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What are the Ingredients in Lipstick?

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Although vegan and vegetarian lipsticks are plentiful in today’s cosmetics world, there are still a number of cosmetics companies that use ingredients that vegans and vegetarians feel are not cruelty free.  Lipstick ingredients such as carmine (cochineal extract) and beeswax are not vegan friendly, because they are derived from insects.  Although most beeswax is considered cruelty-free, the process of creating carmine is anything but.  Crushed beetles are used to created that stunning red color in some lipsticks.  It is also used to create other coloring.

Fortunately, the main ingredients in many lipsticks include vegetable wax, alcohol and fragrance.  Some even contain palm tree butter, shea butter, SPF 15-20+ and vitamin E.  If you are afraid of purchasing lipstick that contains animal products or ingredients that are not cruelty free, you can shop for lipstick at Beauty Without Cruelty as well as Vegan Essential Cosmetics.

Beauty Without Cruelty (BWC) has been around for nearly 50 years.  Founded in 1963 by the trustees of BWC Charitable Trust, an animal welfare organization, BWC manufacture’s and distributes natural, color cosmetics that are not tested on animals nor do the products contain any animal ingredients. Beauty Without Cruelty offers a full line of cruelty-free vegetarian, skin, body and hair care products made from natural ingredients and organic aroma-therapeutic essential oils.

Beauty Without Cruelty Product Line

Beauty Without Cruelty features color vegan makeup, hair care products, skin products and body care products that are safe for vegans and vegetarians.  The cosmetics line features everything from mascara and eyeliner to eye shadows, blush, lipstick, foundations and concealers.   The hair care line offers shampoos, conditioners and styling products, such as lavender and rosemary-mint-tea tree shampoo and conditioner, Vitamin C products for the face and purifying clay masks, spearmint and citrus bath gels and Ylang Ylang hand and body lotion.

Beauty Without Cruelty Products may be purchased from your local natural foods retailer, and at some drug stores and vitamin shops.  You can also purchase BWC products online directly from the Beauty Without Cruelty website,

Vegan Essentials Cosmetics

Vegan Essentials does not:

wish to offer anything that contains any animal-based ingredients or that has been tested on animals.  Period.  We’re vegans ourselves, and we have never had any plans to sell anything that is not conforming to vegan standards.  You may read an ingredient in a product that sounds like it’s not vegan, but trust us, there are many different ways something can be derived or created, so even if something looks like it might not be vegan or you read that the ingredient is from an animal, you can be sure that the derivative in the product we’re carrying is not from an animal source.  It is extremely rare that a company ever changes ingredients to make a vegan product non-vegan, but if this were to happen with something we were carrying, we would immediately discontinue the product and no longer offer it in our store. 

Vegan Essentials is the largest online vegan store in the country.  Founded in 1998 by Courtney and Sue Ernster, Vegan Essentials is also the oldest cruelty free retailer in the U.S. Vegan Essentials products are offered both online and at its retail location in Waukesha, WI.  The retail location also has the largest selection of cruelty-free items under one roof.  The Vegan Essentials product line is so extensive, it would be tough to list them all here, so product categories include vegan and vegetarian products for babies and children, hair care, candles, books, companion animal, supplies, cosmetics, facial and skin care, bath and body, food and sweets, footwear, fragrances and oil, outdoor wear, home products, personal care, accessories, shirts, message items, vitamins and therapeutics.

Vegan Essentials features vegan and vegetarian cosmetics from A-Z.  Shoppers will find foundation and powders, blush, lipstick, lip-gloss, concealers, tinted moisturizers, mascara, cosmetic brushes, makeup removers, nail polish and hair colorings by companies such as No Miss, Peacekeeper Vegan, ZuZu Luxe, and Beauty Without Cruelty.  Other brands that can be found at Vegan Essentials include:

Desert Essence
Ecco Bella
Perfect Organics

Vegan Essential products can be purchased online at or at its retail store in Waukesha, Wisconsin.  Vegan Essentials, 1701 Pearl St. Waukesha, WI 53186.  You may also purchase items by phone by calling 1-866-88-VEGAN.  Products can be shipped all over the world to Spain, Australia, England, New Zealand, Greece and everywhere in between.

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