Regular talon painters – let’s chat all about why you should make the switch to cruelty-free and vegan nail polish.
Were you aware that your pretty polishes could very well contain animal product and not just that, but nasty carcinogens that you want nowhere near your body?
Below are the animal products you should look out for on your labels – all of which belong right back with/as the beautiful creature they are taken from.
Carmine: Also known as crimson lake or carmine lake, cochineal, natural red 4, C.I. 75470, or E120. Commonly found in red pink and purple hues of not just polish, but lipstick, blush and many more cosmetics, foods, paints, artificial flowers and dyes. The pigment is produced from some scale insects such as the cochineal scale and certain Porphyrophora species (Armenian cochineal and Polish cochineal). These insects are boiled in water to extract the carminic acid.
Guanine: Also known as pearl essence. Used as an additive to shampoos, lipsticks, eye shadows and nail polish, where it provides a pearly iridescent or shimmering effect. It is also used in metallic paints, simulated pearls and plastics. Guanine is found in the skin of many fish (e.g., the sturgeon). It is also present in the reflective deposits of the eyes of deep-sea fish and some reptiles, such as crocodiles.
Oleic Acid: Can be derived from animal oils and tallow (animal fat). In cosmetics, oleic acid can be used in various ways, such as for thickening a solution.
I hope right now that you are shaking your head with an irked expression.
How much we have evolved, how intelligent of a species we think we are, but still relying on this kind of thoughtless action for our selfish need.
Beauty products of this kind are NOT beautiful. It is unnecessary and avoidable – so why is it still happening?
As long as you keep BUYING them, they will keep MAKING them.
Now before you straight up go and cancel your next mani-pedi or commit to #barenailslyf, I have kindly listed and linked below 15 of the best cruelty-free AND vegan nail polish brands!
Sea Siren (entire line of polishes and hand-care are vegan, except their Sealicious Hand and Foot Mask)
Make this switch to a better kind – to vegan nail polish. Ending these redundant practices in the cosmetics industry is entirely achievable, and speaking with your wallet is the ultimate form of consumer protest.
Now go forth and paint more peacefully – and feel free to share with a friend who you think might love this list too by using the icons below!