Recently, I posted about the Body Shop. I emailed them, asking them which products were suitable for vegans. I got a quick and comprehensive reply. I was supplied with a list of their products with the vegan ones marked. I am happy to note that a very large proportion of their products are suitable of vegans.
The animal derivative ingredients they use in their products are:
· Beeswax (may also be listed as Cera Alba)
· Honey (may also be listed as Mel)
· Silk* (hydrolysed Silk)
· Whey Protein (may also be listed as Lactis protein)
· Lanolin derivatives (acetylated lanolin, acetylated lanolin alcohol, hydroxylated lanolin, isopropyl lanolate, lanolin, lanolin alcohol, lanolin cera, lanolin oil, PEG-75 lanolin, PPG-12-PEG-50 lanolin, PPG-30 lanolin ether)
· Shellac** (in our define & lengthen mascara only)
· Cholesterol derivatives (C10-30 cholesterol/lanosterol esters, cholesterol, cholesteryl chloride, cholesteryl nonanoate, cholesteryl oleyl carbonate)
* The grade of silk used by The Body Shop is not produced through killing the silk worm to obtain the material. The grade used for Body Shop cosmetics does not require the silk threads to be intact and so the worm can leave the cocoon before it is used.
** The lac beetle lays resin down as part of their natural lifecycle. The resin is harvested from mature branches and this is then processed to make shellac wax. During the process, some of the lac beetles die as part of their natural lifecycle. The lac beetle is not killed purely to obtain shellac wax, however a number of lac beetles die as part of their natural lifecycle during the process.
The Glycerin used their products is vegetable based, not animal derived. The Body Shop does not use any ingredients that are by products of the meat industry.
So now you and I know and can be informed consumers...or non-consumers.