Vegan cosmetics — for the good of animals
There’s no doubt: vegan is on the rise – and not only in the kitchen. This lifestyle has also long since conquered cosmetics. It is not without reason that more and more beauty labels are focusing on vegan cosmetic products. But what does vegan mean? We show you the advantages and disadvantages of vegan cosmetics and why the “vegan” additive is not always entirely kosher.
What is vegan cosmetics?
Vegan means animal-free. People who live vegan completely abandon products of animal origin. This does not only apply to food. Cosmetics with animal ingredients are also taboo for vegans. In other words, all ingredients derived from animals have no place in the vegan bathroom. But vegan goes one step further. All products must be produced without animal testing. It is precisely with this criterion that many beauty companies always move in a grey zone. Although they do not use animal ingredients in eyeshadows, makeup, lipstick, etc., they still rely heavily on animal testing in the test series for market launches. And nevertheless, they adorn themselves with the tempting “vegan cosmetics” seal. The reason: vegan has become a real marketing boost.
Which active ingredients are out of place in vegan cosmetic products?
All ingredients deriving from animals have no place in vegan cosmetic products. For example, it applies to milk, beeswax, honey, and lanolin (wool wax). The red dye carmine is also banned in vegan cosmetics. This is because it is obtained from scale insects.
Vegan is not always the better option.
The vegan certificate actually says little about the ingredients themselves. Vegan cosmetics are not allowed to contain any components of animal origin, but at the same time, they allow the use of synthetic ingredients, pesticides, hormones, and other additives. Just because the ingredients do not come from animals does not mean that they are good for our skin. “Vegan” does not mean that the ingredients are of natural origin or free of pollutants and hormone-active substances.
Natural cosmetics = vegan cosmetics?
The terms “natural cosmetics” and “vegan cosmetics” are often mentioned in the same breath. Yet, they are not synonyms. On the contrary: natural cosmetics do not necessarily have to be vegan. Besides plant-based products, they can just as well contain animal-based raw materials such as beeswax or milk. In turn, vegan cosmetics are not natural cosmetics. Non-certified vegan cosmetics are not always flawless. Conventional products can include soluble plastic, PEGs, or hormonally active UV filters. These are not animal ingredients, but nevertheless, substances that can be harmful to humans and the environment.
Collagen— anything but vegan
Collagen is considered a miracle ingredient in cosmetics. It makes the skin elastic and is also supposed to smooth wrinkles. But only very few people know what to make of the term. What is collagen?
Collagen is the most important structural protein in our body. Our skin, organs, tendons, ligaments, and joints are held together by collagen. In cosmetics, collagen is extracted from animal raw materials, mostly slaughterhouse waste, and used in anti-aging products. And who likes to care for skin and hair with slaughterhouse waste? How about mild herbal alternatives like vitamin C, Gotu kola, green algae, or rosehip instead? We use these natural secret ingredients in our products to gently stimulate collagen synthesis for beautiful skin and hair.
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