Animal Fats In Hair and Cosmetic Products

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Some things when I hear about them, I'd stop and try to make sense of the logic behind it. Case in point: animal fats used in hair care and cosmetic products. According to Hair Finder:

"Animal fats in particular have been used as emollients, thickeners and solidifiers for everything from shampoos and conditioners (to give smoothness and shine), lotions and creams (to soften and protect) and lipsticks and waxes (as base ingredients to give form to the products). Animal fats have been used to help repair damaged hair, bind split ends, smooth the cuticle layer of the hair shaft, and moisturize overly-dry hair.

Why animal fats and not plant oil? I mean, wouldn't it be healthier and cleaner to use plant based stuff? And how and where do the animal fats come from? The answer: dead animals that died from natural causes. This past weekend was a really eye opener for me after watching an episode of Discovery Channel Dirty Jobs

The process works like this:
  1. 50-55 dead animals are picked up daily by a company that specializes in recycling dead animals.
  2. Animals are skinned first at the factory. 
  3. Each animal is then put into this huge grinder. Yep, the entire animal goes right into this big hole and within seconds, every bits of it is mush meat. 
  4. Some of the meat is used to make chicken, turkey and other livestock feed. Some are used to for pet food.
  5. This company also picks up leftovers from slaughterhouses. Everything goes to this huge pot to boiling. The fat content from this pot is what some hair care and cosmetic manufacturers use to make our shampoos, facial cream, and so on. 
So there you have it. I tried searching on Youtube to see if I could find some segments of this episode but I could only find one clip of it. This is when the host of the show blows air into a dead cow before skinning it. Please note, the graphics are pretty gross. If you think you can stomach watching dead and maggots infested animals, please proceed. 

 
Here are some of the words I found at Beauty Products Suite 101 indicating that the product contains animal by products:
  • carmine
  • collagen and elastin
  • keratin
  • stearic acid
  • tallow
PETA website has a more comprehensive animal derivative word listing. If you are interested, please click here

23 comments:

Ummie said...

recycling dead animals?
A new term for me.
The video, watched halfway...

Buckeroomama said...

My husband likes watching that show, but many of the scenes make me gag!

Savvy Gal said...

Oh wow....

Mei Teng said...

Don't want to watch the sight of animal skinning. Can't stand it.

Ash said...

eww eww eww. checking PETA's list now. thanks!

Sommer J said...

Oh wow. What an eye opener! I feel a bit nauseous.

foongpc said...

Ooh! Gross!

levian said...

oh gosh, that is rather disturbing.
time to pay attention to what we are using again.

myorii said...

Oh, ewwwww! I never knew that dead animal fat is used in shampoos and other beauty products. That's pretty gross if you think about it. We're essentially smearing something from a dead animal onto ourselves to look and feel clean and pretty. The thought of that makes me feel sick to the stomach. Thanks for educating us on this.

Meldylocks and Her Three Bears said...

urgh!! I watched a couple and dare not continue...I might end up deciding to live like a caveman!

Elly Yang said...

Very educational. But I really didn't dare to watch the video clip as I just ate and may end up not buying any beauty products. I really like the Beauty Products Suite 101 website because it gives us the non-animal alternatives. I'm now going to check the ingredients of my shampoo and other cosmetic products.

Uncle Lee said...

Hi Rosebelle, Holy Smoke! Luckily I don't use cosmetics, ha ha....imagine using lipstick with whatever got mix inside?
But never mind, not to know is better....ha ha.
Have a nice day, Lee.

Dora said...

Yuck... That's disgusting! I'll check with my items when I got home. Surely those words you mentioned are very familiar to me so I guess I gotta throw away my stuff?...

Nezzy said...

We have a large cattle farm but I use olive oil as a moisturizer on my face and my hair. I figure if it's good enough for Sophia Loren it's good enough for this Ozark farm chick.

God bless ya and have a beautiful day!!!

Veronica Lee said...

Ewww!!! That was some eye-opener! I'll surely check the labels on my hair and beauty products from today onwards!

Have a wonderful weekend, Rosebelle!

Serline said...

My father-in-law is an animal nutritionist by profession, so my hubby has described for me before some of the more hideous sights and scenes he witnessed, when he tagged along to his Daddy's workplace as a child. Behind every pretty label there's an ugly story waiting to leap out...

Wendy said...

omg - that horrendous! I've seen that show and that is really one of the more horrible jobs. Geez.

MamaJ said...

Thanks for sharing... Oh gross, I think I'd better check all the labels of my bottles!

Liz said...

Thanks for the eye opener. I've never heard that those were use for cosmetics. Lucky, I don't use makeup.

Have a great week ahead.

*hugs*

AVCr8teur said...

After seeing something like that, I think I need to read the labels on everything I buy besides just food packagings. Thanks for pointing this out.

TK said...

OMG! So gross! This is really an eye opener. Thanks for sharing this.

KidsDreamWork said...

Gosh! This is such an eye opener! But I still can't get myself to click the video...

Harmony said...

well thanx for sharing and making aware of these harsh practices followed worldwide! peta is a good answer but not the solution , till we are aware and leave these products! i am not able to watch that video because cow is a holy animal in our country..nice to be here again..take care!