Non-Vegan Beauty Ingredients

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I’m not a vegan myself, but I have a lot of friends who are, and since I’m an ingredients geek I decided to make a list of ingredients that vegans should watch out for if you decide to branch away from certified vegan products. This list isn’t completely comprehensive, but I intend to keep adding to it!

IngredientRelatedFunctionFound InComes From
BeeswaxWaxy hardening agent,
moisturiser
Lip products, mascara,
moisturiser, eye shadow
Beehives. Bees are
(theoretically) not killed
during the harvesting of
beeswax.
CarmineCochineal, Carminic
Acid
Red dyeRed lipstick, pink and red
beauty products
Crushed cochineal beetles,
which feed on red cactuses.
This is the most vivid
commonly available red
pigment, vegan alternatives
tend to be less intense.
CollagenMoisturising proteinMoisturisers, lip plumpersAnimal tissue
GelatinThickenerMoisturisers, face masksAnimal skin and tendons
GlycerinGlycerol, GlyceridesHumectant moisturiserEverywhere - moisturiser,
soap, shampoo, make-up
bases
Fats and oils from animals
or plants - a by-product of
soap making. Animal glycerin
tends to be cheaper, plant
glycerin is usually labelled
"Glycerin (Vegetable)".
Contact the company if in
doubt.
Hyaluronic AcidSodium HyaluronateHumectant moisturiser, fillerMoisturisers, plumping
injections
Can be plant or animal
derived (from animal tissue)
KeratinStrengthening protein for hairHair products, nail productsGround hooves, horns,
feathers, hair of animals.
Lactic AcidAlpha hydroxy acid - chemical
exfoliant and humectant
Chemical exfoliants,
moisturisers
Can be derived from animal
blood and tissue, or milk, or
plants (e.g. beets).
LanolinWool Fat, Wool
Wax
Occlusive moisturiserMoisturisers, make-upSheep oil glands
Pearl EssencePearlesence,
Guanine
ShimmerShimmery cosmeticsFish scales
RetinolRetinyl EstersAnti-ageing ingredient
(derivative of Vitamin A)
Anti-ageing moisturisersMostly animal-derived -
sources include liver, dairy
and eggs
Squalene SqualaneEmollientMoisturisersShark liver, or plant oils
(olive, palm)
Snail SecretionEmollient and humectant MoisturisersCollected from snails - snails
are usually not killed

 

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