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Dear Dolce Vanity,
Hope you're well! :) Just a quick question about your stance on animal products in make-up, since you're vegeterian but I believe some of the products you've used (e.g. MAC lipsticks) have animal ingredients (e.g. carmine) in them. As such, are you selesctive in the make-up products and brands that you use, both on yourself and other people?
Thanks Tasnim for your question.
I do try and be a good vegetarian and I'm still getting to grips with dietary, clothing, skincare & makeup that contain things from animals.
You may have noticed that I have used products in the last year that contain things from animals/insects :
In regards to cosmetics now it's quite the same. You have companies that say they don't test on animals but use ingredients derived from insects such as Carmine is a red made from a crushed female Cochineal insect now unfortunately in this case they are killed for this. As I mentioned before it does seem as though because insects are not looked upon as a higher rank as animals it doesn't matter.
In regards to using on others it's a no go if it's coming from my own kit as I don't believe in using from companies who test products on animals. I am looking to invest more in vegetarian - vegan brands. AVON is a company I use to buy specific products from and was even better as they had a no animal testing policy up until recently.
It's quite hard and some may feel it's slightly contradictive but you may view the fact that I eat fish and not meat as that too.
So in short, insects maybe in my eyes I haven't held them in a high enough rank as other animals. As I said I am still trying, researching and my views may seem a little odd but it is quite hard to do a lifestyle overhaul.
*phew* I must say I quite enjoyed that question and it really gave me something to think about.
if you have any other questions please do drop me a line on my feedback page!