Ashlee Piper, the lady beyond eco-conscious blog The Little Foxes, is a staunch supporter of cruelty-free living. But, even if you're not ready to adopt a vegan lifestyle, Ashlee's on hand for everything from spotting animal products in your shampoo to the best natural mascaras on the market.
While it may seem obsessive to some, vegans (and other conscious consumers) look to avoid animal ingredients in their beauty products for good reason. For one, many of the ingredients are taken from animals in cruel and painful ways, and said ingredients can be very, very gross.
While this certainly isn’t an exhaustive list, here are 11 animal ingredients lurking in conventional cosmetics, along with their sneaky aliases (because “pregnant horse urine” just doesn’t make a product fly off the shelves like it used to), where they normally hide, and gorgeous alternatives. Now, go and check your ingredient labels, and prepare to get the heebie-jeebies.