Several ingredients of animal origin are used in the manufacture of cosmetics. Fortunately, it happens only rarely, and for this reason, many people who have made the transition to vegan products don’t think about the problem. It took me months before I discovered that my makeup included animal-derived ingredients.
There is a long list of ingredients derived from animals used in cosmetics (around 2,500, with names that are challenging to understand), and many of them are common in skincare products. If you read the ingredients lists carefully, you may see ingredients like beeswax, carmine (a pigment from cochineal insects), and lanolin (extracted from sheep’s wool).
Here is a list of 22 ingredients that can be found in animal-derived products:
Luckily, there are more cruelty-free and vegan beauty products on the market, as the trend regarding cruelty-free products is growing. By now, most of the best-known brands indicate which products are vegan and which are not. Almost all of them have at least one vegan option, but it’s always better to be prepared anyway!