Vegan Beauty is the latest buzz word in the cosmetic and skincare industry.
What is Vegan Beauty?! Is it here to stay? Should I switch all of my beauty products to Vegan? These questions may be running through your mind, and with all of the endless information on the internet, it can be overwhelming to decipher what is accurate and what is not.
This post will help you understand the truth about Vegan Beauty.
What is Vegan Beauty?
We all know the basic classification of Vegan is someone that doesn’t eat ANY animal products. By definition, Vegans don’t consume any animal products. They don’t consume dairy, eggs, honey – any food that comes from an animal including anything the animal made. Similarly, Vegan Beauty products don’t contain any ingredients that come from an animal or are made by the animal. Vegan products are formulated with plants, chemicals, or synthetic ingredients. Beware, just because a beauty product claims to be Vegan, doesn’t mean there aren’t other harmful chemicals, it just means they didn’t use any animal ingredients to create the product.
What are Common Ingredients that are NOT Vegan Friendly?
Some of the most common animal ingredients in beauty products are lanolin, glycerine, gelatin, and beeswax. Glycerine used in most products today is vegetable glycerine, so you are probably safe to assume this ingredient is Vegan on a label. On another note, some of the animal-based ingredients are pore-clogging, like beeswax so, you wouldn’t even want it in your skincare or makeup products.
One thing to look out for is the alternative ingredient of the animal-based ingredients. For example, Lanolin, sheep wool is commonly replaced with coconut oil or shea butter in products. Coconut oil and shea butter are pore-clogging ingredients. So, make sure product also don’t have any pore-clogging ingredients.
The truth is most beauty products are created in a lab, as well as the individual ingredients used to create the beauty product. The ingredients used in most cosmetic products are likely synthetically created with chemical compounds or extracted from a plant source and stabilized for use. And the truth is you want your beauty products formulated in a lab because they are stabilized and tested for safe use. Furthermore, with most beauty products being created in labs, they rarely ever contain animal products. Many cosmetic companies have moved away from formulating products with animal-based ingredients, because plants, chemicals, or synthetic ingredients are just as effective, and sometimes even more effective in getting the job done. So, even if a cosmetic product is not labeled Vegan, it more than likely is Vegan.
The Difference Between Vegan & Cruelty-Free
So, we know that Vegan Beauty means the products don’t have any animal derived ingredients. Cruelty-free means the product or the individual ingredients used to formulate the product didn’t go through any animal testing. If a beauty product is labeled Vegan, it doesn’t mean that it is cruelty-free. Some Vegan beauty products are still tested on animals, even though they don’t contain any animal-based ingredients. On the flip side, cruelty-free products can still contain animal ingredients, it just means the product wasn’t tested on animals. So, if you want both Vegan and cruelty-free beauty products, be sure the product is labeled as both, because they are two different classifications.
In our research, it seems any company can label their products as Vegan or cruelty-free without a regulatory organization ensuring the accuracy of these claims, so just beware. You just hope all companies are being completely honest and transparent. Also, to get the cruelty-free bunny logo on your label, a company just has to fill out a questionnaire about their ingredients and testing, claiming there is no testing on animals. So, basically to claim Vegan or cruelty-free on a product doesn’t require as much verification or regulating as you might think. Pop on over to Ethical Elephant to learn more about the certification and labeling process for Vegan and cruelty-free beauty products.
Is the Vegan Beauty Trend Here to Stay?
Since most beauty products are already Vegan friendly, the Vegan Beauty trend is here to stay. With more and more research on ingredients and advancements in science and technology, animal-based ingredients are no longer needed. You will find our specially formulated Skin+ product line is Vegan, and doesn’t contain any harmful chemicals. We hope this helps clear up any concerns or questions about Vegan Beauty. And if you are unsure about a product, you can always count on Skin+ products being Vegan, Gluten-Free, Paraben-Free, and Phthalate-Free.
Carly @ Austin Skin Plus