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Vegan cosmetics: features and major brands

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In this article, we will guide you on How to check the brand for Vegan Cosmetics and which components should not be included

In the past few years, the popularity of brands that do not test their products on animals is growing rapidly. A study by Grand View Research showed that by 2025 the market for Vegan Cosmetics will reach $ 20.8 billion. The average annual growth rate for sales of vegan cosmetics is 6.3%. A great interest in vegan cosmetics is primarily among millennials. The reason for the growing interest in this niche was the desire of people to take care of personal health and the environment.

Often, ideas about vegan cosmetics are wrong. Many people think that this is only cruelty-free, but not only the ban on testing cosmetic products on animals is important here, but also the complete exclusion from the composition of products of animal origin, for example, beeswax, lanolin, and colored carmine pigment.

Another misconception is that vegan foods do not contain synthetic ingredients and chemicals. This is not true. Vegan brands include both herbal ingredients and synthetic ones for preservation or texture uniformity.

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The phrase "vegan makeup" can cause bewilderment and even distrust. But thanks to modern technology, vegan brands are not inferior in quality and variety to others. “A few years ago, I would agree that there would be a loss in variety when choosing vegan makeup products, But the technologies and compositions improved beyond recognition.”

How to check a best vegan brand?

First, a complete list of cosmetic ingredients that are not suitable for vegans can be found on Secondly, a list of best vegan brands is available at vegan beauty. On the packaging of cosmetics and this website of the brand have arolab, not tested on animals. You can also check the brand through the above website.

Ingredients that should not be in the composition. 

  • Beeswax - may be designated as Cera alba or cera Flava
  • Carmine is a red dye derived from carmine acid, which is produced by female cochineal insects. May be labeled as carmine acid.
  • Lanolin - wool wax, animal wax obtained by digesting sheep wool. May be referred to as aliphatic alcohols, isopropyl lanceolate, planet, lanolin, lanolin alcohols, lanosterols, sterols or triterpene alcohols.
  • Glycerin - it is obtained by the saponification of animal fats. It can be found in the composition as the glyceride, glyceryl, glycret-26 or polyglycerol.
  • Honey - apis mellifera is sometimes noted.
  • Fish scales - used in cosmetics for a flicker effect. It is marked as guanine, CI 75170 or natural pearl essence.

There are controversial components, both animal origin and derived from plants. These are elastin, keratin, and squalane. In such cases, the “veganism” of the brand is better specified using the above sources.