EVERYTHING ABOUT VEGAN AND PLANT-BASED
Once upon a time… it was difficult to find skincare products without animal products hidden inside. Fortunately, those days are over and nowadays, many brands make 100% vegan skincare products that are often natural and clean, too. But as ‘vegan’ also has been discovered as an effective marketing term, it is important to know what to look for if you want to be sure to buy vegan products. So, what exactly are vegan skincare products? Plus, how to discover if the product you are considering is a completely vegan product?
WHAT IS VEGAN SKINCARE?
Vegan skincare products consist of ingredients that do not derive from animals. This means that these ingredients are not just not made of or coming out or from the body of animals, but they also cannot be made by animals either. Therefore, products or ingredients such as honey and beeswax are not vegan.
IS VEGAN SKINCARE THE SAME AS NATURAL SKINCARE?
No. Many people believe that the claim 'vegan' also directly means that the product is natural: it does not at all have to be the case. It is possible that in vegan products, such as serums, face oils, and powders, synthetic ingredients have been used: in this case, such a product might then be fully vegan, but it is not natural. Make sure to always carefully read the ingredient list on the packaging if you want to make sure you are buying a product that is both vegan and natural.
HOW DO YOU KNOW IF A PRODUCT IS 100% VEGAN?
The only way to find out if a product is truly free of animal ingredients is to read the list of ingredients. This can be quite an extensive task. Can't figure it out on your own or is the ingredient list still unclear? Then you can best contact the company and ask whether the product you are about to buy is actually a vegan product.
VEGAN COSMETICS CERTIFICATION
Nowadays, there are several certifications for vegan cosmetic products to be found on the market, which might make the decision-making process for the consumer a little less complicated. A lot of good vegan products are readily available, but not all of them are labelled with such a quality mark - even though they might be vegan. So, here we are repeating ourselves once more, to state that the only way to know if a product is actually vegan is to research the list of ingredients and to ask the producer in case it remains unclear.
ARE THE PRODUCTS OF COMME ÇA 100% VEGAN?
Yes, all Comme Ça Skincare products are 100% vegan and natural. We make sure this is clear and visible on all packaging and easily found in all our information resources, such as our website and folders. Besides that, our skincare products are never tested on animals. Unclarity also exists around the use and the meaning of the claim of cosmetics that are ‘not tested on animals’ and about ‘cruelty-free’ skincare products. Read our article to get a better understanding of this.
LE YOUTH SÉRUM
Our serum Le Youth Serum is completely vegan and 100% free of animal testing, composed of a beautiful mix of vegetable oils, algae, and plant extracts with unique properties to give your skin a beautiful, healthy look with a miraculous glow. The algae extract restores skin elasticity  and, together with the Acmella Oleracea extract, reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles . The wonderful blend of vegetable oils softens the skin while the vitamins and antioxidants protect the skin [3,4,5]. This fantastic blend of botanicals and the seductive scent of vanilla is the perfect way to pamper yourself every day and provide your skin with a beautiful glow.
LA VITAMINE C POWDER
Our vitamin C powder La Vitamine C Powder is a completely plant-based superfood for the skin: 100% vegan pow(d)er! It consists of the purest and most effective form of vitamin C , combined with the strong antioxidant ferulic acid. The vitamin C is made from corn and wheat starch, and the ferulic acid from rice bran oil. Vitamin C restores the skin barrier , which is vital for dry and dehydrated skin, and it is essential for the formation of collagen , which tightens the skin and reduces fine lines and wrinkles . It also brightens the skin, reduces hyperpigmentation [8,9] and is a mighty antioxidant that protects the skin from premature ageing.
Do you have any questions about this or another skincare related topic? We are happy to help you with any uncertainties you may have. Shoot us a message at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will answer your inquiry within 48 hours.
Is it equally important to you that your skincare products are free of animal testing? Then please continue reading this article! (We can already give away that all Comme Ça Skincare products are 100% cruelty-free!)
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LA PRICKLY PEAR SEED OIL
This vegan face oil is a very precious, 100% natural and organic facial oil derived from only plant-based sources. The prickly pears contain seeds from which the prickly pear oil is made. The high concentration of linoleic acid (>70%) restores skin elasticity, moisturizes, softens, and reduces the appearance of hyperpigmentation. The powerful anti-oxidants vitamin E and provitamin A protect against premature skin ageing. It is a perfect combination for beautiful skin. All of this thanks to the power of nature and free of animal products!