What is vegan health and beauty?
Vegan health and beauty products do not contain any animal ingredients, such as milk, honey or any other well-known animal products.
But they also dodge more specialist and less well-known animal ingredients, like carmine, a red colouring used in shampoos and shower gels, and shellac, which is used to bind mascara and add shine to nail varnish, both of which are made from beetles.
Many vegans will also avoid products associated with animal testing. In the UK, it is illegal for companies to test finished cosmetic products on animals. However, most products will contain ingredients that have been tested on animals.
Ethical Consumer rates companies on their animal testing policies, to check they’re not funding ongoing testing of ingredients.