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Our Guide to Vegan and Cruelty-Free Nail Polish

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A great way to extend your love for animals to your actions is by using vegan and cruelty-free cosmetics and personal care products. These days, numerous companies at all different price points make great products that are completely free of animal byproducts and aren’t tested on animals, meaning it’s easier than ever to have a cruelty-free beauty routine!

That said, one item that you may be wondering about is nail polish. Do vegan and cruelty-free nail polishes even exist? Read on for answers to all your lingering questions about the topic.

Why Isn’t Nail Polish Vegan?

When nail polish includes animal-derived ingredients, it’s not considered vegan. As noted by The Flaming Vegan, animal-based ingredients commonly found in nail polish include: guanine, sometimes listed as pearl essence, which is derived from fish scales and can give nail polish a shine; carmine (aka cochineal), made from boiled and crushed beetles, which is often found in red shades of nail polish (and other red cosmetics); and oleic acid, made from animal fat or tallow, which helps thicken formulas. Additionally, shellac nail polishes are typically made from shellac, a resin that female lac bugs secrete.

Luckily, there are plenty of ways to achieve effects like shimmering and the color red without hurting any animals.