The vegan beauty industry has been booming in the past few years as more and more consumers discover the benefits of a cruelty-free beauty regime that benefits their health as well as the environment. In fact, over the past 12 months sales of vegan beauty products have soared by 38%.
However, how can you be sure that the products you’re buying are actually vegan? To help ensure that all your beauty products are cruelty-free, listed below are our top tips on how to spot the best vegan beauty products.
Always read the label
Vegan products should not contain any animal ingredients and should not have been tested on animals. The main ingredients of concern are lanolin (derived from sheep’s wool), collagen (contains animal tissue, bone, skin and ligaments), honey, beeswax, gelatin (extracted from the skin, bones, and connective tissues of animals and fish), squalene (extracted from shark liver oil), oleic acid (a type of animal fat), carmine (made by killing thousands of insects) and keratin (from the horns and hairs of animals).
Fortunately there are a wealth of vegan alternatives to these common beauty ingredients. Always read the label and look for terms such as ‘organic’ and ‘naturally-derived’. Another indicator is the ingredients list itself; opt for products which have plants and natural oils as their main ingredients. If you can’t pronounce half of the ingredients then you’re likely buying something packed full of artificial preservatives and animal derivatives!
Double check their ‘vegan’ credentials
Did you know that the term ‘vegan’ isn’t actually legally protected with regards to labelling beauty products? As such, many companies will label their products as vegan without doing their due diligence as to whether any of their ingredients are derived from animals, fish or insects. Prevent yourself from falling victim to this pitfall by double checking the credentials of a business with trusted organisations such as The Vegan Society and PETA.
Both PETA and The Vegan Society scrutinise the ingredients lists of all the products that a company supplies in order to verify that the development of their products is cruelty free and has not involved any animal, fish or insect products, by-products or derivatives. Companies which pass all of these tests will feature The Vegan Society and PETA labels on their packaging. Simply look for a PETA pink bunny logo or a green Vegan Society sunflower logo.
‘Cruelty free’ doesn’t mean vegan
Just because a product says that it’s ‘cruelty free’ doesn’t necessarily mean that it is vegan. In fact, many beauty companies do not test their products on animals but they still contain animal extracts. Once again, you should always scrutinise the products you buy and double check that they feature logos from The Vegan Society or PETA. These endorsements mean that the product in question has been certified as vegan and cruelty free.
Don’t forget the packaging
Picture the scenario; you’ve committed to purchasing vegan, cruelty-free beauty products only to fall at the final hurdle and purchase a product with non-vegan packaging. Also this is a highly unlikely instance because most vegan beauty companies cover all their bases, it can never hurt to be extra careful. Always purchase beauty products that have been wrapped in paper, straw and similar plant-based packaging rather than leather, wool or other animal materials.
At Natural Green Secrets our natural beauty remedies are better for your skin because they are free from artificial preservatives, they promote a healthy body and mind due to their vitamin and mineral enriched ingredients, and they benefit the environment because they have been manufactured with ecologically responsible methods. Begin to benefit from a better beauty regime today!