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It should come as no surprise that vegan, at one time a trend, has now gone mainstream causing the beauty industry to take notice. Given the rising popularity and innovative solutions surrounding health and environmental issues, vegan is no longer considered to be a niche category nor an unattainable lifestyle choice. And since our skin is a reflection of the foods we feed it, we wanted to provide or our animal lovers and eco-conscious community, with our perspective on this rising beauty trend.

It should come as no surprise that vegan, at one time a trend, has now gone mainstream causing the beauty industry to take notice. Given the rising popularity and innovative solutions surrounding health and environmental issues, vegan is no longer considered to be a niche category nor an unattainable lifestyle choice. And since our skin is a reflection of the foods we feed it, we wanted to provide or our animal lovers and eco-conscious community, with our perspective on this rising beauty trend.

What makes a product vegan?

Vegan is a lifestyle-choice that excludes the use of animal or animal derived ingredients for food, clothing, and other purposes like skincare and makeup. Its centered around adopting a plant-based lifestyle that is driven by consciousness around health and the livelihood of all living animals.

What is the difference between vegan and cruelty-free?

Contrary to popular belief vegan is not synonymous with cruelty-free. Cruelty-free implies that a product was not tested on animals at any given stage of product development. Where as vegan eliminates all animal or animal-derived ingredients, including but not limited to snail, lanolin, collagen, squalene, AHAs and lactic acid.

 

Since skin care ingredients are fairly universal, there may be instances where certain ingredients have never been tested on animals, but are still claimed to be cruelty-free. Some common instances where this may occur include:

Ingredient Level Testing vs. Final Product Formulation

Most animal testing occurs at the ingredient level, so if a product claims to be cruelty-free or "not tested on animals" they may be referring to the finished product.

Outsourced 3rd Party Manufacturing Companies

While a company can claim they don't conduct animal testing, in some cases they may not be aware, if they decide to outsource manufacturing by a 3rd party vendor. And in some cases beauty companies can even be divided into three categories: one that manufactures the raw materials, one that creates products using those materials, and lastly, one that sells the final products. So the lines can get even more murkier to decipher whether or not animal testing was conducted across the board.

Accredidation

Any company can claim whatever they want on a label, so it's important to look for accreditation from well known organizations such as PETA, Leaping Bunny or Vegan Society to name a few.

Don’t be alarmed however, there are alternative methods out there when it comes to product testing that don’t involve the usage of animals, whether that be by in-vitro or through clinical studies conducted on humans.

What makes a product vegan?

Vegan is a lifestyle-choice that excludes the use of animal or animal derived ingredients for food, clothing, and other purposes like skincare and makeup. Its centered around adopting a plant-based lifestyle that is driven by consciousness around health and the livelihood of all living animals.

What is the difference between vegan and cruelty-free?

Contrary to popular belief vegan is not synonymous with cruelty-free. Cruelty-free implies that a product was not tested on animals at any given stage of product development. Where as vegan eliminates all animal or animal-derived ingredients, including but not limited to snail, lanolin, collagen, squalene, AHAs and lactic acid. Since skin care ingredients are fairly universal, there may be instances where certain ingredients have never been tested on animals, but are still claimed to be cruelty-free. Some common instances where this may occur include:

Ingredient Level Testing vs. Final Product Formulation

Most animal testing occurs at the ingredient level, so if a product claims to be cruelty-free or "not tested on animals" they may be referring to the finished product.

Outsourced 3rd Party Manufacturing Companies

Outsourcing 3rd party manufacturers can be a bit tricky. In some cases companies can be divided into three categories: one that manufactures the raw materials, one that creates products using those materials, and lastly, one that sells the final products. So the lines can get even more murkier when it comes to trust and honesty amongst the three.

Accreditation

Any company can claim whatever they want on a label, so it's important to look for accreditation from well known organizations such as PETA, Leaping Bunny or Vegan Society to name a few.

Don’t be alarmed however, there are alternative methods out there when it comes to product testing that don’t involve the usage of animals, whether that be by in-vitro or through clinical studies conducted on humans.

Is Vegan skincare good for you?

As with the food we eat, it comes as no surprise that we should be equally as conscious about the products we put on our skin. Within the K-beauty space there are some common animal derived ingredients such as snails, bees, honey and even collagen.

While these animal ingredients may not be harmless to your skin, there are alternative ingredient sources out there that are proven to be even more effective if you’re looking for safer options that aren't harmful to animals.

Some alternative ingredients include vitamins, minerals, natural oils, syrups and even antioxidants which have been proven to have a gentler impact on skin, reduce irritation/skin sensitivities and even hydrate your skin.

