- by Awais Javed
- 13 May 2019
What Makes A Product Vegan?
Have you ever wondered what the term “vegan product” really means? For a beauty product to be considered vegan, none of the ingredients in its formulations can be derived from animals. This includes anything that is extracted or considered a byproduct of an animal including but not limited to cows (milk), bees (honey), fish (collagen and fish oil), sheep, carmine, worm (silk), oils (emu, whale, lanolin, mink) and blood. There are so many ingredients used in skincare formulations that are derived from animals soap made with beef fat, carmine, a bug, used in lipstick and keratin used in haircare.
So, does vegan also mean cruelty-free?
Yes, vegan also means cruelty-free.
You may be wondering - if a product is cruelty-free, does that make it vegan, too? The answer to that is maybe. As mentioned earlier, when a product is vegan it simply means that no ingredients within that product helped to create the final formula. When a product is cruelty-free, it means that in the making of the product it is not was tested on animals.
For decades, animals have been used to experiment and test cosmetics before being sold to the mass-market. The major difference is that cruelty-free products aim to protect and preserve life, as well as, the well-being of animals. While, vegan products do not use or incorporate any ingredients derived from any animal.
There are so many amazing companies that work to protect and eradicate the harm and using animals in cosmetics, protect animals from being worn, eaten or used as a form of entertainment like PETA.org. We’ve been PETA certified since 2014 and take pride in knowing all our products are both cruelty-free and vegan.
Is there a benefit to using vegan and cruelty-free products?
Here are the benefits of using vegan and cruelty-free products. Yes, you are choosing to protect and not harm an animal. While choosing to purchase vegan is a personal decision, there are additional benefits for choosing to use vegan and cruelty-free products. Vegan products are much more conditioning and less irritating on the skin. This is a great alternative for individuals with sensitive and dry skin.