Complete Guide To Vegan Cosmetics

Complete Guide To Vegan Cosmetics

For new Vegans the first priority should always be eliminating meat, dairy and eggs But once you’ve changed your eating habits, it’s important to ensure that the other everyday products you use are ethical too It is not always practical or financially possible to replace every non- Vegan product immediately And since the damage has already been done when the products have been purchased, it’s okay to use up existing products However after they’re gone, you have a responsibility to buy Vegan alternatives Fortunately there are plenty of Vegan cosmetics available If you find ethical companies, they will clearly label their products as Vegan But there are plenty of Vegan products which aren’t labelled Cruelty free is a misleading term which means a product has not been tested on animals but it can still contain cruel animal derived ingredients There are really only three logos you should trust when looking for non- animal tested cosmetics Any other symbol or logo of a bunny is unofficial and shouldn’t be trusted without further research But because companies have to pay an extra fee to display these logos on their packaging, some certified products might not display the logos So you can check on their database if you think this might be the case Phrases like: ” This product has not been tested on animals We fund research into alternatives ” often still means that the ingredients were tested Just not on the final product So they are not cruelty free And many cosmetics have a number of different ingredients which will be unfamiliar to most people Most of them are synthetic, but look out for the following animal derived ingredients: Ambergris, beeswax, which is also called cera alba and is very common Carmine, which is a common red dye also known as Red 5 cochineal or carminic acid And casein, caseinate and sodium caseinate Cholesterol, collagen, estrogen or estradiol Keratin, lanolin, lecithin, glycerides, monoclycerides, musk, oleic acid, placenta Polypeptides, polysorbates, progestrone and retinol And lactic acid and glyceride or glycerol can both be derived from animals But companies have started to use plant sources so you might need to contact the company if you’re unsure Just understand that it’s okay to make mistakes as long as you always strive to learn more and do the best you can to be as ethical as possible And keep in my mind that phrases like: ” All natural ” can be applied to almost all of the disgusting animal derived ingredients So don’t let this mislead you There are hundreds of companies which sell all kinds of Vegan cosmetics in varying prices Some of them can only be found online but there are plenty of high street products available too It’s impossible to link to every company in every country but in the ebook which is attached below, I’ve included the most useful and comprehensive lists, guides and videos The cruelty free international guide as well as PETA’s guide and the ” Choose Cruelty Free ” guide are good places to start And if you simply type your country with the phrase: ” Vegan cosmetics ” into Google or Youtube you will find the most relevant information on products you can buy Checking online Vegan guides as well as company websites’ ingredients lists is a good way to find out which products are Vegan But if you’re still unsure about something, make sure you email the company You’ll need to ask: ” Does the product contain animal derived ingredients? ” ” Do you test on animals at any point during the production of your products? ” ” Are the ingredients tested on animals by your supplier? ” ” Does any third party test on animals on your behalf? ” And it’s also a good idea to ask the company for a list of Vegan products To save time I’ve attached a template that you can paste into emails below So make use of that Emails and social media inquiries help influence companies So by doing this, they will be encouraged to clarify the labelling and even change their ingredients and animal testing policies Recently there has been a ban on animal testing in Europe and in some other areas like Israel, India and New Zealand On the surface this is meant thay companies cannot sell products or ingredients tested on animals in these countries However This does not mean that we should be complacent about the cosmetics we use The bans just apply to ingredients which are only used in cosmetics And it only covers consumer safety tests meaning that they can still test ingredients on animals to determine if there’s a risk for the environment or worker safety And unethical international companies can still test products or ingredients in other parts of the world And keep in mind that regardless of the ban companies still use animal derived ingredients in many of their products The ban also doesn’t cover household products so you’ll still need to find Vegan alternatives for those Because the chemicals in cosmetics can be harmful for the body, some Vegans choose to simplify their cosmetics use and use cheaper, less processed alternatives Things like coconut oil and shea butter are great as a moisturizer or hair conditioner And you can even make homemade lip balms with them as well And there are tons of recipes for things like homemade deodorants and facemasks This might seem overwhelming but remember that changing habits often seems a lot more challenging than it actually is The initial switch from non- Vegan to Vegan cosmetics does require some extra time and effort for a short period But once you’ve found and tested out new Vegan products, you won’t need to think about it For more information about animal testing as well as a complete beginners guide to Vegan cosmetics check out the free ebook linked below I also have complete guides to Vegan food and Vegan clothing so you can make use of those too If you want to help support the production of helpful guides like this one, please help support my activism via Patreon Subtitles by the community


  • Boa Vista says:

    Amazing video!

