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Cruelty Free vs Vegan Cosmetics

by | Sep 23, 2020

We’ve all heard of the terms Cruelty Free and Vegan when it comes to cosmetics, but what is the difference? Do they go hand in hand?

Cruelty-free products are created with no form of animal testing whatsoever, however they may contain animal-derived ingredients. Vegan products do not contain any animal ingredients or animal-derived ingredients. These ingredients include honey, beeswax, lanolin, collagen, albumen, carmine, cholesterol, gelatin, and many others.

If a product is labelled as being Cruelty Free, it does not mean it is vegan and vice versa. Many people assume that if a product is labelled as Vegan, it means it is also Cruelty Free. However this is not always the case. The term is not regulated and is often just used to state that the product does not contain animal products. A product can be legally labelled ‘vegan’ and still tested on animals.

This makes it difficult for consumers to purchase products that are both vegan and cruelty free. Our general rule is, if the company doesn’t state that explicitly that they are vegan AND cruelty free, they probably aren’t. The Leaping Bunny logo is a helpful tool for consumers looking for cruelty free items.

Anam products are vegan and cruelty free