Are MAC lipsticks vegan

5 animal ingredients in lipstick

As a vegan or vegetarian, it is often difficult enough to omit animal food or to expose it as such at all. Animal fat, gelatine or powdered milk are often hidden in finished products in particular.

In the cosmetics industry, too, components of the animal are widely used. In addition to anti-aging creams, shower gels and hair care products, it is above all the lipsticks that are not vegetarian and certainly not vegan. You would certainly not have suspected the following 5 ingredients in your Red Velvet number 5, right?

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Collagen

Collagen is a naturally occurring protein and a building block of the skin. It helps wound healing and keeps the skin supple. The substance is mostly obtained from animal connective tissue. In some cases, products with plant-based collagen are also offered, but this cannot usually be read from the label. Basically, you are only on the safe side with brands that declare their lipstick to be vegan.

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Guanine

Does your lipstick have a seductive shimmer? This is very likely to come from a protein called guanine, which the industry extracts from fish scales. Alternatives include artificial pearl or bronze particles.

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tallow

We often owe the greasy, nourishing properties of our lipstick to the sebum it contains. In most cases, this sebum comes from beef fat, which is also used for candles and soaps, among other things.

  • Frequent Synonyms are sodium tallowate, tallow acid, tallow fatty amine oxyethylate or tallow amine,
  • in English polyethoxylated tallow amine (POEA), tallowamin, tallow amine, talloweth-6, tallow glycerides or tallow imidazoline.

If you don't want to smear beef fat on your lips, you can switch to vegetable tallow or paraffin. But paraffin is also under criticism because hydrocarbons can get into the body from the mineral oil.

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lanolin

Lanolin is better known as wool wax. It refers to the secretion from the sebum glands of sheep. It is obtained from washing sheep's wool. Basically, it is sheep fat, which is comparable to the fat that makes our hair shine oily after a few days without a shower. Lanolin is used in lipstick as a moisturizer and preservative. Alternatively, vegetable oils such as coconut oil are used.

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Carmine

A frequently used ingredient in cosmetics is carmine (also called carmine, cochineal), a dye from the shells of female scale insects. For one kilogram it will be about 100,000 animals needed, which are dried and then boiled with water and sulfuric acid. The resulting shade is scarlet red, which is particularly popular with lipsticks. Synthetic carmine is widely used today. Instead of carmine, vegan products often contain dyes from the

  • beetroot,
  • Annatto (spice made from the reddish-yellow seeds of the Orlean shrub) or
  • Alkanet (make-up root).

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