    Make sure to check out my recent upload for Christmas outfit! Merry Christmas to you!

  • Princess of the unicorns says:

    hey! this video is awesome! so well put together 🙂
    pacifica is great and super drug of course!

  • Dean Jason Swinscoe says:

    So resourceful and informative! This is what tripped me up most! Good job! Thankyou for everything you do, sir! ☺️✌️

  • Mud Not Blood says:

    thanks for all you do man, I love your channel ! -Newly Vegan Bodybuilder

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  • Energy and Light says:

    This is so great. I love your videos.

  • jennyy123021 says:

    This is exactly the information I've been looking for! I've been having a hard time nailing down the difference between a lot of labels. Thank you for all your hard work; you are reaching people everywhere!

  • Abi Dev says:

    Awesome! Thank you

  • Livelovelifeeleni Positivity&Motivation♥☮ says:

    hello beautiful guy peace and love to u . I'm an 18 year old activist from Canada and newly vegan! sir you are awesome you are amazing thanks for the resourceful vid! I'm proud of myself I knee half of these things from research but the amount of time u put into making this wow that's groovy man sending peace and love to u <3

  • Barbara Tonhela says:

    I sell vegan & organic makeup in Brazil.
    "Terráquea – Produtos do Bem – Maquiagem"
    Unfortunately is expensive export 🙁

  • TheAvrilLavigneProject says:

    What about medication? I mean, I think all the pills are tested on animals…

  • Vegan Generation says:

    Thank you so much for putting this together, much needed info to share. So sorry to hear you've been hit by the earthlings claim..beyond ridiculous.

  • Anthony George says:

    Great video!!! Thanks for the information. Keep up the wonderful work your doing.

  • Wren ❨V❩ says:

    I fucking love e.l.f.! Vegan, cruelty-free, and the cheapest and best quality for the price!

  • Terra Ramirez says:

    Thank you!! This is awesome 🙂 looking forward to the clothing guide.

  • Vicky L says:

    Very good video, thanks you!
    I switched to organic cosmetics 5 years ago (when I was pregnant) and I blog about that. The transition into vegan AND organic cosmetics is important to me, but not always easy. Most organic companies use carmine, as they can't find a non-expensive stable and zertified alternative. So there are companies that use synthetic colours that can't be certified. But it gets better with time, there are companies as 100%pure and the German brand Alva that are organic and vegan… You have to pay more, but in the end, you get more 🙂

  • Leigh TSR says:

    This is so helpful! Thank you!

  • MsBrutus64 says:

    Thank you The Vegan Activist for this great info. Sharing.

  • Alpha Spearl says:

    excellent video!

  • Hey I'm Barbara says:

    This is very useful. Thank you for making such a professional video. 🙂

  • Nicole Louise Browne says:

    This is an amazing video! Thanks for all your help 🙂

  • TheVeganGrappler says:

    This is so awesome. I can't wait to share this! Such valuable information. Easy to understand and love your approach to encourage change. Thumbs up

  • banterandbananas says:

    hi, how do i film whats on my screen? how do i get the effect you do where you search articles and google things..highlighting key phrases, scrolling, etc? Is it an app? CAN ANYONE HELP?!

  • jade d says:

    Thank you so much for this. fyi your voice is kinda hypnotic lol

  • La Bella Pink says:

    A fantastic video!

  • Kombucha Princess says:

    great video. people often forget about cosmetics.

