This vegetarian thing is hard to do. Naturally, Sophia is not eating meat so she doesn't want it on her face and body. But what is a make-up lover to do? I found out that my favorite lipstick has pearlessence, a product derived from fish scales. Ewwh! Do you know how much lipstick and therefore fish scales women ingest? I would even feel better if it were organic pearlessence because farm-raised fish is so saturated with mercury. Because I know other veggies and near veggies read my blog, I am including this short list. But there are many, many more animal products in cosmetics. So, do your research before you buy.
Common animal ingredients
Alpha hydoxy acids include lots of different acids that are sometimes animal-derived, such as lactic acid
Beeswax, like honey, comes from bees. Also like honey, vegans argue about whether it should count as an animal product, and if it does whether it should matter.
Carmine is a red pigment made from crushed female cochineal insects. Also known as cochineal or carminic acid.
Casein, aka caseinate or sodium caseinate. A milk protein.
Glycerin or glycerol comes from soap manufacture, which usually involves animal fat. Also glycerides, monoglycerides, and diglycerides.
Guanine or pearl essence comes from fish scales.
Lactic acid often comes from animals.
Lanolin comes from sheep's wool.
Lecithin can come from lots of sources, but it often comes from eggs. If it doesn't specify, you don't know it's not animal lecithin.
Stearic acid often comes from fat from pig stomachs, or fat from other animals.