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I Was Shocked To Find Out These Ingredients May Not Be Vegan

I Was Shocked To Find Out These Ingredients May Not Be Vegan
December 13, 2016 Paige Padgett
I was Shocked To Find Out These Ingredients Are Not Vegan

It seems every one wants Vegan. Vegan food, clothes and even cosmetics. So I did a bit of research on vegan ingredients. I was shocked to find out these ingredients may not be vegan. The term “vegan” is not regulated. It usually refers to products that do not contain any animal products and they are “Cruelty Free”. However, cruelty free cosmetics are not the same as vegan. Cruelty free means that the products are not tested on animals but does not mean that they are free from animal products.

Not all vegan products are organic or natural so one cannot assume. You need to look for both specifications on the label or packaging. Many of these ingredients may not be derived from a plant source. Here are some non-vegan ingredients to watch out for.

▪                Allantoin

▪                Beeswax

▪                Carmine

▪                Collagen

▪                Elastin

▪                Hyaluronic acid

▪                Lactose/lactalbumin

▪                Lanolin

▪                Lard

▪                Pearl powder

▪                Propolis

▪                Propylparaben

▪                Silk derivitives

▪                Squalane

▪                Tallow

▪                Whey/milk products

Vegan Brands that provide some or all vegan products.

100% Pure

The website says they are vegan.  They state “No animals were hurt for their fur and no animals were hurt for any of our ingredients (the only animal ingredient we use is cruelty free honey).”

Afterglow Cosmetics

The majority of their products are vegan. They only animal bi-product in their forumulas is organic beeswax found in their lipsticks, pencils liners and mascara.

Ecco Bella

Nearly all of their products are vegan. There are a few colors that contain carmine but they list it on the website. The company is dedicated to animal right and ethical treatment of animals.

Juice Beauty

Most products are vegan. In fact, there are not only a few classic products that use sustainably sourced bees wax. They have stopped using it. See comment below for more information.

Beauty Without Cruelty

Their mission is to have ethical, cruelty-free products. Their color cosmetics are suitable for vegetarians and vegans alike.

Hynt Beauty

This line of makeup is made with vegan-approved formulas that are cruelty-free. Nocturne mascara is the only product in the entire line that is not vegan. Their brushes are also vegan.

Ecco Bella

All their products are vegan. Ecco Bella provides cruelty-free organic cosmetics and natural skin care products to help conserve the planet and protect its animals.


They do not use any animal derived ingredients in any of  their cosmetic products as stated in the service dog letter. All of Emani makeup brushes are entirely free of animal hairs and they never tests on animals. Emani is Peta-Certified.

Jane Iredale

Jane Iredale has some vegan products and provides a list of products on her website that contains carmine, beeswax, royal jelly and lanolin-based ingredients.

RMS Beauty

RMS Beauty has some vegan products, but not all their products are vegan. The website says they use beeswax in some of their formulas.

Zuzu Luxe

All Zuzu Luxe products are vegan and gluten free.

Comments (4)

  1. Karen Behnke 2 years ago

    HI Paige: Thank you for such a great piece and I always love seeing more great information on beauty products ingredients and thanks for mentioning Juice Beauty!! We work so hard at our EcoValues:
    Note that out of several hundred products, we only have a few of our old Makeup Classics that have sustainably sourced beeswax–we’ve stopped using it. Also note that Juice Beauty uses VEGETABLE derived hyaluronic acid and squalene….just an fyi–they are great ingredients and no need for animals!! Thanks again for your comments as it always amazes me to see harsh chemical brands labeled “vegan”!!–Karen Behnke, Founder, Juice Beauty

    • Paige 2 years ago

      Hi Karen, Thank you for your comment. I appreciate you taking the time to update the post. I have made the correction in the post and referred readers to your comment here.

  2. Meryl Marshall 2 years ago

    Hi Paige-Meryl here from Hynt Beauty. Thanks for including us I’m your blog. The story should have ‘her’ instead of ‘his.’ Also we use vegetable derived hyalauronic acid and only one of our products in the whole line is not vegan- our best seller Nocturne mascara. ❤️ you Paige.

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      Paige Padgett 2 years ago

      Thank you for the update Meryl. I took care of it. 🙂

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