Tuesday, 25 April 2017

What to look out for when reading ingredients labels - makeup and beauty edition

I got a comment on another post recently asking if I could write a post about this topic and it's something I've wanted to write about for a while, so here it is.

To start with, here are a couple of resources for checking if a product is vegan. 

Firstly, my page of company vegan lists. Also on this page I have linked to lists that other bloggers have put together.

Logical Harmony is also a great resource for all things cruelty free and vegan, including vegan lists.

And one of the most useful tools I've ever found for shopping online especially, as you can cut and paste a whole ingredient list: Double Check Vegan. I'd highly recommend bookmarking this site.


So why am I writing this post? I see a lot of people say they don't understand the ingredients list or know what to look for and that's not really surprising. Ingredients labels can be super confusing, due to the EU laws regarding having to use chemical/INCI names in the lists. Quite often you'll see a list that looks like this:


Great if you know what all that stuff is, right? But if you don't, all those CI numbers are a bit scary. CI numbers are usually colourants; so in this list above we have Blue Lake colouring, Carmine, Mica, Chromium Oxide Green, Ferric Oxide or Red Iron Oxide, Black Iron Oxide, Manganese Violet, Tin Oxide and Titanium Dioxide, respectively.

The one to look out for there is Carmine, which you may or may not know, is a red pigment that is derived from crushed beetles.

Some brands will use the code as well as the common name for the ingredient (for example you might see Cera Alba listed, some brands will also put beeswax in brackets to help you out), like this list, where they have given the common name as well as the INCI code for the colourants:



So what should I look out for?

The most common animal based cosmetic ingredients I see on makeup, include:

- Carmine / CI 75470
- Beeswax / Cera Alba
- Lanolin
- Silk
- Honey / Mel
- Guanine
- Collagen
- Keratin
- Shellac

(Right at the bottom of the page, there is a little graphic I made of the above ingredients, so you can save to your phone and favourite it for easy finding later.)

These are the main ingredients that I personally look for when I'm reading ingredients. If I don't know the company well, I will probably email them and ask for a list or at least to see if they tend to use animal or vegetable based ingredients aside from the obvious ones; a lot of companies have started to swap out animal based ingredients for vegetable derived. Some brands I will buy if they do not contain any of the above ingredients.

But this list is not exhaustive. There are also some ingredients that can be plant or animal based and the only way to know for sure would be to email the manufacturer. Just a few examples include:

- Squalene (most commonly nowadays derived from olives but can also be extracted from shark livers!)
- Retinol (often animal based but can be sourced from plants)
- Panthenol (usually derived from honey or meat but can be veg-sourced)
- Glycerine
- Lecithin (can come from soy or from eggs)
- Stearic Acid

This is kind of the tip of the iceberg for ingredients that could be animal or could be vegetable based, which is why sites like doublecheckvegan are soooo useful!

The best way to know for sure is to email the company and ask. Also, google the company and vegan list as chances are another blog has done this for you.

There are some brands that will not confirm if products are vegan and you will have to go by the ingredient list. The ones that springs to mind here are NYX and the TAM Beauty brands (Makeup Revolution, Freedom and I heart Makeup). TAM Beauty for example, won't confirm if products are vegan, but when they first started they told me that the animal ingredients are obvious ones. So I go by that with them and read their ingredients labels. Generally if there's no carmine or beeswax you're good to go. Kiko are another example; they have confirmed they only use carmine, beeswax and lanolin and everything else is vegetable derived, so those are the things to look out for on their labels.

Obviously this method is not fool proof and I've made mistakes before. So it really comes down to how comfortable you are about reading the labels and making a decision. Hopefully this will give you a good start.

Have I missed anything obvious? Please let me know in the comments or tweet me @sal_on_toast

Also, if anyone wants a more in depth post about labelling (for example what some ingredients are used for, +/- lists and their purpose....) just let me know.

Love & stuff
Sal
xXx


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Wednesday, 5 April 2017

I've been MIA...

Sorry I've been MIA here and on Youtube! There is no reason for it, no burn out, no lack of things to say, just other stuff got in the way.

