Animal friendly alternatives to everyday beauty products

This is Part II of 5 beauty products that contain animal products. Read Part I first! After I wrote the post, I wanted to dive deeper into what you can do to replace these items in a bathroom/makeup bag.

  1. Perfume – we talked about how some perfumes contain castoreum, a beaver secretion. Research your perfume before hand! Many perfumes use synthetic castoreum which is great! This perfume ingredient list was extremely helpful in determining what could be in your perfume based on the key notes.
  2. Nail Polish – buy without guanine, (fish scales)! Ask your salon what brands they carry before your mani/pedi. Companies like Wet n wild and NCLA are both cruelty free options.
  3. Lipstick – beetles may be tinting your favorite lipstick- yikes! Pacifica and Kat Von D are two of my favorite brands that offer vegan lipsticks.
  4. Moisturizing Serums – with many moisturizing serums containing Hyaluronic Acid this was a difficult one. I have suffered for years from skin issues; acne, rosacea, unevenness and redness. Hyaluronic Acid has always improved my skin color and any acnes scars. Youth to the People is a brand that is using  100% Vegan ingredients for their hyaluronic acid. I can’t wait to try this!
  5. Shampoo – can contain so many animal products, but luckily there are amazing solutions. Only Buy Vegan did an extensive write-up on these. I personally will be testing out the Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Shampoo. For blondes out there that are looking to tone down brassy tones, I would recommend ORIBE Bright Blonde Shampoo.

Personally, I have found the process of researching vegan products quite daunting. Even with the amount of information out there, there is so much to take in and keep in mind when making mindful decisions shopping. I hope these posts help you as much as they are helping me!




5 Beauty items that contain animal products

I started my research on this subject at the one and only PETA. Quite honestly, I was shocked at the amount of everyday beauty products that contain some form of an animal product. While I do not plan on clearing out my already purchased shampoos and perfumes, I do plan on using PETA’s list to make more informed choices when shopping for these products. The more you know!

  1. Perfume – contains castoreum. What’s that? Beaver anal secretions used with urine to mark their territories. When the secretion is diluted in alcohol it begins to smell musky and fruity. Fun fact: it is also used to waterproof their fur. Mental Floss had a great write up on the substance: “Beavers are generally no longer hunted for their pelts or castoreum, so to acquire the sticky stuff, beavers must be anesthetized and the castoreum gland milked by a human…Due to the inconvenience and expense of harvesting castoreum from live beavers, the substance is now seldom used…the annual industry consumption is very low—around 300 pounds—whereas the consumption of natural vanillin is over 2.6 million pounds annually. When castoreum is used, it’s far more likely to be in the profitable fragrance industry rather than in the foods we eat”.
  2. Nail Polish – contains guanine or “Pearl Essence” which is a material obtained from fish scales. When used in nail polish and cosmetics it gives a pearly iridescent effect to the product. Alternatives are leguminous plants, synthetic pearl, and aluminum & bronze particles.
  3. Lipstick – contains carmine which is a red pigment and dye derived from female cochineal insects. It is said that 70,000 beetles must be used to achieve 1 pound of this dye. Beet juice & alkanet root are good alternatives.
  4. Moisturizing Serums – potentially contains Hyaluronic Acid. This is a protein that is found in umbilical cords or around the animal’s joints. Alternatives for you include synthetic hyaluronic acid, plant oils.
  5. Shampoo – contains Keratin which is ground-up hooves, feathers, quills and various hair from animals. Alternatives could be almond oil and soy protein.

Makeup Brushes

One thing after going vegan was figuring out how many materials that I used in my everyday life which contained animal products.

Did you know that many makeup brushes are made with real animal hair?

Some of the animals that contribute to the beauty industry;

  • Horses
  • Goats
  • Badgers
  • Minks
  • Squirrels (what?!)

The good news is that many companies are transitioning away from using animal hair in brushes. E.L.F Cosmetics and MAC to name a couple have already made the transition.

One company that I was particularly impressed with is 100% Pure. The company’s mission is “to live with compassion, kindness and empathy; to be environmentally sustainable and to improve the lives of 6 billion people and animals while also being charitable and giving back to our global community.” Not only are they using synthetic fibers for their makeup brushes, but they also create fruit dyes makeup- more on this later!

Reasons to use synthetic fibers over animal hair:

  • Easier to clean
  • Allergy free
  • Last longer
  • Cruelty free!