Wednesday, February 13, 2013

What's In It Wednesday - Another Round of "Is it Vegan?"

A couple of weeks ago, we discussed the rising number of skincare products being sold on Etsy that are mislabeled as Vegan.  Since that post, I thought I would check back to see if there are new additions to the listings.  I was able to find these listings in less than 10 minutes today:








Honey and Almond Handmade Liquid Soap - All Natural (Vegan Friendly)


Ingredients: Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Jojoba Oil, Glycerin, Castor Oil, Water, Honey, Sweet Almond Oil, Potassium Hydroxide (for saponification), and Essential Oils.

Honey is not vegan.

Here is the item description for Peppermint Beeswax Vegan Lip Balm:

"Made 100% Natural and Vegan

Loaded with antioxidants and several vitamins naturally enclosed in the best quality butter and oils, combined with local raw beeswax to seal moisture!
No Chemicals, No Parabens, No Synthetic Colors. 
They come in an easy to use tub srink wrapped for your protecction!!!

I only use the oils and butters that are really helpfull, like:

Avocado Oil -- Unrefined Apricot Kernel Oil
Jojoba Golden Oil/Wax Coconut Oil -- Organic
Sweet Almond Oil Cocoa Butter -- Organic
Tocopherols -- Vitamin E Raw Beeswax
Peppermint Essential Oil -- Organic"


Because we know nothing says VEGAN like beeswax!


"All Natural Handmade Cold Process  Natural Vegan Goat Milk Soap" 


Let's see--milk. Not vegan. Something from a goat (like its milk)? Not vegan.

Today's prize goes to this Etsy handmade soap seller:

"All of our products are created with love on our Ohio farm. Our soaps are formulated to create lots of fluffy, cleansing lather. Using a bath pouf will intensify the lather. You will leave the bath feeling clean, soft, and refreshed.

All of our soaps are vegan and contain do not contain “ANY” animal products. We use only the finest sustainable and organic oils and natural additives. We support sustainable, organic, and fair trade practices.

All bars weigh between 4.5 – 5.5 ounces. Each order is for one bar of soap unless otherwise specified.

Ingredients: Sustainable palm oil, organic coconut oil, organic olive oil, organic canola oil , organic Shea butter, organic beeswax, honey, milk solids, distilled water, sodium hydroxide, fragrance, and mica."

Beeswax? Not vegan.  Honey? Not vegan.  Milk solids? Not vegan.


Chic & Green says:  This issue is just one of many right now that is going on with several dozen Etsy sellers, if not more.  In addition to all of the erroneous health & skincare claims, as well as formulation issues, calling products VEGAN when they are not is a big deal.  I am not a Vegan. I have many friends who are--and I was for a couple of months last year. It is a big deal to purchase a Vegan product only to find out that there are very NON-VEGAN ingredients in it.

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