What is Vegan Nail Polish

A lot of cosmetics products include animal derived ingredients whether that be lanolin, beeswax, urea, etc. but what exactly is not vegan about a nail polish? Nail Polish is a decorative cosmetics item which means it needs pigments to create the various colours. While most pigments are indeed vegan there a few that are not and especially when it comes to our favourite nail polish colour i.e. red, this in fact is most often not vegan. In today’s video and blog post, we talk about what is vegan nail polish and make-up an what are the most common non vegan ingredients in a nail polish.

What is Vegan Nail Polish

As a vegan company it is one of our priorities that none of our products include any kind of animal derived ingredients. Go check out our blog post on the five most common non vegan ingredients in cosmetics here. We often get asked what exactly is not vegan in a nail polish which we are going to answer today. Let’s start with what exactly is vegan makeup and nail polish.

For us as a company vegan makeup means two things:
1. The product does not have ANY animal derived ingredients
2. The product or its ingredients have never been tested on animals i.e. it is 100% cruelty-free. 

However, in the world of beauty, vegan and cruelty-free mean two different things
1. Vegan = The product does not include any animal derived ingredients. However, the product or company might still test their products/ingredients on animals.
2. Cruelty-Free = The product or its ingredients have not been tested on animals. However, the product might (and most likely will) include animal derived ingredients. 

All Kia-Charlotta products have been certified by PETA (Cruelty-Free & Vegan) as well as The Vegan Society. Both of these labels check that the products are both 100% vegan in its ingredients AND that the product or its ingredients have never been tested on animals. 

So, what exactly is vegan nail polish? With our definition and with our products it means the following: 
1. It does not include any animal derived ingredients. In nail polish the two most common animal derived ingredients are carmine and guanine. Carmine is a red pigment which is derived from cochineal bugs and is commonly used in decorative cosmetics items including nail polish (any red shade nail polishes). Guanine is a shimmer pigment which is derived from fish scales and is commonly used in glitter or metallic shades. Kia-Charlotta nail polishes do not include carmine, guanine or any other animal derived ingredients. 
2. It has not been tested on animals. Our nail polishes nor its ingredients have been tested on animals. This includes that we do not sell our products to mainland China because in order to enter the Chinese market, cosmetic products by law, must be tested on animals. 

We hope that you now better understand what exactly vegan nail polish is. Thank you for tuning in to this blog post. If you are interested in finding a vegan nail polish, check out our colours here

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Your Kia-Charlotta Team

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