Although ingredients derived from animals is not a form of animal testing, it does involve cruel practices that are painful and cost the lives of thousands of animals.
Below, are a list of ingredients to look out for in cosmetic products to further support the cruelty-free movement:
Ambergris- Produced in the intestinal tract of whales and used as a fixative in perfumes.
Beeswax- Extracted from the honeycomb of honey bees and used in lip products, creams and foundations
Carmine/ Carminic Acid/ Cochineal – A red pigment used in red, pink and warm coloured makeup made from crushing the female cochineal beetle.
Casein- extracted from cow’s milk and used in hair products and masks.
Cholesterol – derived from numerous animals for fat, tissue and eggs used in eye creams and shampoos
Estrogen – extracted from the urine of pregnant horses, found in anti-aging products.
Musk- source from the genital secretions of animals such as deers, otters, wild cats for fragrances.
Placenta- organ found in pregnant mammals and used in skin and hair treatments.
Polypeptides- animal-based protein found in anti-aging products
Polysorbates- fatty acid derivative used as emulsifier in a range of cosmetics.
Progesterone – animal-based steroid hormone used in anti-wrinkle creams.
Retinol- animal-derived vitamin A used in skin products and anti-aging creams.