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Friday, June 10, 2011

Ingredients I Do NOT Use

The following is a list of Ingredients I do not use because they are either non-vegan or cause skin irritation. 

Beeswax: "Wax obtained from melting honeycomb with boiling water, straining it, and cooling it. From virgin bees. Very cheap and widely used. May be harmful to the skin." "Produced by bees for their own use. Bees are selectively bred. Culled bees are killed. A cheap sugar is substituted for their stolen honey. Millions die as a result. Their legs are often torn off by pollen-collection trapdoors." Quote from: PETA http://www.peta.org/living/vegetarian-living/animal-ingredient-guide.aspx I use Candellila wax as a substitute. 

Bismuth Oxychloride: A common ingredient in cosmetics. May cause skin irritation

"Red pigment from the crushed female cochineal insect. Reportedly, 70,000 beetles must be killed to produce one pound of this red dye. Used in cosmetics, shampoos, red apple sauce, and other foods (including red lollipops and food coloring). May cause allergic reaction." Quote from PETA 

Emu Oil: Often used in lip products. "From flightless ratite birds native to Australia and now factory-farmed. Used in cosmetics and creams. Alternatives: vegetable and plant oils." Quote from PETA http://www.peta.org/living/vegetarian-living/animal-ingredient-guide.aspx

Gelatin: Comes from boiling animal skin. Often used in cosmetics. 

Glycerin: Widely used in cosmetics. Comes from animal fat. 

Lanolin: Comes from sheep. Used in lip products. 

Myristic Acid: Used in makeup. Comes from animal fat. 

Silk Powder: Used in makeup. Comes from silk worms that are boiled alive for their silk. 

Stearates: Can be derived from vegetables or animals. I only use vegetable stearates. 

I know there are more but its hard to remembers things I don't use, you know, since I don't use them. 

Thanks for reading! 


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