  • Paczil says:

    please tell me what music do u use in those guide videos

  • Lucy Jayne says:

    Another way to tell if s company tests on animals is to see if they sell in China- China is the only country that requires cosmetics be treated on animals before they can be sold, so if a company sells there, you know that they value profit over ethics and are willing to torture animals to make money.

    If you live in a country that has Superdrug, their cosmetics range 'b.' is all cruelty free and vegan. All Superdrug own brand products are also cruelty free, but not all vegan. Makeup revolution is exclusively sold there, and is all cruelty free, although not all of the products are vegan so you might want to check the ones you want to buy. Sleek, MUA, and GOSH are also cruelty free, but I'm not sure how vegan they are.

    Drugstore brands that aren't cruelty free include- rimmel, revlon, maybelline, l'oreal, garnier, and bourjouis. There's probably more, but they're all I can think of atm

  • zoomanda BOOM says:

    Hey I just want to say I have shared some of your videos one facebook and I really appreciate the help! I am a very outspoken activist and even though I get alot of converts to veganism I tend to lack the patience in helping them with the million questions they have. Videos like this and the food one you made have been sent to all my new vegans. Keep up the good work. Your videos are amazing and more compassionate to humans than I am. Make more! Do you have any about being an activist? I want my people to start doing more not just thinking not eating/using animals is enough.

  • xoLoveLeti says:

    To be quite honest even the logos aren't very reliable as many lists like PETA don't ask many questions and take $ in order to accept brands. I only trust and go by logical they've been doing this for over 10 years and are the only trustworthy accurate source. Animal ingredients also include many others not listed that we only know to be vegan by emailing the company. Hope that helps!

  • tralijn tje says:

    my compliments for your vids ,these are amazing for new vegans . this is also the subject i am really most  confused about ,although i have so called cruelty free  make up prods ,i cant find my way around in vegan make up low budget that is  ,,can you please make a vid about  drugstore ones  ?

  • bleazyful says:

    This was super helpful. Thank you for all of the work you put into your videos.

  • Niamh Sheridan says:

    As a vegan who loves make-up and has done intense research on what is or is not vegan in the cosmetic world I have come across way too much misleading information and I actually don't always trust the cruelty-free symbols on products. The only thing I trust is a list of what is vegan/cruelty-free on a blog called Logical Harmony. The girl running this blog does intense research and is 100% reliable. Hope this helps anyone!

  • Tuï Luijten says:

    In my country ( the netherlands ) all animal testing is illegal. So they don't sell non-vegan products. So fot me it's easy

  • kfudnaweehhhh says:

    HI there, I am a recent vegan convert and have found your channel incredibly useful. And I already had a strong interest in cooking and vegan food before I switched completely, and plenty of vegan/vegetarian friends, so this is coming from someone who, relatively speaking, already knew quite a lot about the subject. So I cannot thank you enough for all the effort you have put into this channel, you wonderful human being.

  • The Vegan Army says:

    HELLIO ALL VEGAN I am starting a YouTube Channel to spread the truth about being Vegan

  • HelloItsBella says:

    I have just become vegan and this channel is honestly one of the most useful resources i have found! I have started a channel where i am going to document my journey to and ethical lifestyle where i will document my experience of adapting my food, wardrobe, makeup and other possession to try and be as ethical as possible. Follow me if you are interested! 🙂

  • Shequita Whiting says:

    Thank you so much for all you do, DON'T STOP!!

  • Lauren Martelli says:

    This video was so so helpful for a new vegan navigating the store aisles wanting to make the most ethical purchases but mildly overwhelmed by long ingredient lists filled with long chemical names. Thank you so much for all of your time spent on research and making this video!

