Vegan makeup is any makeup product that does not contain animal ingredients or byproducts. Animal ingredients are ingredients that are taken specifically from animals. In the food industry, this would steak. We kill cows to get steak. In the cosmetics industry, you’ll find things like carmine (which is actually crushed up beetle) or placenta (sheep organs.)
What Are Animal Byproducts In Makeup?
Not all makeup products have animals themselves as ingredients. Some simply have animal byproducts. Animal byproducts mean that the ingredient is from animals, even if it’s not the animal itself.
Beeswax is a great example of an animal byproduct. Bees are farmed to produce beeswax, which is then sold to the cosmetics industry. No bees are harmed in the making of the wax, but the ingredient still comes from animals.
Vegan And Cruelty Free Are Not The Same Thing
A lot of people get confused with all the makeup terms. It’s common to believe that vegan and cruelty free are the same things. It makes sense that if a company doesn’t want to use animals or animal byproducts, they would also be against any type of animal cruelty. However, that’s not the case.
Cruelty free means that the ingredients are never tested on animals, and neither is the finished product. That means that ingredients only come from suppliers that don’t test on animals. Companies that are certified cruelty free also don’t sell their products where testing on animals is required.
For example, cosmetics have to be tested on animals in mainland China. In order for a company to sell products in mainland China, they have to pay for animal testing. Because of that, you can rest assured that companies know that their products are being tested on animals if they sell them in stores in specific countries.
If a product does not contain animal ingredients or by-products, that doesn’t mean that it isn’t tested on animals. When a product isn’t tested on animals, that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t contain animal ingredients. Some companies include beeswax in their products but are also cruelty free. If you’re searching for products that don’t contain animal ingredients, animal by products, and aren’t tested on animals, you want to make sure that they are both cruelty free and vegan.