In order to make ethical choices in the cosmetics we buy, we need to understand the terminology that brands use. Cruelty free and Vegan are two terms that can be confusing for consumers. Can a product be both? Can a product be cruelty-free but not vegan? If a product is vegan, does it necessarily follow that it is cruelty-free? Read on to find out.
What do the terms Vegan and Cruelty Free mean in cosmetics?
VEGAN – means that a product does not contain any animal products or animal-derived ingredients. It describes the ingredients, not the manufacturing or production processes.
CRUELTY-FREE – means that neither the final product nor any ingredient used in it have been tested on animals.
Are all Vegan products also Cruelty free?
Not necessarily. A product that contains no animal derived ingredients might have undergone animal testing at some stage in its production. A product advertising itself as vegan is not necessarily cruelty free.
Cruelty free products are not necessarily Vegan
It is possible for a cruelty free product to contain non-vegan ingredients, such as honey, beeswax, lanolin, collagen, albumen, carmine, cholesterol, or gelatin. So, just because a product is cruelty free, don’t assume that it is also vegan. The term cruelty free refers to the processes used in the testing of the product, and not to the ingredients themselves.
‘Required by law’ animal testing is another term to look out for. This means that the final product is animal-tested by a third party in order to satisfy various regional regulations around the world. These products, despite anything that the packaging says, are not cruelty free.
4 Great Reasons to switch to Cruelty Free Cosmetics
- According to Cruelty Free International, there are currently over 115 million animals being used for animal testing worldwide. The only way to stop animal cruelty is for each of us to make lifestyle changes that support ethical choices for the good of animals and nature.
Everything is consumer-driven, and we are the consumers.
- Many cosmetic products that are cruelty free and vegan are also free from added skincare nasties like parabens, sulphates and silicones. You’ll find that brands that are ethically aware strive to produce products that are good for the environment, kind to animals and kind to skin.
- Animal testing is crueller than you think. Animals are confined to small cages in inhumane conditions and the tests performed on them are beyond cruel. They live a life of suffering and know nothing but fear.
- In today’s world, advances in science and technology mean that animal testing is not actually necessary. In vitro and cell culture testing are high tech alternatives to animal testing, and these methods have added benefits that animal testing does not have. In short, there is no need for animal testing. By shunning it, you are not losing out with regard to product safety or quality.
Pestle & Mortar is proud to be cruelty free & vegan