1. Bug juice. Or rather, carmine. Carmine is a commonly used ingredient in products such as lipstick and eyeshadow. It is a pigment of the ruby red variety, which is derived from a blend of dry, boiled insects. I don't know about you, but I'd rather not be smearing this all over my face. Unfortunately, even some vegan brands still use carmine in their products. Always check the ingredients list before purchasing!
2. Formaldehyde. This is used as a strong disinfectant and is also used during the embalming process at the morgue! It is very toxic, yet it is often used in nail polishes and hair dyes.
3. Parabens. Used as a preservative in many beauty products. Parabens can easily penetrate the skin and have been linked to cancer (found in breast cancer tissue). They are also known to mimic the hormone estrogen, which could cause problems in male reproductive functions.
4. Sodium Laureth Sulfate. SLS or SLES is a foaming agent added to numerous beauty products such as shower gels, body scrubs, shampoos, and facial washes. It is a known skin and eye irritant and can cause skin conditions and allergic reactions.
5. Animal Testing. For me, the most important reason for switching to cruelty-free and natural brands, is that you are no longer supporting animal testing! There are so many wonderful cruelty-free brands available, with lots of dupes of popular mainstream beauty products. There really is no excuse for continuing to purchase from and support non cruelty-free brands and companies.
Did you know that if a product blinds an animal during testing, it can still be marketed and sold to consumers? There are much kinder and safer alternatives to animal testing.
It really frustrates me when I see some of my favourite bloggers reviewing the latest L'Oreal shampoo, MAC lipstick, or Maybelline mascara, because there are countless other products available from cruelty-free brands that are safer and can deliver even better results!
Do you use cruelty-free beauty products? Will you be making the switch?
*all information provided compiled via extensive online research.