What’s in your Beauty Products?

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Have you ever wondered what’s in your favourite beauty products? You might be (unpleasantly) surprised!

At MUSQ we are a vegan brand and proud of it! Our products have no animal-derived ingredients or animal by-products. So, what exactly does that mean?

Well for starters, our products are free of carmine (crushed up beetle), elastin (derived from cows) and honey (from bees). We loathe animal testing and don’t test ANY of our products on animals. We believe that cruelty to any living creature is immoral and often these tests harm animals more than humans. Many tests conducted on animals are unnecessary, given that most of the ingredients used in beauty products are already known to be safe and can easily and effectively be tested in other ways, such as via skin samples from cosmetic surgery and trials on humans.

Believe it or not, a number of animal-derived ingredients are still commonly used in cosmetics today. And some of them are enough to make your skin crawl! Fortunately, there is a range of cruelty-free alternatives, so avoid the following ingredients and get switching today!

Allantoin – An ingredient often found in lotions and creamy products. It is most commonly uric acid from cows and other mammals. Look for alternatives such as those from comfrey root to help with the healing of wounds.

Cochineal – Love your red lipstick? Did you know that the red pigment often comes from the crushed female cochineal insect? And these little creatures are not only found in lipsticks but also in shampoos and some foods. Ewww!! We suggest sticking to kinder alternatives such as beetroot juice.

Keratin – Commonly used in hair products such as shampoos and is often derived from ground-up horns, hooves, feathers, quills, and hair of various animals. Ugghh! Try using a cruelty-free alternative such as almond oil or soy protein.

Parfum/fragrance – This ingredient can be tricky to analyse in products as theoretically it can consist of hundreds of ingredients. Look for products that state exactly what goes into their fragrance.

Royal Jelly – Sounds good, right? Think again. Royal jelly actually comes from the throat glands of the honeybee workers which are then fed to the larvae in a colony and to all queen larvae! Aloe Vera or comfrey are much nicer alternatives.

Stearic acid – Found in most cosmetic products and can be irritating on the skin. No wonder – it’s often taken from the stomach of pigs! Yukkk! A vegan alternative can be found in coconut and vegetable fats.

Squalene oil – This common ingredient is often taken from shark livers! Use an animal-friendly alternative from vegetable emollients like olive oil.

Vitamins – Some vitamins contain animal-derived ingredients, such as vitamin A and D which can come from fish liver oil.Look for natural sources such as wheat germ oil.

These are just some of the animal-derived ingredients found in common beauty products. We hope it’s enough to get you checking your beauty product ingredients and switching to kinder (and less cringe-worthy) alternatives!

Some of the above information has been taken from the CCF website, and the list of animal-derived ingredients is much longer than the few we have listed here. For a comprehensive list of animal ingredients often found in cosmetics visit Choose Cruelty Free at this link HERE

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