What's that ingredient in your makeup?


Ever look at the back of your skincare product bottle and think, what in the world is that?

How do you know what's going into your products and therefore, going onto your skin?

I found this great article explaining what some of the commonly found ingredients are: 


Any surprises for you?
May 21, 2013 @ 10:17 am

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question for a vegan

I'm curious if a vegan here can clear this up for me. I've heard about ambergris being used in beauty products. For those not in the know, ambergris is a substance found in whale excrement which often washes up on shore and is collected.

In other words, it's whale poo that is (usually) harvested completely independently of the animal's presence. No whale is harmed when ambergris is collected in this way. Of course there are some harmful harvesting methods, but for the moment let's ignore that.

Why is it therefore "wrong" to use this product (ick factor aside)? I know some people are vegan for health reasons, but I'm asking those who are vegan for moral reasons. Is it a slippery slope thing where we should be worried "we do Action X today, what will Action Y be tomorrow?" Or is there something else I'm missing?
May 21, 2013 @ 10:51 am

Thanks :)

Interesting article!I didn't know what many of those ingredients were its nice to know now.
May 21, 2013 @ 12:26 pm

The vegan

The moral reason behind being a vegan is I suppose the exploitation of animals and therefore USING...actively using anything that comes from an animal is exploiting them. I guess vegans are this strict since if they let this one slide, just how many more animal ingredients are they going to be OK with in their beauty products?
May 21, 2013 @ 11:30 pm


I never know these kind of things. I only see the result of that product. Thanks for giving us such a interesting information.
May 22, 2013 @ 05:49 am


This was a great article. I read it earlier, but couldn't post for some reason. I honestly never had the idea to do research on the ingredients in my make up (and other things). This was such an interesting read. Thank you so much for posting this on here!

I was also wondering the same thing that @mamaluv had mentioned above. Interesting!
May 22, 2013 @ 06:54 am
Ali de Bold


It's hard to imagine putting some of those ingredients on my face (or lips!) like the whale poo, crushed beetles and pregnant mare urine. I think this is one of those situations where ignorance is bliss!
May 22, 2013 @ 12:48 pm

Go green, go clean!

As a strict vegetarian since birth, this article was great. Most of them I already knew, but others, wow! I cannot even believe that with the direction the world is headed in, where our earth will be encompassed with water and livestock will disappear, many have not learned a more safer and efficient method to production.
May 24, 2013 @ 01:26 am

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