Let’s uncover the truth. Let’s talk about raw materials and ingredients and where they come from. I’m going to bring you informations about e.g. Carmine, Beeswax, Honey, Angora fur, Sheep wool and so on.

….CARMINE…. [ E 120 ]

other used names are Cochineal, Carminic acid, Carmines Natural red 4

Carmine is red colouring made from female insect found on cacti called Dactylopius Coccus. Insect is left on sun to be ‘cooked’ alive. After that scales of insect are crushed into red powder.

It’s used in whatever possible food, drinks, beauty industry.


Tallow is light coloured wax (fat) derived from sheep or cattle mainly, but also from pigs and horses. It is fatty substance derived by boiling carcases of these slaghtered animals which is then used in different cosmetic products (lipsticks, foundations, shampoos, moisturisers eye makeup, shaving gels, soaps…..)

Alternatives – vegetable tallow (derived from plants) and paraffin


Gelatine is sourced by boiling ligaments, skin, bones and tendons of animals. Most commonly used animals are cattle and pigs. It can be added to lots of products, especially anything that has a creamy substance. It is also very common in food industry (bonbons, desserts, cakes, gingerbreads, jellies ….)

Alternatives – Pectin (sourced from apples), Agar agar (comes from seaweed), Carrageenan (sourced from moss seaweed)


Guanine is basicly crushed fish scales. You will find it in anything with shimmering or opalescence look, like lipsticks, nail polishes, eye shadows….



Is found in perfumes, skincare, pills for miscourage prevention after in vitro fertilization procedure ( IVF ) and in  HRT Hormone replacement therapy during menopause. It comes from urine of pregnant horses ( mares ). By the way, I read a lot about pregnant horses and their use in medicine and cosmetics. Conditions of these poor animals are appalling. They are tied in boxes, so taking urine is easier for humans and after giving birth male foals are usually shot as unwanted by-product or sold for food. Mares are exploited this way for about 12 years. The most known farms where mares are kept for urine are located in North Dakota and Canada.

…to be continued…