Are C.F products Vegan?
In all honesty, No! Just because a product is certified cruelty free does not automatically mean it is also vegan. To be vegan a product must contain no animal by-products at all. Animal by-products include: – albumen (egg white or the protein found in them), beeswax, carmine (crushed cochineal beetle shells), cholesterol, collagen, gelatine (all animal by-products from muscle, tendons and ligaments), or lanolin (found in sheep’s wool).
If you want to exclusively use products that are both vegan and cruelty free, look for products that say both on the label and ensure they are a registered authority. Check the ingredients for the mentioned non-vegan ingredients, just to be safe. As your super friendly cruelty free makeup artist, I will follow up with a blog on organic and vegan products very soon too, another minefield to sift through but I will help guide you.
How can I do my part?
The fact you are here reading this blog is the first step to becoming a NO ANIMAL TESTING ZONE. Becoming aware of the brands that test is a huge turning point into making the change.
Check out your products. Do you already own any brands that are certified? Have you got products that are from brands that test and if so, how do you feel about it? Can you live without your favourite lippy or fragrance? These are all questions you will need to address first.
Once you have decided that you can live without these brands you can find alternatives. There are so many now that are certified. You are then well on the way to becoming cruelty free.
The internet has a wealth of information readily available for you to start your research. To get you off to a super easy flying start I can highly recommend checking out two blogs. These two accounts have done all the hard work for you in whittling out the good, the bad and the damn right ugly brands.
Suzana Rose of Cruelty Free Kitty is a wealth of knowledge and reaches out to brands herself for clarification. The brand lists are updated regularly so you can have peace of mind that you are always kept in the loop.
Another wonderful lady Tashina Combs of Logical Harmony. Again, they regularly reach out to brands and update their lists accordingly. It certainly a big help when choosing your C.F brands.