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Why we support vegan beauty products

Date Posted:14 October 2022 

You might be asking yourself, why would anyone choose to use vegan beauty products? And the answer is that it's not just a diet choice but a way of life. As more people become aware of how their diet affects the planet and animals, they're making the switch to more sustainable options like vegan food and cosmetics. Here are some reasons why we think it's a good idea.


Did you know there is actually a lot of miscommunication around vegan skin care products? What’s on the label may not always be what it seems. This can be confusing to someone who is new to vegan lifestyle and vegan beauty products. Keep reading to find out why we only support true vegan products. 


The demand for vegan beauty products

Vegan beauty products are more popular than ever. The demand for vegan beauty products is on the rise, as more people are switching over to a plant based diet and lifestyle. One reason for this is that there are now more options available. The number of vegan skin care brands has grown significantly over the past few years, along with the number of people following a vegan lifestyle. There’s also been an increase in interest from beauty bloggers and makeup artists who have switched from using animal based ingredients to using all natural products made with plants instead.



The benefits of consuming a plant based diet

As a business that's committed to the environment, we love that plant based diets are good for the planet. Not only do they help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but they also promote sustainable farming practices and create less waste than eating meat. This is important because our planet's resources are limited, and we need to be smart about how we use them.

We know that it can be difficult at first when switching to a vegan diet or beauty routine - the food options available aren't always as varied as what you're used to - but once you get settled in with your new products, adding more plant based foods into your life should become second nature!


Vegan beauty products are better for animals

Generally speaking, vegan beauty products are not tested on animals. Not only does this mean that you can feel confident about the ingredients in your skin care products, but it also means that the product is less likely to be harmful to other living things. Vegan beauty products are often made with non toxic ingredients, so they're better for the environment and your health as well.

Vegan beauty products don't use animal ingredients such as honey, collagen or beeswax. Instead vegan beauty brands rely on plant based alternatives like jojoba seed oil or grapeseed oil which have similar beneficial effects without harming anyone else along the way.


Vegan beauty brands are often cruelty free

Many vegan beauty brands are also cruelty free. As you may already know, cruelty free products are not tested on animals. While some people choose to buy from non cruelty free companies for personal reasons, we at Sassy Organics believe that cruelty free and vegan options must be available to everyone.

Therefore, we will continue to support the vegan and cruelty free movement by providing you with resources that help raise awareness about these topics. We hope this article has been helpful and will encourage you to consider your next purchase carefully! Some of the popular vegan and cruelty free make up brands include: Zuii Organic, Ere Perez, Hanami Cosmetics and NEEK Skin Organics.



Typical by products used in non vegan cosmetics and why?

It can be difficult to dissect an ingredient label at times with misleading information. Here are some of the most common animal derived ingredients or animal by products used in natural beauty products.

  • Lanolin – Derived from sheep’s wool, lanolin is used as a moisturiser and is often found in creams and balms
  • Squalene – Squalene is actually a component of our own skin, and it can be derived both from animal and non-animal sources. It is used in many anti-aging creams and serums, due to its anti-oxidant and hydrating properties. Animal sources of squalene are derived from shark liver oil, however, it can also be derived from olives and wheat germ
  • Shellac – Used in nail polish and some hairsprays as a resin for setting, shellac is made from crushed up insects (lac bugs)
  • Glycerine – Used as a lubricant and humectant in most beauty products. Animal sources are derived from animal fat, however, glycerine can also be derived from soy, coconut oil or palm oil (known as vegetable glycerine)
  • Stearic Acid – Used as a surfactant and emulsifier, stearic acid is most commonly sourced from animal fat from pig, cow or sheep stomach. Vegan stearic acid is derived from vegetable fats
  • Collagen – Used in anti-aging skin care products for its skin plumping effects, collagen is derived from animal tissues, usually the bone, skin or ligaments of cows
  • Beeswax – Lip balms, lipsticks, and mascara commonly contain beeswax to keep the oils and liquids in the product from separating. Vegan alternatives include shea nut butter and cocoa butter​


Vegan beauty does not always mean ‘no animal testing’

A product that is labelled ‘cruelty free' usually means that the product has not been tested on animals. A product labelled as ‘vegan' means that it does not contain any animal or animal by products. So, legally a product can be labelled as ‘vegan' yet may still use ingredients that have been tested on animals. Likewise with a product that is labelled ‘cruelty-free', this product is likely not tested on animals but may contain some non vegan ingredients. 

So how do you know which brands are ethical, vegan and cruelty-free? It does take a little bit of research on your part as a consumer. You will note that currently all products sold at Sassy Organics have been tagged as 'vegan' and 'not tested on animals', giving you confidence that the product contains no animal ingredients and has not been tested on animals. Whilst none of the products we have sold have been tested on animals, a handful of products contained non vegan ingredients such as beeswax. We feel very strongly about only representing ethical vegan brands, which is why in 2019 we became a 100% exclusively vegan online store.


Many vegan brands have eco conscious practices

Vegan brands are becoming more and more eco conscious. Many of them use recycled packaging and their products are made from natural ingredients, not animal by products. You don't need to worry about where your cosmetics are sourced from or what was used to make them: the vegan beauty industry has come a long way since its beginning in the '60s!

Some brands' practices include:

  • Using recycled materials for packaging (such as bamboo)
  • Using natural ingredients instead of animal by products like honey or beeswax



Why we don’t support brands that sell their products to China

All beauty products sold in China must be tested on animals before being approved for sale in the country. This means that brands that claim no animal testing in Australia, must undergo animal testing before being allowed to be sold in China. A large number of popular beauty brands sell their products to China, and as such are ultimately still supporting animal testing. This is simply not ok by our standards, which is why we do not support any brands that sell their products to China.


Going vegan is more than a diet choice

Going vegan is more than a diet choice; it's a choice that can be applied to all areas of your life. That's why we are dedicated to providing high quality products that not only work well but also come from brands with values similar to ours: cruelty free and 100% vegan. We believe in supporting companies that are passionate about their craft, whether it is making makeup or brushes. As such, we are dedicated to stocking the best cruelty free and vegan skin care in Australia.


Most popular vegan products

Here is a list of most popular vegan products sold by Sassy Organics. Popularity of some products, such as vegan protein powders or plant based protein have risen in the last decade beyond its expectations. 

  1. Vegan protein
  2. Vegan collagen
  3. Vegan probiotics
  4. Vegan sunscreen
  5. Vegan makeup brushes



Most popular vegan beauty brands

Eco Tan

We absolutely love Eco Tan and their entire tanning range is certified organic, vegan friendly, cruelty free and certified toxic free. Eco Tan self tanners are most popular amongst Sassy Organics customers including their most famous Face Tan Water.


Eco by Sonya

Eco by Sonya has a range of organic body and face products including their best selling Glory Face Oil. Their entire range is exceptional in quality and is one of the best selling organic brands on the market.


Ere Perez

Ere Perez specialises in  skin care and make makeup and are truly worth every dollar. Ere Perez is an Australian brand and is vegan and cruelty free.


Final thoughts

Vegan beauty products are more than just a trend. They're part of a movement that's growing in popularity, and it's one that could have lasting effects on the world we live in. Going vegan is about more than just what you eat - it can help us change how we treat animals, our planet, and ourselves.