- LIVER in your ACNE CREAM (Urea)
- BEETLES in your HAIR SPRAY (Shellac)
- SHEEP WAX in your LIPSTICK (Lanolin)
- BEESWAX in your MASCARA (Cera alba)
- COW URINE in your TOOTHPASTE (Allantoin)
- KIDNEY FAT in your SOAP (Tallow / Oleostearin)
- MUSCLE PROTEIN in your FOUNDATION (Elastin)
- HORSE HAIR & SABLE FUR in your BRUSHES (Bristle)
- CONNECTIVE TISSUE in your MOISTURISER (Collagen)
- COW OVARIES in your ANTI-AGING CREAM (Oestrogen)
- FUR, FEATHERS, HOOVES & HORNS in your SHAMPOO (Keratin)
CRUELTY IN COSMETICS AND TOILETRIES GOES BEYOND ANIMAL TESTING
Many cosmetics and toiletries contain ingredients derived from farmed and slaughtered animals. This is a small selection of animal-based ingredients and examples of where you might find them.
This list is not exhaustive, and you are liable to find these grisly products in a number of standand bathroom products. These ingredients can be and often are obtained post-slaughter (e.g. Lanolin).
“What has this got to do with Halal and Kosher?”
Many ingredients are listed without any reference of where they have come from, therefore, unless it is free of these, anything non-vegan is quite likely to contain ingredients sourced from pigs, or from other animals and sourced through a non-Halal or Kosher method of slaughter – and therefore may not be suitable for practising Muslims or Jews. These ingredients include anything from Keratin (from hair, fur and hooves), to Collagen (from connective tissue), to Oestrogen (from cow ovaries and horse urine)… to name but a few.
See the animal ingredients list for further details.
“I am not vegan, why should this concern vegetarians and Hindus?”
Vegetarians and lacto-vegetarian Hindus share many of the same concerns as vegans where cosmetics are concerned. Even for meat-eating Hindus similar concerns apply to those that apply to Muslims and Jews (see above), where cow products are concerned.
“I am an “ethical” meat eater, why should I bother about my cosmetics and toiletries when I eat meat anyway?”
You avoid factory farmed animals on your plate, why not on your face? These animals are highly unlikely to have been reared on organic feed or in a free-range environment. So, if you care enough about animal welfare to buy organic or free range animal flesh (meat) and menstrual products (egg and dairy), you should also care enough to buy vegan toiletries where you cannot be sure these ingredients are sourced to the same standard as your food (which is basically impossible).
Thanks to Rose for this info