Why Vegan might be a good fit

Animal-derived ingredients can often be irritating to the skin, especially those that are paired with non-clean ingredients. So if you have sensitive or condition-prone skin, vegan skincare might be the solution for you.

Eating products closer to their natural state is generally healthier for us because none of the good nutrients are taken away. The same applies when it comes to skincare. Vegan skincare often uses ingredients that are closer to their pure, natural state, which helps increase the effectiveness against their counterparts. So if you are concerned with your overall wellness, vegan skincare might be the solution for you.

While being vegan does not solve the world’s eco-crisis, it can reduce your carbon footprint if you do it the right way. Because vegan products do not use animal products or byproducts, they are generally more guilt-free but not necessarily more ethical to apply to all of humanity. So If you’re trying to be more ethical in your purchase decisions, vegan skincare might be the solution for you.

Health isn't a one-size fits all approach and neither is your skin. If you are interested in adopting a more vegan-friendly lifestyle especially for your skin, here are some reasons on why it might be worth a try:

Animal-derived ingredients can often be irritating to the skin, especially those that are paired with non-clean ingredients. So if you have sensitive or condition-prone skin, vegan skincare might be the solution for you.

Eating products closer to their natural state is generally healthier for us because none of the good nutrients are taken away. The same applies when it comes to skincare. Vegan skincare often uses ingredients that are closer to their pure, natural state, which helps increase the effectiveness against their counterparts. So if you are concerned with your overall wellness, vegan skincare might be the solution for you.

While being vegan does not solve the world’s eco-crisis, it can reduce your carbon footprint if you do it the right way. Because vegan products do not use animal products or byproducts, they are generally more guilt-free but not necessarily more ethical to apply to all of humanity. So If you’re trying to be more ethical in your purchase decisions, vegan skincare might be the solution for you.

Vegan at Soko Glam

At Soko Glam we define vegan beauty as being a trend suitable for your lifestyle. Vegan beauty is about prioritizing the source of the ingredient and incorporating ingredients that don't contain any animal or animal-derived ingredients.

And to get our vegan collection just right, we made sure to reach out to all of our brand partners directly to help us determine what products within our product assortment on Soko Glam met those standards.

Vegan at Soko Glam Collection

Not sure where to start?

We’ve decided to curate a Vegan at Soko Glam collection to provide you with a resource to not scare you away from these ingredients but to simply provide you with more transparency and to use this as a precautionary measure in case you prefer to eliminate these animal or animal derived ingredients from your skincare collection.

We've created this collection as a resource to help you make your shopping experience easier and more transparent for those interested or new to vegan beauty.

Is Vegan skincare good for you?

As with the food we eat, it comes as no surprise that we should be equally as conscious about the products we put on our skin. Within the K-beauty space there are some common animal derived ingredients such as snails, bees, honey and even collagen.

While these animal ingredients may not be harmless to your skin, there are alternative ingredient sources out there that are proven to be even more effective if you’re looking for safer options that aren't harmful to animals. Some alternative ingredients include vitamins, minerals, natural oils, syrups and even antioxidants which have been proven to have a gentler impact on skin, reduce irritation/skin sensitivities and even hydrate your skin.

Why Vegan skincare might be a good fit

Health isn't a one-size fits all approach and neither is your skin. If you are interested in adopting a more vegan-friendly lifestyle especially for your skin, here are some reasons on why it might be worth a try:

If you have sensitive or condition-prone skin.

Animal-derived ingredients can often be irritating to the skin, especially those that are paired with non-clean ingredients.

It you are concerned with your overall wellness.

Eating products closer to their natural state is generally healthier for us because none of the good nutrients are taken away. The same applies when it comes to skincare. Vegan skincare often uses ingredients that are closer to their pure, natural state, which helps increase the effectiveness against their counterparts.

If you’re trying to be more ethical in your purchase decisions.

Being vegan can reduce your carbon footprint if you do it the right way. Because vegan products do not use animal products or byproducts, they are generally more guilt-free but not necessarily more ethical to apply to all of humanity.

Vegan at Soko Glam

At Soko Glam we define vegan beauty as being a trend suitable for your lifestyle. Vegan beauty is about prioritizing the source of the ingredient and incorporating ingredients that don't contain any animal or animal-derived ingredients. And to get our vegan collection just right, we made sure to reach out to all of our brand partners directly to help us determine what products within our product assortment on Soko Glam met those standards.

Vegan at Soko Glam Collection

We’ve decided to curate a Vegan at Soko Glam collection to provide you with a resource to not scare you away from certain products that contain animal or animal derived ingredients, but to simply provide you with more transparency for those looking to continue or transition to a vegan beauty lifestyle.

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