Silk proteins, sometimes referred to as hydrolysed silk proteins, are used as an additive in skin and hair care products due to its moisture preservation characteristics. It creates a protective barrier and that ‘silky’ feeling to lotions, body washes, soaps, moisturisers, cleansers, shampoos, conditioners, mascaras, lipsticks and hair styling products.
Carmine, also called cochineal, is a red colored pigment that is commonly found in lipsticks, eyeshadows, blush, bronzers and sometimes illuminaters and highlighters. Also referred to as Crimson Lake, Natural Red 4 or E120, carmine is sourced from the Cochinal beetle.
Cochinal beetles are native to South America and Mexico and live as parasites on cactus plants. The red pigment is found in the shells of the female insects and in order to extract it, thousands of insects are collected and placed into bags in order and killed by either being immersed in hot water or boiled in steam or gas ovens. They are then crushed and boiled in a sodium carbonate or ammonia solution to obtain the red acidic pigment left behind.. Yes, your favourite shade of red lipstick is manufactured with the body of a creepy, crawly little bug.
The title of this post is pretty gruesome- animal fat and tissue and blood and bones and hoofs and horns and feathers and organs all being an ingredient in your skincare, make up, shampoos and body care products. Your conditioner has cow hoof in it and your eye shadow has animal tissues & fat.
People are become aware of the cruelty involved with slaughterhouses. Meatfree is a common word, think of all the meat free Monday type campaigns. Avoiding meat is no longer unusual. The reality of eating meat- the routine slaughter of animals raised by the meat industry, the pollution to the environment, the unsuitability the plight & stress of the abboitor workers. No one thinks about the parts of the animal that are left over, useless for human consumption. The skeleton and the hooves or the feathers and the organs. What happens to all that…stuff?
I have been a vegetarian for a longer time than I have been an omnivore. I have been aware of the cruelty involved in the production of beef, in the slaughter, in the pain and suffering that these creatures felt just so we could eat a hamburger. But I never, ever thought of the cows being harmed when it came to dairy. Maybe because I always drank soy milk but it never occurred to me. Maybe because an animal hadn’t died. Except animals had died.
Why is it that veganism and honey/beeswax is considered a grey area? Is it because the bees themselves are insects and not cute, furry creatures with big brown eyes? Is it because of fear for being stung? Is it because they do not provoke sympathy in the face of fear?
We are essentially exploiting them for our own selfish purposes. They are kept in man made contraptions just like factory farmed animals that are cuter.
Veganism by its very definition is avoiding all animal products in personal use, from food to clothing to cosmetics. With so many tricky ingredients out there, it makes no sense to me to continue using an ingredient that clearly is derived from animal sources and contributes to the suffering of innocent creatures. Animals are not ours to use.
Lanolin has long been used in cosmetics for its moisturising properties on the skin. Commonly found in body lotions & creams and lip balms, lanolin is extracted from the wool of sheep- or more specifically from oil glands.