Vegan Fever

Vegan cosmetics have become  increasingly popular and the trend continues to thrive. The term “vegan” is not regulated. It usually refers to products that do not contain any animal products and they are “Cruelty Free”. However, cruelty free cosmetics are not the same as vegan. Cruelty free means that the products are not tested on animals but does not mean that they are free from animal products. In addition, not all vegan products are organic or natural so one cannot assume. You need to look for both specifications on the label or packaging. Here are some non-vegan ingredients to watch out for.

  • allantoin
  • beeswax
  • carmine
  • pearl powder
  • collagen
  • Elastin
  • Hyaluronic acid
  • Lactose/lactalbumin
  • Lanolin
  • Lard
  • Propolis
  • Propylparaben
  • Silk derivatives
  • Squalane
  • Tallow
  • Whey/milk products

Below is a list of chemically safe brands that provide some or all vegan products.

100% Pure

The website says they are vegan.  They state "No animals were hurt for their fur and no animals were hurt for any of our ingredients (the only animal ingredient we use is cruelty free honey).”

Afterglow Cosmetics

The majority of their products are vegan. They only animal bi-product in their formulas is organic beeswax found in their lipsticks, pencils liners and mascara.

Alicia Silverstone for Juice Beauty

Her entire line of products is vegan.

Beauty Without Cruelty

Their mission is to have ethical, cruelty-free products. Their color cosmetics are suitable for vegetarians and vegans alike.

Christopher Drummond Beauty

His line of makeup is made with vegan-approved formulas that are cruelty-free. His brushes are also vegan.

Ecco Bella

All their products are vegan. Ecco Bella provides cruelty-free organic cosmetics and natural skin care products to help conserve the planet and protect its animals.


They do not use any animal derived ingredients in any of their cosmetic products. All of Emani makeup brushes are entirely free of animal hairs and they never test on animals. Emani is Peta-Certified.

Jane Iredale

Jane Iredale has some vegan products and provides a list of products on her website that contains carmine, beeswax, royal jelly and lanolin-based ingredients.

RMS Beauty

RMS Beauty has some vegan products, but not all their products are vegan. The website says they use beeswax in some of their formulas.

Zuzu Luxe

All Zuzu Luxe products are vegan and gluten free.

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