  • Natalie Renee says:

    You are so helpful and thorough. Bless you 💙

  • Karen Rodriguez says:

    Tarte cosmetics and Kat Von D cosmetics have vegan products. Not the all of their line but they are more options as well

  • Jillian Ness says:

    This is an amazing video. I went vegan after I started my blog & You Tube channel so I'm slowly trying to work through, give away, use up all the non vegan products I have. It hasn't been hard finding vegan alternatives and if someone says it is its only bc they don't want to try or look. If your in a store that sells multiple makeup brands they will most likely have a cruelty free brand, even drugstore (nyx) for example. I'm going to share this video with some of the girls in our community. ✌❤🐰

  • Jillian Ness says:

    This is an amazing video. I went vegan after I started my blog & You Tube channel so I'm slowly trying to work through, give away, use up all the non vegan products I have. It hasn't been hard finding vegan alternatives and if someone says it is its only bc they don't want to try or look. If your in a store that sells multiple makeup brands they will most likely have a cruelty free brand, even drugstore (nyx) for example. I'm going to share this video with some of the girls in our community. ✌❤🐰

  • NinjaNerd8D says:

    Does anyone know of any affordable cruelty free hairspray?

  • Stephanie Pichette says:

    I think you are awesome! Thank you for all the hard work you put into your videos, it's very much appreciated 🙂

  • vaeolet says:

    you sound like you should be reading creepy pastas XD

  • Samantha A says:

    I noticed that my cc cream contains snail secretion extract! Ew but they say they harvest it from leaves the snails traverse (in the wild?) without ever touching the snails so it seems ethical enough but still weirds me out and I probably won't buy it again.

  • SoulSpoonUnicorn32 says:

    fantastic vid. very helpful info! thank you so much

  • S. Kenzig says:

    I have a question I understand most of these ingriendents cause harm to the animals, but I am wondering the reason behind beeswax and honey. I am currently mostly vegetarian, although sometimes I am poulatarian (sp?). I haven't done any research yet, but I am curious and right now I am supposed to be writing a final paper for a class. (I watched this video on my 15m break that I give myself. Thanks

  • Jessica Grace says:

    This video was crazy helpful, thank you so much!

  • The Blue Rooted Tree says:

    I have the biggest problem with domestic chemicals, like washing powder and dishwashing gel. They are extremely expensive and hard to find:( Luckily, vegan make up is cheap, because many european local small make up companies are not testing on animals due to EU law, so they are by accident vegan (but we need to be aware of the ingredients, especially sneaky beeswax which is EVERYWHERE).

  • earthlingthings says:

    thank you so much

  • Isabel Kleijberg says:

    eeeeeww there's placenta in makeup?

  • LadyLal says:

    im a little confused in terms of the leaping bunny.. they claim to have a high standard for cruelty free products however how can a product be cruelty free if they have ingredients derived from animals such as goat's milk, etc? but thank you for this video i have been slowly trying to incorporate every aspect of veganism although idk if im overwhelming myself because ive officially been two weeks vegan. Thank you for all of this information and support!

  • Natalie Haddad says:

    what a fantastic video, every single one you make is so insightful and so incredibly useful for new vegans, thank you 😀

  • Ambareno x says:

    This is great! Thank you so much for this video 😊

  • LittleRedCassandra says:

    You're honestly a legend

  • madison Sobchuk says:

    Vegan cuts has a great monthly beauty box!!

  • rando says:

    You sound so sad! Hope you have a somewhat happy life when you're not making videos lol!

  • Poor Piggy says:

    I think my mind just exploded.. maybe I'll just have my dark undereyes forever…

  • Marcella Calarco says:


  • MsLoverPower says:

    Thank you! That was very informative 🙂

  • Vyfox says:

    Thank you so much! This helped a lot <3

  • irene garcia says:

    Thank you so much for all the information. Not only in this video… All of them 💚

  • Jazzie 'Mariee says:

    I LOVE superdrug, their own products are excellent the majority of the time and are cheap too!

  • Jess says:

    ew placenta?!

  • Small forest dweller says:

    I can't listen to this song anymore xD

  • J. Luna says:

    Great video. I recently started to buy the products from the vegan brand Logona.

  • Scott V Grube says:


  • Candice Fandrei says:

    Thank you

  • Vanesa Adamčíková says:

    honestly, this video is an artwork, so informative and edited like a pro ✌🍑

  • Trisha says:

    So, when Britain leaves the EU animal testing will become legal again?

