When you see skincare companies claiming that their products are vegan, do you actually know what that means? It simply means it does not contain any animal by-products.
It’s a real marketing buzz word at the moment; big companies are jumping on the bandwagon of the vegan food movement. But does the vegan label mean that products is natural, or environmentally friendly? That will be a big fat NO.
You will have seen the label ‘cruelty-free’ on products – this means that a product has not been tested on animals, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that the product is free from animal by-products. So be aware that cruelty-free and vegan are not the same thing.
Here’s a brief overview of what vegan skincare is and is not.
Are animal by-products really used in skincare?
Yes they are – here’s just a few animal products you will find in lots of mainstream skincare, particularly high-end anti-ageing creams:
- glycerin (can be vegetable – check)
- fish scales
- egg proteins
You can do your own research on this – but this is a good article which covers some more animal products.
So Vegan doesn’t necessarily mean natural?
Whilst we are all for vegan living, in both food and skincare, we would really like to point out that using a skincare product that’s marketed as vegan isn’t necessarily a good thing. It could still contain a number of other unpleasant ingredients and call itself vegan. Here’s just a handful of ingredients you might find in a vegan-labelled products which are very damaging to the skin and/or to the environment.
- palm oil (PLEASE do not use palm oil, see our other blog here)
Don’t assume that a vegan label means a product is pure. The big companies are using this label to make you believe it’s a good product, but please use your head. As we are always saying, learn to read your labels and see what is actually in your products. A very long list of ingredients, in our opinion, is never a good thing.
Here at LJ Natural, the majority our products are vegan. We don’t really go on about it, because we hope it goes without saying that, as our products are mostly just made with a handful of organic plant oils, they are vegan. However, we do use beeswax in Scratchy Balm, Scratchy Soap, the Kiss Me Goodnight Lip Balm and we use honey in our Detox Face Mask. So you may want to avoid those four if you are vegan. We use beeswax and honey which we buy from ethical suppliers, and we believe this does not harm the bees. They are ingredients that contain so many skin benefits. However, we totally respect that vegans might want to avoid those ingredients.
We can make those products without beeswax and honey so if you want to use them, just message us and we’ll make you them without. It’s not a problem, because we make everything in small batches and by hand anyway, so it’s not difficult to tweak a product.
However, ALL of our products are suitable for vegetarians and free from all synthetic ingredients that may cause harm to the skin and the environment. You can read more about our environmental policy here.
So hopefully you can see that the Vegan skincare label isn’t always a sign that you are using something that is good for your skin.
If you have any questions about this or any of our products then please do not hesitate to contact us.