Are you considering a vegan lifestyle? In this post we examine the common animal derived ingredients found in health & beauty products and suggest suitable Vegan alternatives.
What is a vegan?
The Vegan Society use this definition:
“Veganism is a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose.”
Plant-power has changed from being a once niche lifestyle choice into the latest trend in health & wellness. Of course, veganism isn’t just a trend to us. It also isn’t a diet. It’s a lifestyle choice & one we try to embody through most of our products. In the world of beauty, Veganism means using cruelty free products & avoiding ingredients derived from animal by products.
We’ll state right now that all of our products are vegan except our lip balms because they contain beeswax but don’t worry, we’re working on that!
How can I tell which beauty products are vegan?
There are plenty of beauty & haircare products on the market but it isn’t always easy to find a vegan beauty brand. The ingredients lists can be confusing so to help give you an idea on what to look out for & the vegan substitutes that can be used, we compiled the top 10 ingredients that are a big NO in a vegan lifestyle:
- Allantoin – or uric acid is derived from cows and used in creams and lotions. Look for comfrey root instead.
- Alpha-Hydroxy Acids – specifically, lactic acid which is popular in liquid exfoliators & skincare. Focus on products that include glycolic acid, citric acid or salicylic acid which are plant or fruit-derived.
- Bee Pollen – used in some shampoos, toothpastes and deodorants. Substitute with plant based amino acids.
- Caprylic acid – this is a liquid fatty acid derived from cow’s or goat’s milk. Look for coconut oil as a natural alternative.
- Casein, Caseinate and Sodium Caseinate – this is a milk protein used in cosmetics, haircare and skincare masks. Switch to soy protein and soy milk instead.
- Collagen – usually derived from animal tissue. Look for soy protein or almond oil as vegan alternatives.
- Hydrolyzed Animal Protein – Used extensively in shampoos and hair treatments. Opt for soy protein, vegetable proteins or amla oil instead.
- Keratin – used a lot in shampoos. Keratin is derived from ground up horns, hooves, feathers and hair. Go for almond oil, soy protein, amla oil or rosemary and nettle for a similar hair strengthening action.
- Lanolin – this is derived from sheep’s oil glands and is extracted from their wool. Used as an emollient in skincare. Look for plant or vegetable oils as vegan alternatives.
- Shellac – is a resinous excretion from insects. Used in hairspray and nail care. Go for plant waxes or zein (derived from corn) instead.
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