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Head Scratching Etsy Skin Care: VEGAN Edition

It's time for another look at some of the handmade skin care products being offered on Etsy.  I am always amazed at some of the product claims, lack of formulation knowledge, and highly unusual descriptions in the skin care section at Etsy, and today is no different.

One thing I have noticed is the number of products described as VEGAN that are nowhere near Vegan. For reference, Vegan products do not contain any animal ingredients or by-products like milk, honey, beeswax, or silk.

Let's take a look--

Product #1 is being marketed as a VEGAN lotion. Take a look at the item description:

"Soothing, Moisturizing all Natural Vegan lotion unscented for those who prefer it that way. A great and lasting moisturizer containing coconut oil, shea butter, grapeseed oil, avocado oil, jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, cocoa butter, vegetable glycerin, mango butter and most important, beeswax!! There are NO chemicals, preservatives or anything other than vegetable oils and butters with pure water."

This was is a definite head-scratcher.  First of all, even if you overlook the formulation concerns of water + oils and butter sans preservatives, BEESWAX is not VEGAN. That is like saying, "I think I'm going to order the Vegan Beef Barley Soup."

Look at these product listings:

*Oatmeal Milk & Honey Lotion - Vegan Hand and Body Lotion

*Milk & Honey Shea Body Lotion Vegan

*Coconut Milk Vegan Body Lotion with Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil and Silk Amino Acids 

Here is another very un-vegan product described as vegan:

"Soft texture, familiar smell, enriched with natural Beeswax, Grape oil, Shea butter, Cocoa butter combined with Chocolate flavour, Vitamin E and honey's tears"

First of all, I reiterate that BEESWAX is not vegan....and "honey's tears"?

How about this listing--it comes to us from a store with "vegan" in the name with a big blurb on their page about everything being Vegan:

Ingredients: Shea Butter, soy butter, mango butter, cocoa butter, aloe butter, grape seed oil, jojoba oil, coconut oil, castor oil, oat oil, silk amino acids, honey powder, vitamin E, whole vanilla bean, vanilla absolute, ylang ylang essential oil.

Today's Biggest Head Scratcher?

*Organically + naturally synthetics!

The above are statements made by a Buffalo-area Etsy seller for these ingredients:

Aloe barbadensis (Organic Aloe) Juice, Lactose (Milk), Lavendula angustifolia (Organic Lavender) Distillate, Anthemis nobilis (Roman Chamomile) Distillate, Cocos nucifera (Organic Coconut) Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Emulsifying Wax, Palm Stearic Acid, Vitis vinifera (Grapeseed) Oil, Vaccinium myrtillus (Organic Bilberry) Extract, Saccharum officinarum (Organic Sugar Cane) Extract, Acer saccharinum (Organic Sugar Maple) Extract, Citrus auranium dulcis (Organic Orange) Fruit Extract, Citrus medica limonum (Organic Lemon) Extract, Vaccinium macrocarpon (Organic Cranberry) Extract, Camellia sinensis (Organic Green Tea) Extract, Xanthan Gum (Polysaccharide Gum), Mannan, Phenoxyethanol, Tetrasodium EDTA, Citric Acid

FYI -- MILK is not Vegan. Phenoxyethanol is a SYNTHETIC preservative. Both the "vegan" claim and "naturally preserved - no synthetics" are completely false. On the flip side, since this does have milk, it is a good thing that phenoxyethanol is the preservative.

I already have started writing my next installment of this series, so stay tuned!