What's That Ingredient?

In this age where everyone has become more aware about what is going into our bodies and on our skin, there are still some things that slip under our radars. We all know by now that what goes on our skin is just as important as what goes in our bodies, but sometimes we purchase products that we believe are safe, and they aren't.

How can this happen?

Well, you may think you are purchasing a product that is natural, vegan, etc because the ingredients sound okay and you don't outright see an animal name or species listed in the ingredients. However, what some do not realize is that the ingredient name does not always flat out tell you exactly where it comes from or where it is derived from.

As a result, we have put together a list of a few products that are in fact animal based. Keep an eye out for these ingredients as you search for your next staple product. You will never find any of these below listed ingredients in any of Lolabelle's products. If you ever have any questions about an ingredient in one of our products, feel free to reach us at support@lolabellesbeauty.com

The below ingredients are not inclusive of all animal products used in cosmetics, but are a few we chose to mention for this post. If you would like a full list of animal products to be on the look out for, send us an email :)

1. Ambergris

This name can easily come across as natural. When we see Amber our mind doesn't tend to think negatively because it is a word our minds recognize. This product is removed from the intestines of slaughtered whales. We are likely to see Ambergirs in a number of perfumes.

2. Tallow

Tallow comes from animal fat, as a by-product. This product is made by boiling animal carcasses and scraping off the fat that surfaces at the top. The fat does not come from one specific animal. Tallow is made from the fat of pigs, cows, sheep, sometimes euthanized zoo animals and expired meat that cannot be sold in markets. We are likely to see this product in skin creams, soaps, and lipsticks.

3. Squalene

What is interesting about this oil (squalene) is that it occurs naturally in both animals and plants. However, many companies continue to utilize animals as their source. This oil is mainly pulled from liver of sharks and is used in lip balms and many moisturizers. As mentioned, squalene can also be extracted from plants. So, if you see this ingredient listed in a product you love, reach out to the company and make sure it is derived from plants.

We will continue creating articles to educate and enlighten. As mentioned, these are not all of the product ingredients that come from plants- just a few we felt were worth mentioning.

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