A vegan diet is plant-based: A vegan diet is based on plant foods, like vegetables, fruits, grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds. It does not include any animal products, including meat, dairy, eggs, or honey so it's definitely worth getting familiar with all of the ingredients of some of your fave foods.
Veganism is now more than just a diet: it's a lifestyle that seeks to exclude the use of animals for food, clothing, and other purposes as far as possible and practical. In addition to following a vegan diet, vegans may also avoid using animal-derived products in their daily lives, this includes beauty products.
How can you be sure a product is Vegan though with phrases like clean beauty, Vegan, cruelty free, natural etc all sounding so similar? The quickest way to ensure beauty products are vegan is to look for the Vegan Society Logo. It certifies that products do not contain any animal extracts or animal by-products in the ingredients or the manufacturing process. Also, that the products and ingredients have never been tested on animals. You may also see the leaping bunny logo, it's the only internationally recognised symbol guaranteeing no animal testing was carried out in developing the product
Here are some of the most common ingredients that are in a lot of every day beauty products to look out for that are NOT vegan...
Beeswax. This one is commonly used as a thickening agent in products such as lip balms , mascaras and other cosmetics.
Next up, Lanolin. Lanolin is often found in moisturisers but it's derived from sheep's wool so one to avoid.
Collagen is always a hot ingredient as it's in so many anti-ageing and skincare products but it's derived from animal tissue so definitely not Vegan.
Carmine, also known as cochineal extract, is a red pigment derived from crushed beetles so is used for its pigment in colour products such as lipsticks, blushers, and other every day make up bag must haves.
Most people know about Gelatin in food but it's also used as a thickening agent in some hair and skincare products so always check the ingredients list for this one.
Science lesson over!
Lots of people are attracted to Veganism due to the environmental benefits it brings: The production of animal-based products, such as meat and dairy, can have a negative impact on the environment, including greenhouse gas emissions, water use, and land degradation. Adopting a vegan diet can help reduce your carbon footprint and contribute to a more sustainable food system.
Our Vegan Mum box is a great way to discover some of our favourite Vegan products. It contains 5 clean beauty must-haves to give mum some serious self-care. Each UK brand has a commitment to sustainability and creating products from all-natural and effective ingredients. The value of the box is over £66 making it the perfect way to try brands we know you will fall in love with.