July 28, 2019

Non-vegan beauty ingredients to dodge

Choosing a vegan lifestyle can unfortunately put a lot of work into selecting the beauty products you buy due to there still being many products in cosmetics that are either animal products or contain products derived from animals, some being quite surprising or super easy to miss.

The good news is that the sale of vegan beauty products is continuously growing at a rapid rate which means more and more brands are putting in the effort to join the movement. In skin care terms, vegan means products that are not tested on animals and don’t contain any animal-derived ingredients. Many brands are cruelty-free, which means that they just don’t test on animals, which does not necessarily automatically make them vegan unless the ingredients in the beauty products are also certified vegan. It can be confusing to ensure the brands you’re using or planning to purchase from are what you think, so using a guide such as PETA‘s can help you make smarter, ethical decisions when purchasing products. MineTan Body Skin and b.tan products are all vegan, cruelty-free and PETA-approved.

Here’s a quick round-up of some key ingredients that are in a lot of beauty products that can be easily missed:

Bee products

Products that come from bees, such as beeswax or honey, are commonly used in many beauty products but can be replaced by vegan alternatives such as vegetable glycerin which is used in MineTan and b.tan products.


Lanolin is commonly used in products to soften and moisturise. Unfortunately it is derived from sheeps wool and is therefore not a vegan product. However, there can be lanolin that is ethically derived in a cruelty-free way, so you can research a products manufacturers to see if this is the case and make a more ethical choice. Alternatives include plant oils such as coconut and butters such as shea and coconut which are also used in MineTan products.


Keratin is commonly used in hair products to rebuild healthier hair. It is a naturally occurring protein in our own hair and nails, however when used in beauty products, it is derived from animals which also have it naturally occurring in their nails, hooves or horns. Many haircare brands which choose to use vegetable oils as an alternative.


Collagen is an anti-ageing favourite ingredient. While there are some plant-based alternatives, collagen is commonly derived from animal tissue, ligaments or bone meaning it is not a vegan ingredient. If you’re using a product containing this, we recommend checking whether it was ethically derived in terms of your ethical standards and whether the brand is cruelty-free to your or your countries standards.

Hyaluronic Acid

A trendy acid in skin care in recent times in Hyaluronic Acid due to its ability to hydrate and plump skin. Sadly, a lot of this acid that is on the market at the moment is actually derived from rooster combs! However, it can also be derived from plants through bacteria-based biofermentation, so we recommend checking in with the brand to see how they source this ingredient.

Check out our tips on how to green your beauty routine.

Shop MineTan and b.tan‘s range of vegan, cruelty-free and PETA-approved products!



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