What is Vegan Skincare?
Vegan skincare applies the same rules of a vegan diet to skincare and/or wellness products. Simply put, vegan skincare products are products that do not contain any animal derived ingredients.
In the past, if you wanted to make sure the products you were using were 100% vegan, you had to do a lot of research, sacrificing both quality and price. There were not many options when it came to the vegan movement, and little information available too. On top of that the quality of the products were significantly lower compared to their non-vegan counterparts.
In the ‘80s, organizations like the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) were one of the few attempting to raise consumers’ awareness. Their early campaigns were somewhat unsuccessful, especially if we compare them to today’s global changes. The Economist declared 2019 as the ‘Year of the Vegan’. Veganism is a trending topic amongst millennials, with a quarter of 25- to 34-year-old Americans declaring to be vegans or vegetarians.
Awareness to diet and food choices soon started to apply elsewhere. First in the fashion industry, where vegan items like wool, leather and silk were not acceptable. With the help of social media, people are starting to ask themselves – what exactly are we putting onto our skin? With the advancement of technology, products are now able to be vegan and not tested on animals without any sacrificing on the quality.
Common skincare and wellness ingredients that are NOT vegan include: beeswax, honey, propolis, silk, carmine, lanoline, allantoin, gelatin, keratin, collagen, snail slime, squalene, urea and some types of glycerin.
Plenty of vegan products are now available for you to choose from. More and more brands these days proudly state on their labels that they are vegan and/or cruelty free. But beware, some companies are in it for their moral and eco values, and some sadly just for the profit. Sometimes this process is called veganwashing.
Beware of Veganwashing
If you are considering the move to vegan skincare, be wary. Vegan skincare is still a buzz term, a currently popular movement that some companies like to exploit. As regulations of the term “vegan” and “cruelty free” are blurred, it is easy for these companies to rely on consumers’ assumptions.
Keep in mind that a label that says “vegan”, it means only that, i.e. – does not contain animal derived ingredients. For everything else you care about in a product, such as cruelty-free, eco-friendly, chemical-free, natural, safe or high-quality, you will have to research the product a bit further.
Our commitment at Hunni-Bunni is to source products that are not only vegan, but cruelty-free, clean, natural, plant-based, sustainable, and eco-friendly. We are committed to your skincare wellness as well as our own and the planet’s health.