**I’m not a Beauty Counter consultant so I’m not trying to sell you anything here, I just want to share my purchases with you in case you are on the search for some vegan cruelty free products. I bought these through my cousin’s fabulous wife, Julie Miller.**
I was never a label reader until I became a vegetarian and now a vegan. Even to this day I thought I knew everything that I needed to look out for in terms of ingredients, but it turns out I am still learning.
These are some ingredients that I always know to look out for in food besides the obvious cheese, eggs, meat and so on:
- Whey/milk powder
- Food dyes
What I did not know was that I was using some baby products that weren’t vegan. I had no idea that the bum cream I was occasionally using had an animal bi-product in (Lanolin). I was actually researching the ingredients in some Beauty Counter products and found very helpful information on their FAQ page on their website which included some details on lanolin. They listed these ingredients to look out for in any beauty products as they are NOT vegan:
- Cera Alba/Beeswax/Polyglyceryl-3 Beeswax
- Carmine (CI 75470)
- Hydrogenated Fish Oil/Synthetic Japan Wax
Whenever I find out new information like the I did last week about the Lanolin, I just make sure to look out for it the next time I am searching for new products. I will finish up this bottle of bum cream, as I don’t believe in wasting and will try to find a substitute when it runs out.
One more thing to keep in mind is animal testing. I am currently looking for a laundry detergent that is powerful enough to clean the cloth diapers well, but doesn’t test on animals. The plant-based ones I have tried just don’t seem to be doing a terrific job but I have not had any luck finding a popular brand (not plant-based) that doesn’t test on animals. As I was going from page to page on the internet trying to find out if certain companies were still testing on animals, and so I came across some common practices in regards to animal testing that I don’t want to be part of. It’s amazing how much we don’t know until we do.
So…thank goodness there are companies that are not testing on animals and are giving us vegan options for bath and beauty products. These are the Beauty Counter products I bought as I am slowly replacing my very very old make-up (think ten years…eeeek!) and some other products that needed a change.
Left to right:
- Baby Soothing Oil
- Volumizing Mascara
- Smooth Control Collection (Smooth & Control Shampoo, Smooth & Control Conditioner, Smooth & Control Hair Oil)
- Instant Eye Makeup Remover
- Dew Skin Moisturizing Coverage – No.1
In the future I would like to find an all vegan company that I love but I haven’t found one yet, so please feel free to share those with me in the comments below!