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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Beetle Juice: Carmine

Carmine is a red pigment used in makeup.  It comes from dried female cochineal beetles! Yes, beetles! 

The coloring comes from carminic acid that is extracted from the dried crushed beetle. It is safe and is also used as a food colorant.

Read your labels! Carmine can also be listed as crimson lake, cohineal, natural red 4, C.I. 75470, E120, natural color and added color.  

If you want a list of products that do not contain carmine, go to caringconsumer.com and search for cruelty free products and companies.

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