Sent: Thursday, January 14, 2010 2:35 AM
Subject: Vegan and/or Vegetarian Cosmetics
I was wondering if your cosmetics contained animal derived (including insects) ingredients. I did read the FAQ section of your website. My question is worded the same, but my intent is to ascertain whether any animals (including insects) die to obtain any of the ingredients in your products. I love lipsticks but recently found out that a common ingredient, carmine, in many lipsticks, and cosmetics in general, does require killing the particular insect which produces it. The two animal by-products mentioned in the answer in your FAQ section, and pasted below, are not such products. Could you tell me if your cosmetics do contain ingredients which do require the death of animals or insects to obtain them, and what those ingredients might be so that I can identify appropriate products for myself and likeminded persons while shopping. Thank you for your time.
Question: Do your products contain animal by-products?
Answer: The ingredient list for each product varies. Some of our products contain ingredients that are derived from animal by-products, such as lanolin (a natural extract of sheep wool) or beeswax (a natural wax derived from honey bee hives.)
Received: Thursday, January 14, 2010, 11:18 AM
Subject: Re: Vegan and/or Vegetarian Cosmetics
From: Info at CARGO Cosmetics <firstname.lastname@example.org>
We do have beeswax, but they don’t kill the bees for the wax. As for the lanolin we have, it’s from the wool of sheep, so nothing was killed there.
If you’re ever not sure, stay away from bright pinks and purples and bright reds. We do have beet as a colorant but many company do kill ladybugs for their color. The bright pink colors can be more “dangerous” so best to stick to browns and neutrals if you’re not sure, no matter what company you’re looking into. 🙂
Hope this helps!