Why you should switch to vegan makeup 4


Vegan makeup works just like any other makeup, providing colour and coverage for any makeup enthusiast. Vegan makeup products come with the reassurance and promise that they are void of animal ingredients and animal testing.



If you’ve never turned over your cosmetics to read the ingredients listings (as tiny as they are) you’re in for nasty surprise, some cosmetics contain some pretty ugly ingredients.

So let me give you a bit of the background, this story starts at a rendering plant which can also be called a collection centre, where all kinds of dead animals are collected. Rotten, foul smelling, decaying bodies of pigs, cows, dogs are all collected. They are put in to a huge cooking pot, after cooking the bodies are subjected to extreme levels of pressure to extract the fat off the bones of the animals. The majority of this fat is sold in large quantities at extremely low prices, their main customers are prestigious cosmetics and toiletries companies. Upon looking a little closely you will find they are no one other than your favourite brand of cosmetics, yes Mac, Lancôme, Estée Lauder, Loreal. Anyone looking at their advertising campaigns with glamorous models wearing their beautifully packaged makeup would never think that this makeup is made up of a combination of refined, perfumed and coloured fat/oil derived from dead, diseased cows, pigs and other animals. Anything that we apply to our skin is ingested in to our body, now just think this detestable blend is also ingested in to our bodies through our lips, skin and body?? Sorry to gross you out, but it’s the truth!

This substance is called Glycerin, also called Glycerine and Glycerol, is a substance present in all human and animal fats. Glycerin is one of the most used ingredients in skincare products. Just have a look at your makeup stash and you’ll find that almost all of them contain high concentrations of Glycerin. This substance can also come from plants but unless it specifically states ‘vegetable glycerine’ in the ingredients it is usually the one derived from animal fat.

Others ingredients that made me feel uncomfortable include:

Carmine is red pigment from the crushed female cochineal insect. It takes a million corpses to make a kilogram of carminic acid, the more purified form of cochineal extract, and it is often used in cosmetics, shampoos, red apple sauce, and other foods (including red lollipops and food coloring).

Oleic Acid: This fatty acid is found in tallow (a form of animal fat) and often used as an emollient. You may spot it in both liquid and bar soap, hair-perming solution, nail polish, and skin products. Good news for vegans: the ingredient can also be derived from nuts and olives.

Allantoin.:Uric acid from  mammals, source Urine.

Carbamide-Excreted from urine. In deodorants, hair colorings, hand creams, lotions, shampoos, etc. Also known as: Imidazolidinyl Urea, Uric Acid. Alternatives: synthetics.

I hope that this enough to persuade you to move over to using vegan cosmetics and toiletries, which include shampoo, soap, shower gels. Not forgetting children’s toiletries as well.

So what happens now, fortunately it isn’t all doom and gloom, many good brands do have vegan choices and some have made their whole range vegan friendly.

I generally enjoy purchasing my products and cosmetics by visiting retailers like Boots, Superdrug and department stores like Selfridges, John Lewis or Debenhams and it’s very unlikely that I order cosmetics online unless I have used them before. I have therefore compiled a list of such retailers using the categories below. The lists are non exhaustive and i hope to periodically add to them as and when I learn of more vegan/partial vegan  brands.

1. Drugstore vegan cosmetics
2. Mid/High end vegan cosmetics
3. Vegan Skincare brands

Drugstore Vegan Cosmetics

Barry M cosmetics,
Link to their website here. All of their products are vegan except a few which contain bees wax.

The Body Shop
Link to their website is here. The whole of The Body Shop cosmetics line is vegan.

Gosh- not all of the their makeup line is vegan, but you can find a list of their vegan cosmetics here.

Not all of their makeup line is vegan, but you can find a list of their vegan cosmetics here.

Collection (formerly known as Collection 2000)
Not all of their makeup line is vegan, but you can find a list of their vegan cosmetics here.

B cosmetics by Superdrug, the whole of this line is vegan.

Models Own (Usually found in most boots stores), all of their vegan products are clearly marked with a ‘v’ sign. You can check their website here.


Mid/High end cosmetics

Urban Decay.
Not all products are vegan but you they clearly mark all of their vegan products as mentioned on their website which you can see here.

Kat Von Cosmetics sold in most Debenhams stores, you can see the website here.

Not all products are vegan but they have a vegan section on their website that clearly lists all of them in a user friendly way which you can see here. I am so glad the skin base foundation is vegan. yay!

Charlotte Tilbury
Not all products are vegan, but you can find a list of her vegan products here.


Liz Earle
Neal Yard Remedies
The Body Shop skincare
B Skincare by Superdrug
Most of the toiletries and skincare products that are Superdrug’s own brand are vegan and clearly labelled if they are.


I hope you find this useful insha’Allah, If you have any vegan cosmetics or toiletries finds, do drop me a message so I can add them to my lists.

I do hope to update this list and insha’Allah add many more vegan friendly options, for now this is a simple list of cosmetics you can buy on a trip to the local shopping centre.


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