Looks That Kill: Here’s All You Need To Know About Cosmetics Products And Animal Testing

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Source: Pixabay Many different animals are used to test beauty products.

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Many different animals are used to test beauty products.

12. Estrogen/Estradiol

It’s hard to believe horses had a hand (or hoof) in making the world’s most sought after beauty products, but some of them actually do. Estrogen extracted from the urine of pregnant mares is used in perfumes and lotions.

The horses kept for such a purpose live a less than comfortable life. Fund For Animals reports that the pregnant mares are often “kept in narrow tie stalls for approximately 6 months of the year with a urine collection harness in place.”

Horses are large animals, with muscles than need to move. A life imprisoned for estrogen production is hardly the most compassionate way to treat such a creature.


Source: Pixabay Glycerine is a common compound found in beauty products, second only to water.

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Glycerine is a common compound found in beauty products, second only to water.

11. Glycerin/Glycerol

Glycerin is a widely used product in soaps, lotions, toothpaste, even lipstick. It is second in use only to water, according to Cosmetics Info.

Despite the availability of plant glycerin sources, as well as chemically identical synthetic ones, some beauty products manufacturers still rely on animal fat for glycerin.

Source: MaxPixel Keratin can be derived from animal hooves and horns.

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Keratin can be derived from animal hooves and horns.

10. Keratin

Keratin can be derived from animal hooves and horns, and it typically used in cosmetics products for hair, skin, and nails.

It “fills in gaps in a damaged hair shaft and helps seal the cuticle,” Prevention reports. “it’s ubiquitous in hair care products.”

Unfortunately, it’s also not available from plant or synthetic sources. If you find keratin in a list of ingredients, there’s no doubt it came from an animal.

Matthew Russell is a West Michigan native and with a background in journalism, data analysis, cartography and design thinking. He likes to learn new things and solve old problems whenever possible, and enjoys bicycling, going to the dog park, spending time with his daughter, and coffee.
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