Soap and water might be enough for some, but a large proportion of the population uses some kind of skincare products to moisturise, cleanse or to smooth over the bumpy bits. Although the big names may dominate the market in terms of units sold, we’re seeing an increasing number of companies offering more ethical alternatives.
Vegans might want to avoid animal derivatives in their skincare products. Ingredients to watch out for include honey, beeswax, silk, collagen and lanolin.
L’Oréal, which is part owned by Nestlé, also has a number of brands in this sector and beyond. The company is the subject of a boycott call from Uncaged, again over animal testing. It is heavily involved in nanotechnology and is the top nanotechnology patent-holder in the United States. The company also has operations in 11 oppressive regimes and 4 tax havens.
L’Oréal also owns the Body Shop. This subsidiary scores well for its own policies but still receives a low ethiscore as it picks up marks from both L’Oréal and Nestlé.
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This product guide is part of a Special Report on Cosmetics & Toiletries. See what's in the rest of the report.