I'm working on some posts and I have a few videos to edit, so watch this space :)

Love & stuff
Sal xXx

Friday, 27 January 2017

Phil Smith Hair Products - Vegan Items

I've been using Phil Smith stuff for a while; it's awesome, cruelty free and affordable. I knew a lot of it was vegan so have just been checking labels while I waited for them to send me a list of the vegan items.

Anyway, the list arrived and here it is, so you don't have to spend ages in Sainsburys reading the labels! (They colour coded it too, which is awesome - colour of the box corresponds with the product's packaging colour!)

As far as I know, Sainsbury's is the only stockist at the moment. 

Sal xXx



PRODUCT
BE GORGEOUS BIG IT UP! VOLUME BOOSTING SHAMPOO, 350ML
BE GORGEOUS BIG IT UP! VOLUME BOOSTING CONDITIONER 250ml
BE GORGEOUS BIG IT UP! VOLUME BOOSTING MOUSSE 75ml
BE GORGEOUS BIG IT UP! VOLUME BOOSTING MOUSSE 200ml
BE GORGEOUS BIG IT UP! VOLUME BOOSTING SPRAY 200ml
BE GORGEOUS BIG IT UP! VOLUME THICKENING CREAM 100ml
BE GORGEOUS HELLO MOISTURE NOURISHING REPAIR SHAMPOO, 350ML
BE GORGEOUS HELLO MOISTURE NOURISHING REPAIR CONDITIONER 250ml
BE GORGEOUS GLAM SHINE GLOSSING SERUM 50ml
BE GORGEOUS GLAM SHINE GLOSS FINISHING SPRAY 75ml
BE GORGEOUS WOW! BRUNETTE SHAMPOO, 350ML
BE GORGEOUS WOW! BRUNETTE COLOUR ILLUMINATING CONDITIONER 250ml
BE GORGEOUS BOMBSHELL BLONDE SHAMPOO, 350ML
BE GORGEOUS BOMBSHELL BLONDE RADIANCE CONDITIONER 250ml
BE GORGEOUS SOS RESCUE DAMAGE PROTECTION IRON STRAIGHT MIST 75ml
BE GORGEOUS CURLY LOCKS CURL PERFECTING SHAMPOO, 350ML
BE GORGEOUS CURLY LOCKS REVIVE CONDITIONER 250ml
BE GORGEOUS CURLY LOCKS PERFECTING SPRAY 200ml
BE GORGEOUS CURLY LOCKS CURL CONTROL CREAM 100ml
BE GORGEOUS HOLD ON FIRM HOLD HAIRSPRAY 250ml
BE GORGEOUS HELLO MOISTURE INTENSIVE CONDITIONER 150ml
BE GORGEOUS BOMBSHELL BLONDE INTENSIVE TREATMENT 150ml
BE GORGEOUS TOTAL TREAT ARGAN OIL CREAM (ARGAN OIL), 100ml
BE GORGEOUS TOTAL TREAT ARGAN OIL (ARGAN OIL), 50ml
BE GORGEOUS COCO LICIOUS COCONUT OIL SHAMPOO, 350ML
BE GORGEOUS COCO LICIOUS COCONUT OIL CONDITIONER
BE GORGEOUS DRY CLEANERS REVITALISING DRY SHAMPOO
BE GORGEOUS DRY CLEANERS VOLUMISING DRY SHAMPOO
BE GORGEOUS GENTLY DOES IT! SHAMPOO
BE GORGEOUS GENTLY DOES IT! CONDITIONER

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Lush's Valentine's Day Specials

So Lush have a few new items out, ready for V-Day next month and here's some info on them (for the full range head HERE on Lush's website!):

Lovestruck Bubble Bar
It looks like a hearty face emoji and it's super cute. It smelt lemony and the geranium was quite strong. It was quite nice but not sure it's my favourite ever scent.

Cupid Bath Bomb
Look how cute! Lush's website says it is a blend of raspberry, lime and rose; I thought it smelt quite sweet and would definitely enjoy one in my bath, but I had resigned myself to only buying ONE thing from the range (so hard!) and this one was pipped by the ....

Lover Lamp Bath Bomb
This smells like chocolate orange and it has little hearts on it! Winner!

Unicorn Horn Bubble Bar
I've never smelt this before and it's one that's been around before. I have to say, it's cute as hell but I really don't like the smell of it. I'm not a huge fan of neroli and I thought that was the over-whelming scent to me!

