Is this formulation vegan?

Probably. The vast majority of cosmetic ingredients are not derived from animal sources. If the vegan-ness of the cosmetics you use is important to you, it is essential that you research ingredients and know what is vegan and what isn’t. The Humblebee & Me DIY Encyclopedia is a good place to start!

These are the most commonly used non-vegan cosmetic ingredients:

  • Beeswax and other bee products (royal jelly, propolis, pollen, honey)
  • Tallow & lard (usually only used in soap)
  • Carmine
  • Lanolin
  • Animal milks and milk powders (not terribly common outside soap)
  • N-Acetyl Glucosamine (can be made from shells; check with your supplier)
  • Snail mucin

If you have doubts or further curiosities, please do your own research. I’ve written two massive articles to get you started: Part 1 & Part 2. A simple “is X vegan?” Google search will usually answer your question, though.

Looking for substitutions? Click the links above to view the Humblebee & Me DIY Encyclopedia entries for each ingredient; those entries always include substitution information! Also, read this.

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