  • Gothmummi says:

    I bought an nyx jumbo eye crayon, which has the bunny with the heart ears for cruelty free on it, PETA had it listed as a cruelty free company but is has beeswax in it, I thought beeswax wasn't vegan? or is beeswax ok, just honey that isn't?

  • Gothmummi says:

    I bought an nyx jumbo eye crayon, which has the bunny with the heart ears for cruelty free on it, PETA had it listed as a cruelty free company but is has beeswax in it, I thought beeswax wasn't vegan? or is beeswax ok, just honey that isn't?

  • Katurotta says:

    Finnish subtitles added

    Tai pitäiskö sanoa, että suomenkieliset tekstitykset lisätty

  • Sarah Laverdure says:

    So elf is 100 percent vegan ?

  • Elizabeth B. says:

    Love seeing more videos about vegan cosmetics, especially during a time where the vegan DIET has gained quite a lot of popularity while all of its other aspects are often looked over or ignored. Thank you for also being realistic in understanding that its not always finacially posisble to just throw away all non-vegan items and repurchase everything but it is important to transition them out and move forward being vegan and cruelty free. 😌 Love your channel!

  • Inka Be says:

    thank you for all the hard work you are doing to help us with our vegan choices 💖

  • Kaylee& Leo says:

    Ik that almost all too faced products are vegan 🙂

  • Minnie says:

    THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!! 💚

  • Nikki Keuper says:

    Discovered your YouTube channel. It's is so useful for me because I want to go Vegan and this helps me a lot . thank you❤

  • Nikki Hitchcock says:

    Could you post the list of animal ingredients to watch out for?

  • Nikki Hitchcock says:

    This was helpful

  • Becca Clements says:

    New Zealand lifted that ban 🙁 and opened an animal testing lab

  • Plasti Caca says:

    anything packed in plastic is not vegan at all. It is a paradox knowing how many animals plastic kills, both in the water and on earht. Also it causes cancer to humans

  • Blossom Buddies says:

    Thanks so much! I finally get to wear makeup in a few days as I turn 13 and lush is SOOO expensive

  • Jolene Daleiden says:

    I am vegan for not so long and try to give my makeup and cosmetic to friends or use it till it is empty. but for me it is so hard to find vegan and cruelty free makeup in germany that i can afford. In the eu it is not allowed to sell products tested on animals, but a lot of companies still support it in Asia, so i am really overwhelmed and do not know what to buy…

  • changedoutlook says:

    As a fellow vegan I thank you for doing the research and sharing this amazing content. Kudos to you for educating people in an effort to get them to go vegan!

  • Nivia says:

    Omg placenta! Wtf

  • Mai Mohamed says:

    Love ur videos I knew a lot from them thank u 🙏and btw what the name of that soundtrack in the background?

  • zulqaas says:

    Thank you. Such a good info

  • Miss Fitz says:

    Jeffree Star cosmetics are vegan, fantastic quality and reasonably priced.

  • TheVeganBerkeleyBeauty says:

    You are a Godsend. Many many thanx

  • Liza Nath says:

    Cant copy paste the email template

  • Stefan says:

    Thanks 🙏🏽
    That was amazingly beautiful❣️😍

  • Stefan says:

    My basic cosmetics consists of a cold shower every morning, some toothpaste and contact lens solution.

    Every two months or so I use some rye flour for removing some excessive grease from my hair.

    That’s basically it. Nothing more needed.

    Every now and then, I use some perfume as I like great smells a lot.

    I have to make sure theses perfumes are vegan too.

    Do you really need more?

    There are probably several million cosmetic products out there which I don’t even think of.

  • Jasmine Ali says:

    Plz tell me which cosmetics I use.. Vegan only in India plz tell me brand name

  • Diana Prince says:

    This is incredibly helpful! Thank you so much for putting in so much effort to help people out. Keep up the good work 🙂

  • mahvish waqas says:

    Thanks for guidance

  • Healthy mom2011 says:

    Thanks for the info, it will be helpful!

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