Love You, Love You Lots Soap
I just had to get a pic of the full thing, because it's sooo pretty! It's rose scented (which I LOVE) and I was definitely tempted to snag a bit, but as mentioned above, I was on a mission to keep it to one product.

There is a bunch of other stuff too that I didn't get pics of (you can view HERE). What's your favourite thing from the V-Day range?

Sal xXx

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Mitchum is not cruelty free :(

OK so for years I've been under the impression Mitchum deodorant was a brilliant accidentally vegan and cruelty free deodorant, despite being owned by a non-cruelty free parent company (Revlon).

It was just something that was told to everyone in vegan message boards and chat groups and accepted. Not like me not to research that, but for some reason I didn't until I saw a few people saying that it's actually not cruelty free at all.

Silly me! After the whole Batiste debacle you'd think I'd have learnt, but we all make mistakes so .... I did a bit of googling and the only sources I found saying it was vegan were replies on message boards or the odd blog post. I found them on a few 'do test/avoid' lists from bloggers I trust. So I wrote to them and asked to try and get an answer for myself.

They of course came back to me with Revlon's stock animal testing statement, the usual spiel about how they don't animal test and haven't since the late 80s and believe in innovation and women expressing themselves through makeup... etc.

And then - the important bit - "Regulatory authorities in a few countries conduct independent testing in order to satisfy their own mandatory registration requirements., Revlon complies with all regulations in the countries in which are products are sold...."

So basically they submit to animal testing where required by law. This means they are not cruelty free.

So I wrote back and said (I'm paraphrasing), yeah thanks I know Revlon aren't cruelty free but I just want to know about Mitchum specifically. Do you sell in China and can you answer my original questions in relation to Mitchum only, thank you please.

They wrote back with "This is the only statement we have for all Revlon/Mitchum/Almay products"

So there you have it. Not able to confirm they're cruelty free, so I'm not gonna buy any more.

Now please excuse me while me and my sweaty pits cry into our tea and then try to find something that works even half as well!

Please leave me your suggestions in the comments if you have a deodorant that works well for you!

Sal xXx

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

New Video

A new video is up now on my youtube channel and I think it's a good one!

Simon did my voiceover haha, please go check it out and leave him some love!

Sal xXx


Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Vegan and Cruelty Free Makeup Brushes

The other day I filmed a video about my favourite vegan makeup brushes and it's a question I see asked a lot. So I thought I'd do a post about some vegan brush brands (and brands with vegan options) for anyone looking for some animal free makeup brushes. The video is HERE if you wanna watch :)

Any that you cannot buy easily in a (UK) store will have a link to an online supplier next to it.




Brands whose brushes are all Vegan:
This only goes for brushes; not for any makeup that the brand manufactures. Any you can’t buy on the high street will have a link to an online supplier.

B. (Superdrug)
Barry M
Beauty Without Cruelty http://www.bwcshop.com/accessories-2/
Eco Tools
Flawless https://www.myflawless.co.uk/
Furless http://furlesscosmetics.com.au/ (not UK but shipping is pretty quick and reasonable)
Lottie London
Real Techniques


Brands that have vegan brush options:

bdellium Tools (all the Bambu ranges of brushes are vegan but not all their other lines are) http://www.cocktailcosmetics.co.uk/brand/bdellium-tools
Crown (they have a couple of synthetic brush ranges and the product description for each one confirms if synthetic or natural (animal) hair) http://www.crownbrush.co.uk/
ELF – all the studio brushes are vegan but I’m not 100% sure that all the older ‘Essentials’ range are. http://www.eyeslipsface.co.uk/makeup/tools
Makeup Revolution – I think all their brushes are synthetic but I’m putting them in this list as I cannot guarantee that 100%!
MUA – as above with Makeup Rev.
Sigma (most if not all are vegan now, as they’re in the processing of swapping them all to their synthetic fibres, check product descriptions) https://www.cultbeauty.co.uk/sigma-beauty


Some resources for browsing vegan makeup brushes:


Hope this is useful! This list is by no means exhaustive, so if I've missed your fave brand, leave me a comment and I'll add them.

Sal xXx

If you want to see that video, I will link it below when it's up :)