Tuesday, April 1, 2014

What is carmine?

pink and red cosmetics
Carmine is a natural cosmetic ingredient that you need to know about, especially if you are a vegan. 

Carmine is a red pigment used in makeup.  It can be found in any cosmetic product (lipstick, lip liner, blush, eyeshadow, creams, etc.) that is red, pink, berry, purple or even a warm brown. This is a natural ingredient because it is derived from a natural source. You may not like the natural source, though. Carmine is derived from a beetle. The dried female cochineal beetle to be exact. Yes, the insect that is a beetle. 


The red coloring comes from carminic acid that is extracted from the dried crushed beetle.

It is a safe, natural ingredient and is also used as a food colorant. There was a big stink a few years ago when people realized it was use in one of Starbucks strawberry drinks. Not to worry. They no longer use carmine their drinks.

Reading your labels can be confusing when it comes to Carmine. It can be listed with different names so you may not see it right away on the ingredient list. Carmine can be listed as:

carmine
crimson lake 
cohineal 
natural red 4 
C.I. 75470
E120
natural color 
and added color. 

You have to always carefully read labels if you want to avoid it or you can buy vegan products. You are safe with them. Vegan products won't contain any animal ingredients. Not even honey. 

Urban Decay is a popular makeup that offers many vegan products.  Tarte also offers a variety of vegan products. And there is Pacifica. Pacifica is 100% vegan and cruelty free. All of these are nice quality brands of makeup.

Click here to shop for Tarte Vegan Cosmetics on Amazon


Thanks for stopping by! I hope this post has given you an interesting tip you can use.


Have a Beautiful Day!
xo
Jill
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