What is Vegan Cosmetics?

The term ‘vegan’ was a term coined in 1944 by a man called Donald Watson! He was the founder of the very first Vegan society referred to as “non- dairy vegetarian”. Donald spent his life growing up on a farm and on a daily basis he witnessed the slaughtering of animals. This led him to make his new year’s resolution to never eat meat again! Nowadays more and more people are conscious about their food/ cosmetics choices and the impact that this has on animals and the environment.

In a nutshell, vegan cosmetics relates to any beauty or skincare item that does not contain any animal products or by-products. You can find many products that are often referred to as ‘Vegan-friendly’ this can be found in food, clothing and of course cosmetics! Products that are ‘Vegan-friendly’ can also be ‘cruelty-free’; this means that the product has not been tested on animals. Niya Cosmetics is proud to be ‘Vegan-friendly’ and ‘Cruelty-free’, we are delighted to offer a wide selection of gorgeous nail polish shades for our Vegan community! If you are looking for a stunning jaw-dropping, showstopper shade, look no further and you must try the shade ‘Be A Boss’!

Ok, so I understand what vegan cosmetics is but what makes it different to ‘normal makeup/ cosmetics’?

Good question. Traditional cosmetics may contain animal products or even animal by-products. This can be indirectly or directly from an animal and can be from the living / killed or the ‘leftovers’ of an animal. Vegan products strictly avoid these types of animal ingredients.

Some of the most shocking animal products are used in cosmetics. Did you know that Chicken bone Marrow can commonly be used in some moisturizers?! Yes, it’s kind of unbelievable! This is because of the glucosamine, which is found in the marrow that can help promote youthful skin. This ingredient also has anti-inflammatory qualities for the skin. Day to days commonly used items such as toothpaste, soaps and even some food items may contain animal products this is because they are made with Glycerin. This is a type of animal fat used within the soap for the purpose of being skin nourishing.

The best way to avoid these substances is to use Vegan-friendly cosmetic products. They are definitely more gentle on the body and skin as they do not contain harmful toxins or animal ingredients. Niya cosmetics is proudly 14 Free of chemicals and toxins that are traditionally found in ‘normal nail polishes’. One major benefit of Vegan cosmetics is that they are also fragrance-free. Fragranced beauty and cosmetic products can have a detrimental impact on the skin and body as it can bring about all sorts of irritations and sensitivities. We definitely do not want that at all!

When you think Vegan makeup don’t forget your tools too! Some makeup brushes can be made using goat, squirrel or even goat hair. Always opt for the synthetic options there are some fantastic high street options.

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