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The only thing that differs between ‘regular’ and vegan skincare is the ingredients. Our goal is to find an option that keeps our skin gorgeous and glowing, without anything to do with the animals we love. 

Which Skincare Ingredients are NOT Vegan?

While this is not a complete list of all of the skincare ingredients that are not vegan, these are the most commonly known and used in commercial skincare products. 

  • Lanolin – Used to soften and moisturize, this emollient is made from sheep’s wool, and can easily be swapped with a plant-based oil (olive, jojoba, etc.) or butter (like coconut or shea)
  • Beeswax – A natural wax produced by honey bees, it helps to keep liquids and solids together in a mixture, and can be substituted with a plant-based wax such as soy, candelilla, or carnauba.
  • Glycerin – Traditionally made using animal fat, this moisturizing ingredient can be replaced by vegetable glycerin instead.
  • Squalene – This additive is often used for anti-aging products and is primarily made from shark liver oil. You can also find plant-derived forms from olives or wheat germ.
  • Stearic Acid – An emulsifier and emollient that is usually derived from an animal’s stomach (such as a pig, cow, or sheep). It can simply be replaced by a plant-based stearic acid, which would also be less irritating to the skin.
  • Oleic Acid (aka Tallow) – Though this skincare softener can be made using plant-derived fats (like coconut, almond, or olive), it’s most commonly made from animal fat.
  • Casein (or Sodium Caseinate) – A conditioning treatment that is made with cow’s milk. An alternative can be created by using plant-based milk instead 



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