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Carmine or Cochineal Free Makeup

carmine cochineal free makeup
I was recently asked by Louise (Brit Boutique) which make up brands are free from carmine. For those not aware carmine can be found in food and cosmetics. It is a red colouring made from crushed Cochineal beetles. It is a natural ingredient but considered by many, including me, not to be cruelty free. It is also listed on ingredients as Crimson Lake, Cochineal, Natural Red 4, C.I. 75470 or E120.

If you would like to guarantee your makeup is free from ALL animal ingredients I would point you in the direction of Companies who carry the Vegan Society Logo. This will give you peace of mind that a product does not contain animal ingredients and the product and ingredients have not been tested on animals by the manufacturer. If you wish to verify a product has been registered with the Vegan Society there is a search facility on their website. Vegetarian Society approval is slightly different, it will guarantee no animal testing and ingredients must not be derived from animal flesh but they do allow for free range eggs, honey and beeswax.

Free From brands that have Vegan Society approval

Free From brands without carmine but contain beeswax/honey
Essential Care - Every makeup product is 100% natural and free from synthetic solvents, polymers, dyes, preservatives, parabens, lead, mercury, phthalates, silicone, petrochemicals, talc, nanoparticles, carmine and high allergen tree nut oils.
Sampure Minerals - Vegetarian society approved
Everyday Minerals - according to FAQ page every product is Vegan
NATorigin - Vegetarian Society & Allergy UK Approved
100% Pure - cosmetics are colored from fruit and vegetable pigments
Lavera - some products are certified vegan

My Favourite online retailers who enable you to search by ethics 
Cocktail Cosmetics
I Choose What I Use

I hope this has helped anyone interested in "cleaning up" their makeup collection. If you know of other makeup brands free from carmine, please leave a comment below. 

Sarah x
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