The Complete Guide to Vegan and Cruelty-Free Beauty Products
When you hear the words "vegan" and "cruelty-free," you may immediately think of food.
But how can beauty products be both vegan and cruelty-free?
Being vegan doesn't only mean paying attention to what you put into your body, but also to what you wear and apply to your skin!
Learn what it means to be vegan and cruelty-free in the beauty industry, as well as how Merindah Botanicals follows these guidelines.
What is Vegan Beauty?
A product can be labelled as "vegan" if it was not created without the use of animal-derived ingredients.
Vegan certification is given to beauty products that are made without using or involving any animal product, by-product, or derivative, and that do not undergo any type of animal testing.
Vegan beauty is significant because it promotes the wellbeing of animals during product development and protects them from unnecessary harm. Vegan options reduce individual carbon footprints, which is good for the environment.
What Is Cruelty Free Beauty?
When a product is labelled as cruelty-free, it means it has not been tested on animals.
This refers to both the product and the ingredients that make it up.
Animal testing is prohibited on all cosmetic beauty products in the EU, and non-animal testing, such as voluntary human tests, is utilised instead.
Countries in which animal testing has been banned around the world are Non-EU Countries that have banned animal testing are Guatemala, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Taiwan, India, Turkey and Israel.
What is the Difference between Vegan and Cruelty-Free?
You might think that if something is vegan, it must also be cruelty-free.
What if we told you that this isn't true?
If a product claims to be vegan, it does not imply that it is also cruelty-free.
This signifies that while certain ingredients are not sourced from animals, the ingredients or product may have undergone animal testing.
Similarly, you can have cruelty-free beauty products that do not test on animals while yet having animal-derived products such as milk or honey.
As a result, it’s crucial to look out for skincare products that are both vegan and cruelty-free to be safe!
You may do this by looking for PETA certified vegan logo, which guarantees that products do not include any animal-derived ingredients or have undergone any animal testing.
How Is Merindah Botanicals Beauty Vegan And Cruelty-Free?
Truth be told... Merindah Botanicals didn't start out as a vegan beauty brand.
But we replaced the Honey with a much better ingredient, Aloe Vera, back in 2017 and haven't looked back.
We do not support animal testing and do not allow our distributors to undertake animal testing as part of our company ethos.
As a result, we don't offer any Merindah Botanicals products in countries where animal testing is required by law.
We make sure that every component we use has been vetted to guarantee that it hasn't been tested on animals since.
And we are proud to say that the entire Merindah Botanicals range of natural skincare is PETA certified cruelty free and vegan and we are also certified vegan by Safe Cosmetics Australia.
Animal welfare and protection are very important to us at Merindah Botanicals.
This is why we are dedicated to offering our consumers with high-quality vegan and cruelty-free products.