How do you know what is really in your facial scrub?
You can read the smallprint, but only chemists can understand most of the words.
If you are a vegan the two crucial elements to choosing toiletries and cosmetics are the ingredients and the testing.
No cosmetic should contain products derived from animals (living or dead). And each item should be cruelty-free.
Testing on animals is not allowed in the UK, but companies can still sell beauty products here and test them abroad (for more info visit BUAV). Check that the makers specifically say their product has not been tested on animals.
Non-vegan ingredients to watch out for includes beeswax, collagen, elastin, keratin, lanolin, oleic acid, oestrogen, propolis and stearin. I list these because these are the ones I know about, but Viva offer a more useful and longer boo-hiss glossary of words for you to check your favourite items against; however, their list is not definitive and some ingredients listed can possibly be obtained without farming animals.
Brands which guarantee their creations are vegan include Organic Bloom, Urtekram, Faith in Nature*, Tom’s of Maine, Suma, Kingfisher Natural Toothpaste, Green People, Weleda, Yaoh and PitRok.
Some of the latest items on our shelves include…
Suncoat’s hair mousse, styling spray and styling gel (check out their impressive nail polishes)
PitRok’s handwash, deodorant, shampoo and conditioner
Organic Bloom’s shampoo and conditioner
Uketram’s no perfume shower gel
Weleda’s skin food and Birch cellulite oil
NB. *Faith in Nature’s Propolis is non-vegan as it involves using bees.