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Veganism is about more than just a diet. If you’re dedicated to being or becoming vegan, it’s worth knowing that some skincare and beauty products can contain ingredients that aren’t strictly animal friendly. Along with the food revolution, brands are becoming transparent and safer in order to reflect the global change in mindset and therefore created a completely new sector: vegan cosmetics and skincare.
There are various animal products that can be found in cosmetics - more often than not, the pigment used in red lipstick stems from crushed beetles. However, with an ever-growing consciousness about what’s going into the products that we use on a daily basis, there’s been a rising demand for vegan skincare.
It’s also worth noting that products labeled ‘vegan’ do not necessarily mean that botanical replacements are used in place of animal-derived ingredients, they can include synthesised ingredients made in a laboratory.
Some common cosmetic ingredients derived from animal sources include glycerin, collagen, gelatine, retinol. The Vegan Society also recommends avoiding ingredients - pearl, silk, snail gel, milk protein, cochineal (E120), tallow, lanolin, unless specified as made from synthetic origin.
We have a wide range of products that are completely cruelty-free and without any animal-derived ingredients including iS Clinical and Osmosis which are largely vegan. Also, a variety of our supplement products are plant-based too.