I started to become more conscious about the nature of the cosmetics products I consume not long time ago. One difficulty that I came immediately across with was to identify if a product was vegan or not simply by reading its ingredient list. Unless the product was explicitly labeled as “vegan” , I would struggle to understand if it contained animal-derived ingredients and/or animal by-products. This was not until I took the time to properly inform myself about the names that these ingredients take.
I believe that we should always make an informed decision every time we purchase something, regardless of its use or price. I think that this is especially important when it comes to buying cosmetics since what we put on our skin actually ends up in our bodies. With this in mind, I thought it would be a good idea to share a list with most common animal ingredients used in beauty products.
You can also find a more extensive list of animal-derived ingredients used in cosmetics here. Don’t let the long list scare you though. You will be amazed at how quickly you learn what ingredients are animal-derived. It is a process but you will learn it all in time. Plus, PETA has developed this super helpful resource to help you find cruelty-free & vegan cosmetics products and brands. Check it here.
I must say that choosing to support brands that care about animal welfare make me feel oh-so-happy about where my money is going. I hope you found this post informative and useful whether you are going on a journey of overhauling your personal care routine with kind and clean products or merely curious about this topic.