uneducated to expect this to be the case in most cases