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Vegan? Cruelty-Free? What's the difference? How do we know if a product is truly vegan? It's easy to get confused by all the different labels and terminology, especially in the already complicated world of makeup. Here at F&F, we've made it easy for you.
Our range of makeup is 100% vegan and cruelty-free; no more guessing, wondering, or googling whether a product is ethically produced.
With the global increasein veganism in recent years, it's no wonder people are now questioning the ethics involved in their daily makeup routine. For some, phasing out their old makeup and buying vegan makeup is a quick and easy process. However for the majority of us, it can take quite a bit of time to transition completely. What's most important is being armed with the knowledge to make better decisions in where you invest your money in the future.
To put it simply:
A product that is vegan does not contain any animal products or animal-derived ingredients. Things like honey, beeswax, lanolin, collagen, gelatin, etc.
A product that is cruelty-free is devoid of any animal testing at any point in the process of making the product.
The Certified Vegan and Vegan Society symbols above represent fully vegan products. If you're on the hunt for a new makeup product, have a look to see if it has one of these symbols on the packaging. Even if the product is completely plant-based and 'natural', if it's tested on animals, it's not technically vegan (because animals are harmed at some point in the process). Of course everything at F&F is both vegan and cruelty free taking out the guesswork.
So, why should you choose vegan makeup?
The sentiment behind vegan makeup is identical to the lifestyle itself - that no animal should needlessly suffer or die for something that we want, but do not need.
For the animals
Obviously, the greatest reason to choose vegan makeup is to prevent the death and suffering of animals all around the world. Did you know that roughly 100,000 - 200,000 rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, rats and mice die each year due to cosmetic testing alone? According to Humane Society International, animal tests for cosmetics include skin and eye irritation tests where chemicals are rubbed onto shaved skin or dripped into the eyes of these animals. These tests cause immeasurable pain and can cause blindness, swollen eyes, internal bleeding and organ damage.
For your skin
Did you know that the average woman applies roughly 500 chemicals onto her body per day? Our skin absorbs up to 60% of these chemicals - both the good and the bad. Similarly, to our diets - we aim for whole, plant-based food, so why not make the same decision with makeup?
There are so many benefits for the skin by choosing vegan makeup:
Vegan makeup often contains high quality plant-based ingredients with natural vitamins and minerals - great for aging skin! DSo check the ingredients though as this isn't always the case.
With vegan makeup, there are usually less ingredients and chemicals than conventional makeup. This means that by choosing vegan makeup, you're actively choosing to avoid putting toxic chemicals onto your skin.
Those with sensitive skin may be interested in switching to vegan makeup. Animals products can irritate the skin.
For your body
By choosing vegan makeup, you're avoiding parabens. It's undoubtedly a scary word, but it has even scarier effects on the body. We'll mostly spot them as butylparaben, methylparaben and propylparaben. Parabens are widely used to prevent the growth of bacteria and fungus.
Parabens have been reported to mimic estrogen. Too much estrogen in the body can trigger an increase in breast cell division and the growth of tumors - linking it to certain reproductive issues and maybe even breast cancer. In 2004, a British study detected traces of five parabens in the breast tumors of 19 out of 20 women studied. Read more here.
Products and chemicals absorbed by the skin (including parabens) go straight through the detoxification stage of the kidneys and liver and then into the blood stream. Over time, harmful ingredients can potentially cause negative side effects.
For the environment.
Non vegan cosmetics can have animal products in e.g. lanolin and gelatin. Livestock production is one of the greatest contributors of greenhouse gases so avoiding these ingredients is another way of helping our environment.
Some vegan cosmetics come in environmentally friendly packaging (recyclable materials). When you choose to invest your money in vegan makeup, you're supporting the company that makes them and by association, the veganism/eco-friendly movement itself.
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